You’ll find them in a Berlin bar in a corner discussing this second track from Kate Bush’s debut album The Kick Inside. In this episode, Cecilee and Andrew Linke talk about Kate’s tribute to the saxophone (not the last time she would write a song about a musical instrument and the feelings it evokes!). They also discuss David Gilmour, the lead guitarist from Pink Floyd, and how he helped bring this song to life, the interesting chord progression used by Kate in this song, and the meaningful lyrics of this tribute to Adolphe Sax’s 19th century musical invention.
Live clip used:
The Saxophone Song live at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, United Kingdom, April 10, 1979
Other music clips used:
Sunstroke Project and Olia Tara – Run Away live at Eurovision 2010 (“Epic Sax Guy”) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy1B3agGNxw)
Cover versions played:
The Saxophone Song by Nora O’Connor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpZuLhZbGlM)
The Saxophone Song by Theo Bleckmann (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DkXZsU9KeM)
On this first song episode, Cecilee discusses the first track from Kate Bush’s 1978 debut album The Kick Inside with her husband, Andrew Linke. They discuss the inspiration behind this song, fan cover versions, Kate’s renditions of this song on live TV and on the Tour of Life, where she makes use of a revolutionary headset mic so she could sing and dance at the same time, and lyrical discussion of this very moving song.
Live versions played:
Moving live on Saturday Night at the Mill, February 25, 1978: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzbNF2uxaBw
Moving live at the Hammersmith Odeon, May 1979
Moving live at the Tokyo Music Festival, June 1978: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvFRIlDCILI
Moving demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mwORtDvgp8
David Gilmour interview, 1987: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-K3NPR4q5I
BBC1, Personal Call, 1979: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJPVXyTmM4o&t=974s
BBC1, Nationwide, 1979: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQz_xIpFKkw
Cover versions played:
Valen Hsu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxgQ5hzg8ZI
Michael Simmons (sirsparklejet): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP8UUq3nMhY
Katie Paisant (KP Ray): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr48H7PEh2c
Save A.S. (BandHub cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgWnY1aS5h0
The official first episode of Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush, hosted by Cecilee Linke. In this podcast, Cecilee will be discussing every song that the legendary British singer/songwriter Kate Bush has ever produced, in chronological order. Each episode will focus on a different song and will include discussion of the history of each song, lyrics, music, live versions (where applicable), and personal thoughts on the song.