S05E11 – Hello Earth

With just your heart and your mind, you could be driving driving home listening to the latest episode of the show!

After an unexpected two week break, we’re back with the second to last song for the Hounds of Love album. Hello Earth is the climax of the album, a shifting, ethereal piece that was written to evoke exactly what the subject is: drifting above the earth and watching yourself as you either fall asleep and die, or are rescued (depending on your interpretation of the ending of this story to come next week in The Morning Fog).

To discuss this song this week, we have two major fans (not just our host!). Paul Tate is a Kate superfan from Atlanta, Georgia who has been on the show previously to talk about Kate’s song structures and chord progressions. Zoey P is a regular contributer and friend of the show from New York City who counts Hello Earth as one of her top favorite Kate Bush songs.

So are you ready to go floating above the earth?

Song clips played

Hello Earth (album version)

Hello Earth (Before the Dawn version)

Hello Earth (performed by Cloudbusting)

Tsintskaro (performed by the Rustavi choir)

Other things mentioned:

Nosferatu clip with Tsintskaro playing over it

S05E00 – Hounds of Love Album Introduction

Time to go running up that hill from the hounds of love under the big sky while mother stands for comfort as we’re cloudbusting, daddy. It’s Hounds of Love, Kate Bush’s best-selling fifth album, and the work that many consider her masterpiece! Hounds of Love was the first of Kate’s albums to be recorded in her home studio among her family and friends and away from the prying eyes of the record company. This convivial atmosphere comes through in these songs, many of which are held up as classics in the Kate Bush canon (Running Up That Hill, Cloudbusting, the title track).

To discuss this wildly popular album with Cecilee is Zoey from New York, a familiar voice on the show! They discuss the way Hounds of Love was recorded. The singles. Ranking their favorite songs. And also a deep delve into speculating why Hounds of Love is considered Kate’s best album by so many. It’s all here, then next week, we get to go running up that hill to make a deal with God!

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Interview clips used:

Radio 1 Classic Albums interview: Hounds of Love

Kate Bush Hounds of Love Under Review

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

S04E09 – Houdini

It’s an epic episode about an epic love story: Bess and Harry Houdini! Our song this week is Houdini, the ninth track from The Dreaming and what a song it is! There’s Broadway singing, there’s light, pure vocals, and of course, the famous screams in the chorus! And mystery! Can’t forget the mystery either (don’t let it go now!)

We have two big fans on the show this week: Zoey P and Luke McQuillan, who was on the show back in season one to discuss Wuthering Heights. With Zoey, we get to talk about the feminist implications of Kate writing a song from Houdini’s wife’s point of view rather than Houdini himself, the symbolism of keys, and our favorite lyrical and vocal moments. With Luke, we talk about how strange the music is (that chord progression!) and dissect how he came up with his own piano/vocal version of Houdini by ear!

Song clips used:

Houdini (piano/vocal version by Luke McQuillan)

Houdini (piano instrumental by YANTA)

Interview clips used:

Rare 1982 interview with an opera singer

Paul Gambaccini interview, Pebble Mill At One, 1982

Other links mentioned:

Luke McQuillan – The Gauntlet

Sheet music for Rosabel, Sweet Rosabel

S04E08 – All The Love

This week’s song title may have the word “love” in it, but there doesn’t seem to be much love for this song. No discussion of it either on gaffa.org or….. much of anywhere!

Time to fix that!

Zoey P has joined us again for an extensive discussion of the album track All The Love, the eighth track from The Dreaming. This week, we’re talking about the theme of the song and how strangely relevant is it to our modern times (communication and letting people know how we really feel about them), the spooky song production, as well as trying to figure out who is who in the answering machine messages at the end of the song!

So let’s show this underrated gem a little love and dig into the song a bit. Maybe you’ll come away loving this song too! ūüôā

Song clips used:

All the Love

Fan remixes/other versions:

All the Love (Medieval Version by Alphan Music)

All the Love performed by Cloudbusting

S04E07 – Night of the Swallow

Come with us on a hired plane, with no names mentioned, for a fun ride through the seventh track on The Dreaming, the Irish-tinged/power ballad hybrid Night of the Swallow. In one of our most enthusiastic episodes yet, we have our good friend of the show, Zoey P, for whom this is her ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Kate Bush song. And for Cecilee, this is her overall favorite on The Dreaming!

So, with two huge fans of this song, get ready for a very enthusiastic episode! We get to talk about the narrative structure of the song (a dialogue!!), its release as a single (but only in Ireland!), the instrumentation (uilleann pipes!), our favorite lyrical moments, and more!

