It is another episode of Strange Phenomena that brings us together! This week we’re talking about a soundtrack song, the upbeat, poppy (and VERY mid-80s sounding!) Be Kind to My Mistakes.
This song has had several releases over the years, most notably more as a b-side in the Sensual World era. BUT it’s first release was in 1987 on the soundtrack of the movie this was written for, Castaway. (not the Tom Hanks movie from the early 2000s!)
To talk about this soundtrack, one-off song, we have Daniel Thomas on the line from Seattle, a Kate (and BKTMM) superfan! We talk about Kate’s vocals and words in the song, the production, and also about the movie this came from!
We were working secretly not for the military, but for you, specifically a new episode of Strange Phenomena! This week we’re going into a song that was released as a single from Kate Bush’s (to-date) only greatest hits collection The Whole Story, the spooky Experiment IV.
Experiment IV was the only single released from The Whole Story, released on October 27, 1986, and reached #23 in the UK charts (and was actually on the charts at the same time as her duet with Peter Gabriel, Don’t Give Up). Accompanied by a music video that depicted the song’s topic, Experiment IV is quite a song to discuss, especially over thirty years later, with all of our advances in technology.
Vanessa Ramos from Canada is our main guest for today’s episode. And we’re also going to hear from Dave Cross, one of the founders of the Homeground Kate Bush fanzine, who, with the other Homeground founders, took part in the music video for Experiment IV in 1986! So we’ll get to hear from him and his experiences being on the set and getting to play a dead scientist!
And now for a discussion of a b-side that isn’t discussed much (not even by Kate herself!!).
In fact, the only way to find this song is either getting the single it’s from (The Big Sky), finding the This Woman’s Work box set, or going to YouTube!
It’s not even on her most recent boxset Kate Bush Remastered!
Which our host and our guest this week find absolute tragic!
Not This Time was the b-side for Hounds of Love’s final single, The Big Sky, and it continues the tradition of folk phonetics (too ree ay too ree oh), beautiful melodic twists, a slow build up to a frenetic finale. Oh and speaking of a frenetic finale, this song contains an absolute frenzy of Kate’s vocals at the end of the song to carry us all out!
What could be better than that??
To talk about the song this week, we have Cassandra de Alba, another Kate fan like our host, on the line! Cassandra puts this song in her top 10 favorite Kate songs and she comes on to the show to talk about WHY this song should be better known and what this song means to her. Our host also gets a little teary when talking about this song and what it represents for her: getting out of a bad situation and finding the strength to leave.
So come on and sing too-ree-ay with us this week as we talk about the epic b-side Not This Time! And maybe you’ll rediscover this lost gem and make it as well-known as it ought to, and very much deserves, to be!
Last week’s episode was on a traditional song, and that’s the same thing with this week’s episode! This week, we’re talking about a cover of a sea shanty called The Handsome Cabin Boy!
He may not be a Kate fan (yet!) but we have Cecilee’s good friend Andrew Martin, a fellow music enthusiast and a sailor for the US Navy, and a guest who’s ACTUALLY in the room with our host instead of on Skype, to discuss this song, and the genre of sea shanties in general!
Time to take a trip to Ireland for this week’s b-side, the lovely, a cappella My Lagan Love.
This week, we’re talking about My Lagan Love, an Irish song that Kate recorded as a b-side and released as a b-side on two different singles (Cloudbusting in the UK, Hounds of Love in the US). However, these aren’t the original lyrics!
A massive Kate fan from Twitter has joined the show from her home in Canada to discuss My Lagan Love. Marlo Forget is another young Kate fan and also Irish folk music enthusiast with a lot to say about this song! There is much to discuss, such as the meaning of the original lyrics, the literary inspiration for Kate’s version, and the history of this gorgeous song itself!
If you’d like to follow Marlo on Twitter, you can find here here!
Don’t worry, you won’t have to be waiting all night long for a new b-side episode! We’re indeed going to tell you all about this week’s song, Burning Bridge. Recorded specifically as a b-side and stated as such by Kate herself, Burning Bridge is a frenzied, militaristic song with tons of background vocals, a charging beat, pounding piano, and an intense lead vocal.
This b-side continues the tradition of Kate releasing a song that’s completely different than the a-side (in this case, Cloudbusting). Diego Ortega, another young Kate fan, is on the show this week to discuss with Cecilee why this is one of his favorite Kate Bush songs, and they discuss the musical structure, its release, and also try to figure out why they both love this song so much!
