First image has surfaced of an amazing new Prog Magazine cover – a feature on Never For Ever – nice work, guys, that’s a framer…thanks to Prog Magazine for the cover image. The new issue is on sale on Wednesday 28th October. Celebrating 40 years of Never For Ever with an in-depth making of the album cover feature. The issue also features: Hawkwind, Kevin Goldey, Eddie Jobson, Jacqui McShee of Pentangle, Dyble Longdon, Tears For Fears, Jakko Jakszyk, John Petrucci, Gazpacho, Enslaved, Aphrodite’s Child, Motorpsycho, Galahad. Ordering details will be available at the Prog site here: https://www.loudersound.com/prog
It’s surreal to think that this box set is actually 30 years old. Released a year after The Sensual World while Kate was in the thick of recording what would become The Red Shoes, it was the first time she had officially gathered together a lot of the “odds and sods”, B-sides and 12″ mixes from her then 12-year career. The box sets contained all 6 of Kate’s studio albums released up to that point. Expensive sets at the time for fans, especially those just wanting those extra tracks, they are just as sought after today on the collector market. In fact the huge 9 vinyl disc LP version of the set (8 CD and 8 cassette versions were also released) can sometimes fetch eye-watering prices now, depending on condition and the inclusion of those all important KT stickers! The box set even contains some tracks that didn’t make it to The Other Sides remastered rarities collection from 2018, including The Empty Bullring, Not This Time, Ken (from the Comic Strip film “GLC”) and the four Live on Stage EP tracks. At the time it almost felt like Kate was looking back on a long career in music and that this was gathering up her life’s work…here’s the note she included in the accompanying booklet of photographs:
Has it really been twelve years already?… Is this how it was Rip Van Winkle? Looking through these photos I haven’t seen for years, and listening to B-sides of singles I’d forgotten about, has been an interesting exercise for me.
I think my music and I have changed a lot, and when I was making the first album, which at that time was my greatest goal. I never imagined that a box-set of my work would be out in 1990 and I would still be making albums. That’s a nice feeling.
Whoever you are – thank you for listening and please be kind to my mistakes…. because I’m not.
Many, many thanks to EVERYONE involved in making these albums, and to the photographers whose work appears here: – Gered Mankowitz, Terry Walker, Brian Griffin, Guido Harari and especially John Carder Bush
I would like to dedicate this special edition to the special memory of Alan Murphy and Gary Hurst.
xxKate Bush, 1990
Beautiful photo by John Carder Bush on the cover there from the sessions for The Ninth Wave! The editor has sent us a press release: MOJO The Collectors’ Series: KATE BUSH DIRECTOR’S CUT 1958-2020. MOJO is delighted to present its finest writing on Kate Bush in a collectable single deluxe volume.
As one of the most original and extraordinary figures in music, Kate Bush deserves to be saluted in style – and that’s exactly what this sumptuous 132-page magazine does. Drawing on MOJO’s many exclusive interviews with the singer down the years, plus a wealth of archive features and rare and iconic images, DIRECTOR’S CUT 1958-2020 traces Kate’s remarkable story from her pre-fame days recording demos with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and breakthrough success with Wuthering Heights and The Kick Inside album, right through to the creation of the mid-’80s masterpiece Hounds Of Love and on to her millennial return to live performance with 2014’s breathtaking Before The Dawn shows.
Among the other wow-some treasures you’ll find within its covers are an unguarded 1980 Sounds interview conducted by writer Phil Sutcliffe, Tom Doyle’s epic four-hour encounter with the singer after she returned from a decade’s hiatus with 2005’s Aerial album, a run-down of Kate’s 50 greatest songs and guide to all her key albums. Plus much more besides. Unbelievable indeed!
KATE BUSH DIRECTOR’S CUT 1958-2020 is available in shops and to buy online at www.greatmagazines.co.uk/mojo-specials from October 1, 2020.
