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Kate chats to BBC Radio 4: “The whole world’s gone mad!”

A wonderful interview with Kate this morning on the Woman’s Hour programme on BBC Radio 4. Kate said the situation was “just extraordinary … quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad.”

“It’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention. But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this,” Kate said. “The Duffer brothers created the series and actually we watched it from the first series onwards, so I was already familiar with the series. And I thought what a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way. You know, as a kind of talisman almost really for Max. And yeah, I think it’s very touching, actually.”

Listen again here:

Dave Cross from HomeGround discusses The Big Sky video shoot!

Photo: John Carder Bush from “Kate: Inside The Rainbow”

Cecilee Linke in the US has set herself the impressive task of covering every single Kate Bush song, one per episode, on her Strange Phenomena podcast. She is already on to the Hounds of Love album, and this week is her episode on the song The Big Sky. Among other contibutors she talks to our own Dave Cross of HomeGround Magazine fame. Dave chats about how himself, Peter and Krys helped to organise 150 fans to attend the taping of Kate’s 1986 music video for The Big Sky. Did you know that Dave starred in the video (along with Peter!) and donned a fetching moustache at Kate’s request as one of the Wright brothers?!  You can listen to the episode here

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New interview with Kate on KEXP radio today!

UPDATE: Listen to the whole interview here:


DJ El Toro has interviewed Kate about 50 Words For Snow on the brilliant US radio station KEXP (can you tell it’s one of my favourites?) The interview will be aired today, Friday February 24th on The Afternoon Show on 2pm to 6pm PT USA time / 10pm to 2am UK Time and also on February 29th on DJ El Toro’s show on 9pm to 9.30pm PT USA time / 5am to 5.30am UK Time (early on 1st March) It will be also be available online at the KEXP Blog. Read more at their Facebook page here. (with thanks to Louise)

Kate featured in Classic Rock special issue – out next week!


Whatever your thoughts about applying a “prog rock” label on to Kate’s music, there’s no denying that this looks like a nice special issue from the makers of Classic Rock magazine.  It features a new interview with Kate and reader’s top 25 tracks among other Kate-related content. The quote from David Gilmour on the cover reads: “Those who have followed in her shadow are but pale imitations…” This edition hits shop shelves in the UK, Ireland and possibly other places from next Wednesday 28th December. Read more at the magazine’s Facebook page here. Thanks to Louise and to Graham Rhodes who published these cover shots on his blog here.


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More interviews with Kate plus album news round-up

So close to Christmas now and we’ve been busy getting ready – so a few 50 Words For Snow news items have been piling up that we need to tell you about. We’ll have a full round-up of the many mentions of Kate’s 2011 albums (feels so amazing to be able to type that) in year-end polls very soon. Firstly massive thanks to Brian Cloughley for yet-another seasonal banner for the site – thanks Brian! Kate did an Italian radio interview on Radio Monte Carlo on the 19th December. You can hear the interview below (many thanks to Isabelle, Louise and Tom). Look out for a new interview with Kate on Seattle radio station KEXP soon – conducted by Kurt B Reighley. Kurt has tweeted: “3 hours later and STILL a bundle of nerves from 2day’s interview w Kate Bush… she laughs a lot and has a lovely sense of humor.”

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See a clip below from “The Jo Whiley Music Show” on Sky Arts 1 on 16th December.  The show featured a piece about the new album, as well as a discussion from Annie Lennox, Tim Minchin and Aloe Blacc. Also at the end of the Youtube clip below you’ll see mention of Kate’s album on the BBC 2 Review Show, also from 16th December in that programme’s review of the year.

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Another interview with Kate has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia here. Anti- Records, Kate’s new US label has been promoting the album with the following video package of review quotes:

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Reminder: Mark Radcliffe radio interview with Kate this afternoon

Update: Part two of the Mark Radcliffe interview with Kate aired today, Tuesday 13th Dec – listen again here (1 hour 33 mins into the iPlayer stream)

The first part of Mark Radcliffe‘s new interview on BBC Radio 6Music with Kate is being broadcast today. The show runs from 1pm-4pm, and we hear that the interviews usually are aired about 2.3opm, but do check the live stream. Part 2 of the interview will be aired tomorrow at the same time. Catch today’s show here.

Listen to Kate’s interview this evening with Larry Flick on US radio

With big thanks to Louise and Tom for providing the clip:

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Three more radio interviews with Kate!

