Bonus: Before the Dawn – Five Years Later

Five years ago this week, in August 2014, a huge event happened in Kate Bush fandom: the beginning of Kate’s London residency, Before the Dawn. It wasn’t just another rock music gig. In the way that only Kate can do it, Before the Dawn was a theatrical experience like none other and, most importantly, it was her first set of live shows since 1979. It was also an event we all hope will eventually come out on DVD, but at least we have the audio for now. (Still BOOO anyway!)

While our host didn’t get to see the show (BOOOO!), Cecilee has gotten to talk with a fan who was there! So in honor of the shows and also the episodes to come for this season (we’ll go into And Dream of Sheep and the rest of the Ninth Wave next week!), we’re talking with Elizabeth Bracy, a long-time Kate fan from Portland, Oregon. Elizabeth made the trek to London and saw the show and she’s here to talk about her experience seeing the show, what it was like getting tickets, AND…. seeing The Ninth Wave live on stage for the first time.

Bonus: Humming

It started as an excerpt on a radio show called Personal Call in 1980. Only a verse and part of a chorus were ever played. “I was waiting for the flat note in the middle,” she said as the tape faded out. And for years, fans have wondered about this mysterious song. Is it called Maybe? Humming? Davy? No one knew. All anyone had was the clip she played on that radio show as well as an unreleased recording of a song called Davy that had a similar melody and chorus to what was played on Personal Call.

What was this song? And would it ever be released in full?

Apparently, yes!

Years later, in 2018, the full version of this mythical song finally appeared on the Kate Bush Remastered box set, under its official title: Humming. All of her albums have been rereleased and remastered along with two CDs of bonus tracks, called The Other Sides 1 and 2. Track 7 on The Other Sides 2 contains the first ever full release of that little song Kate shut her ears on.

This week, we’re talking about this little gem with Tomer Feiner, a Kate fan from Israel. We discuss the history of this song, what the song is about, and a little of Kate’s early history before getting signed!

Also, we couldn’t find that flat note in the middle.

Song clips used:

Humming/Davy and Personal Call clip

Humming

Bonus: Let the Weirdness In #1

Welcome to a special episode of Strange Phenomena. This week is the first “mailbag” episode. Over the last year and a half of this show, I’ve gotten messages from listeners about different episodes and their thoughts on some of the songs I’ve discussed so far, including some corrections (oops!). So this week, we get to hear from YOU, the listeners, AND…..

Strange Phenomena now has a Patreon page!

For just $5 a month, you can get a special parallel show called Deeper Understanding, which will include general Kate Bush chat and deeper discussions of her work, rather than focusing on a particular song. The main show will always be free, but for those who are subscribed to Patreon, you get a little something extra!

You can find said Patreon here:

http://www.patreon.com/katebushpodcast

Bonus: Kate Bush Remastered!

Big news today in the Kate Bush world: all of Kate’s albums, plus new rarities, are being released in remastered editions on vinyl AND CD! The first seven are coming out on November 16, 2018 in individual and box set form, with the rest (Aerial, Directors Cut, etc) to follow on November 30, 2018! Woohoo! One hopes there might be an iTunes release as well, but we’ll see…..

No need to wait all night long, we’ll tell you all about it in this special episode of Strange Phenomena. Listen as Cecilee discusses the big news, plus some updates about the show (more listeners, woohoo!!!) and things to come in theĀ Never For Ever season, which is ALMOST done!!

Box set orders:

Vinyl

Remastered I
Remastered II
Remastered III
Remastered IV

CD

Remastered I
Remastered II

Links to pre-order Kate’s albums individually:

The Kick Inside

Vinyl
CD

Lionheart

Vinyl
CD

Never For Ever

Vinyl
CD

The Dreaming

Vinyl
CD

Hounds of Love

Vinyl
CD

The Sensual World

Vinyl
CD

The Red Shoes

Vinyl
CD

Aerial

Vinyl
CD

Director’s Cut

Vinyl
CD

50 Words for Snow

Vinyl
CD

S02E00 – Lionheart Album Introduction

Welcome to a special Album Introduction episode! Before we start Season 2 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!

Lionheart was released on November 12, 1978, not even nine months after Kate put out her debut album The Kick Inside. In the years since its release, Lionheart, Kate Bush’s second full-length album, has become a rather maligned album. Lionheart is not discussed much, if at all, and tends to rank low on fan lists of favorite Kate Bush albums. If Lionheart is ever discussed, it’s usually dismissed as “rushed” and/or “a pale copy of The Kick Inside.” Though she spoke well of it at the time, Kate Bush herself later said that: “Considering how quickly we made it it’s a bloody good album, but I’m not really happy with it”.

In this episode, Cecilee gets to talk with a special guest: Zoey P, a fellow Kate Bush fanatic who has a lot to say about Lionheart. Lionheart is one of Zoey’s favorite Kate Bush albums, so she will be sharing her thoughts on the album as well as some of the recording history of Lionheart and how this album fits in Kate’s body of work. Zoey will also talk about the ways in which Kate slips into many different personas from one song to the next, from a gay man trying to make it in show business (Wow) to a World War II pilot plummeting to his death (Oh England My Lionheart) to a little boy trying to make sense of the world (In Search of Peter Pan).

Cecilee, a fan who also likes Lionheart and thinks it’s rather unjustly maligned, will also talk about what this album means to her and her opinions of this album. She will also dig into the history of Lionheart and how it was recorded in the south of France (the only Kate album to be recorded outside the UK).

S00E01 – Introductions

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.