In this episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast, Seán introduces Darrell and Paul covering all things Never For Ever, celebrating 40 years of the first album to reach number one by a British female solo artist. Darrell and Paul remember being 14 years old, rushing home from school on Friday, the 5th September in 1980, phoning the local record shop and begging Darrell’s family’s foreign exchange student to drive them there! Six of the ten songs had been seen as videos or costumed performances in the previous 9 months on TV. These and other performances are discussed, including Darrell seeing Kate sing ‘Wedding List’ live in 1982. We hear Kate being interviewed on Radio 1 about the album, as well as reading Kate, John and Paddy’s takes on the recording process from the KBC Newsletter, and reviews of the album from the music mags of the day. What new information does Andrew Powell have to say about the unreleased song ‘Never For Ever’ and its beautiful orchestration? This and much, much more…
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BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Mark Radcliffe has posted several tweets recently of a trip he made to Haworth in Yorkshire, to make a film about Kate and the song that started it all, Wuthering Heights. The documentary should be aired sometime around Christmas. Mark has been a vocal supporter of Kate ever since creating the “Bushometer” on his radio show in the early 2000s before Aerial was released, counting down to his dream of interviewing Kate, which he has now since done more than once!
Closely following his recent “From the Vaults” programme on Sky Arts which featured never-before-aired footage from Kate’s 1979 tour shot in Manchester, the Elbow singer now hosts a special 2-hour programme on BBC Radio 6 Music celebrating 35 years of Kate’s Hounds of Love on Sunday 27th September at 2pm UK time.
Entitled Hounds of Love at 35 – A Kate Bush Special, Guy “celebrates the wonder that is Kate Bush with some of his pals. Beth Orton, Anna Calvi, Georgia, Nigel Godrich, Rufus Wainwright and Ex Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett all sharing what Kate means to them and how she’s influenced and shaped their musical careers. Interwoven with archive from Kate herself and of course we play the tunes off the Hounds of Love album. A show full of love for an amazing musician.” – from the BBC Radio 6 Music site here.
Fantastic news! We are so delighted for Kate to receive this honour today and to hear so many of her peers in the music industry singing her praises. Congratulations, Kate!
From the press release:
British songwriter Kate Bush has been made a Fellow of The Ivors Academy, in recognition of her peerless and enduring achievements in music. The announcement was made today, 23 September, and is the highest honour that The Ivors Academy bestows. The Academy exists to represent and champion music creators in the UK and Ireland.
Fellowship of the Academy recognises excellence and impact in the art and craft of music creation. This is only the twentieth Fellowship that the Academy has awarded in its 76-year history. Kate Bush joins a roster of songwriter greats including Annie Lennox OBE, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John. The most recent music creator to receive Fellowship before Kate Bush was Joan Armatrading MBE.
As well as life-time membership of the Academy, Kate Bush receives a dedicated Ivor Novello Award, depicting Euterpe, the ancient Greek Muse of lyric poetry.
“I feel really honoured to be given this fellowship by The Ivors Academy. It means so very much to me. Thank you to all my family and friends and to everyone who has been there for me over the years. I’ll treasure this statue of Euterpe always and ask her to sit on my shoulder while I work.”Kate Bush
Commenting on Kate’s honour, Annie Lennox, who was made a Fellow of the Academy in 2015, said, “I’m delighted beyond words that Kate Bush is being recognised and honoured with an Ivors Academy Fellowship. I cannot think of anyone more deserving than the uniquely innovative singer songwriter, performer, producer and remarkable artist that she is. She is visionary and iconic and has made her own magical stamp upon the zeitgeist of the British cultural landscape.”
Long-term Kate Bush fan Big Boi said, “Creative wise, she has been an influence on my life and my music. The depths of the production and lyricism of her music are unmatched, and I am very proud to be able to consider her to be my buddy. Love her!”
Joan Armatrading said, “Kate Bush is undoubtedly one of Britain’s best loved legendary singer/songwriters, an inspiration to many and deserving of the Fellowship. This is the highest award The Ivors Academy can bestow on any artist. I’m delighted that she takes her place of recognition and I send my hearty congratulations.”
Elton John, who became a Fellow of The Ivors Academy in 2004, described Kate Bush as “A truly inspirational, innovative British songwriter and artist. A legacy full of classic works.”
