Take away the love and the anger, and what you’re left with is….. a new episode of Strange Phenomena!
This week, we have a first-timer on the show, author James DiBenedetto, and young fan Diego Ortega, to talk about a song that Kate has said herself was one of the most difficult songs she’s ever written.
And for a song that she insists she has no idea what the story is, we sure have a lot of thoughts on the lyrics! And the rest of the song!
Don’t worry, you won’t have to be waiting all night long for a new b-side episode! We’re indeed going to tell you all about this week’s song, Burning Bridge. Recorded specifically as a b-side and stated as such by Kate herself, Burning Bridge is a frenzied, militaristic song with tons of background vocals, a charging beat, pounding piano, and an intense lead vocal.
This b-side continues the tradition of Kate releasing a song that’s completely different than the a-side (in this case, Cloudbusting). Diego Ortega, another young Kate fan, is on the show this week to discuss with Cecilee why this is one of his favorite Kate Bush songs, and they discuss the musical structure, its release, and also try to figure out why they both love this song so much!
Are you ready to jump and leave with the big sky, honey?
I hope so!
All the folks for this week’s episode certainly are too!
This week, we’re talking about the exuberant third track, and final single, from Hounds of Love, The Big Sky. And what a discussion this has turned out to be! Our two main fans for the episode are Rick Campbell from Canada and Diego Ortega from California. They’re on opposite ends of the continent but one thing they have in common is they love this song! Rick talks about hearing this song for the first time in 1985 and how this song connects to his travels and how it’s grown with him. Diego talks about the lyrics, his declaration that this is an anthem for shy people, and we speculate on why Kate’s songs (especially this one) would be so hard to cover for another musician.
And we haven’t even talked about the music video yet!
In addition to our two main fans, we’ll hear from two other Kate folks who were on the set of the music video for The Big Sky: Keith Pitches, a longtime Kate fan who called in to the show, and Dave Cross, one of the founders of Homeground magazine, who helped to organize that fan meetup and who was in the video too!
The year is 1985. And all over the radio in the last summer is the first bit of new music from Kate in a very long time. Three years, to be exact. Not only is it something new but it’s the first single for a new album!
Running Up That Hill turns out to be not just the biggest hit single Kate has had in years. It’s also the beginning of a media frenzy for Kate as she begins to promote this song and her upcoming album. She’s everywhere in a way she hasn’t been since maybe the beginning of her career. She even ventures to America, where this song becomes, to date, her only top 40 hit.
To discuss this monster of a hit song, we have a young Kate fan on the line who was on the There Goes a Tenner episode. Diego Ortega considers this song one of his favorite Kate songs. Like our host, Running Up That Hill was his gateway to the rest of Kate’s music. With Diego, Cecilee discusses the amazing production and how one sample from the Fairlight was manipulated in three different ways to build the song. Diego and Cecilee also talk about Kate’s live performances, including the use of Running Up That Hill in the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony. They also talk about the distinctive music video and their own favorite lyrics.
No need to wait any longer for a new episode of Strange Phenomena! This week, we’re continuing into The Dreaming with a discussion of the second track, the one single that didn’t even chart (what???), There Goes a Tenner.
Released as the second single in the UK, with the French-language original Ne t’enfuis pas on the b-side, There Goes a Tenner is a pastiche of various film references tied up in a story that could’ve been something out of an old movie: a bank robbery gone wrong. To discuss this song this week, we have Dani Llamas, who was on the Kidnapped on a Building Site episode, and Diego Ortega, another young Kate fan from California. We’ll talk about the Paul Henry-directed music video, the many film references, the song structure, and speculate on why this song didn’t chart.
Also included is another essay about There Goes a Tenner from Kate fan Daniel Thomas!