S05E20 – Do Bears (with Rowan Atkinson)

And now for an interesting little footnote in Kate Bush’s discography, her duet with comedian Rowan Atkinson, Do Bears.

On April 4, 5, and 6, 1986, Kate Bush took part in the first live show for a then-new British charity event that would soon become a yearly institution: Comic Relief. She sang two songs, a solo piano version of Breathing (which was discussed in this episode) and a humorous duet with Rowan Atkinson, Do Bears…? Kate’s performances of both songs were filmed for a special edition of the BBC program Omnibus, which was broadcast on April 25, 1986. Meanwhile, the audio for her performances was released on an LP called Utterly Utterly Live at the Shaftesbury Theatre: Comic Relief.

In this episode, Cecilee gets to talk with Jack Wranovics, a Kate fan from California, who was last on the show to discuss Don’t Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake. Jack and Cecilee talk about this song and also the atmosphere of the late 80s and the obsession with what Jack calls “charity chic”: charity events, such as Live Aid, Band Aid, and Comic Relief, involving celebrities raising money for a good cause. We also talk about Kate’s place in British pop culture at the time and our own thoughts on this song!

Song clip played and video mentioned:

Do Bears (live at Comic Relief, 1986)

S05E19 – Be Kind to My Mistakes

It is another episode of Strange Phenomena that brings us together! This week we’re talking about a soundtrack song, the upbeat, poppy (and VERY mid-80s sounding!) Be Kind to My Mistakes.

This song has had several releases over the years, most notably more as a b-side in the Sensual World era. BUT it’s first release was in 1987 on the soundtrack of the movie this was written for, Castaway. (not the Tom Hanks movie from the early 2000s!)

To talk about this soundtrack, one-off song, we have Daniel Thomas on the line from Seattle, a Kate (and BKTMM) superfan! We talk about Kate’s vocals and words in the song, the production, and also about the movie this came from!

Song clips played:

Be Kind to My Mistakes

Be Kind to My Mistakes (lo-fi cover)

Be Kind to My Mistakes (performed by Jenna Nicholls)

Video clips mentioned:

Castaway movie trailer

Opening credits of Castaway featuring Be Kind to My Mistakes

S05E18 – Experiment IV

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!

Patreon Plug!

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Song clips played:

Experiment IV (single version)

Experiment IV (extended mix)

Experiment IV (prog-house trance remix)

Music video:

Experiment IV (Official Music Video)

Related videos:

Experiement IV TV advert, 1986

S05E17 – Not This Time

And now for a discussion of a b-side that isn’t discussed much (not even by Kate herself!!).

In fact, the only way to find this song is either getting the single it’s from (The Big Sky), finding the This Woman’s Work box set, or going to YouTube!

It’s not even on her most recent boxset Kate Bush Remastered!

Which our host and our guest this week find absolute tragic!

Not This Time was the b-side for Hounds of Love’s final single, The Big Sky, and it continues the tradition of folk phonetics (too ree ay too ree oh), beautiful melodic twists, a slow build up to a frenetic finale. Oh and speaking of a frenetic finale, this song contains an absolute frenzy of Kate’s vocals at the end of the song to carry us all out!

What could be better than that??

To talk about the song this week, we have Cassandra de Alba, another Kate fan like our host, on the line! Cassandra puts this song in her top 10 favorite Kate songs and she comes on to the show to talk about WHY this song should be better known and what this song means to her. Our host also gets a little teary when talking about this song and what it represents for her: getting out of a bad situation and finding the strength to leave.

So come on and sing too-ree-ay with us this week as we talk about the epic b-side Not This Time! And maybe you’ll rediscover this lost gem and make it as well-known as it ought to, and very much deserves, to be!

Patreon Plug!

Strange Phenomena now has a Patreon page. If you’d like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/katebushpodcast and become a subscriber today!

Song clips played:

Kate Bush – Not This Time

Kate Bush – Not This Time (remix by Alphan Music)

S05E16 – The Handsome Cabin Boy

Last week’s episode was on a traditional song, and that’s the same thing with this week’s episode! This week, we’re talking about a cover of a sea shanty called The Handsome Cabin Boy!

He may not be a Kate fan (yet!) but we have Cecilee’s good friend Andrew Martin, a fellow music enthusiast and a sailor for the US Navy, and a guest who’s ACTUALLY in the room with our host instead of on Skype, to discuss this song, and the genre of sea shanties in general!

Patreon Plug!

Strange Phenomena now has a Patreon page. If you’d like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/katebushpodcast and become a subscriber today!

Song clips played

Kate Bush – The Handsome Cabin Boy

David and Ginger Hildebrand – The Handsome Cabin Boy

Bob Hart – The Female Cabin Boy

The Spiers Family – The Handsome Cabin Boy

Martin Carthy – The Handsome Cabin Boy

Bill Jones – The Handsome Cabin Boy

Sweeneys’ Men – The Handsome Cabin Boy

Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd – The Handsome Cabin Boy

S05E15 – My Lagan Love

Time to take a trip to Ireland for this week’s b-side, the lovely, a cappella My Lagan Love.

