Ready to dive into a discussion of a rather obscure and strange little number? We hope so! Kidnapped On a Building Site is one of Kate’s most obscure songs, a raw piano/vocal unreleased demo of a song that was never fleshed out. In fact, we’re not even sure where this song came from, but a few years ago, it ended up on YouTube and, well, once it’s on the Internet, it’s hard to get rid of.
Given the style and her vocal, this was probably written around the time of Lionheart and Never For Ever, and was probably not meant for fans or anyone else to hear.
But we’ve heard it anyway!
To discuss this rather obscure little number, we have Dani Llamas, a fellow American Kate fan from Brooklyn, New York, who, when not working at Mute Records, does music in her spare time. Most notably, she is a huge fan of this song and even sampled the opening chords in one of her own songs! Very cool, we think! We think you’ll agree!
Dani joins us on the show to talk about the rather dark lyrics (at least, what we can make out, since it is a demo after all) and to speculate about when this song was probably written. And further speculation about where this song might have come from. We’ll probably never know!
But it’s fun to talk about!
Song clips used:
Kidnapped on a Building Site
Harrow Step by Dani Laundry
Another day, and another episode, the last one of the Lionheart season! We’re closing out the Lionheart era tracks with a song that, like last week’s song, has never been officially released in any capacity.
Another Day, a Roy Harper song, was performed by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush for her 1979 Christmas special, an experience that has never been repeated. There was talk of releasing their version as a single, but it never happened. What we do have is Peter and Kate lip-syncing this song at a table, not facing each other, and acting out the fractured relationship in the song.
For this episode, Andrew Linke, Cecilee’s husband and resident Peter Gabriel fan, makes an appearance to talk about this song. Andrew and Cecilee talk about which version of the song they like better, the overall theme of the lyrics, and what was so special about that Kate Bush Christmas special anyway.
With that, we conclude a second season of the show. See everyone in a few weeks for the start of season 3, all about the album Never For Ever!
Song clips used:
Roy Harper – Another Day
This Mortal Coil featuring Elizabeth Fraser – Another Day
Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel – Another Day (live on the 1979 Kate Bush Christmas special)
Now that we’re done talking about all the album tracks from Lionheart, it’s time to dig into the Lionheart era tracks. The first of two tracks for this season is the ultra-rare song The Magician. Written by big-time film composer Maurice Jarre and Paul Webster, this song was written for the obscure 1979 film The Magician of Lublin, a movie that never got a wide release and has yet to be released on DVD. Also of note: the only way to hear this song is in the movie itself, since the song, like the movie, has never been widely released either!
We said this was an ultra-rare song, and we weren’t kidding!
Kate herself said that recording this song was a “most enjoyable experience,” and that’s all we know about her own thoughts on this short and very carnival-like song.
Our guest for this week is Zoey P, who you’ll remember from several of the Lionheart episodes. This week, we talk about the film this song was used in, the other music that Maurice Jarre wrote (you know you’ve heard his music!), the Italian movie whose theme reminded Zoey very much of this song, and also the very Kate-like lyrics, which reminded both of us of one of Kate’s demo songs. Kate may not have written this song, but it sounds like she very well could have!
So follow us and you’ll learn just what life’s all about, or rather, what this song is all about!
Song clips used:
Maurice Jarre – Theme from Lawrence of Arabia
Maurice Jarre – Witness (Main Title)
Maurice Jarre – Lara’s Theme from Doctor Zhivago
Nino Rota – La Passerella Di Otto E Mezzo from 8 1/2
Kate Bush – Stranded at the Moonbase (demo)
Here in the studio, we discuss a rather obscure Kate Bush song, Scares Me Silly (But It Gets Me Going), a leaked studio track from The Kick Inside sessions. This song is the only leaked studio track from Kate’s entire career, an impressive feat for someone who’s written a lot of music (but who now owns her own studio, so who knows what other unreleased gems there might be!). In this episode, Cecilee and Andrew Linke discuss this interesting outtake, from the rather straightforward, not-terribly-Kate lyrics, to their own speculations about why this song might have been left off The Kick Inside and why this song was written in the first place.
Song clips played:
- Kevin Max – Return of the Singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV6P7zqZoIk
- Scares Me Silly (But It Gets Me Going): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBJj5aV-PiM