We promise we won’t be moody in this episode all about the beautiful song Delius (Song of Summer), the second track from Never For Ever. As a matter of fact, this episode will be cheery as the summer, since this is Cecilee’s favorite song on Never For Ever, so she has a lot to say!
And so does our guest, Keith DeWeese, who was the guest on Oh England My Lionheart last season! Listen as Keith and Cecilee discuss the production of this song as well as the song’s inspiration, the 1968 BBC movie Song of Summer, a movie about the British composer Frederick Delius. They also discuss who Fenby is, why it’s important that he’s being told “in B,” and the intriguing music video for this song, filmed in early 1980.
It’ll all make sense in this episode!
Movie clips used:
Song of Summer, 1968 BBC film
Song clips used:
Two Songs to Be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water by Frederick Delius
Hymn of the Fayth by Masashi Hamauzu and Nobuo Uematsu, featuring lyrics by scenario writer Kazushige Nojima
Interview clips used:
Russell Harty Show, November 25, 1980
Dr. Hook, April 7, 1980
Welcome to the first song episode of the Never For Ever season.
And we’re starting it with the album opener, Babooshka.
What a way to start an album!
Babooshka is not just the album opener, but it was also the second single released from Never For Ever. It was a huge hit everywhere it was released, going to #5 in the UK, where it spent ten weeks on the chart. The fact that it’s not just a catchy-as-hell song but it also was accompanied by a sexy, famous video certainly didn’t hurt the success of this song on the charts!
This week, we get to hear from three fans of Babooshka, who have come on the show to talk about what this song means to them and the history of the song. We have Elizabeth Anne from western Pennsylvania, Vanessa from Toronto, and FreezingInferno from Newfoundland. We get to hear how they all came across this song (and Kate’s music in general!), why this song is one of their favorites, and also the theme of the song: a woman testing her husband’s fidelity. We also get to talk about the music video and the origins of that famous warrior outfit.
Song clips used:
- Babooshka (beatbox demo)
- Babooshka (piano demo)
Live performances of Babooshka:
- Live in Venice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB1ySF0_KQ8
- Live in Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCk9v2gdAEA
- Dr. Hook special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSx8beWmFYY
- Christmas show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APwU54tswp0
Welcome to a special Album Introduction episode! Before we start Season 3 of the show, we’re going to start with an Introduction episode where we get to talk about the history of the album to come and general personal thoughts on it. We’ll also talk about where this album fits into Kate Bush’s canon and what to expect from the themes we’ll be discussing in each episode!
Recorded from September 1979 to May 1980, Never For Ever, Kate Bush’s third album, was released on September 7, 1980, almost two years after her previous album Lionheart. Never For Ever was Kate Bush’s first full-length album as a co-producer (her first production effort was the On Stage EP). Also, Never For Ever went to #1 in the UK mere weeks after its release, becoming the first album by a British female solo artist to top the UK chart (how did it take THAT long??). The famous Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument), an expensive electronic instrument used to sample and create music from non-traditional sounds, which would be used far more extensively on The Dreaming, Kate’s next album, was used for the first time on a Kate Bush album.
To introduce this season, we have a special guest, who you’ll remember from the Lionheart introduction episode and other song episodes from last season: Zoey P, who, like Cecilee, considers this one of her top favorite Kate Bush albums. Zoey and Cecilee talk about the convivial environment in which Never For Ever was recorded, what the album means to them and why it’s an underrated classic, in their opinion, and much more!