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
Are you ready to climb with Paganini up to the chimney to jig along with the fiddle-dee-diddle-dee-dee? If you are, then get ready for a rocking discussion of the violin-infused, well, Violin, the seventh track from Never For Ever.
We are joined by two guests for this episode: Wayne Henderson, who you’ll remember from last season’s episode In Search of Peter Pan, and Christopher Kelly, a young Kate fan who’s come on the show to talk about why he loves this song so much. We get into the history of this song, starting from its inception as a Cathy demo, the live version from Kate’s Tour of Life and her Christmas special, all the way to its inclusion on Never For Ever. Along the way, we talk about the numerous references in this song, such as banshees, Paganini, and Nero. And who can forget the live performances, where Kate hits some of her highest recorded notes ever?
It’s all here in this episode!
Song clips used:
Violin live at the Hammersmith Odeon
Violin live on the Kate Bush Christmas special
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