Fellow of the Academy David Arnold said, “I’ve not met an artist in the 30 years of working in music who doesn’t love Kate Bush. Since she emerged, seemingly fully formed as an artist in the 1970s, she immediately claimed a place in the arts as a true original with a raw, pure, visionary talent. A writer who pushed the boundaries of what songwriting could be, a producer showing us how exciting and challenging the sound of a record could be and a performer who mesmerised, enchanted and drew her audience in to the worlds she had so beautifully and fully created. The fact she is still such an influence on so many established and emerging artists tells you all you need to know about how very precious and appreciated she is. I am thankful for her work and her kindness and it’s very right and proper that she has been named as a Fellow of our Academy, we are lucky to have her.”
Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy, said, “As a music creator it is unnerving when you know that your words will fall short, but this is one of those times. Kate’s talent is incalculable, her achievements are peerless and artistry leaves you breathless. Countless songwriters and composers have referenced how Kate has informed their musical development. On behalf of all songwriters and composers, The Ivors Academy is giving Kate the highest honour we can bestow as a heartfelt expression of our love and admiration.”
Kate Bush’s extraordinary contribution to music is both impossible to pigeonhole and capture. Kate has created a truly unique career based around retaining creative autonomy and demonstrating mastery of the music production process, powerful vocals and captivating performances. She has forged her own path ever since her debut single Wuthering Heights was the first time a woman achieved a number one with a self-written song.
Kate Bush has influenced generations of music creators and has been nominated six times for an Ivor Novello Award. She won her first Ivor in 1979 for Outstanding British Lyric of The Man With The Child In His Eyes and she was awarded her second Ivor Novello in 2002 becoming the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award.
22 years ago in 1998 I was reporting on this very site about the launch of the world’s first ever Kate Bush tribute album, being recorded and produced in Chicago, USA. Today, it’s re-released as I Wanna Be Kate: The Songs of Kate Bush Remastered & Expanded. Kate was so touched by the album when it was first released that she wrote Thomas a lovely note of thanks and wrote the words “I Wanna Be Thomas” on the back of the envelope. The album now consists of 24 tracks, including 7 brand new recordings – all sounding gorgeous thanks to the remastering work of Liam Davis in Chicago. Orders for the album on Bandcamp have been very strong. Here is the tracklisting of the 2020 remastered and expanded album:
- The Aluminum Group – L’Amour Looks Something Like You (2020 Remaster) 04:46
- Susan Voelz – The Sensual World (2020 Remaster) 04:16
- The Moviegoers – Hounds Of Love (2020 Remaster) 04:51
- Syd Straw – The Man With The Child In His Eyes (2020 Remaster) 03:12
- The J. Davis Trio – There Goes A Tenner (2020 Remaster) 05:07
- Nora O’Connor – The Saxophone Song (2020 Remaster) 05:15
- Justin Roberts – You’re The One (2020 Remaster) 04:50
- Mouse – Coffee Homeground (2020 Remaster) 04:56
- Catherine Smitko – Jig Of Life (2020 Remaster) 04:08
- Victoria Storm – The Kick Inside (2020 Remaster) 04:12
- The Baltimores – Running Up That Hill (2020 Remaster) 03:27
- Diamond Jim Greene – Home For Christmas (2020 Remaster) 03:42
- My Scarlet Life – Suspended In Gaffa (2020 Remaster) 03:36
- The Plunging Necklines – Kashka From Baghdad/Babooshka (2020 Remaster) 05:08
- Trinkets Of Joy – Love And Anger (2020 Remaster) 04:19
- Thomas Negovan – And Dream Of Sheep (2020 Remaster) 06:32
- Tom Dunning & Your Boyfriends – Not This Time (2020 Remaster) 05:01
- Butterfly Child – Top Of The City 04:56
- Zapruder Point – You Want Alchemy 03:33
- Yules – Cloudbusting 04:37
- Tristan an Arzhig – Joanni 06:03
- Grimeland – Among Angels (Live in Denmark) 05:43
- Michael Ross – A Coral Room 05:18
- Tom Dunning & Your Boyfriends – Nocturn (feat. Carol Keogh) 08:22
Producer Thomas Dunning has made the 7 newly recorded tracks (along with his own remastered recording of Not This Time) available as a limited edition 8-track EP on translucent aqua coloured vinyl – a gorgeous way to showcase the newer tracks AND all orders of the vinyl come with a full download of the entire 24-track digital album. Warm congratulations to Thomas and all the artists involved, both then and now – an amazing achievement. You can read all about the album at the brand new website: www.iwannabekate.ie
Archive audio recordings for the years 1982 and 1983, The Dreaming and After have now been added, and can be accessed via the index page HERE.
