Don’t worry; there are still b-sides and collaborations to come! (among many for this season: Under the Ivy! Burning Bridge! My Lagan Love! The Handsome Cabin Boy! The Seer! Don’t Give Up!)
But first: The Morning Fog.
After the nightmare that was the Ninth Wave, we come to the end of the story and of the album with a beautiful song about gratitude and rebirth. To conclude the final album track for this season, we have a fellow American Kate fan on the line, Elizabeth Anne from Pennsylvania, who has loved this song since she heard the album Hounds of Love as a child, thanks to her father.
In this week’s episode, Cecilee and Elizabeth talk about the instrumentation, how this song fits into the overall story of the Ninth Wave, how this song was performed live in the Before the Dawn shows, and their own personal stories and thoughts on this lovely little song!
Welcome to the first song episode of the Never For Ever season.
And we’re starting it with the album opener, Babooshka.
What a way to start an album!
Babooshka is not just the album opener, but it was also the second single released from Never For Ever. It was a huge hit everywhere it was released, going to #5 in the UK, where it spent ten weeks on the chart. The fact that it’s not just a catchy-as-hell song but it also was accompanied by a sexy, famous video certainly didn’t hurt the success of this song on the charts!
This week, we get to hear from three fans of Babooshka, who have come on the show to talk about what this song means to them and the history of the song. We have Elizabeth Anne from western Pennsylvania, Vanessa from Toronto, and FreezingInferno from Newfoundland. We get to hear how they all came across this song (and Kate’s music in general!), why this song is one of their favorites, and also the theme of the song: a woman testing her husband’s fidelity. We also get to talk about the music video and the origins of that famous warrior outfit.
Song clips used:
Babooshka (beatbox demo)
Babooshka (piano demo)
Live performances of Babooshka:
Live in Venice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB1ySF0_KQ8
Live in Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCk9v2gdAEA
Dr. Hook special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSx8beWmFYY