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New version of Go West song with Kate backing vocals surfaces

Go West – The King is Dead – 7″ single cover with hype sticker, 1987

In 1987, English pop duo, Go West, issued their second studio album which featured the single The King is Dead with Kate on backing vocals. The story goes that Kate’s guitarist, Alan Murphy, was working on the album with the band in Denmark and asked Kate if she could do some vocals on the track. Kate obliged by sending tapes over to them to work with. Apart from her repeatedly singing the song title behind much of the second half of the track, at 1 minute 45 seconds Kate belts out:

“You let me in behind the lies, but you’re no use to me life size…”

This month, Chrysalis Records have reissued the album in a deluxe package on CD/DVD and on vinyl record and it features a new previously unreleased version of the song, The King Is Dead (12″ Long Vibe Piano Mix). We can hear more Kate backing vocals, in particular a striking moment at the 4 minute 37 seconds mark! You can hear the track on Spotify here or on Youtube here. Album can be ordered here.

Go West – Dancing on the Couch reissue, clear vinyl edition, January 2024

From vocalist Peter Cox on the band’s official site: “At one point Richard said that it would be great if we could get a female backing vocal on the song ..someone like Kate Bush’. Al (Murphy, guitarist) had played in Kate’s band for many years and said, ‘Why not just ask Kate?’ He called her – she graciously agreed, and we sent her the multitrack tape. It was quite the moment when we heard what she had done – we hadn’t given her any notes or guidance, just let her do her fabulous thing.” Richard Drummie of the band continues: “This song is about meeting a hero and your established perception of them being different from the reality. That’s not their fault.. ‘no one’s to blame.. but it immediately appeared as a poignant situation we could write about. We wrote the song really quickly.”

Jeff Beck 1944-2023

Update Thursday 12th Jan: Kate has written a tribute to Jeff Beck on her official site.

 I’m heartbroken to hear the news. Jeff was a real one-off, He was so adorable and funny – incredibly lovable.
 He was one of the greatest guitarists the world has ever known. We’ve lost one of our brightest stars and the heavens now have one of our heroes.

Jeff Beck, the celebrated guitarist who played with the Yardbirds and led the Jeff Beck Group, has died aged 78. Jeff played guitar on Kate’s song You’re The One from The Red Shoes album in 1993. Kate wrote in the fan club magazine at the time: “I love Jeff Beck’s guitar on this song – he is a big fan of The Trio (Bulgarka) and was very keen to work with their melodies in the song. The idea was for him to gradually “step into” the track and slowly make his presence felt, to end with an outspoken solo. I was really honoured to work with all the people on this album…”

In an interview with Del Palmer in Sound on Sound magazine in 1993, Del remembers the tech set up for the session: Jeff playing his signature Stratocaster for You’re The One in the control room with a tiny amp positioned underneath the front of the console and miked with a U87 positioned three inches away to the side and pointing in. “I was sitting at the console, Kate was to my right and Jeff was seated about four feet behind,” explains Palmer, “so she could talk to him and was able to both operate the deck and stand up to adjust the rack.” Kate had also previously worked with Max Middleton, a former member of Jeff Beck’s band on her album Never For Ever.

According to a Jeff Beck biography titled Hot Wired Guitar, Kate was somewhat surprised by Beck’s choice of guitar for the session, recoiling in horror at the sight of his Surf Green Strat! “She said it was the ugliest guitar she’d ever seen”, Jeff laughed. “She nearly vomited at the sight of it.” Mark Savage of the BBC summed up Jeff’s towering influence: “His tone, presence and, above all, volume redefined guitar music in the 1960s, and influenced movements like heavy metal, jazz-rock and even punk.” Our thoughts are with Jeff Beck’s family, friends and fans this evening.

Kate thanks Brisbane Pub Choir! “It’s utterly, utterly wonderful!”

Well, it’s a fantastic, uplifting, moment captured on video that’s had almost 100,000 views on Facebook and it’s probably about to have a lot more. Brisbane Pub Choir, in Australia, have caught Kate’s attention! As they describe it themselves: “What happens when 1600 strangers have a few drinks, then learn to sing Running Up That Hill in three-part harmony? Turn up the volume and find out! Singing is for EVERYBODY! Thank you to Kate Bush for writing this timeless tune and for letting Pub Choir sing it. We hope we did you proud. Feel like having a sing with us? Join us at the pub some time!”

