Introducing the HomeGround Audio Archive

The HomeGround Editors have been collecting Kate related audio material since before the founding of the magazine in 1982. In fact the collecting began in 1979, the year after Kate’s debut with Wuthering Heights. The material, dating from 1978 to date, radio shows and clips, and other material was originally collected on over a hundred audio cassettes, which have now been digitised into MP3s.

Be warned. The audio quality of the early material is variable. In the late 70s and early eighties we were still collecting tapes which were umpteenth generation copies of material originally recorded (most likely) by balancing a microphone against a decidedly low-fi transistor radio or TV. These files are kept in the archive because they are precious survivals of material that has not (yet) appeared in a better format. The MP3s faithfully reproduce the poor quality of the original sound.

The Archive index page is here. In due course we hope to have all of the archive available, but have begun now, with the year 1980, a year of four singles and an album. We will add further years as they are ready. Enjoy.

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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11 Responses to Introducing the HomeGround Audio Archive

  1. Brandon says:

    Thank you!! Very nice to have these wonderful treasures available. Looks like you guys have kept quite an extensive archive going. This is really great!

  2. Neil says:

    How wonderful!!
    I have been a fan of Kate since 1979 ( I was a member of Homeground for a few years when I lived in Australasia in the 1980’s.
    Can I humbly suggest that Soundcloud is not the best place for this archive to be.

    It would be worth contacting archive.org https://archive.org/about/contact.php
    This sort of audio collection is _exactly_ the sort of thing that they are interested in preserving for posterity. They will also help protect it from copyright trolls etc.
    You can see what ios already in their audio collection here https://archive.org/details/audio It would be great to see the Homeground collection in there too.

    Rgds
    Neil

  3. Bradford Bennett says:

    This is awesome, a true treasure for all Kate Bush fans. Thanks, you all rock.

  4. giulio says:

    What a wonderful gift.
    Thankyou so much for sharing 😉

  5. Jake says:

    Goodness – how times have changed – what surprising questions to and comments about Kate!!
    Thank you so much Homeground/KBN.
    What a wonderful thing to do – your kindness is much appreciated.

  6. Kiki says:

    Thank you so much for doing this! I love listening to these older interviews. Even the recordings of “poorer quality” have a feeling about them that seems right for their time. Down the rabbit hole I go!

  7. David England says:

    This is great Sean; thank you so much for taking the time to share this archive. I’m delighted you’ve got the Paul Gambacinni two-part show with Kate playing her favourite music and disclosing her influences – my C90 tape of that interview influenced my own (non-Kate) listening for decades! I wonder if she’ll do Desert Island Discs one day…..

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