Media Celebrates 40 years of Kate’s “Wuthering Heights”

We’ll link here to pages on the internet celebrating the release by EMI of Kate’s debut single Wuthering Heights on 20th January 1978:

Daily Telegraph | The Post | Far Out | Super DeLuxe Edition | Forty Year Itch |


BBC Channel 4 Facebook

The Guardian

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Wuthering Heights released 40 years ago today! New podcast episode to celebrate!

Wuthering Heights single cover

Kate released her extraordinary debut single, Wuthering Heights, on 20th January 1978 – which means the song celebrates it’s 40th anniversary today! The impact that the song and Kate’s subsequent career has had on all our lives is very hard to put into words. I’ve done a bit of a “Director’s Cut” on the podcast I did last year all about the song, it’s origins and it’s lasting influence out there. So be sure to play the song loud today!

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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Daily Telegraph celebrates the influence of 40 years of Kate’s Wuthering Heights

Today’s Daily Telegraph features an article on the lasting legacy of Kate’s debut single, Wuthering Heights, which was released 40 years ago tomorrow, January 20th 1978. James Hall writes:

“At around midnight on a clear London night in the spring of 1977, an 18-year-old Kate Bush sat at an upright piano in her flat in Wickham Road, Brockley, and wrote Wuthering Heights. Inspired by the novel by Emily Brontë, with whom Bush realised she shared a birthday, the song took just a few hours to craft. “There was a full moon, the curtains were open and it came quite easily,” Bush told her fan club in 1979.

But despite the song’s easy creation, no one, Bush included, could have predicted the impact that Wuthering Heights, her debut single, would have on popular culture. Released 40 years ago tomorrow, during an era when disco and punk reigned, it knocked Abba’s Take a Chance on Me off the number one slot and turned Bush into a global star.”

Full article here. We’ll have more on this special anniversary tomorrow!


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Happy New Year – 2018 marks 40 years of Kate releasing records.

Happy New Year, folks! Sneaking this message out early on New Years Eve. Thanks for all the support in 2017. 40 years ago, in 1977, what Kate Bush did was remarkable. What she did the following year was…extraordinary. We’ll be here in 2018 to tell you all about it. #kate40

KT Bush Band performing 40 years ago in 1977

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Sharon Horgan talks about what it might be like to meet Kate

Writer and actress Sharon Horgan, famous for the sitcom Catastrophe with Rob Delaney,  talks about her love of Kate’s music in this clip from BBC 6 Music.

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Kate sends Christmas message to her fans!

Kate has posted a Christmas message to all her fans on her official site. Happy Christmas to you and all your loved ones, Kate! xxx

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Uncut Magazine reissue their “Ultimate Guide” on Kate for her 40th Anniversary

A newly updated and revised edition of Uncut Magazine’s Ultimate Music Guide to Kate Bush is now available in the UK and Ireland to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of “Wuthering Heights”, which takes place in January 2018. It now contains a section on Kate’s Before the Dawn live album set and some other additions. You can read about the 2015 version of this publication here or order the revised version from their site here.

Ultimate Music Guide - Kate Bush

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Nominees – including Kate!

Kate, Radiohead, Judas Priest


From Variety: “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 19 nominees for its 2018 class this morning, nine of which are receiving first-time nods. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording and are selected for the shortlist by a nominating committee. Usually only about 5 inductees are announced each December. The Hall of Fame site says:

“Kate Bush gave popular music a new palette of techniques, crafting unorthodox performances that are part sonic experiment, part theatre. Bush draws us into the world of her imagination through complex arrangements, striking visual presentations and inventive use of technology.”

The complete LONG list (with first-timers noted with an asterisk) is:

Bon Jovi
Kate Bush*
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits*
J. Geils Band
Judas Priest*
LL Cool J
The MC5
The Meters
Moody Blues*
Rage Against the Machine*
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone*
Sister Rosetta Tharpe*
Link Wray
The Zombies

You can read the page dedicated to Kate here.

According to a press release, the Hall will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit to cast votes for the artists they believe to be most deserving of induction. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

The Hall’s 2017 inductees were Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes, with an Award for Musical Excellence for Nile Rodgers (whose band, Chic, has been passed over for induction multiple times).

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017, and the ceremony will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on April 14, 2018. HBO will once again broadcast the ceremony. Broadcast details and ticket information will be announced at a later date.”


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Rare photo of Kate performing with KT Bush Band in 1977 surfaces online!

KT Bush BandFirst a quick bit of background: “The KT Bush Band was formed in 1977 by Brian Bath, Vic King, Del Palmer and Kate. After practicing in Greenwich and Wickham Farm, they made their live debut in April 1977 at the Rose Of Lee in Lewisham. The set list consisted of standards like ‘Come Together’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Tracks Of My Tears’, but also early versions of Kate Bush songs like James And The Cold Gun, Saxophone Song and Them Heavy People. During the summer of 1977 the band played various venues in and around London, a grand total of 20 gigs.” (taken from the Kate Bush Encyclopedia site)

Photos of Kate performing with the KT Bush Band in 1977 are as rare as hen’s teeth. I think I’ve seen one other of Kate on stage and one publicity photo of Kate posing with the boys in the band (see below). So, it was great to see this recently unearthed photo which accompanied a Late 1977 EMI press pack and demo album which featured their roster of upcoming artists. Kate is listed in the accompanying glossy black and white brochure, and the photo accompanies it. The band logo on Vic King’s drum kit can clearly be seen. (with thanks to Olaf Reh for sharing his scans of the EMI booklet!)