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So when you’re done celebrating Thanksgiving and stuffing yourself full of turkey today (if you’re an American listener!), come take a moment to listen to this week’s episode of Strange Phenomena and chill out to this lovely little song, the first b-side episode for the Hounds of Love season!
It can’t get any better than starting with the gorgeous, fan favorite Under the Ivy, the flip side of the album’s lead single Running Up That Hill. While Running Up That Hill is very produced and drum-heavy, Under the Ivy goes back to the basics: Kate and her piano, telling a mysterious story, all in the space of less than two and a half minutes.
Under the Ivy ranks highly among Kate fans and it’s not hard to see why! We get to hear Kate’s gorgeous voice singing poetic lyrics that seem both personal and ambiguous at the same time. Then there’s her vocal unadorned by anything except a little reverb and one background vocal (“for meeeeeeeeeee”) and behind her vocal is her fluidly playing piano over a sad and yearning melody in G minor. It’s a song that’s open to a lot of interpretation, but always brings you in to its little world. And then, just like that, it’s over, and you want to go back again and again.
To discuss this song this week, we have two other mega-fans of the song: Alex Dale, a journalist from London who was last on the show to discuss Watching You Without Me; Wayne Henderson, a long-time American Kate fan and the host of the Packers Fan podcast. We get to talk about our personal connections to the song, and what we think those lyrics mean. What do we think the “it” is that she sings about in “it wouldn’t take me long to tell you how to find it.” What is the meaning of a “white rose,” and why do we need to go to it? What does it mean to be “sitting here in the thunder, the green on the gray”?
Nothing is decided on, but we have a great discussion of it for sure!
We’re coming through the night like a cat to bring you an episode about one of Kate’s most mysterious songs, the beautiful French-language original Ne t’enfuis pas, which means “don’t flee.” (often translated as “don’t fly away.”)
Cecilee gets to bring out her inner French nerd with this song as she discusses Ne t’enfuis pas with Dani Llamas, who you will remember from the episodes on Kidnapped on a Building Site and There Goes a Tenner. Enthusiasm abounds in this episode, since this is a top ten favorite for both of these Kate fans! Cecilee talks about the lyrics and how they translate to English, even commenting on Kate’s accent in French. There’s also much discussion and speculation of how this song probably came to be.
And wait, Kate Bush and Star Wars are related through this song?
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Welcome to the first of only a few episodes of the b-sides/collabs part of The Dreaming season. This week, we’re discussing a song that Kate didn’t write, so this marks the first officially released cover song in Kate’s repertoire!
The famous 1960s folk singer Donovan (known for hits like Sunshine Superman, Catch the Wind, and Mellow Yellow) wrote Lord of the Reedy River for his album H.M.S. Donovan, released in 1971, an album that Kate cited as an absolute favorite. Only a few years before Donovan’s released version, the Welsh singer Mary Hopkin got a hold of it and released her version for her debut album Post Card. Then, more than a decade later, along came our Kate to put her own take on this rather mournful folk song, using a disused swimming pool at Townhouse Studios and a brand new expensive toy: the Fairlight CMI.
To discuss this song this week, we have Frezno from Newfoundland, a younger fan of Kate who loves this song for its strange qualities. We get to talk about the production of this song, how Kate changed the pronouns in the song to make it more personal and put it from a feminine point of view, how Kate came to choose this song to record, and…. wait, the single for Sat in Your Lap had THIS on the b-side? Talk about a whiplash of moods!
For a song that was probably meant, like The Empty Bullring, as a quick runthrough as she acclimated herself to a new studio, Kate sure came up with something beautiful and criminally underrated. This week, we’re discussing a b-side featuring just Kate and her piano, the flip of December Will Be Magic Again, called Warm and Soothing, a song that is anything but when you dig into the lyrics. Keep in mind that a young woman in her early twenties wrote a song like this about a fading love. How could this be?
To discuss one of Kate’s most underrated songs, we have a familiar voice on the show this week: Zoey P, who also agrees that this song should be better known and admired. Listen as we analyze Kate’s gorgeous vocal performance, the way she stretches out words, the gorgeous, plaintive melody, and the intriguing lyrics. Another one in only a couple of songs Kate has ever released officially that feature just her piano and voice.