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New PROG magazine Kate cover feature and poster

The latest edition of PROG Magazine in the UK, out Friday September 9th, has a Kate Bush cover, a feature on her 40 greatest songs and includes 4 Kate Bush postcards and a double-sided Kate poster which features that great Never For Ever cover image they released in 2020. It will be available to mail order from Friday at this site. The magazine writes:

“Kate Bush graces the cover of the new issue of Prog as we present her 40 greatest songs, as chosen by her prog peers from King Crimson, Marillion, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Eivør, The Anchoress, Jane Weaver and more… We also explore the strange phenomena of Kate’s current resurgence thanks to Stranger Things….”

PROG magazine double-sided Kate Bush poster and postcards with the issue

New Mojo Magazine Kate Bush Cover feature

Mojo Magazine in the UK have joined in the Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) resurgence with a cover feature and “Kate Bush Companion” themed cover-mount CD. From the magazine’s site:

“Everyone’s talking about Kate Bush, but no one’s going as deep into Running Up That Hill, and its parent Hounds Of Love album, as MOJO. Collaborators, admirers and MOJO’s top writers tell the incredible story of her greatest record, and its resurrection.. This month’s covermount CD is Thunder In Our Hearts: a collection of music that inspired and sustained Kate Bush – including Roy Harper, Anne Briggs, Eberhard Weber and Billie Holiday – plus exquisite Kate Bush covers by Tracey Thorn and Nite Jewel.” The magazine is available by mail order here. CD tracklising:

  1. Roy Harper – You (The Game Part II)
  2. Zaine Griff – Flowers
  3. Nite Jewel – Hounds of Love
  4. Anne Briggs – Sovay
  5. Ewan MacColl & A.L Lloyd – The Handsome Cabin Boy
  6. Tracey Thorn – Under The Ivy
  7. Youth & Gaudi – Bass Weapon
  8. Thomas De Hartmann – Hartmann/Gurdjieff – The Bokhairian Dervish, Hadji Asvatz-Troov
  9. Planxty – Smeceno Horo
  10. Siobhan McKenna – Soliloquy of Molly Bloom
  11. The King’s Singers – Tsintskaro
  12. Eberhard Weber – Pendulum
  13. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
  14. London Symphony Orchestra – Delius – A Song of Summer
  15. Mary O’Hara – My Lagan Love

As before, Mojo also have a special subscribers cover (unadorned with other text etc) and it looks beautiful with that gorgeous Hounds of Love photo by John Carder Bush. The covermount CD is really excellent and thoughtfully put together. You will hear Kate herself on the Zaine Griff and Roy Harper tracks. Well done, Mojo! Thanks to the Kate Bush Clippings page for the photos.

Mojo subscriber’s cover variation

Kate on cover of German Rolling Stone!

Kate on cover of Rolling Stone Germany
Kate and Peter Gabriel covers - German Rolling Stone

The June 2021 issue of the German edition of Rolling Stone is billed as a “big 80s special” with two versions of the front cover featuring Kate and Peter Gabriel respectively. Order the Kate cover here.

Kate Bush article in June 2021 German Rolling Stone

The magazine features include “Kate Bush and her triumph with “Hounds Of Love”, Peter Gabriel – from Prog to Pop with “So”, Noel Gallagher in an RS interview, 50 years of “Blue” by Joni Mitchell and articles about Ashe, Liz Phair, Garbage and Van Morrison.”

New Yorker Magazine on Kate Bush Remastered: “Enduring, Incandescent Power”

New Yorker article

In a high profile review in The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot luxuriates in re-discovering Kate’s work through listening to the Remastered box sets. Wonderfully titled “The Enduring, Incandescent Power of Kate Bush“, the article finds the writer spending “most of a week last month in a Kate Bush-induced reverie—or was it a swoon? I know there were tears: you try remaining dry-eyed listening to “This Woman’s Work” on a cold November night after a glass or two of wine; if you do, I don’t want to know you. There may have been some ecstatic dancing that alarmed the dog; there was definitely some animated texting of lyrics to my children, who, at twenty-two and nineteen are both, bless them, Kate Bush fans…..listening to all the tracks on a complete boxed set is like going to a party and talking to all the strangers you’d normally avoid instead of the friends you already have.”

