On to the last Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush song….. for now! Like the previous two Peter Gabriel songs we’ve talked about on the show, Games Without Frontiers is an album track. But unlike the previous ones, this was a successful single. In fact, it was Peter’s first top 10 hit in the UK and the biggest hit, to that point, that featured Kate and Peter singing together (until Don’t Give Up in 1986)! How cool is that?
To discuss this song, we have our resident PG fan, also known as Cecilee’s husband Andrew Linke. We get to talk about the lyrics, the interesting references in the song, and of course, our lovely Kate’s ghostly background vocals singing the title line in French (as if her voice could get any more beautiful!). We also get to talk about how this collaboration came to be and a funny story from Graeme Thomson’s book Under the Ivy about a record executive’s reaction to this song. We also talk about the title’s reference to a rather silly game show called Jeux sans frontières (French for “games without frontiers”) and the British equivalent, called It’s a Knockout.
It’s a Knockout Theme
Jeux Sans Frontières Full Show
Games Without Frontiers (official video from Melt)
Now on to Peter Collaboration #2, the UK top 40 hit No Self Control, track number 2 on his 1980 album Melt. Peter Gabriel may have written this song, but in the production and song theme, No Self Control shares some parallels with Kate’s music as we would come to know it on her upcoming album The Dreaming.
World instruments in a non-world context (marimbas are featured in this song).
Distorting the human voice even further with technology (Kate’s vocals on the bridge and title line).
The song’s overall theme (human psychology and someone losing their mind).
In short, some of the seeds of The Dreaming can be heard on this collaboration, and what an exciting thing to hear!
Cecilee’s husband Andrew Linke returns to discuss No Self Control. They discuss the inspiration of this song (a Steve Reich composition called Music for 18 Musicians), the lyrics, why Kate and Peter may not have actually written songs together beyond these few collaborations, Kate’s contributions to the song, and how it fits into the music that Kate would come to produce on The Dreaming.
Song clips used:
No Self Control (album version)
Music for 18 Musicians (performed February 5, 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago)
No Self Control (promo video fan edit)
And so now begins the collaborations portion of this third season of the show! There will be a total of five collaboration episodes this season, three of them with the same artist: Peter Gabriel.
I Don’t Remember was first sung by Peter and Kate together on stage for the Bill Duffield benefit concert in May 1979. Until then, I Don’t Remember was a Peter Gabriel only track, but during that show, Kate sang harmonies with Peter on this song and was even featured on the album version of said track (albeit in a very distorted manner such that her voice is unrecognizable unless you listen carefully!).
During Kate’s sessions for Never For Ever, Kate popped by Peter’s studio to sing background vocals with Peter on three of his songs: I Don’t Remember, No Self-Control (a UK top 40 hit that peaked at #33 in May 1980), and the top 20 hit Games Without Frontiers. All three of those songs ended up on Peter’s third album known as Peter Gabriel, a.k.a. Peter Gabriel 3 or Melt, due to the distinctive cover image. For this episode, and the two following Peter Gabriel collaboration episodes this season (and for Don’t Give Up next year in the Hounds of Love season), Cecilee gets to talk with her husband Andrew Linke, the resident Peter Gabriel fan (though Cecilee is becoming a fan too!). Cecilee and Andrew talk about the lyrics, Kate’s performance on this song, and the ways that she’s already starting to use her voice in a more experimental and very distorted way.
Song clips used:
Another day, and another episode, the last one of the Lionheart season! We’re closing out the Lionheart era tracks with a song that, like last week’s song, has never been officially released in any capacity.
Another Day, a Roy Harper song, was performed by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush for her 1979 Christmas special, an experience that has never been repeated. There was talk of releasing their version as a single, but it never happened. What we do have is Peter and Kate lip-syncing this song at a table, not facing each other, and acting out the fractured relationship in the song.
For this episode, Andrew Linke, Cecilee’s husband and resident Peter Gabriel fan, makes an appearance to talk about this song. Andrew and Cecilee talk about which version of the song they like better, the overall theme of the lyrics, and what was so special about that Kate Bush Christmas special anyway.
With that, we conclude a second season of the show. See everyone in a few weeks for the start of season 3, all about the album Never For Ever!
Song clips used:
Roy Harper – Another Day
This Mortal Coil featuring Elizabeth Fraser – Another Day
Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel – Another Day (live on the 1979 Kate Bush Christmas special)
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
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 Inside, Room 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)
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
Sound in S
Live at the Hammersmith Odeon
Kate Bush Christmas Special
Bill Duffield benefit concert
Cover versions played:
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.
Live version played:
L’amour Looks Something Like You from On Stage EP
Cover versions played:
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
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