This week, we’re talking about My Lagan Love, an Irish song that Kate recorded as a b-side and released as a b-side on two different singles (Cloudbusting in the UK, Hounds of Love in the US). However, these aren’t the original lyrics!

A massive Kate fan from Twitter has joined the show from her home in Canada to discuss My Lagan Love. Marlo Forget is another young Kate fan and also Irish folk music enthusiast with a lot to say about this song! There is much to discuss, such as the meaning of the original lyrics, the literary inspiration for Kate’s version, and the history of this gorgeous song itself!

If you’d like to follow Marlo on Twitter, you can find here here!

Patreon Plug!

Strange Phenomena now has a Patreon page. If you’d like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/katebushpodcast and become a subscriber today!

Song clips used:

Kate Bush – My Lagan Love

Celticbreeze – My Lagan Love

Celtic Woman – My Lagan Love

Michael McHale – My Lagan Love

The Celtic Orchestra – My Lagan Love

Dusty Springfield – My Lagan Love

Charlotte Church – My Lagan Love (live from Brixton Academy)

My Lagan Love on multidrone uilleann pipes

S05E14 – Burning Bridge

Don’t worry, you won’t have to be waiting all night long for a new b-side episode! We’re indeed going to tell you all about this week’s song, Burning Bridge. Recorded specifically as a b-side and stated as such by Kate herself, Burning Bridge is a frenzied, militaristic song with tons of background vocals, a charging beat, pounding piano, and an intense lead vocal.

This b-side continues the tradition of Kate releasing a song that’s completely different than the a-side (in this case, Cloudbusting). Diego Ortega, another young Kate fan, is on the show this week to discuss with Cecilee why this is one of his favorite Kate Bush songs, and they discuss the musical structure, its release, and also try to figure out why they both love this song so much!

Song clips played:

Burning Bridge

Fan video:

Burning Bridge (fan-made video)

S05E13 – Under the Ivy

It won’t take us long to tell you how to find the next episode of Strange Phenomena: it’s right here in your feed!

So when you’re done celebrating Thanksgiving and stuffing yourself full of turkey today (if you’re an American listener!), come take a moment to listen to this week’s episode of Strange Phenomena and chill out to this lovely little song, the first b-side episode for the Hounds of Love season!

It can’t get any better than starting with the gorgeous, fan favorite Under the Ivy, the flip side of the album’s lead single Running Up That Hill. While Running Up That Hill is very produced and drum-heavy, Under the Ivy goes back to the basics: Kate and her piano, telling a mysterious story, all in the space of less than two and a half minutes.

Under the Ivy ranks highly among Kate fans and it’s not hard to see why! We get to hear Kate’s gorgeous voice singing poetic lyrics that seem both personal and ambiguous at the same time. Then there’s her vocal unadorned by anything except a little reverb and one background vocal (“for meeeeeeeeeee”) and behind her vocal is her fluidly playing piano over a sad and yearning melody in G minor. It’s a song that’s open to a lot of interpretation, but always brings you in to its little world. And then, just like that, it’s over, and you want to go back again and again.

To discuss this song this week, we have two other mega-fans of the song: Alex Dale, a journalist from London who was last on the show to discuss Watching You Without Me; Wayne Henderson, a long-time American Kate fan and the host of the Packers Fan podcast. We get to talk about our personal connections to the song, and what we think those lyrics mean. What do we think the “it” is that she sings about in “it wouldn’t take me long to tell you how to find it.” What is the meaning of a “white rose,” and why do we need to go to it? What does it mean to be “sitting here in the thunder, the green on the gray”?

Nothing is decided on, but we have a great discussion of it for sure!

Patreon Plug!

Strange Phenomena now has a Patreon page. If you’d like to support the show, visit www.patreon.com/katebushpodcast and become a subscriber today!

Song clips played:

Under the Ivy

Under the Ivy (performed live on The Tube, 1986)

Under the Ivy (YANTA version)

Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

Music video:

Under the Ivy live on the Tube, 1986

S05E12 – The Morning Fog

Are we really at the end of another album?

Yes we are!

Don’t worry; there are still b-sides and collaborations to come! (among many for this season: Under the Ivy! Burning Bridge! My Lagan Love! The Handsome Cabin Boy! The Seer! Don’t Give Up!)

But first: The Morning Fog.

After the nightmare that was the Ninth Wave, we come to the end of the story and of the album with a beautiful song about gratitude and rebirth. To conclude the final album track for this season, we have a fellow American Kate fan on the line, Elizabeth Anne from Pennsylvania, who has loved this song since she heard the album Hounds of Love as a child, thanks to her father.

In this week’s episode, Cecilee and Elizabeth talk about the instrumentation, how this song fits into the overall story of the Ninth Wave, how this song was performed live in the Before the Dawn shows, and their own personal stories and thoughts on this lovely little song!

Patreon Plug!

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Song clips played:

The Morning Fog

The Morning Fog (Before the Dawn version)

Laurence Made Me Cry – The Morning Fog (Kate Bush Cover)

Kate Bush – The Morning Fog Instrumental Cover

And Dream of Sheep


Hounds of Love, Classic Albums, 1992

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