Kate has just written her response directly to them:

Dear Brisbane Pub Choir,

I’ve been so busy that I’ve only just had the chance to watch you all singing RUTH. It’s utterly, utterly wonderful! I love it so much! Thank you everyone. You sing it really beautifully. I’m incredibly touched by your warmth and all your smiling faces. Thank you!

With lots of love,


The choir organisers were quick to express their delight on their Facebook page:

KATE BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cancel all your plans. Quit your job. Throw all your books in the bin. Just sit down a minute and get a load of this. Life as we know it is over, and this email is all that remains.

We really did that, Brisbane.

According to a report in The Brisbane Times choir maestro Astrid Jorgensen was about to go for a run on Thursday morning, “up that hill” as it happens, when she checked her email on her phone.

“There it was. A personal message from the zeitgeist-defining Bush. “I ran home pretty fast,” Jorgensen said. “When we sent off the request for the song, the response that we got back from the publishers was pretty much along the lines of ‘have a backup plan, because this is probably going to be a ‘no’ because she doesn’t approve requests very often for the use of her music’,” she said.

“Even getting the song felt like a massive deal, and I told the crowd that on the night. “I think everyone felt like that was really special for us, but yeah, this is obviously a pretty big icing on the cake.”

A brilliantly erratic chord structure and a chorus that comes out of nowhere makes Running Up That Hill a difficult song to master in 90 minutes, but that was exactly what the Brisbane crowd managed. “It is a really complex song and I think that’s why her music has been so interesting for so long,” Jorgensen said. “It’s not everyone’s cup of tea at all times, but it’s complex, it’s never boring.”

The song’s distinctive synth riff was replicated by a string section, courtesy of the Queensland chamber orchestra, Camerata. “The song itself is about a total breakdown of communication in a relationship and begging God to change places with the person so you can understand each other better, so I felt like that is a fairly big, heavy message,” Jorgensen said. “Strings are kind of similar to human voices in a spooky way, so it felt like a nice little extension of the choir.”

Read more at their official site here.

The acclaimed ‘An Evening Without Kate Bush’ show – UK tour details!

We are very excited to tell you that the sold-out critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe sensation, ‘An Evening Without Kate Bush’ will tour the UK from the 4th September – 3rd December, 2021 and transfer to Soho Theatre, London, 7 – 26 February, 2022.

From the press release: “Over a career spanning five decades, Kate Bush has always attracted loyal and devoted followers. This mind-blowing show celebrates their stories.


“Sarah-Louise Young has crafted a sweet and, by the end, communal exploration of what it means to be a maverick, and to be the person who likes mavericks. Much more of this woman’s work, please.”
The Times

After its smash-hit sold-out Edinburgh run, critically acclaimed chaotic cabaret cult ‘An Evening Without Kate Bush’, made by Sarah-Louise Young and Russell Lucas, is to transfer to Soho Theatre, London from 7 – 26 February, 2022.

Uber-fan or Kate Bush newbie? Join performer Sarah-Louise Young to howl with ‘The Hounds of Love’ and dance on the moors with ‘Wuthering Heights’. Kate’s not there, but you are…Over a caerer spanning five decades, from releasing ‘Wuthering Heights’ at the age of 19 to selling out the Hammersmith Apollo nearly 40 years later, Kate Bush has always surprised and confounded her critics. Through it all, her fans have stayed strong. In this unique and mind-blowing show Young invites you to celebrate her ground-breaking music.

“Sarah-Louise Young delivers a true masterpiece that only she (and potentially Kate Bush) could pull off” Broadway Baby

“Sarah-Louise Young’s attention to detail and vocal styling is meticulous, but it’s her rapport with the audience that sets this show apart, reinventing the tribute act by turning it around and celebrating the fans too” The Stage

Sarah-Louise is an actress, writer, director and internationally renowned cabaret performer. She has appeared in the West End with Julie Madly Deeply, Fascinating Aïda, La Soirée and Olivier winning improvised musical group, The Showstoppers. Named one of Time Out’s Top 10 Cabaret Acts and voted Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards, she has also been nominated for an Offie and awarded The Stage Award for Acting. As well as mainstream success on television and radio, she has toured extensively, both in the UK and internationally, including three invitations to the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival and a New York run. She is one half of writing and performing duo, Roulston & Young with whom she is currently creating a new musical, ‘Maxa, The Most Assassinated Woman In The World’. She recently directed Mark Farrelly in ‘Jarman’ and Paulus in ‘Looking For Me Friend, The Music Of Victoria Wood’ and is working with Russell Lucas on his new solo show, ’The Bobby Kennedy Experience’.

