Back in the day I wasn't really too fond of her singing but would have given her one if she'd got down on my knees and begged me....... if she was lucky!
Anyhoo....... fast forward 40 odd years (and they have been odd to say the least) and who is my latest "wow" (she was incredible) didn't get into back in the day but now appreciate she's an icon person?
I've been studying her in depth...... her music / her talent.... not her bra size / preference to spit or swallow etc. and all I can say is WOW! She was pretty much the female Bowie...... a true icon / legend...... Also interesting to learn that it was Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd who discovered Kate Bush and realised what potential she had.
It actually brought a tear to my eye this morning when I watched a few of Kate's vids...... not a tear of happiness but more a tear of sadness that they just don't make them like that any more.
What do you guys (and girls) think about Kate Bush (now then, now then Jim certainly fixed me)....... I absolutely DETEST screechy female singers but Kate Bush was almost magical, listening to her / watching her is akin to entering a dream (and not a sexual one)..... she was actually bastard incredible wasn't she?
All the "wowing" in the past few sentences what better place to start than Kate Bush singing "wow":
The violin thing (Cello) shows how small and fragile Kate was but, man, she could twiddle a cello like a wrestler!
Babushka.... that's plain SEXY..... no other way of saying it..... Babushka translated = Grandma...... Kate was certainly NOT portraying a grandma..... more an on heat mad Russian (Boney M stylee) Rasputin Disco Tsar type thang
Remember this cool dude with his Russian Dance ?
Quite funny The REAL dance was a piece of rock and roll history
I used to think she was "OK" but I really started appreciating how very clever her music is about 25 years ago. I have most of her albums now and you've reminded me I should play them again. I agree about the up there with Bowie music wise. I think she might be a bit of an airhead though. Saw her being interviewed on TV several years ago and she didn't come out of it well.
Anybody else just realised what a TRUE talent she is / was or have you always realised it from day one all those years ago?
Realised it from day one all those years ago. Glad you've now saw the light.
She is blessed with an utterly beautiful, expressive voice, whether it is the impressively gymnastic swoops and dips of a young girl on The Kick Inside, or the more mature, experienced tones of 'Among Angels' from 50 Words.
The fact that her recent “Before The Dawn” show was as technically perfect as it was does not surprise me or probably any other Kate fan. She is well known for her technical prowess and knowledge in the studio and I guarantee she will have been heavily involved in the technical side of the sound production at the concert.
This a lady who could probably come on here to a forum and talk knowledgeably about amps and headphones!
My wife, not the biggest Kate fan in the world, watched the excellent BBC4 documentary with me a while ago and was genuinely impressed. Instead of listening to me blathering on incoherently about how fantastic she was, the documentary calmly and methodically went through her back catalogue. With clips of interviews with Kate herself, clips of music and video of various tracks, and little pieces from everyone from Elton John and Tori Amos, to Stephen Fry and Dave Gilmour, it explained her genius in terms of her vocal, musical, and lyrical ability, her use of literature as source material, her determination to do things 'her way' not 'E.M.I.'s way', her willingness to embrace new technology and use it in new ways, and her basic warmth, sense of humour and naturalness. This is one un-showy, un-starry lady.
I have said many times before that she has more talent in her little finger than all the dead-eyed, fame-robots appearing on our screens in the X-Factor or Britain's Got Talent, and it’s still true. It will always be true. Don't forget this is an artist who wrote "The Man with The Child in his Eyes" at 14 years of age, FFS!!!
I have been listening to Kate since I was 17 years old and (like you Mike) I saw Wuthering Heights on TOTP and thought WTF!! I have liked all of her albums and absolutely adore some. Some are my favourite albums of all time. Even the albums which I, personally, find slightly less enjoyable than others (the first three), I can still admire for the commitment she shows to her own single-minded vision, rather than toe-ing the company line. To quote one of Kate's own tracks from 'This Woman's Work', “Be Kind To My Mistakes". I certainly am.
And Chris, "I think she might be a bit of an airhead though", you must genuinely be mistaking her for someone else. You could describe Kate Bush many ways, but I can assure you 'airhead' is not one. This is a lady who very early on, bought out control of all her music from the record company, built her own studio, creates the music she wants to create, and releases it when she wants to release it. Airhead?
If it sounds as though I'm a little bit in love with Kate, you might be right. I have been for a long, long time, and I’m in very good company.
Mike, check your Virgin email account, I've 'We Transferred' something to you.
A song inspired by her cat "Rocket", backing vocals by three Bulgarian housewives singing in an ancient folk tradition, oh, and throw in one of the greatest guitarists in the world . . . It could only be Kate.
Hi Funk, Yes “Before The Dawn” is probably one of my favourites as well. It has divided opinion though, because she has deliberately dialled down the audience reaction in the mix, so that it’s only apparent that it is a live album on one or two places. I know some people like to hear huge swells of applause on live albums. Unfortunately, you always get the idiots constantly shouting out song titles at the top of their voices, whistling, or simply screaming and whooping in the manner of brainless Americans. This album, although live, has none of that. I personally prefer that. The album continues the tradition of Kate albums which seem to be recorded at a lower volume, so that you have to turn her albums up louder on the dial, to get the same volume as most other albums. The sound quality is absolutely superb, and Kate herself sounds fantastic.
I only have one of her albums "aerial" and mostly only listened to her "hits" but would really like to get into her music big time..... what album would you guys start with? Some say start with the first album and work your way to the latest album but sometimes I like to work backwards from the latest to the first.
Open to suggestions
Thanks for the file Jeff...... already watched it on BBC4 and youtube but great to have my own copy, cheers.