There will be no page for 1984, because we do not have any audio recordings for that year. However 1985, the year of the Hounds of Love album and its various singles, will be available shortly.
Opening night of Before the Dawn was utterly unforgettable, this day six years ago on August 26th 2014. I documented Kate’s amazing return to the live stage in a three-part podcast series which you can listen to below.
BEFORE THE DAWN Podcast Part 1 – The Dream Begins...
In this first episode, I trace the origins of Kate’s live comeback through the initial concept, rehearsals, massive media coverage, ticket frenzy and right up till opening night…
BEFORE THE DAWN Podcast Part 2 – The Show!
This 90-minute episode takes the listener right through her opening night performance on 26th August 2014, song-by-song, capturing the atmosphere, describing the on-stage action and celebrating one of the greatest returns to live performance in music history!
BEFORE THE DAWN Podcast Part 3 – Kate’s Triumph
The run of 22 shows begins! In this final Before the Dawn episode – all the excitement, ecstatic reviews, historic album chart success, celebrity attendees, awards, acclaim and the live album are all discussed in detail as Seán revisits the impact and lasting legacy of Before The Dawn….he even takes you for a browse through the merch stall. Enjoy!
Ryan Tubridy hosts the main morning national radio programme on Irish RTE Radio 1 and, having recently discovered and been impressed by Kate’s work on the 1996 track Mná na hÉireann from the Common Ground (Voices of Modern Irish Music) project he asked musician and producer Donal Lunny on air to discuss it. Kate sang the song in the Irish language, and we discovered today for the first time that she actually attended the track recording in the RTE Studios in Dublin with the orchestra present, with Kate singing along with them before refining her final vocal later back in her own studios in England with Del Palmer. You can hear today’s interview below.
Following the rebuilding of this site, the links on the HomeGround Audio Archive pages for 1978 and 1980 have now been restored, and a new page for 1979, the year of Kate’s first live shows, has now been added. The available years in the archive can be accessed at the Archive Index page.
LATER – New page for 1981 now added.
We have to continue to caution about the audio quality of some of this early material. When, in the late 70s and early 80s. we started gathering what would become this archive, we were collecting tapes which were umpteenth generation copies of material originally recorded (most likely) by balancing a microphone against a decidedly low-fi medium wave radio or analogue TV. These are precious survivals of material that has not (yet) appeared in a better format.
Regular Kate Bush Fan Podcast listeners will know that we host the Bush Telegraph series of audio chats with Darrell & Paul. Here’s Part 2 of their video episode Part 1 is here. Enjoy!
Paul and Darrell round up fans’ thoughts and comments about their favourite moments on Kate songs from ‘Hounds Of Love’ through to ‘Before The Dawn’. One of the guys is spotted wearing the BTD life jacket t-shirt, which is truly a rare sighting! Bush Telegraph are well known for their Kate reminiscences as teenagers, and this episode is no exception. We also get a fleeting visit from a live deer. Yes, you read that correctly!
British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare CBE, has included Kate’s name printed in gold on the spine of one of 2,700 books in an installation at the Tate Modern in London. Some of the books feature the names of first or second generation immigrants to Britain – Kate’s late mother, Hannah, was from Ireland. “Whether celebrated or lesser known, they have all made significant contributions to British culture and history. There are also books with the names of those who have opposed immigration. Other books are unmarked, suggesting that the story of immigration in Britain is still being written.” You can find Kate’s name, and read more about this installation here: https://thebritishlibraryinstallation.com/ (with thanks to James Russell for the news and photos of the artwork)