★★★★★ “A brilliant dissection of the diva’s genius, Sarah-Louise Young wows with a tribute to a true one-off”

“A masterclass” Musical Theatre Review

“This was one of the greatest hours of my life!”West End Wilma

Top 18 Shows at the Fringe 2019  The Stage


Out Now: “I Wanna Be Kate” tribute album is back after 22 years!

I Wanna Be Kate - The Songs of Kate Bush - Remastered & Expanded
“Two-Headed Hummingbird” by Gail Potocki features on the cover of the new album

22 years ago in 1998 I was reporting on this very site about the launch of the world’s first ever Kate Bush tribute album, being recorded and produced in Chicago, USA. Today, it’s re-released as I Wanna Be Kate: The Songs of Kate Bush Remastered & Expanded. Kate was so touched by the album when it was first released that she wrote Thomas a lovely note of thanks and wrote the words “I Wanna Be Thomas” on the back of the envelope. The album now consists of 24 tracks, including 7 brand new recordings – all sounding gorgeous thanks to the remastering work of Liam Davis in Chicago. Orders for the album on Bandcamp have been very strong. Here is the tracklisting of the 2020 remastered and expanded album:

  1. The Aluminum Group – L’Amour Looks Something Like You (2020 Remaster) 04:46
  2. Susan Voelz – The Sensual World (2020 Remaster) 04:16
  3. The Moviegoers – Hounds Of Love (2020 Remaster) 04:51
  4. Syd Straw – The Man With The Child In His Eyes (2020 Remaster) 03:12
  5. The J. Davis Trio – There Goes A Tenner (2020 Remaster) 05:07
  6. Nora O’Connor – The Saxophone Song (2020 Remaster) 05:15
  7. Justin Roberts – You’re The One (2020 Remaster) 04:50
  8. Mouse – Coffee Homeground (2020 Remaster) 04:56
  9. Catherine Smitko – Jig Of Life (2020 Remaster) 04:08
  10. Victoria Storm – The Kick Inside (2020 Remaster) 04:12
  11. The Baltimores – Running Up That Hill (2020 Remaster) 03:27
  12. Diamond Jim Greene – Home For Christmas (2020 Remaster) 03:42
  13. My Scarlet Life – Suspended In Gaffa (2020 Remaster) 03:36
  14. The Plunging Necklines – Kashka From Baghdad/Babooshka (2020 Remaster) 05:08
  15. Trinkets Of Joy – Love And Anger (2020 Remaster) 04:19
  16. Thomas Negovan – And Dream Of Sheep (2020 Remaster) 06:32
  17. Tom Dunning & Your Boyfriends – Not This Time (2020 Remaster) 05:01
  18. Butterfly Child – Top Of The City 04:56
  19. Zapruder Point – You Want Alchemy 03:33
  20. Yules – Cloudbusting 04:37
  21. Tristan an Arzhig – Joanni 06:03
  22. Grimeland – Among Angels (Live in Denmark) 05:43
  23. Michael Ross – A Coral Room 05:18
  24. Tom Dunning & Your Boyfriends – Nocturn (feat. Carol Keogh) 08:22
Limited edition vinyl is also available to order at Bandcamp here:

Producer Thomas Dunning has made the 7 newly recorded tracks (along with his own remastered recording of Not This Time) available as a limited edition 8-track EP on translucent aqua coloured vinyl – a gorgeous way to showcase the newer tracks AND all orders of the vinyl come with a full download of the entire 24-track digital album. Warm congratulations to Thomas and all the artists involved, both then and now – an amazing achievement. You can read all about the album at the brand new website:


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

Drag queen Kate Butch brings new musical to London stage

Kate Butch

Here’s news of a new musical from UK drag queen Kate Butch. She says: I’m so excited to bring my show to VAULT Festival. I obviously owe so much to Kate Bush and I’m really proud of this tribute to her work. Of course there’s some pastiche and parody (only Kate herself can perform There Goes a Tenner with a straight-face) but I’d like to think it’s a loving reimagining of the music we know and love. You might think you know the songs of Kate Bush, but you don’t know them like this.” Tickets here (if you mention the word CLOUDBUSTING you will get a discount): 

From the press release: “Kate Butch, the Comic Sans of Drag,. has written a musical based on the songs of her favourite singer and namesake, but needs your help to get ‘BUSH!’ to Broadway. Expect jokes, songs, games, and so much Cloudbusting, from one of London’s best rising drag stars. Catch this “great comedian” (WhatsOnStage) as she Runs Up That Hill, Dreams of Sheep and, of course, Wuthers your Heights.”

