Driving back in your car, you can listen to this discussion of a lesser-known Kate Bush album track, called Fullhouse. This week, we’re joined by Zoey P, who you might remember from the Lionheart album intro and Wow episodes. Zoey joins the discussion this week for a song that Cecilee admits isn’t a favorite, but which Zoey has a lot of personal connection with. Cecilee and Zoey dissect the lyrics, which are rather personal for a Kate Bush song. They go into the musical changes, which reflect the angst-ridden lyrics, and the only live performance ever done of this song, which was on the Tour of Life in 1979. Zoey also discusses the possible connections between this song and the Kate Bush demo song Frightened Eyes.
So remember yourself, and listen to our episode!
Song clips used:
Fullhouse live at the Manchester Apollo
Frightened Eyes (piano demo)
We hope you think this episode is just as wow and unbelievable as we think it is! This week’s song is the third song from Lionheart, and the most successful of the two songs released from the album for the radio, the iconic song Wow.
Our guest this week is Zoey, who you might remember from the Lionheart album introduction episode (and who will also be joining us later to discuss Fullhouse, Kashka from Baghdad, and Hammer Horror this season!). We get to discuss the history of this song, its massive success on the charts, and we delve into an extensive discussion of the lyrics. We talk about just what it means to not make the Sweeney (and for that matter, what a Sweeney is), that infamous vaseline line, as well as other queer elements present in the song, and its various live incarnations on the Tour of Life and on TV appearances around the world.
Very wow indeed!
Song clips used:
Theme from The Sweeney
Wow, live at the Hammersmith Odeon, May 1979
Wow, live on ABBA in Switzerland (Snowtime Special), 1979
Welcome to a special Album Introduction episode! Before we start Season 2 of the show, we’re going to start with an Introduction episode where we get to talk about the history of the album to come and general personal thoughts on it. We’ll also talk about where this album fits into Kate Bush’s canon and what to expect from the themes we’ll be discussing in each episode!
Lionheart was released on November 12, 1978, not even nine months after Kate put out her debut album The Kick Inside. In the years since its release, Lionheart, Kate Bush’s second full-length album, has become a rather maligned album. Lionheart is not discussed much, if at all, and tends to rank low on fan lists of favorite Kate Bush albums. If Lionheart is ever discussed, it’s usually dismissed as “rushed” and/or “a pale copy of The Kick Inside.” Though she spoke well of it at the time, Kate Bush herself later said that: “Considering how quickly we made it it’s a bloody good album, but I’m not really happy with it”.
In this episode, Cecilee gets to talk with a special guest: Zoey P, a fellow Kate Bush fanatic who has a lot to say about Lionheart. Lionheart is one of Zoey’s favorite Kate Bush albums, so she will be sharing her thoughts on the album as well as some of the recording history of Lionheart and how this album fits in Kate’s body of work. Zoey will also talk about the ways in which Kate slips into many different personas from one song to the next, from a gay man trying to make it in show business (Wow) to a World War II pilot plummeting to his death (Oh England My Lionheart) to a little boy trying to make sense of the world (In Search of Peter Pan).
Cecilee, a fan who also likes Lionheart and thinks it’s rather unjustly maligned, will also talk about what this album means to her and her opinions of this album. She will also dig into the history of Lionheart and how it was recorded in the south of France (the only Kate album to be recorded outside the UK).