S05E03 – The Big Sky

Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush
S05E03 - The Big Sky

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!

It’s a jam-packed episode, just like this song!

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Interview clips used:

Classic Albums: Hounds of Love, 1992

Song clips used and/or mentioned:

The Big Sky (album version)

The Big Sky (special single mix)

The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)

The Big Sky (Official Music Video)

S04E10 – Get Out Of My House

Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush
S04E10 - Get Out Of My House

Unlike Kate in this song, we will let you in to show you all about the clattering and downright scary Get Out of My House, the last album track on The Dreaming. And what a closer this is! If you thought Breathing from the last album was epic, this one is even more so!

To discuss this song, we have two super fans: Richard Campbell from Toronto, Canada, a fan who was last on the show to talk about In Search of Peter Pan. Rick talks about his history with this song and what it was like to listen to The Dreaming when it was first released in the 80s and how forward-thinking Kate was in her production techniques in this song. Rick also discusses how much this song reminds him of the 60s movie The Haunting.

Super fan number two is Zoey P, for whom this song is an absolute favorite. Zoey digs into the theme and lyrics of this song and how it relates to a woman’s experience of feeling invaded and violated, and how it ties into Kate’s own experiences as a very public figure who “had to prove [she] was an artist in a woman’s body.”

Song clips used:

Get Out of My House

Other links mentioned:

Mr. Marrs fan-made video for Get Out of My House

S02E02 – In Search of Peter Pan

Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush
S02E02 - In Search of Peter Pan


Come fly with us as we search for Peter Pan. Three different fans from all over the world have taken part in this episode to talk about why they love In Search of Peter Pan, this week’s song: Rebecca Kormind, a long-time fan from Denmark; Rick Campbell, an actor from Toronto, Canada; and Wayne Henderson, a fellow podcaster from southern California. Each of these fans have personal connections and insights to this overlooked song, which features the first of several references to British culture on Lionheart.

Listen as we talk about our personal feelings on this song, the story of the character of Peter Pan, the intriguing musical changes in the song, and thoughts on the only live performance of this song, which was done during Kate’s Tour of Life in 1979, and which has never been officially released.

Song clips used:

In Search of Peter Pan, live at the Manchester Apollo, 1979

Interview clips used:

Björk on The First Time With…., Series 3 Episode 2, December 2, 2017