VAULT Festival, London. 4th, 5th, 11th, 13th March, 22:10. Accessible venue.

Kate Butch burst onto the London drag scene in 2018, bringing her trademark wit, vocal ability and Peppa Pig impersonations right along with her. Smashing local competitions and taking her crossdressing all across the globe (with apologies to the people of South Africa), Kate’s comedy stylings have catapulted her into the world of the capital’s queer nightlife. Having performed with the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Sasha Velour and The Vivienne, as well as the actual Cheeky Girls themselves, Kate Butch is the new name on everyone’s lips. But don’t worry – there’s a cream for that.

“If you see a more joyous or genuinely funny show this year, I’d be very surprised” – Buxton Fringe Review, 2017 / “A clear show stealer” – ScotsGay / Buxton Fringe Best Comedy Winner 2017/2019

French musician Pone makes album dedicated to Kate with only the use of his eyes


A feature in The Guardian has spread the word on a remarkable album of music. Pone, real name Guilhem Gallart, is living with motor neurone disease since 2014, also known as ALS. He 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 from the likes of Jay-Z, Style P and Biggie Smalls. As he cannot move his body he uses eye-tracking technology to compose and build his intricate compositions on a computer screen.

Pone chose to work with material by Kate as he had long worshipped for her “singular originality and own sampling work with Peter Gabriel”, he says. “And her voice, of course.” From the piece in The Guardian by Anaïs Brémond:

The result is an emotional, spacious record with a sci-fi quality. With trademark optimism, Pone says he “wasn’t limited” while producing it. “Rather the opposite. I was able to try new techniques. Before, it was way more immediate; now the process is really slow, but I use this time to properly think about the music.” I am intrigued by the final song, the 30-minute Loin de Tout ça: an icy, cavernous and seemingly endless vocal taken from Under the Ivy, the B-side to Bush’s 1985 single Running Up That Hill: “When we work, us beatmakers, we often hear the same loop for hours,” says Pone. “It really transforms our perception of sound, it immerses you in a different world. This is why I extended the track so much. This is the experience I wanted to share.”

In August last year, Pone finished Kate & Me and released it online for free (a physical version is now available in France). When he’s not imparting his encyclopaedic knowledge of soul, US and French rap in carefully written blogposts, he is actively promoting Kate & Me on social media – to an awestruck response…What about Bush herself? He hopes she isn’t too upset that he took liberties with her work, but he doubts whether she has listened to the album. “It seems like she’s untraceable. She’s probably making marmalade in the depths of the Scottish Highlands.” Pone, meanwhile, is making lemonade from life’s lemons.

The album, Kate and Me, is available on Spotify and CD and vinyl versions are available to purchase at here.

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:

Edinburgh Fringe show, “An evening without Kate Bush” is running now!

Thanks to Kevin Wilson for letting us know about this show. From the press release: “The chaotic cabaret cult, AN EVENING WITHOUT KATE BUSH is here! Enter Strange Phenomena, howl with the The Hounds Of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights. Kate’s not there, but you are. From the makers of Julie Madly Deeply. But completely different.

Performer Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore, The Showstoppers, La Soiree) has teamed up with director Russell Lucas (Warped at VAULT Festival) to explore the music and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music. From releasing Wuthering Heights at the age of 19 to selling out the Hammersmith Apollo nearly 40 years later, Kate Bush has always surprised and confounded her critics. Through it all her fans have stayed strong. Young invites you to celebrate her songs with this unique and mind-blowing show.”

Where? Vodoo Rooms (Ballroom), West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA

When? 3 – 25 August (no show 12 & 19 August) – 16.40pm (1 hour) Free non-ticketed

Website: Twitter: @WithoutKateBush @SlyTheatreMaker

Over 2,000 Canadian children colour a Kate Bush inspired music video!

This is absolutely brilliant. For her cover of Running up that Hill, Los Angeles artist Meg Myers decided to make a music video that would bring the song into Crayola colour. With the help of 2,130 school children from Edmonton, the video’s director created a moving colouring book. Every frame in the 12-frame-per-second animation, features a page coloured by a different child. 