Song clips used:

Night of the Swallow

Documentary on history of uilleann pipes

 

S04E00 – The Dreaming Album Introduction

Woohoo for the start of another album season! Welcome to the fourth season of the show, which will be all about the weirdly wonderful (and fan favorite) The Dreaming. Regarded by the artist herself as her “she’s gone mad” album, The Dreaming is the work of someone working in the explosive computer technology of the time to create her most dense and experimental work to date, her own self-contained world of darkness and deep exploration of human nature.

To discuss this album as a whole, we have a familiar voice on the show: Zoey from New York. Zoey and Cecilee both count The Dreaming as their favorite Kate Bush albums, so there is a LOT to say in this album introduction episode! There is the constant myth that The Dreaming is a warm-up to Hounds of Love. They also discuss how the album was received at the time and its impact on modern music. The cut-and-paste way it was recorded (revolutionary for 1982, commonplace in 2019). Who played on the album. And we rank our favorite songs from the album and why (despite it being a difficult task for both!).

It’s all here in this album discussion episode! Then next week, we’ll get to hear a fun discussion of the first track, and single, Sat In Your Lap.

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Interview clips used:

Paul Gambaccini Interview, Pebble Mill at One, October 29, 1982

Profiles in Rock, 1980

Bonus: Cathy/Phoenix Demos

This week, we’re not talking about just one song but rather a bunch of songs! Specifically, the sort of songs that Kate Bush doesn’t want us to hear, but which we’ve heard anyway.

This is the week of the Cathy/Phoenix Demos, which were recordings Kate made of her songs when she was a teenager before she became famous. The Cathy Demos refer to tape recordings made when Kate was probably about 15 (circa 1973) of some of her songs. These songs were going to be put out on a bootleg record in 1986, when Kate got wind of what was going on and stopped it from being released. However, they have leaked anyway (well, all but one song, Go Now While You Can).

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Demos refer to a group of almost two dozen previously unheard songs that a Phoenix, Arizona DJ and former EMI A&R man John Dixon played on the air in 1982. These songs were recorded around 1976, according to the tape reel he played that night, so Kate was a little older than those first Cathy demos in ’73. Either way, the songs have leaked and since the 80s, these songs have been endlessly bootlegged and have, of course, made their way to the Internet for an even wider audience to find.

Some of these demos even contain embryonic versions of songs that later made her albums (Violin, The Kick Inside, and Oh To Be In Love, to name a few). To talk about these little gems, we have a familiar voice, Zoey P, on the show. We go into the history of how these songs, which were recorded in the privacy of Kate’s home, were leaked to the general public and what we think of these recordings.

To listen to these demos, you can find them here. Also, check out Chris Kelley’s Kate Bush song-by-song blog, Dream of Orgonon, which you can find here.

Song clips used/mentioned:

On Fire Inside a Snowball

The Disbelieving Angel

Frightened Eyes

Sunsi

You Were the Star

It Hurts Me

Stranded At the Moonbase

Rinfy the Gypsy

Dali

Where Are the Lionhearts

The Gay Farewell

Nevertheless You’ll Do

Frightened Eyes (Alphan Remix)

S03E16 – Warm and Soothing

For a song that was probably meant, like¬†The Empty Bullring, as a quick runthrough as she acclimated herself to a new studio, Kate sure came up with something beautiful and criminally underrated. This week, we’re discussing a b-side featuring just Kate and her piano, the flip of¬†December Will Be Magic Again,¬†called¬†Warm and Soothing, a song that is anything but when you dig into the lyrics. Keep in mind that a young woman in her early twenties wrote a song like this about a fading love. How could this be?

Only Kate!

To discuss one of Kate’s most underrated songs, we have a familiar voice on the show this week: Zoey P, who also agrees that this song should be better known and admired. Listen as we analyze Kate’s gorgeous vocal performance, the way she stretches out words, the gorgeous, plaintive melody, and the intriguing lyrics. Another one in only a couple of songs Kate has ever released officially that feature just her piano and voice.

Song clips used:

Warm and Soothing

S03E12 – The Empty Bullring

After a short break, we’re back with a new song episode. So come disappear through a window and out of your mind into our discussion of¬†The Empty Bullring,¬†the first released non-album track of Kate’s career so far and the first b-side of this season.

The Empty Bullring was the b-side to¬†Never For Ever‘s lead single¬†Breathing. Compared with the proggy, densely produced atmosphere of the A-side,¬†Bullring is rather simple in its production. Just Kate and her piano, spinning a tale of a man trying to prove himself when he doesn’t need to, all in less than two and a half minutes.¬†Short and sweet indeed.

For this episode, we’re joined by a great friend of the show, Zoey, who puts this as one of her most underrated Kate Bush songs. Cecilee and Zoey discuss the theme of the song, the way Kate uses her voice and her always intriguing vocal stylings, and when this song may have been recorded.

Song clips used:

The Empty Bullring