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Three new interviews to listen out for: This evening Kate’s interview with Jamie Cullum was finally played on BBC Radio 2. This was a different interview segment from the one with Jamie that was broadcast on Dutch Radio last month (52 minutes long – listen here). This evening’s interview is a 20 minute segment. From the BBC website: “Jamie conducts a rare interview with Kate Bush, as the British singer-songwriter, musician and record producer talks about the jazz she loves. Kate also tells the story behind Misty, a track on her new album 50 Words For Snow. The two musicians discuss the complex time signatures within Misty and compare them to Take Five by Dave Brubeck, before chatting about their different approaches to composition, and their mutual love of Billie Holliday and Steely Dan.” Listen again to the new interview segment here. (outside the UK? listen here.)

On this coming Thursday 8th December, Kate does an American radio interview with Larry Flick on Sirius XM OutQ Radio, 12pm-4pm UK/Ireland Time (7am Eastern Time USA/GMT-5 hours.) You can listen live here (note that this radio station requires a free signup for 7 day trial, which just needs an email address).

Mark RadcliffeDJ Mark Radcliffe in the UK announced today that he is going to see Kate tomorrow and the resulting interview will be broadcast part 1 on Monday 12th December and part 2 on Tuesday 13th December on BBC Radio 6Music (the show is 1pm to 4pm, the interviews are usually on at 2.30pm). See programme listings at the BBC Radio 6Music site here and here. (big thanks to Louise for heads up on these interviews)

Two new European interviews – but only one with Kate…

A new interview with Kate to promote the new album has appeared in Gaffa Magazine in Denmark, see here and here (translation here and here). A second interview doesn’t feature Kate – rather it’s an interview with the presenter of Bios Bahnhof, the German show where Kate made her first ever TV appearance (see clip below!). Interview here, translation here. (thanks Louise)

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BBC Radio 6 Music interview with Lauren Laverne

This brilliant interview with Kate on sparkling form, can be heard on the BBC iPlayer at Lauren’s page here.

Hear Mike Ragogna’s interview with Kate

Mike Ragogna’s interview with Kate, transcripts of which has turned up on a number of blogs, was transmitted today on Community Radio Station KRUU Fairfield and can be heard here (Thanks Louise).

50 Words For Snow: A Conversation With Kate Bush in the Huffington Post

Short interview with Mike Ragona in the online Huffington Post


Mike Ragogna of the Huffington PostMR: Nice. Could you go into some background on “Misty”?

KB: The thing about that song, aside from having sort of unusual subject matter, is that it’s a very long song–it’s the longest song on the album. I think it runs about 14 minutes. It wasn’t even that I set out to write a song that long, but I was trying to explore the idea of working with longer song structures and moving away from the more traditional form. I wanted to be able to tell the story through a much longer piece of time and so I was able to go through various elements of the story and, hopefully, make the song build. The subject matter is sort of just about a girl who builds a snowman, and later the snowman comes to visit her in her bedroom.

MR: As snowmen often do.

KB: Well, I don’t know about that unless people just keep quiet about it. (laughs)

Kate interview in today’s “Dagens Nyheter” Swedish newspaper

The Swedish newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” (Todays’ News), featured an interview with Kate, which you can read (in Swedish) here.

Kate started by asking the interviewer how the Swedish winter was. When told that they can be very long, lasting 4-5 months, Kate replied: “Wow, snow for 4-5 months? Good lord! It’s hard to imagine a long winter like that. I hope that doesn’t have a negative impact on what you think of my album” followed by laughter from Kate.  Kate is asked if she does most of the producing on her records, the reply was “Yes, even the tea-making”. When asked how she keeps her voice in shape, Kate replies: “I’m not the kind of person who walks around at home singing while cooking and stuff. And I never exercise my voice, maybe I should. I only sing when I make music really.” Download the full translated interview here. Thanks to Jens for sending in the translation.

Kate makes the News!

The BBC Radio 4 flagship morning news programme Today reported the release of Kate’s new album and included a snippet from the interview with John Wilson broadcast this evening on the flagship arts programme Front Row.

This was soon picked up by Reuters especially Kate’s fears for the current state of the record industry.

Radio interviews update!

Listen again below to the Radio 4 interview Kate did with John Wilson on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme. Do not miss if you’re wondering what Kate thinks of the state of the music industry or how a rogue wasp influenced the lyrics of Cloudbusting!

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Q podcastKate’s interview today on Canadian Radio with Jian Ghomeshi at 3pm GMT profiled her full career as well as 50 Words For Snow (listen again here OR click here for a free iTunes podcast download of the chat).

Also, an interview Kate did with WDR2 German Radio yesterday evening can be heard again below (thanks Louise and Tom).

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