Meg Myers

The video has more than 500,000 views since it launched last month.

“It’s quite intense with all the colours changing,” music video director Jo Roy told CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active on Wednesday. “But [it’s meant to] feel like a very colourful experience, with the narrative of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.” The animation was created using illustrations based on film footage of Meg Myers dancing. There are other added flourishes as she morphs into a human-butterfly and flies through space. Read more about the project at this article here which includes an audio interview with director Jo Roy. Meg Myers official site is here:

Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy) talks to HMV podcast about his inspiration: Kate Bush

Neil Hannon HMV podcast

My Inspiration is a new podcast series from HMV in which they give musicians, actors, filmmakers and producers the chance to take a welcome break from talking about themselves and instead talk about their greatest inspiration. For their first episode, they welcome Neil Hannon, the creative force behind The Divine Comedy, who opened up about his life-long love of Kate Bush.

HMV writes: “During the podcast, Hannon spoke about how he discovered the eccentric songstress, how she inspired the theatricality in his songwriting and stagecraft and which LP he considers to be her ultimate masterpiece. You can listen to the podcast below and make sure you check back on for more episodes of My Inspiration…”

Midge Ure talks about Kate’s ‘Sister and Brother’ vocals

Midge Ure and Kate 1982

In the January 2019 edition of Classic Pop (out now – see their site here for details), Scottish singer Midge Ure was asked about the time Kate recorded backing vocals on his 1988 track, Sister and Brother. In 1982, Midge had appeared on stage with Kate Bush – along with Pete Townsend, Mick Karn and Phil Collins – while she performed The Wedding List live on stage during the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala.

Classic Pop January 2019“Midge’s first solo album after leaving Ultravox, Answers To Nothing, features a major coup – a rare guest vocal by Kate Bush, who sings as the sister in Sister and Brother. After Midge’s approach, Bush said she’d send a vocal contribution back if she had time. At that point, she was in the middle of recording her album The Sensual World. ”I wasn’t expecting Kate to do anything at all, or that she’d take months if she could help,” Midge admits, ”Then she phoned up a week later and said: ‘I’ve done something, do you want to come to my studio to hear it?”

Having turned her vocals around so quickly, Midge was ready for Bush’s contribution to be two or three lines; probably her sister character answering the brother’s questions. Instead, Bush had multi-tracked the vocals with effects Midge calls: “all these wonderful Kateisms”, including a choral section at the end of the song.

‘It was glorious,” enthuses Midge. ”My only regret is that I didn’t see Kate at work to see how she’d done it. Hearing someone like Kate Bush pour their heart and soul into one of my songs was an incredible affirmation. It was, ’Well done you, we’re giving you a gold star for your essay.’ I was shocked she’d taken so much time and effort.”

Having that mutual respect from someone so highly regarded helped convince Midge he was following the right path. He says: ”I realised I didn’t have to be aiming for three-minute pop songs, that I could make pieces of music I love, even if nobody else gets it.” [You can subscribe to Classic Pop here]

Christine & The Queens add Wuthering Heights to Rihanna cover on BBC Radio 1!

In a live version of Rihanna’s hit “Kiss it Better” yesterday in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Christine and the Queens incorporated the chorus from Kate’s Wuthering Heights into the performance. See the video below.

New Australian musical channels Kate’s Wuthering Heights in Melbourne Fringe

Ambushed musicalAmbushed is a new Australian musical brought to you by Adapt Productions as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival on 25th-27th and 29th-30th September. Tickets here.

“Kate Bush sang about it, Emily Bronte wrote about it and a waitress celebrating her 42nd birthday is dreaming about it in this surprising new piece of Australian Musical Theatre.

Whether you believe that there is somebody for everybody or that clinging onto the idea of a soulmate just leads to a stalemate won’t matter as you join Angela’s search to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart. Looking for signs from the universe in the form of references to Wuthering Heights leads Angela into a unique set of circumstances in this poignant yet uplifting comedy.”

Dates: 25-27, Sept and 29-30 Sept Times: 7.30pm, Sat 8.00pm, Sun 3.00pm and 5.30pm (70 minutes) Venue: Chapel Off Chapel 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia Tickets: Full: $35 / Concession: $30 / Preview (Tues): $25 / Group: $30 TO BOOK TICKETS visit or call (03) 9660 9666 For media enquiries contact: Jaz Hendry, 0427 592 383 or

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