Kate Bush CBE

Kate Bush was awarded a CBE this week by the Queen for her services to music. She joked that she now has something really special to put on top of her Christmas tree. She sure does.

The CBE, which is short for Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is one of three Orders of the British Empire. The other, lesser ranks are Officer (OBE) and Member (MBE). These are honours created by King George V during the First World War to recognise services to the war effort by both civilians and service personnel. Nowadays they are awarded in recognition of ‘a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area’.

David received the same honour in 2005.

Kate has released ten studio albums over a 40-year career, starting with The Kick Inside, co-produced by David, her quite brilliant 1978 debut. To wrap up what has been a very long week for some of us, with so much British political history being rewritten before our very eyes, if you can still see through ‘The Fog’ (that’s a nice one) I’d love to know your favourites.

Oh, how perfect. Her duet with Peter Gabriel – ‘Don’t Give Up’ – expresses perfectly the hopelessness many millions of people felt during the 1980s, a time of record mass unemployment. Mustn’t forget that. I take it the Establishment hasn’t yet started re-writing music history, as well?

Anyway, that is all.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

40 thoughts on “Kate Bush CBE”

  1. That was a beautiful video. I loved the eclipse and how that was in tune to the song which is very meaningful.

    I have One of Peter Gabriel’s CDs. One of my favorite songs is “Salisbury Hill”. I have not heard of Kate Bush till I started blogging on this site. It is one of many reasons I love this blog. I am introduced to wonderful information that I would not be aware of otherwise.

    Kate Bush is a beautiful and talented women. Congratulations on her award. Lucky for us David knows talent when he hears it.

  2. You Britons seem to have some strange traditions and an ambiguous relation to monarchy.

    Still, honouring Kate Bush is more than appropriate and I congratulate from the heart!

    Kind regards


  3. I take it the Establishment hasn’t yet started re-writing music history, as well?

    Just truncating it into 5 second bursts the last I heard. Wonder which part of DSOTM that’ll sync with… “All you destroy”?

  4. Nice to hear this good news about Kate.

    She’s a true artist!

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I do hope Kate joins Peter on his anniversary tour. I’ll be there in Manchester.

    Running up that hill, you just cant top it I say. Many congrats to you Kate.


    1. I was, wasn’t I?

      Have to say, I’m quite disgusted by the scenes of celebration. Christ knows the misery she brought parts of the country, the wounds she inflicted on my home town never healed, but I don’t believe the death of even Adolf Hitler in 1945, as Europe smouldered, was met with such jubilation. I guess people just had a lot more dignity back then. It all leaves a bad taste in my mouth. She was a frail old woman who lost her mind years ago and died without her children and grandchildren around her. I find that sad, not something to rejoice in.

    2. Well said FEd. There is no need for people to lower their standards below those of Mrs Thatcher. In ancient times people used to ignore and forget persons as her.


    3. FEd, I have to agree with you.

      If there is indeed a ‘day of reckoning’ or collective consciousness in the great hereafter, we will all have to atone.

    4. Of course no one should rejoice at the death of a human being, it’s just a matter of respect, but this… :! (assuming that The Guardian is a serious, quality newspaper, I don’t know).

      1. Oh, the cost of the funeral and who should have met it is another matter entirely. I don’t begrudge her the pomp and ceremony, but let her rich friends and family pay for it.

        And just look at how much the bloody Royals cost us…

  6. What a tremendous honor for Kate Bush! I went travelling across the USA a few times, and Kate’s music travelled with me. For me, Kate’s music is forever the soundtrack of those explorations. Today, listening to “Hounds Of Love” and “Running Up That Hill” brings me right back to that time.

    The other thing I remember Kate for, other than the music, was from my college days a few years earlier. There was rude, lewd graffiti about her in the Men’s rest room at the college library. A friend told me that the same kind of graffiti about Kate Bush existed in the women’s rest room, too.

  7. ‘Lo All. 🙂

    FEd, only a couple of weeks ago a friend who has decided to minimize his music collection, “sending his material possessions to a digital dungeon”, handed me a bunch of CDs amongst them KB’s, Hounds of Love and The Dreaming. Both great albums. Makes me wonder what grip the radio empires have on artists’ wishes. I always had a ear for Kate’s music but had never bought an album. Needless to say after 30 odd years “what a treat”. Yep, the usual “radio play, singles” that pop up on these two crackers are great, the ones that didn’t are equally as good. Sign of a great artist in my opinion. She by all accounts is a lovely human being too and I hope she is well.

    On the subject of the She, who wasn’t! I’m sure this guy would fit somewhere in the cortège on Wednesday. Perhaps even leading it.

    Have good week folks.

  8. Big congratulations to Kate, I particularly like this, not just because of the obvious, David plays and sings, but also because I don’t remember seeing many clips of Kate doing a song as a singer on stage. I think it’s a great performance from both of them, you can tell they enjoyed it. 🙂 They should do something like this again.


    1. They certainly should Ash, but I hope David is careful with his Black Strat or some little tinker might saw most of that off as well …

  9. I’d also like to congratulate Phil Manzanera for the Latin Lifetime Award (that David presented him with). It’s the story on the site’s front page and I don’t know if we had a day of congratulating him.

