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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! 

New Uncut Magazine features Kate cover story and feature article!

Uncut Magazine have unveiled their new issue (March 2020) today and it’s a Kate Bush cover feature which is “a deep dive into Kate’s early years — accompanied by a Q&A comprising some (mostly) unseen interview material with Kate from 2011, where she talks about her childhood, early success etc.” The article features contributions from early collaborators like Unicorn bassist Pat Martin, Glenys Groves, Duncan McKay, studio engineer Peter Henderson, singer Roy Harper, David Paton, Brian Bath, Vic King and producer Joe Boyd. The piece neatly coincides with 45 years since Kate’s first professional recordings at Air Studios in 1975, following on from her sessions at Dave Gilmour’s house in 1973. 

You can order the magazine online here

From the piece: “ENGLAND’S DREAMING – Forty-five years ago, KATE BUSH made her first professional recordings at AIR Studios. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Peter Watts digs deep into Bush’s early years to unearth the roots of her enduring, incandescent power. Join us, then, on a phantasmagorical journey from the woolly fringes of Kent to the wild Yorkshire moors and beyond as we learn the untold story of Bush’s magical beginnings. “Her world is built on wonder,” says one collaborator…”

Order the Uncut Kate Bush cover here. 

1979 Kate Bush Christmas special on BBC4 Dec 23rd

UK viewers can watch the classic 1979 Kate Bush Christmas TV special just after midnight on Dec 23rd on BBC4 – lovely way to welcome Christmas Eve. Programme information is here

Kate on BBC4

From the Kate Bush Encyclopedia site:

‘Kate’ is the official name of a Christmas special that was broadcast on BBC television (UK) on 28 December 1979. It was recorded in October 1979 at the BBC’s Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, England with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. Part of the show – the sequence for The Wedding List – had been recorded at South London’s Nunhead cemetery, a 19th-century Gothic cemetery with lots of imposing monuments to eminent citizens of that time. The special was a mixture of pre-filmed sequences, dramatic in-studio set-pieces and a handful of straight performances behind the piano.

The special consists of the following songs:

  1. Violin
  2. Gymnopédie No. 1
  3. Symphony In Blue
  4. Them Heavy People
  5. The Angel Gabriel (with Paddy Bush and Glenys Groves)
  6. Here Comes The Flood (Peter Gabriel)
  7. Ran Tan Waltz
  8. December Will Be Magic Again
  9. The Wedding List
  10. Another Day (with Peter Gabriel)
  11. Egypt
  12. The Man With The Child In His Eyes
  13. Don’t Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake

Kate at BBC

1981 clip of Kate celebrating 50 years of Abbey Road Studios

Kate and Helen Shapiro 1981

The BBC archive Facebook page has posted a rare clip from 1981 in which the Nationwide programme paid a visit to Abbey Road studios as they celebrated 50 years in the recording business. You can see Kate right near the end helping to cut the massive cake (beside an equally massive moustache!) Singer Helen Shapiro and violinist Yehudi Menuhin are also interviewed. (with thanks to Amanda Greenway Harrold for spotting this!) Note: You can watch the video here if the embed below isn’t working for you. 

 

Kate’s new French language Remastered 12″ out in UK

Kate’s most recent Remastered release, the Ne T’enfuis Pas /Un Baiser D’Enfant 12″ single is now appearing in HMV and Fopp stores in the UK (photo: Philip Lau)

Update Sunday November 17th: The 12″ single has climbed to Number 1 in the UK vinyl singles chart! [Trivia Note: the official chart site is using the same misspelling of the title from the b-sides of the Suspended in Gaffa and There Goes a Tenner 7″ singles from 1982!) 

Ebay auction reveals unseen early version of Kate’s 1979 “On Stage” EP

On Stage variant cover

An auction on Ebay at the moment features quite an interesting curio. It shows the original artwork for the first, scrapped, version of Kate’s On Stage vinyl EP, eventually released on 31st August 1979.  The EP would be a success, reaching number 10 in the UK charts and featuring 4 tracks recorded live at Kate’s show on May 13th earlier that year. 

What’s interesting about this artwork is the revelation that at one point the record was to have had just three tracks, with James and the Cold Gun as the lead on Side One of the vinyl. This might explain the cover image of Kate on stage (with gun) from that performance. The back cover additionally originally featured an image, unseen till now, from her performance of Wow. The song title Don’t Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake is misspelled as “Heartbreak” on the scrapped artwork. This version of the EP was revised in favour of a four track version which also included L’Amour Looks Something Like You. The lead track for the EP ultimately became Them Heavy People – Kate even made a new promo video to go with it, but interestingly, the image from that song (Kate in fedora and trench coat) was relegated to the back cover…the striking image of a crouched and dangerously armed Kate still won out!

Here’s what the seller has to say about the artwork’s origins in their auction listing:

“From 1977 – 1980 I was the assistant record sleeve production manager of Robert Stace & Co one of the largest record sleeve printers in the UK at the time. I handled all Kate Bush 7″ sleeves from Hammer Horror to Babooshka. One day the artwork for Live on Stage arrived for origination but was put on hold the next day due to design changes.

The artwork remained on a shelf in the production office until a spring clean when it was going to be thrown away but instead i asked to have it and later had it framed with a running sheet for posterity”.

On Stage framed artwork

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