If you thought running up a hill was difficult, try running away from dogs chasing you. Specifically, hounds of love.
Get ready for some more running as we go into a discussion of the third single from the Hounds of Love album, the energetic title track. To discuss this song this week, we have two megafans on the line: Craig Houston from Ohio and Paul Tate from Georgia. Both fans have fascinating insights and history with this week’s song! Craig talks about hearing this song and being blown away the first time he ever heard it and seeing it performed for Before the Dawn. Paul, a composer and pianist, is new to the show and offers his musical expertise to the discussion. With Paul, we dig into Kate’s use of loops, how those drums were created, pentatonic scales, and rhythm to create something different from traditional songwriting.
Much to discuss! Then afterwards, we can rest for a bit and take our shoes off before leaving with the big sky next week!
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Interview clips used:
Kate Bush and Lee Aaron on Good Rockin’ Tonight, CBC, 1985
Classic Albums: Hounds of Love, BBC, 1992
Kate Bush Under Review
Song clips used:
Hounds of Love (album version)
Hounds of Love (alternative)
Hounds of Love (Before the Dawn)
Ra Ra Riot – Hounds of Live (live 4/28/10, Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI)
The Futureheads – Hounds of Love
Hounds of Love (Official Music Video)
Sat In Your Lap could be summed up in one word: bombastic. Isn’t it fitting then that the episode about that song is jam-packed with guests? Of course!
What a way to start off Kate’s (now) beloved fourth album The Dreaming, than with five different guests this week from many different parts of the world! And they all have one thing in common: they love Sat In Your Lap.
- Tomer Feiner (Israel)
- Craig Houston (Ohio)
- Wayne Henderson (California)
- Vanessa Ramos (Canada)
AND we have a special contribution from longtime Kate fan Daniel Thomas, who was last featured on the Coffee Homeground and Symphony in Blue episodes. You’ll get to hear from him on each song from The Dreaming thanks to essays he has written comparing songs from The Dreaming with Tori Amos’ equally experimental (and the first of her albums to be self-produced, like with Kate) Boys for Pele.
This week, we’re talking ALL about this song. What it was like for us the first time hearing this song. The production. The lyrics (all of us going, so that’s what she’s saying at the end!). What others have said about this song. What Kate wrote extensively in the Kate Bush Club Newsletter. And lastly, who can forget the bonkers music video?
It’s all here in this first episode of the fourth season of the show!
Song and interview clips used:
In the Air Tonight
Sat in Your Lap (demo)
Sat in Your Lap (fan-made instrumental)
Sat in Your Lap (fan-made piano instrumental)
The Dreaming 1982 Interview (interviewer unknown)
Kate Bush on Razzmatazz, July 14, 1981