Luke Turner of The Quietus interviews Ken Livingstone as he makes another attempt to regain his position as Mayor of London, and asks Ken what he thought about Ken:
How many men would have loved to have a song written about them by Kate Bush – and especially one that refers to them as a “sex machine”. The song was recorded for a special edition of TV series The Comic Strip.
Did you like the track, Ken?
KL: Of course I was a fan of the song. What was particularly funny was that I think she was bigger in the States than here, but it used to be the case that ten years ago there are people writing ‘who is Ken? What is GLC?’ I suppose it’s a bit like if someone heard about the Bananarama track and asked ‘what cheap fares?’ You have to be at least 50 to remember it.
You seem to have been quite a popular subject in songs.
KL: I did stuff with U2, and then over the years because the GLC was putting on concerts and then when I was mayor. Even in between, when Blur did the gig against tuition fees, so I’ve always been around the edge of the music world.
There’s a line in the Kate Bush song where she calls you a ‘sex machine’
KL: If only this were true. If only Kate Bush had seen me as a real sex machine?