We were working secretly not for the military, but for you, specifically a new episode of Strange Phenomena! This week we’re going into a song that was released as a single from Kate Bush’s (to-date) only greatest hits collection The Whole Story, the spooky Experiment IV.
Experiment IV was the only single released from The Whole Story, released on October 27, 1986, and reached #23 in the UK charts (and was actually on the charts at the same time as her duet with Peter Gabriel, Don’t Give Up). Accompanied by a music video that depicted the song’s topic, Experiment IV is quite a song to discuss, especially over thirty years later, with all of our advances in technology.
Vanessa Ramos from Canada is our main guest for today’s episode. And we’re also going to hear from Dave Cross, one of the founders of the Homeground Kate Bush fanzine, who, with the other Homeground founders, took part in the music video for Experiment IV in 1986! So we’ll get to hear from him and his experiences being on the set and getting to play a dead scientist!
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!
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