KT Bush Band 1977

Here are the other known 1977 photos of Kate with the band:

KT Bush Band

KT Bush BandThe KT Bush Band

The KT Bush Band has recently had a new life due to founding members Brian Bath and Vic King forming a new band to perform Kate’s early work. Read more about them at their site here. Also worth sharing here, a few years back I was thrilled to find quite a piece of KB history on Ebay; an article introducing Kate Bush in “Music Talk” issue 85 (February 11th 1977) the EMI Records in-house staff magazine – Kate’s first ever magazine cover appearance!

A full year before the release of The Kick Inside, this magazine also seems to pre-date the bulk of live appearances from the KT Bush band in 1977. “Kate has always been a very long term project” – 40 years later – yup, we agree!

Music Talk Magazine

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – New Episode! A very KT party!

In this episode, Seán is joined by Thomas Dunning as they travel from Dublin to London to attend the HomeGround party in the RVT. We talk Kate at the airport, meet up with the Homeground gang, talk to DJ Paul Thomas and photographer Guido Harari and hear some terrific Kate Bush music played live. And we remembered to record much of it!

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – New minisode – The Sensual World (song)

In another shorter minisode, Seán looks at the story of how Kate slowly (and at times painfully) pieced together what would become one of her most celebrated works – her stunning 1989 masterpiece, The Sensual World!

Kate as Molly Bloom

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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The 2017 HomeGround party is happening on September 22nd

HomeGround and are thrilled to confirm the details of the 2017 party:


 This year’s event takes place on Friday 22nd September and once again, will be at the award-winning Royal Vauxhall Tavern in Vauxhall, London, SE1.

This will be the 5th year at this much loved club and cabaret venue which last year was awarded listed status. This annual party is a mix of live music and DJ sets and is guaranteed to be all Kate, all night.

The night will feature a special live set by

Mandy Watson, Michael Mayell and Dave Roberts

from the UK’s finest KB tribute band Cloudbusting.


There will also be performances from top cabaret star Rose Garden and exciting new tribute act A Sky of Honey.

Returning to the RVT will be DJs Phil Marriott, Paul Thomas and HomeGround’s Dave Cross.

Each year Kate fans from all over the UK and beyond travel to London for this much anticipated night, which is a unique mix of social event, live music and club night, all set to a soundtrack of Kate Bush music from Wuthering Heights to Before the Dawn.

Cloudbusting perform

Advance tickets are no longer available.

There will be a limited number of tickets on sale on the night.

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Paddy Bush to give music talk in Switzerland on September 21st!

Kate’s brother (and lifetime musical collaborator!) Paddy Bush, has let me know that he will be giving a talk in Aarau, Switzerland on the 21st September. The talk is entitled: “The Beauty and Complexity of Malagasy Music“. The venue, Forumschlossplatz, is about 20 minutes from Zürich and the talk kicks off at 7.15pm that evening. Paddy says he may touch on how the music of Madagascar influenced Kate’s Red Shoes album. The talk will be given in English and Paddy will be playing some of his favourite recordings and playing a couple of tunes himself! The exhibition is called Listening to Madagascar – let your Swiss friends know! The Facebook Event page for Paddy’s talk is here.

From the event site: “The musician Paddy Bush, expert in Madagascan music, discusses his fascination for the complex rhythms and uniqueness of traditional music. He talks about the peculiarities of Madagascan pop and how Madagascar’s music has entered the sounds of Kate Bush. His presentation, in English, is accompanied with numerous musical tastings.”

Paddy Bush talk in Switzerland

About the exhibition (August 19th – Oct 1st):

“Madagascar! The sonorous name offers itself as a place of longing for free-flying fantasies. But how does “Madagascar” sound far away from fantastic performances and images? “Listen to Madagascar” invites you to an auditive journey to this huge island in the Indian Ocean. Teny, Tany, Tantara, are three important aspects for Madagascans. The exhibition leads to the differentiated Malagasy language culture (Teny), we hear what the people (Tany) means, and how they relate to their ancestors (Tantara).” –  download the exhibition catalogue (PDF) here

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast Minisode 1: Coffee Homeground

In the first of our shorter “minisode” podcasts we (randomly) throw the spotlight on one particular song – this time it’s Coffee Homeground! Seán discusses the tracks origins, it’s distinctive Brechtian feel, the possible influence of a very creepy short story by Roald Dahl and he also looks at how the song was realised on the live stage by Kate back in 1979.

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Coffee Homeground

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Happy Birthday to Kate!

Wishing Kate a very happy birthday celebration today! Thank you for the music and for always being you.

Big hugs from Seán, Peter, Dave and Krys xxx

Kate on stage 2014

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