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Andy Samberg on using Kate’s Cloudbusting in “Palm Springs”

Andy Samberg‘s successful new time-loop comedy, Palm Springs, feature’s Kate’s Cloudbusting on the soundtrack in a pivotal scene toward the end of the film. The film is released on US streaming site, Hulu. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor both starred in and produced the new film, and had a hand in selecting the music for its soundtrack.

He says on the Pandora Stories podcast: “When we were making this movie we definitely wanted there to be a specific musical vibe to the soundtrack, we agreed that we wanted it to be something that was catchy and hooky but not necessarily modern stuff we loved… not stuff from the present day. And also songs that are classics, but not necessarily the ones you’ve heard too many times already.”

About Cloudbusting, he says it was “one of the best songs ever made…I love Kate Bush… I had this vision of this moment and this song and it sort of all coming together and it just made me feel very emotional and happy and made my brain tingle.” Samberg was determined that the song would make it into the film – so he delivered a personal plea to Kate after it had already been written into the script.

I wrote a letter to Kate Bush. I don’t know if she read it. If she did and this gets back to her somehow: ‘Thank you, Kate, so much. You’re a genius!’

If she never read it, all the same, I’m just so thrilled and happy that we got to put it in the movie. It elevates the moment so much. The moment in the movie was really designed for the song.

Andy Samberg

In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Samberg remarks: “It’s miraculous that we cleared it.”

Happy Birthday, Kate!

It’s the 30th of July, which means it is the day fans flood social media with birthday messages for a woman who’s music means the world to them. Wishing you a fantastic day, Kate, filled with happiness and surrounded by your loved ones! xxx

Photo by John Carder Bush – from his book “Kate: Inside the Rainbow”
London Underground salute Kate on her birthday!
London Underground salute Kate today on her birthday!
Big Boi

Big Boi collaborating with Kate on his new album?

Longtime fan of Kate, Big Boi from Outkast, is no stranger to talking about wanting a musical collaboration between himself and his musical hero, Kate. For many years he has hinted at this, and here in a new video interview he once again teases the possibility – but doesn’t confirm it. Could it happen?! Enjoy the interview with Lindsey Parker here including nice stories of him meeting Kate at her show in 2014 and later, in 2017, having dinner with her and discovering the joys of a certain beverage. We’ll be paying close attention as his album release draws nearer…

Kate signed her live CD for Big Boi when they met for dinner in 2017

Kate on stage

More unseen 1979 Tour Photos from Max Browne!

As he continues to prepare his book of photos from Kate’s 1979 Lionheart tour, photographer Max Browne has again generously shared some never-before-seen shots. Max says: “I’m just having a drink after finishing going through and scanning all my original ’79 Tour reject shots – and there are some real winners amongst the ones I’ve rescued over the last few weeks so I thought I’d share a few with you. Bear in mind these have never been seen by anyone before…” Thanks Max! We’ll keep everyone posted on book news. More from Max at his site here: http://rockshots.co/

Kate on stage 1979
James & the Cold Gun – photo Max Browne
Kate on stage
Strange Phenomena – photo Max Browne
Kate on Stage
Don’t Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake – photo Max Browne
Kate on Stage
Hammer Horror – photo Max Browne
Strange Phenomena
Strange Phenomena – photo Max Browne
Wow
Wow – photo Max Browne

Kate writes to French musician Pone about his “Kate & Me” album

We were delighted to see that French musician Pone has had a lovely message from Kate this week. Read about the remarkable “Kate and Me” album in our news story here. Pone, real name Guilhem Gallart, has composed an instrumental beat album, “Kate and Me“, as an ode to Kate Bush – each of the songs contain samples from one or more recordings Kate has made, interwoven with beats and rap vocals. Guilhem lives with motor neurone disease (also known as ALS) and, as he cannot move his body, he uses eye-tracking technology to compose and build his intricate compositions on a computer screen. He writes on his Facebook page: “je viens juste de recevoir le mail le plus incroyable de ma vie”

Pone - Kate and Me

Dear Guilhem,


I’ve only just become aware of your album, ‘Kate and Me’. I listened to it tonight and it blew me away. It’s very difficult to put into words how moved I am by this work and how great my admiration is for you.