Talbot concludes this excellent, lengthy piece by summarising Kate through a Virginia Woolf quote (written about Emily Brontë): “Hers then is the rarest of all powers, she could free life from its dependence on facts, with a few touches indicate the spirit of a face so that it needs no body; by speaking of the moor make the wind blow and the thunder roar.” Read the full article at The New Yorker site here

You can buy Kate’s Remastered box sets, her How To Be Invisible book of lyrics and also t-shirts and lots of other new items at the online version of Kate’s Remastered Pop-Up Shop, all profits to the Crisis homelessness charity right up till January 1st. Click here for the online Pop-Up Shop.

The Irish Times on Kate’s literary inspirations as her book is released

Irish Times

Patrick Kelleher writes today in The Irish Times about Kate’s literary inspirations across her body of work:

“Wuthering Heights was just the beginning of a career that has been filled with literary influences. As Bush prepares this week to release a book of lyrics, called How To Be Invisible, now is a fitting time to reflect on the songs throughout her illustrious career that have been influenced by literature….” Emily Brontë, Peter Pan, Shakespeare, Henry James, Stephen King, Peter Reich, Alfred Tennyson, James Joyce and Hans Christian Andersen are all discussed.  Kelleher concludes:  “As Bush prepares to release a book of lyrics, and has just released remastered versions of all of her albums on CD and vinyl for the first time, there could be more literary-inspired Bush music on the horizon.” Read the full article here.

More 5-Star Reviews For Remasters – Classic Pop and Q Magazine

Classic Pop Cover December 2018

More great reviews for Kate’s stunning remasters. Ian Gittins in Classic Pop Magazine gives the project 5 stars and says “this comprehensive reissue of her remastered career works as a salutary reminder of just what an extraordinary artist she is…CD Box 1 (The Kick Inside to The Red Shoes) is frequently staggering…the albums on CD Box 2 are bigger on stylised reflection and lighter on impactful pop hooks, but harbour moments of genius…driven, visceral, thespian, experimental and yet capable of conjuring up sheer pop nuggets, Kate Bush has always been a groundbreaking very British artist like no other”

Q Review

Meanwhile in the new issue of Q Magazine, Victoria Segal reviews the first two vinyl sets, again rating them 5 stars. “Another excuse to embrace Kate Bush’s back catalogue…while Vinyl II catches Bush in her ’80s pomp, Vinyl I….shows her revving up for the full-throttle transformations of ’83’s The Dreaming.”

That Mojo Magazine Kate Bush-starring cover feature includes another big review, giving Remastered a solid 4 stars. It’s the first review to mention *that* hugely anticipated unreleased track: “You could imagine her singing the previously unreleased country-tinged pop song Humming with the KT Bush Band in the ‘70s” Reviewer, Mark Blake, continues: “The musical leaps made in the ‘80’s between Never For Ever, The Dreaming and Hounds of Love sound even more vivid here. Bush and Guthrie’s new cuts put the listener right there: close enough to get cut by Babooshka’s flying glass or trapped shivering under the ice floe in The Ninth Wave. It also gives us the opportunity to reacquaint and re-evaluate. Who else had forgotten The Red Shoes’ Nigel Kennedy-assisted industrial-rock freak-out Big Stripey Lie? Meanwhile the B-sides offer a bewitching sub-plot to the main story. Anyone for synth-pop-meet-French-chanson on Ne T’Enfuis Pas or Brechtian oompah on Ran Tan Waltz? Kate Bush is rarely predictable but if…Remastered is intended as a curtain call, then it also adheres to that great showbiz maxim and leaves you wanting more.”

Finally, in a feature on Christmas records, the Metro newspaper in the UK singles out December Will Be Magic Again from the upcoming Remastered rarities collection as a gift option: “Tucked away in the box-set of remasters out this month, on a final disc of remixes, covers and rarities is Kate Bush’s little remembered, genuinely magical, distinctly Bowie-esque 1980 Christmas single. So too is the gorgeous, brief acoustic number Home For Christmas from 1992. It’s Kate. It’s great. Obviously.” (How lovely to see this single cover appearing in print today – Remasters; job done!)

Read more about Kate Bush – Remastered here.