    I saw him once when he was out sightseeing, in a church. The only reason I didn’t go rushing over (to love him on the spot 😀 ), was because we were in a church. Had I been able to find him outside however, I’d have got him! :))


    1. Thank goodness it wasn’t the graveyard Ash, what with all those marble slabs and all.

  10. Thank you for the, “Don’t Give Up”, video Fed. 🙂 I’ve never seen it before!

    I’m hanging my head in shame because I’m a long time Peter Gabriel fan.


    1. A very simple, yet effective and memorable video. I think it fits the song perfectly.

    1. Yes it does, but with notes from UK. Lemmy’s Ace of Spades sounds great played by those “guys”. 😉


    2. Now that drummer could well fill in (kerching!) for a few rock bands as long as the rider included a few pints of hydraulic fluid (yes I know, most metal bands’ already do), but I didn’t see much dexterity in old Wall-E’s fingerwork I’m afraid.

      Must be a shoo-in for “Germany’s Got Talent” though ….where is Herbert when we need him?

    3. Must be a shoo-in for “Germany’s Got Talent” though ….where is Herbert when we need him?

      I hope celebrating his birthday. Many happy returns, Herbert. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag.

  11. Not sure if I’m able to say “Wow!”, to appreciate this CBE/’British Empire’ thing… But what do I know?

    Here, the highest order/decoration is the ‘Légion d’honneur’, established by Napoléon in 1802, as a recognition of merit, bravery for soldiers and sometimes civilians. The motto is ‘Honneur et Patrie’. All surviving veterans of the First World War from any allied country received it. Perfect. Queen Elizabeth II too. OK. But… why (‘Sir’ 😉 ) Paul McCartney? Even worse, Céline Dion got it. Mon Dieu! The next one, Adele? No, wait… Psy. Pierre and Marie Curie refused the Legion of Honour award. Bravo.

    Sorry for digressing.

    Kate Bush is my favourite female singer-songwriter.

    I like very much ‘Aerial’, especially ‘A Coral Room’ – also ‘π’. 😉

    I also respect her for leading a ‘normal’ life.

    Oh, didn’t she win Ivor Novello Award a couple of years ago? If so, well-deserved.

    1. I also respect her for leading a ‘normal’ life.

      Oh, absolutely. For this I think she deserves great credit, not media scorn.

      She received an ‘Ivor’ for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2002 and was nominated last year for Best Album (for 50 Words for Snow), alongside Adele and winner PJ Harvey, the first time the award nominations were all women, in fact.

  12. Doing my blog homework, I came across this of which I confess I was previously unaware* …. as well as our Man on guitar it features lots of nice pics of Kate, one or two of David just to keep the Gilmourettes happy and some of Roy to bring them back down to earth again. 😮

    * needless to say our many music experts will rightly mock me for this omission.

    1. * needless to say our many music experts will rightly mock me for this omission.

      I’ll be joining you Tim. :))

  13. Fed,

    What was the name of the song where David is playing the guitar with Kate Bush singing live in this video? I remember seeing the video years ago and it was really good but I just can’t remember the name of the song.

    Take Care, Thomas

  14. Robots as rock stars?

    Don’t you guys just prefer this over robots?

    What a talented, original, beautiful woman! (Not the Italian TV presenter, that is :)) – I don’t think Kate appreciated her – or them – either, look at 0:14 and 4:41. 😉 )

    And how about this performance? Fantastic. ‘1979 Xmas Special’? So, she was only 21? Wow! I wonder if she chose the title as a pun on ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ by George Gershwin.

  15. Congratulations to Kate Bush! I know (and understand to some extent) why a few have refused/declined the honour but I’m pleased she accepted even if only to have a new tree topper. 😉

    Wuthering Heights articulated musically the passion I had for the novel and the silly, feverish dreams that ‘haunted’ me for some years after I saw the movie with Timothy Dalton as Heathcliff. Hammer Horror was one of my favourites as was In Search of Peter Pan and Symphony In Blue. I didn’t keep up after Never for Ever.

    Don’t Give Up always made me cry so I stopped listening to it. 🙁

    1. The first is from her debut album, The Kick Inside, and the unreleased demo (sometimes called ‘Garden By the Willow’ or ‘In My Garden’) was recorded, I believe, when she was in her very early teens. Of course, she was only 19 when her first album was released but some of its songs, including ‘The Man With the Child In His Eyes’, had been written several years earlier, which I find remarkable.

      I am a fan, so I’m obviously biased, but talk about unique and precocious talent.

    2. I was a secret, very secret, Kate Bush ‘wanna be’ … a lifetime ago, of course. 😉

  16. Hi Fed

    I totally agree with what you said about Thatcher. Most of those you saw celebrating Thatcher’s death were not even born when she was in power.

    That said ten million pounds for a funeral was wrong, when so many people are struggling to keep their heads above water, how many food banks would that have kept going or opened? How many kids’ operations would it have paid for?

    I grew up with Thatcher’s policies. All I remember through the 80s was recession. A friend of mine from Sunderland told me when she visited the town someone threw an egg at her, she was overheard later saying ‘I’ll shut this town down,’ and you can guess the rest.

    Kind regards

  17. Just thought I would add, I was listening to The Wall in my car today, it’s the first time I have listened to any Floyd since Rick passed away.

    I wanna go home, take off this uniform and leave the show. Brilliant.


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