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!

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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

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

S03E15 – December Will Be Magic Again

Almost 38 years ago, a mysterious holiday song was released to the record-buying public. Not just any holiday song. December Will Be Magic Again!

The history of this song is a curious one indeed. First premiered to the public on the Kate Bush Christmas special in late 1979, December Will Be Magic Again didn’t get an official record release until almost a year later. Though the song reached the UK top 30, this song never had a video, curiously enough! However, Kate did perform this song live on TV, in a different version with bongos and slide whistles (!!).

To discuss this song and what it means to us, we have our resident Boston Kate fan Keith DeWeese on the show. Back when we first started talking about Kate, Keith mentioned this was one of his favorite KB songs, so of course, we’re talking about it this week! Listen as we talk about the different versions of this song, how it was performed on that famous TV show with Kate in her pajamas, and our take on the lyrics and music. Also Cecilee’s inner music nerd comes out further when she gets to talk about the intriguing structure of this song (major to minor in one song!).

Song clips used:

December Will Be Magic Again (live on the 1979 Kate Bush Christmas special)

December Will Be Magic Again (live on the Christmas Snowtime special, December 22, 1979, [bongo version])

S03E14 – Passing Through Air

Time to take a trip back in time to a track that was recorded well before Never For Ever: the lovely little song Passing Through Air. Released as the b-side to Never For Ever‘s final single Army DreamersPassing Through Air was recorded in 1973 at the age of fifteen, when Kate was still a teenager writing songs by herself in the comfort of the family home. Recorded with David Gilmour and his side project Unicorn, Passing Through Air is an interesting two-minute trip into what Kate’s music was like as a teenager.

To talk about this obscure song this week, we have the wonderful Christopher Kelley, the host of Dream of Orgonon, a blog that is going to detail every Kate song in order of release. Christopher wrote an extensive analysis of this song, so we’ve invited him to talk about this song on the show. We’ll talk about the history of the song, the demo version, and another rarity that was probably recorded at about the same time (and which will finally be released with Kate’s box sets in November: Humming).

It’s all here in this episode!

Song clips used:

Passing Through Air

Need Your Loving (Passing Through Air piano demo)

Other links:

Christopher Kelley’s blog on Passing Through Air

S03E13 – Ran Tan Waltz

Welcome to another episode of the show! This week we’re digging into Ran Tan Waltz, a sprightly little number that was released as the b-side to Never For Ever‘s second single Babooshka. Rather fitting that Ran Tan Waltz, a song about a dysfunctional marriage, was the flip side of a song also about a dysfunctional marriage.

Cecilee is joined by Keith DeWeese in Boston to discuss this little number. They discuss the only time this song has ever been performed live (on the Kate Bush Christmas Special, featuring Kate dressed as a man from Fiddler on the Roof), the theme of the song, and what it means to be ran-tanning.

It’s all here in this episode!

Live performance:

Ran Tan Waltz on the Kate Bush Christmas Special, 1979

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