Reviews of Before the Dawn

10377637_4532352282887_1805158293836365733_nHoly s***. The Kate Bush show is reinventing the pop concert…laughing, crying and wondering what the hell is gonna happen next.” – BBC Radio 6 Presenter Rob da Bank.

We’ll gather the reviews of Kate’s live show here.

Daily Telegraph picture gallery.

Rod McKie’s definitive review.

The Guardian (Alex Patridis and Nick Grimshaw) … Daily Telegraph (Bernadette McNulty) and also on audio and more and moreThe Irish Times (Sinead Gleeson) … Mirror (Gavin Martin and Katy Forrester) … BBC (Gemma Arterton and Anna Calvi) … BBC (Tim Masters) … Daily Express (Simon Gage) … Daily Star (James Cabooter) … ITV (Neil Connery) … Daily Mail (Jan Moir) … The Independent (Andy Gill) … The Times (Will Hodgkinson) and Times Saturday Magazine (Caitlin Moran) … NME  okay – we forgive you for 1979! (Lucy Jones) and also Emily McKayNew York Times (Ben Ratliff) … London Standard (John Aizlewood) … Spectator (James Walton) and comment from John-Paul Marney … Uncut (Anon and then John Mulvey) … Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski) … Mojo (staff) and second night (Jenny Bully) …. Gay Times (Mikey Walsh) … Channel 4 (Anon) … Billboard (Richard Smirke) … Rolling Stone (Mark Sutherland) … Drowned in Sound (Alan Pedder) … Pitchfork (Jude Rogers) … The Quietus (Simon Price) … Financial Times (Ludovic Hunter-Tilney) … Digital Spy (Kate Goodacre) … Louder than War (Dave Jennings and Martin Unsworth) … Hot Press (Hannah Hamilton) … Irish Independent (Bernadette McNulty) … Metro (Anon) … Magnet (Cory du Browa) … The Arts Desk (Russ Coffey) … Prog (Chris Roberts) … Back Seat Mafia (Nickety) … Sunday Express (Charlotte Heathcote) … The Observer (Kitty Empire) … Get to the Front (David Dunn) … PanCakePictures (Fiona Smith) … Huffington Post (Karen Ruimy) and then Victoria SadlerHidden Tracks (Pete Paphides) … The Trio of Oz (Rachel Z) … National Post (Mike Doherty) … GScene (Criag Hanlon-Smith) … Specs (Adrian) … Beige (Collin Kelley) … Clash (Anna Wilson) … Even the Stars (Deborah Walker) … Chris RogersSo So Gay (Jon B) … Gloucestershire Echo (Giulia Crouch) … Plastic Bag (Owen and again) … Coffee-Table Notes (Neil Cooper) … The Woman’s Room (Jane) … The Plashing Vole (Anon) … Candy Pop (Natasha) … The Age (Bernard Zuel) … Lilly in the Labyrinth (Lilly) … Chris n that (Chrisv) … Pedlar’s World (Charlie) … The Monitors (Eamon Murtagh) … Toronto Star (John Sakomoto) … Disorder (Kate Allen) … Melodee Writes (Melanie Hayden-Williams) … Daily Star (Nicole Morley) … Echoes and Dust (Dave Cooper) … The 405 (Robert Whitfield) … Rick Wakeman’s Cape (Wizard of Ooze) … PJ Media (Clay Waters) … John Guy CollickLiverpool Sound and Vision (Donna Lesley Price) … Freq (David Solomons) … (Nick Bond) … GigSlutz (Rosie James) … Mr. Haircare (ditto) … Martin BeamChoirBoyMotel (John Forde) … The Examiner (Gillian Gaar) … Gigwise (Andrew Trendell) … The Skinny (Dave Kerr) … Retrocosm (Charles Heady) … Rants of a Bitter Northerner (Helen Richards and again and again and again ) … Put the Kettle on (Mark) … Moving Brands (Phillip Browning) … Minibreak Mummy (Ruth Jenkins) … The Art of Jane Tomlinson (the same) … NotAllWomenAreTheSame (Sue Sherman) … The Morning after the Deluge (Sasha Loske) … Tunnels of Green (Maree) … The Music Chronicles (Stratos Bacalis) … Louder than War (Youth) … All That’s Left (George East) … North Devon Journal (Anita Butler) … Lesley Anne JonesEQView (Roy Ward) … Bloggertropolis (Steve) … Diary Von DavidlyYahoo Music (Lyndsey Parker) … My Bloggywog (Lealoo) … Greenwich Catholic (Tamas) … Strange Times (Dave West) … Waking Life has Blurred the Lines (Casey Stratton) … Liisa LadouceurFrom Beer to Eternity (Paul) …

