Newsbits…

Infusion Newsbits: As mentioned previously, an Australian outfit called Infusion have recorded a remix of Kate’s Running Up That Hill which looks set to possibly become huge this summer. DJ Pete Tong played it on the Essential Selection BBC radio show last night. Apparently it was ‘huge’ at this year’s Miami Winter Music Conference and is in all the latest dance charts. There’s a small clip of it here. The site with the clip have sold out of the promo 12″ copy of the track. They say: “it’s just out and it’s BIG. It’s the remix of Kate Bush vs Infusion “Running Up That Hill”. Quite simply, expect this to be THE progressive tune of the summer unless something better comes along which I highly doubt. Dreamlike at first building to a throbbing bassline, with the mental genius that is Kate Bush’s vocal prowess woven in around the sound, it’s nigh on perfection. Delicious.” The band have also recently remixed Bjork’s Pagan Poetry which was very popular. Read an interview with Infusion here, and their official site is here. (thanks to Gareth)…

Influential Jamaican musician Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is asked in the new Mojo Magazine what he’s listening to, and he mentions Kate’s Lionheart, describing her as “an angel from England”…Midge Ure‘s Answers To Nothing CD has been re-released with an edit of his duet with Kate, Sister & Brother, as an extra track…Goldfrapp - Black CherryThere have been a lot of reviews of the new Goldfrappalbum “Black Cherry” that mention Kate: NY Newsday say: “Like its debut “Felt Mountain,” the British duo’s latest “Black Cherry” (Mute) is filled with dark, danceable numbers like the sinewy “Twist” and “Tiptoe,” which sounds like Kraftwerk commandeered by Kate Bush…”. Q Magazine: “Tiptoe’s attempt to merge old & new is a schizophrenic oddity, suggesting Kate Bush duetting with icy ’70s synth combo Suicide.”, Dotmusic: “…the best songs on this…album are the ones which sound most like the mKate Bush T-shirt by Lazy Carrotisty reveries of that debut. ‘Hairy Trees’, ‘Forever’ (like Kate Bush, cryogenically frozen) and the title track all have a sort of whirling, baroque atmosphere…” The Independent: “Critics swooned over Goldfrapp’s voice – an otherwordly composite of Björk, Shirley Bassey and Kate Bush. The S&M intimations of “Strict Machine” sound like Kate Bush and Kraftwerk performing a pervy “Spirit in the Sky”. And there’s an interview with Alison Goldfrapp in “Le Monde” here where she says that when she was young, she was very much impressed by songstresses like Kate (and others) and attracted by their theatricality “…quand j’étais petite, Kate Bush, Grace Jones et Chaka Khan m’impressionnaient beaucoup. J’étais attirée par leur côté très théâtral.” (thanks to Michael Leitz). A site offering some Kate Bush T-shirts is now online, see here or email Phil for more details.

Some German newsbits (with thanks to Michael Leitz and Cynthia Conrad): Parts of Wuthering Heights were used as incidental music in a German TV movie from 2001 called “Verbotene Küsse”, screened on Monday, 19 May, on ZDF…Disky have released a 2 DVD sampler called “Hits From The Past” that features TMWTCIHE (the 3rd disc from them with this video). Kate is on the DVD sleevehere…Kate’s most successful hit in Germany has been Running Up That Hill, the German TV channel RTL have compiled a list of hits based on their weekly positions in the official German Top Ten single charts since 1971. RUTH is placed at #742.The song was never #1, but 7 weeks in the Top Ten, see site here…the German music magazine Musikexpress features part 2 of an article entitled “The 50 best albums of the 80s” in its newest issue (May 2003). This time, the readers voted for their favourites (as opposed to part one that featured the choice of the magazine staff – see 15th March newsbit). Hounds Of Love is at #21.

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Seán Twomey has been running the Kate Bush News & Information site since January 1998.
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