S01E09 – Oh To Be in Love

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

Cover versions:

S01E08 – Feel It

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

Cover versions:

S01E07 – James and the Cold Gun

This week’s episode is all about the live tour de force that was James and the Cold Gun, track seven on The Kick Inside. For this episode, Cecilee and Andrew Linke discuss this upbeat track and its storied history, from its first performances with the KT Bush Band in London pubs in the late 70s to the massive showstopper it became on the Tour of Life in 1979. They also discuss their own thoughts on the song and the story that Kate seems to be telling.

Song clips used in the episode:

Come Together (live 1977): (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Fv1iYJS6o)

James and the Cold Gun live at the Hammersmith Odeon: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWX8hFhNpdQ)

Cover versions used in this episode:

The Kaybees: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFKop60-kEY)

Potpourri of Pearls: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQcH2wizAP0)

Danny McEvoy: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4K59j7LC_c)

Hounds of Love: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGa65ROdh7g&list=PL335038FD1D42E625&index=12)

S01E06 – Wuthering Heights

At last, we come to the song that started it all, the worldwide (except for the US) mega-hit Wuthering Heights. In this special episode, Cecilee and special guest, musician and Wuthering Heights fanatic Luke McQuillan, hope you’ll let them in at your window as they discuss this important song. Cecilee and Luke discuss the unusual chord progression, the massive popularity this song still has 40 years after it was written by chance on the night of a full moon, various cover versions, and the tragic story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Also, Luke and Cecilee talk about the first time they ever heard this song, which was their first exposure to Kate’s music.

Live versions used:

Wuthering Heights live at the Hammersmith Odeon
Wuthering Heights live on Top of the Pops

Cover versions played:

S01E05 – The Man with the Child in His Eyes

Ooo it’s here again: another episode of Strange Phenomena. In this weeks’ episode, Cecilee Linke gets to discuss one of Kate’s most famous songs, The Man with the Child in His Eyes, with her first call-in guest, Jason Taub, another American Kate fan. Jason and Cecilee talk about this song’s live appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1978 (Kate’s only American TV appearance), their impressions of this gorgeous song, the background of the song, and why the song means so much to them.

Live versions used:

The Man with the Child in His Eyes, Saturday Night Live, December 9, 1978
The Man with the Child in His Eyes, live at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, United Kingdom, April 10, 1979

Cover versions played:

Hue and Cry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeKLjWTk2FE
Tina Arena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHXq86YNhLc
Zenima: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=448208859136&id=21425018185&_rdr
Ian Emerson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k0dNoOFOf8

S01E04 – Kite

Fly a diamond night with Cecilee and Andrew Linke as they discuss Kite, the fourth track on The Kick Inside. In this episode, they explore the full-band demo version of this song, discuss who is Beezelbub and why he’s aching in Kate’s belly-o, and how this song was realized for the stage in 1979.

Live versions played:

Bio’s Bahnhof, February 9, 1978
Kite live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1979

Cover versions played:

The Dumbtonics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvmhzSnzSQw
Danny McEvoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuZOyzfY-yQ
Silvia Metelli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF923S7xRog

S01E03 – Strange Phenomena

They raise their hats to the strange phenomena that is discussing this third track from Kate’s debut album The Kick Inside. In this episode, Cecilee is joined again by her husband Andrew Linke in talking about the early, full-band demo of this song, the live version from the Tour of Life, and going in depth with the lyrics. Coincidence that we recorded this episode during a full moon? You decide.

Interview clip used:

Personal Call, BBC1, 1979

Live version used:

Strange Phenomena live at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, United Kingdom, April 10, 1979

Cover versions played:

Strange Phenomena by troubleclef: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fldXmpbpkT0

Strange Phenomena by Danny McEvoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8-a7sEDU4Y

Strange Phenomena by kevbobster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en2uL0DZk1c

S01E02 – The Saxophone Song

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)

S01E01 – Moving

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

Interviews played:

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
llyssard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngafMk5wo6Y
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

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.