The challenges you have overcome in order to accomplish this creation are simply astounding. You absolutely have my blessing if you want to release this album in order to raise money for your charity. Wishing you every success with all your projects.

With very best wishes.

Kate Bush

Bush Telegraph – special video episode!

Regular Kate Bush Fan Podcast listeners will know that we host the Bush Telegraph series of audio chats with Darrell & Paul. For a change, today Bush Telegraph venture into split screen video mode for the very first time and respond to fans’ ‘Moments of Pleasure’ requests. From the comfort of their own homes in the UK and USA, their transatlantic conversation covers fans’ favourite moments from The Kick Inside to The Dreaming, and their own reminiscences. There’s also a bonus pet feature! Enjoy.

Nina Leilani Deering 1985-2020

We are so sad to be sharing the news that Nina Leilani Deering of Baby Bushka died in a tragic car accident yesterday. If you have seen their live shows you’ll know Nina for her keyboard work and the show stopping version of This Woman’s Work she performed, which is also featured on the album of Kate Bush songs the band recently released. Our thoughts go out to Nina’s family, friends and Baby Bushka bandmates at this very sad time x

Nina Leilani Deering

New Podcast Episode! Bush Telegraph – Beating Around The Bush

In the latest episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast Paul and Darrell on lockdown in England and America, respectively, try to lighten the mood with Kate pop quizzes and puzzles! Paul quizzes Darrell on the ‘Nicholas Pegg’s Kate Bush Emoji Quiz’, followed by the ‘Would You Rather’ game. Then both reminisce about misheard lyrics that will bring a smile to your face. To end the podcast, Darrell’s teenage son is grilled again on Kate songs, and the pièce de resistance is a Radio 4 exclusive on the best Kate tribute band that ever existed! As best as we can, this is a time to sit down and relax, and get the ‘board games’ out!

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.

Guido Harari video chats with Mandy, Stewart, Del and Gered!

Guido Harari

Guido Harari – Photo by Riccardo Piccirillo

In case you haven’t been keeping up on Facebook, photographer Guido Harari has been posting weekly video chats with some well known people from the Kate Bush world, including singer Mandy Watson from Cloudbusting, Kate’s dancer and choreographer Stewart Avon Arnold, the legend himself, Del Palmer and Guido’s fellow photographer, Gered Mankowitz. Watch the videos below and look out for more on the Facebook page for Guido’s lavish photo bookThe Kate Inside which is still available to order.

Guido talks to Mandy Watson

Guido talks to Stewart Avon Arnold

Guido talks to Del Palmer

Guido talks to Gered Mankowitz

New 1979 photo of Kate and Peter Gabriel on stage!

Photographer Max Browne is preparing a new book which will showcase his incredible photographs from Kate’s 1979 Lionheart tour. I’m very grateful to Max for sharing this exclusive, never-before-seen photo with me; it shows Kate, with Peter Gabriel, on stage at the benefit concert in aid of her lighting engineer, Bill Duffield. The show took place on 12th May 1979 and I’m not 100% sure what song they were performing here, possibly Peter’s song “I Don’t Remember” – see set list below. Below it is another photo by Max of Kate with Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel) at the same concert. See more photos of Kate live in 1979 taken by Max here. We’ll update you on his book when there’s more information.

Songs performed that night:

Moving
Symphony In Blue
Violin
The Kick Inside
Strange Phenomena
Hammer Horror
Kashka From Baghdad
Don’t Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake
Them Heavy People (with Peter Gabriel & Steve Harley)
The Woman With The Child In Her Eyes (with Peter Gabriel & Steve Harley)
The Man With The Child In His Eyes
Here Comes The Flood (Peter Gabriel)
I Don’t Remember (Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel)
D.I.Y. (Peter Gabriel)
Best Years Of Our Lives (Steve Harley)
Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) (Steve Harley)
Wow
Kite
James And The Cold Gun
Wuthering Heights
Let It Be (Peter Gabriel & Steve Harley)

Bill Duffield, Kate’s lighting engineer, sustained critical injuries in the Poole venue at the end of the night after the first date of the Lionheart tour (a warm-up show on April 2nd 1979). Bill tragically died a week later.

