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.