S01E14 – TKI Era Tracks – Scares Me Silly (But It Gets Me Going)

Here in the studio, we discuss a rather obscure Kate Bush song, Scares Me Silly (But It Gets Me Going), a leaked studio track from The Kick Inside sessions. This song is the only leaked studio track from Kate’s entire career, an impressive feat for someone who’s written a lot of music (but who now owns her own studio, so who knows what other unreleased gems there might be!). In this episode, Cecilee and Andrew Linke discuss this interesting outtake, from the rather straightforward, not-terribly-Kate lyrics, to their own speculations about why this song might have been left off The Kick Inside and why this song was written in the first place.

Song clips played:

  • Kevin Max – Return of the Singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV6P7zqZoIk
  • Scares Me Silly (But It Gets Me Going): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBJj5aV-PiM

S01E13 – The Kick Inside

At last, we come to the final track on The Kick Inside, the title track. This week’s episode features a very special guest: Graeme Thomson, the author of the music biography Under the Ivy: The Life and Music of Kate Bush. Cecilee and Graeme discuss the original Celtic murder ballad that this song comes from (whether you know it as the Lucy Wan, Lizzie Wan, Lizzie May, etc story). They also discuss its live incarnation on the stage in 1979 for the Tour of Life, the beautifully tragic lyrics and the mythological references Kate used in the song.

Live version used:

Live at the Manchester Apollo

Folk versions played:

  • Raymond Crooke – Lizzie May – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D9bIUI2TgU
  • threelegsoman – Lizzie Wan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCUMVVo-32M
  • Hannah Sanders – Lucy Wan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeVQuPj5JAA

S01E12 – Room for the Life

Hey there you listener in tears, it’s OK, we have another episode coming, so don’t be sad! We’re nearing the end of the first season of this podcast (already??!) and we’re now on the second to last song from The Kick InsideRoom for the Life. In this episode, Cecilee and Andrew Linke discuss the lyrics, the live performance from the Tour of Life (the only time this song was ever performed for a live audience), and their own thoughts on this deep album cut, which is not a favorite song for either of them.

Live version used:

Live at the Manchester Apollo

Cover version played:

Tom Pilch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsccryGeq0o (instrumental piano)

S01E11 – Them Heavy People

We’re about to hit you in a soft spot with this week’s episode, the eleventh track from The Kick Inside. Cecilee and Andrew Linke discuss the extensive history of this reggae-tinged track, which was not only released as a single in Japan (went to #3!) but it also was used in the only commercial that Kate Bush has ever done in her career. They also discuss the spirituality in the lyrics, the live versions from various British TV shows and the Tour of Life, and also that bizarre Japanese performance in late 1978 (disco Kate Bush??).

Live versions used:

Saturday Night at the Mill
Revolver
Sound in S
Live at the Hammersmith Odeon
Kate Bush Christmas Special
Bill Duffield benefit concert

Cover versions played:

S01E10 – L’amour Looks Something Like You

This week’s song will leave you hanging on the old goose moon as Cecilee and Andrew Linke discuss the tenth track on The Kick Inside: L’amour Looks Something Like You. They track the song’s beginnings as a full-band demo, the live (unreleased officially) version done for the Tour of Life, and the thoughtful lyrics. They also lament the exclusion of this song’s performance and about half of the show done for the Tour of Life from the official Live at the Hammersmith Odeon release from several years later.

Demo version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIhioL_jh2c

Live version played:

L’amour Looks Something Like You from On Stage EP

Cover versions played:

S01E09 – Oh To Be in Love

Cecilee and Andrew Linke attempt to stop the swing of the pendulum and let this episode through to you. This week’s  song is Oh to Be In Love, the only song from Kate’s first two albums to have never been performed live on tour or…. anywhere, for that matter. They discuss the song’s origins in the Cathy Demos, the rapturous lyrics, and a little of Kate’s history as a piano-based singer/songwriter.

Demo version played:

1976 piano/vocal demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPSXW2ibi00

Cover versions:

S01E08 – Feel It

Is it hot in here or is it this song? It’s coming on winter in this part of the world, so it’s definitely this song. In this week’s episode, Cecilee and Andrew Linke get to discuss one of Cecilee’s personal favorites from The Kick Inside. They examine the expression of female desire in the lyrics, various cover versions, and how Kate’s childhood shaped her writing and musical compositions. All the makings of a fun and wonderful episode to listen to.

Live clip used:

Feel It live at the Hammersmith Odeon, May 1979

Cover versions:

S01E07 – James and the Cold Gun

This week’s episode is all about the live tour de force that was James and the Cold Gun, track seven on The Kick Inside. For this episode, Cecilee and Andrew Linke discuss this upbeat track and its storied history, from its first performances with the KT Bush Band in London pubs in the late 70s to the massive showstopper it became on the Tour of Life in 1979. They also discuss their own thoughts on the song and the story that Kate seems to be telling.

Song clips used in the episode:

Come Together (live 1977): (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Fv1iYJS6o)

James and the Cold Gun live at the Hammersmith Odeon: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWX8hFhNpdQ)

Cover versions used in this episode:

The Kaybees: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFKop60-kEY)

Potpourri of Pearls: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQcH2wizAP0)

Danny McEvoy: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4K59j7LC_c)

Hounds of Love: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGa65ROdh7g&list=PL335038FD1D42E625&index=12)

S01E06 – Wuthering Heights

At last, we come to the song that started it all, the worldwide (except for the US) mega-hit Wuthering Heights. In this special episode, Cecilee and special guest, musician and Wuthering Heights fanatic Luke McQuillan, hope you’ll let them in at your window as they discuss this important song. Cecilee and Luke discuss the unusual chord progression, the massive popularity this song still has 40 years after it was written by chance on the night of a full moon, various cover versions, and the tragic story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Also, Luke and Cecilee talk about the first time they ever heard this song, which was their first exposure to Kate’s music.

Live versions used:

Wuthering Heights live at the Hammersmith Odeon
Wuthering Heights live on Top of the Pops

Cover versions played:

S01E05 – The Man with the Child in His Eyes

Ooo it’s here again: another episode of Strange Phenomena. In this weeks’ episode, Cecilee Linke gets to discuss one of Kate’s most famous songs, The Man with the Child in His Eyes, with her first call-in guest, Jason Taub, another American Kate fan. Jason and Cecilee talk about this song’s live appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1978 (Kate’s only American TV appearance), their impressions of this gorgeous song, the background of the song, and why the song means so much to them.

Live versions used:

The Man with the Child in His Eyes, Saturday Night Live, December 9, 1978
The Man with the Child in His Eyes, live at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, United Kingdom, April 10, 1979

Cover versions played:

Hue and Cry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeKLjWTk2FE
Tina Arena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHXq86YNhLc
Zenima: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=448208859136&id=21425018185&_rdr
Ian Emerson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k0dNoOFOf8