Bill Duffield concert programme

New photos of Kate from 1989 session surface

Photographer Kevin Cummins has posted an unused shot on his Instagram account that he took of Kate for an NME cover feature in September 1989, and also a contact sheet of photos for the same piece taken in Kate’s garden. More of his work here: http://www.kevincummins.co.uk/ (thanks to Debby Pulford for sharing)

Kate thanks health workers, scientists and key workers on her official site

Kate has posted a message to her official Fish People site this evening.

Message…

A huge thank you to all the heroic health workers, scientists and key workers who are looking after the people who need their help.
Please stay safe and take care, everyone.
With love,
Kate

NEW! Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Dawn of the Fish People!

Dawn of Fish People

In our first 2020 podcast, in these slightly unusual times, Seán reflects on Kate Bush’s amazing decade from 2010-2019 – with two studio albums released in a single year, her first live shows in 35 years and the launch of her own record label with Kate’s entire catalogue remastered on CD and vinyl – Wow. Dawn of the Fish People! I hope you enjoy it, Kate’s music is an unlimited resource of joy, inspiration and solace – tune in!

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.

Stephen W Tayler sheds new light on Kate’s recent albums and shows

Music journalist Anil Prasad has a new interview with mixer/engineer/producer Stephen W Tayler, who as many of you know, has been closely involved in Kate’s recent projects, including Director’s Cut, 50 Words for Snow, and of course, the Before the Dawn shows and live recording. Stephen offers a great deal of insight into his work with Kate in the conversation, which I think many of you will enjoy. A sticker quote from Kate on the package of Stephen’s recent Ostinato album package reads: “A beautiful and beguiling filmic journey in sound”

Here’s an excerpt where Stephen discusses how he tackled sonically representing what Kate wanted on the 50 Words for Snow album:

We were trying to imagine the feeling when you walk out on a dark night and the snow is falling. There’s a very different kind of silence in the air. It feels very dead, yet at some time, there’s still a presence you feel. How do you personify that in sound? It was about making people experience a sonic texture, dimension or depth. It sounds abstract, but these were the kinds of discussions I had with Kate. She wanted to make people feel something specific when they heard it, instead of just how they respond to the lyrics or playing. Sonically, how does it make you feel? That was the big question and what we were trying to accomplish. We would have wonderful conversations about these things.

Stephen also discusses his role on stage during the Before the Dawn shows:

I visited a hidden place in the middle of the countryside with about 100 people working on pre-production for the show. Kate gave me the title “Kate Vocal Navigator” in the program. My role was specifically to handle the sound of her voice. I controlled the effects that were used extensively throughout all the changing scenarios of the show. I handled her vocals and fed them to the front of the house. I was on stage, not out front. I never heard how the show sounded upfront. My main focus was to control the individual sound for every song. I would be hearing in my in-ear monitors exactly what Kate was hearing. I was controlling not just what the audience heard, but what Kate heard herself. It was about giving her the right sonic environment to suit her performance.

There’s a lot more about his work with Kate in the full interview here: https://www.innerviews.org/inner/stephen-w-tayler

RIP Terry Jones (1942-2020)

Terry Jones – Director’s Cut album artwork – photo by Tim Walker 2011

Sadly, today we say goodbye to a British comedy legend; actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian, Terry Jones, best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team. As we all know, Kate has had close friendships and collaborations with many luminaries in British comedy over the years and, rather delightfully, Terry appeared in the artwork to her 2011 album, Director’s Cut, sitting beside Hazel Pethig and Remi Butler on a mysterious train journey. He is credited as portraying “Professor Need”. Terry attended Kate’s Before the Dawn show in September 2014, but had been battling dementia in recent years. Rest in Peace, Terry – thank you for all the laughter! 

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