New Kate interview at The Quietus

John Doran has a bad night with his new child and tries not to fall asleep interviewing Kate over at The Quietus.

KB: … Are you knackered?


KB: Have you been up all night?

Yeah, I have.

KB: [laughs uproariously and good naturedly]

But these journalists are made of tough stuff, so he manages to keep his eyes open:

Bush is without comparison and to compare others (whatever their gender) to her is simply facile … Kate Bush’s abilities as a songwriter just get better and better with age. The keen eye that saw a couple’s sex life writ large in their entwining clothes drying on a line in the breeze … is at evidently hard at work on every song here. She sees the erotic poetic potential in places other song writers wouldn’t dare look for it.

For most of the interview anyway …

KB: [laughing uproariously] Oh John! I’m so sorry! Are you OK? I have this image that you just want to go to sleep and not listen to me! Are you sure you’re OK?

Yeah! Yeah! I’m fine… this is just the way I sound. [flapping] I’m going to treat myself to a very large cup of coffee as soon as I put the phone down.

Kate in the snow

About Peter

My Kate CV: Kate fan since 1978. Saw Tour of Life at the London Palladium 1979. Went to first KBC Convention 1980. Founded Homeground with Dave 1982. Worked on 1985, 1990, and 1994 Kate Bush Conventions, and the 1986 Video Party with Dave, Lisa of KBC and Krys. Appeared in videos for The Big Sky and Experiment IV. Wrote Introduction, Chronology and Discography for EMI Music Publishing's 1987 "Kate Bush Complete". Wrote the sleeve note for the remastered 1998 reissue of "Hounds of Love". Invited to write sleeve notes for other reissues which never happened. My other CV: born 1955 in Bermondsey London, educated at Galleywall Primary, Walworth Comprehensive, and London School of Economics BSc(Econ)(Hon) 1976. Currently an Officer of the Crown Court determining legal costs in crminal cases. Met Krys in 1982 through Homeground, we were engaged on Glastonbury Tor on Kate's birthday in 1983, and married in November 1984.
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1 Response to New Kate interview at The Quietus

  1. John says:

    Wow, what a great interview – Kate interviews are usually so predictable – ‘you only toured once I gather?’ or ‘tell us about Wuthering Heights’ or ‘wasn’t The Dreaming a bit weird’. For someone whose songwriting is so unlike any other she lacks spark in interviews. It’s not entirely her fault; Kate isn’t a personality (Thank God!) and I guess she’s only as good as the person interviewing her.

    John Doran actually appears to be having a conversation with Kate as opposed to merely interviewing her. And his interview totally is about her latest album and life now! There’s a nice informal quality about the conversation and the bouncing back and forth of ideas is entertaining to read.

    It makes me think the ideal medium for Kate to be interviewed would be something similar to The Sensual World VHS where it’s just Kate talking to the camera (or a modern version would be over images of snow). That way she could truly talk about the album and how it has come about and what has inspired her. That said I guess Kate likes mystery. Being interviewed by dullards focusing on the events of twenty years ago helps to keep these later albums mysterious – they become the property of us, the listener, and up to us to interpret in any way we see fit.

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