Through the Wire (Justin Holford) … Dyverse Music (Mike Butler) … The Figure Ground (Alex Dale) … You Tube (Hitler) …. Spiked (Alex Dale) … The Big Issue (original version by Rachel Johnson and reply by Suzanne Barbieri and incomplete “apology” by Johnson) … Brussels Bronte Blog (Marina Saegerman) … The Afterword (Poppy Suceeds) … A West End Whinger (Phil) … London Live (Alistair Foster) … Tiny Camels (Jonathan Gibbs) …

Collections of reviews: GuardianBBCDaily ExpressGigwiseAgendaWashington PostHollywood ReporterHuffington PostITVMetroLos Angeles TimesThe Wild Reed (Urs Arnold) … Volkskrant (Gijsbert Kamer) … Musik Express (staff) … FranceTV (staff) … Lust for Life (Peter Douma) …

It’s quite stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage. Which is just what everyone here tonight was hoping for. Andy Gill

Everyone’s calling it a triumph. Everyone’s right. The unconscionably influential Kate Bush could have blown her mystique by returning to the spotlight in such a no-prisoners manner, but from the first minute she is in her element. The prog event of the year. The musical event of the year. The event of the year. Just don’t expect three chords and the mundane truth. Or Wuthering Heights. I put this moment here Chris Roberts

In A Sea of Honey’s long day, nothing particularly remarkable happens, just as nothing really remarkable happens in Ulysses. The sun comes up, and “the sky is filled with birds”, and the Moon rises, and the protagonists swim in the sea, at night. But some people are just more alive than others, all eyes and mouth, and overloading senses – and that’s what Joyce was, and that’s what Kate Bush is. They appear in your life to remind you that to watch a sunrise is to watch a burning star, and that pollen is sperm, and summer is fleeting, and everything on Earth is so unlikely – so improbable – that we might as well live somewhere where Kate Bush can end a concert by turning into a one-winged bird and flying out into the auditorium …Caitlin Moran

Norwegian comic strip ‘Nemi’ knows….

Nemi strip

From René: Norwegian comic strip Nemi did this strip of the main character, Nemi, obviously being flattered by the notion that “Facebook thinks you might know: Kate Bush” (thanks René) [Source]

Flash! – Kate created CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours

In the 2013 New Year Honours list HM Queen Elizabeth II has created Kate CBE – that is Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

First founded to recognise the service of all ranks of British society in 1917, in its modern form the Order recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds. Today the Order is the order of chivalry of British democracy. Valuable service is the only criterion for the award. There are five ranks of the Order. CBE is the third, ranked above OBE and MBE. It does not carry the title of Dame which is bestowed by the two senior ranks KBE and GBE. CBE is awarded amongst other things for for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area of national life.

The official citation for Kate says: Ms Catherine Bush. (Kate Bush) Singer and Songwriter. For services to Music.

Also created CBE this year are Tracy Emin, and also Arlene Phillips, with whom Kate took dance classes at the begining of her career. David Munns, long serving EMI executive, and now an advisor of Kate’s also gets an OBE for his work with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity and The Music Industry Trusts Award.

The Daily Telegraph reports: Bush, one of the most distinctive singers and songwriters of her generation, said it was a “great surprise” to be awarded a CBE for her services to music.The 54-year-old, whose first hit Wuthering Heights topped the charts and instantly made her a star, said: “I feel deeply honoured to be included in this list.”

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Previous awards of the CBE include Billy Conolly, Arthur C Clarke, Michael Caine, Helena Bonham-Carter, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Richard Curtis, Darcy Bussell, John Boorman, Peter Blake, Richard Burton and Peggy Ashcroft,  Catherine Zeta Jones, and Daley Thompson the pentathlete born on the same day as Kate.

Kate will be invested with the insignia of the honour by Queen Elizabeth or another senior member of the Royal Family at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace sometime in 2013.

All of us at send Kate our heartiest congratulations

Sean Krys Dave Peter

Old music: Kate Bush – Wow

The Guardian’s “Old Music” segment gets to Wow:

Kate Bush’s second album may have been a rushed disappointment, but it provided one undisputed highlight.

Wow was the second single from Kate Bush‘s difficult second album, Lionheart. It was difficult not for the usual reasons – overindulgence, procrastination, artistic crises – but because it was rushed. Lionheart came out only nine months after her debut, The Kick Inside, and frankly, it’s a bit of a stinker. It’s fortunate she was starting out in the late 70s rather than the impatient music scene of today, or we may never have enjoyed the rich pickings of her subsequent work ...”

Kate responsible for death of Record Industry?

Martin Townsend in the Daily Express  takes Kate to task for her remarks about the state of the record industry:

I like Kate Bush’s music but the interview she gave suggested some very muddled thinking. Bemoaning the “poor state” of the music industry she said that a lot of people who worked in it are “very depressed because record salesare really low” … During the early Noughties EMI, her record company, went through every variety of financial turmoil. How those struggling to keep the label viable would have loved the odd release from Kate to help them out ... After 30 years as a recording artist she has earned the right to do things at her own pace but that is not going to stop the record business dying and albums along with it. “

“Everything that’s lost can return in imagination”: Toronto Globe and Mail

3/4 and ‘Disc of the Week’ from Robert Everett-Green in the Toronto Globe and Mail:

mundane personal experience has never been a big subject for Bush, who prefers situations where her imagination can run without stumbling over too much imposed reality. And why not? Shakespeare had no first-hand knowledge of Venice, Kafka never travelled to America and Jules Verne did not visit the moon. Someone else in her shoes might have made the snow and ice a backdrop for romantic scenarios … Bush prefers to engage with the stuff itself … Bush isn’t playing for laughs. She’s going for the big dead-of-night realization, that comes when the world’s asleep and everything that’s lost can return in imagination, close but unreachable … Bush’s music emulates a jazz piano trio at 3 a.m., without the jazz. It’s reflective and spacious … a few recurring cadences on her piano might have been imported from Arvo Part’s austere religious music. Most of the album has a hushed, night-world feeling to it … But her characteristic soprano yowl is hardly evident on this disc. To really like 50 Words for Snow, you’ve got to be keen on records that just simmer along, and that build a case through time and repetition. I find Bush’s repeated piano tunelets weak fuel for a song of eight or nine minutes, but I respect what she does otherwise, the guts and the focus and – sometimes – the lean beauty of it.”

The forecast: Watch out for a blizzard of eiderfalls

Warren Clements in the Toronto Globe and Mail considers Kate’s wordplay on her new album:

How people describe snow – printable, unprintable – depends on how they view its arrival. They may turn for inspiration to singer-composer Kate Bush’s latest CD,50 Words for Snow, in which she offers 50 words for snow (including “snow”), apparently alluding to the ever-shifting assertion that the Inuit have 50 words for snow, or 100, or 140. But she devises her own words, which, as she told Jian Ghomeshi this week on CBC Radio’s Q, she asked actor Stephen Fry to recite in his mellifluous voice so they might carry an air of authority ….”

“Uncompromisingly original “: Irish Times

4 stars from Sinead Gleeson in the Irish Times:

hugely ambitious while sounding very interior. Poignant and reflective, it requires time and commitment: there are no radio-friendly centrepieces … the production is less crowded than previous work, giving the songs the space they need. With so much focus on piano, some will point to the similarity between the songs, but 50 Words for Snow sidesteps sameness, and actually binds the album into a story of overlapping themes and musical tropes … The voice is aging well, and its sonorous tone adds a solemnity to things. 50 Words for Snow is a sublime achievement, as uncompromisingly original as anything Bush has ever done.”

A meeting point for rock and classical

Sinead Gleeson (a Dublin based journalist and broadcaster) who writes for the Irish Times considers how the barriers between diffrent types of music are crumbling:

Classical composition also provides a natural home for the tricky beast that is the concept album. One of the reasons Kate Bush’s new work , 50 Words for Snow, is so effective is because the lengthy song-cycle structure works so well in a classical context. That she chose to pare things back to piano and strings also indicates the classical leanings of the album …”

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