As she wrote her extraordinary love dogs album, time was of course by Kate Bush disturbs. Her music, as she explained in 1985, was born out of experimentation, and took a very long (and expensive) time to bear fruit in the studio. For this and other reasons, his record company also had its eye on the clock – after more than two years out of the limelight, it was feared that by Kate the public could have forgotten it following The dream. As far away from those kinds of pressures as possible, in a new studio built on a Kent farmhouse, Kate Bush was working at his own pace on remarkable and “rhythmic” new songs.
With a perfectly idiosyncratic sense of timing, it’s one of those songs – “Run Up That Hill” – who invites by Kate Bush unexpected return to conversation in 2022, and which we celebrate with this current edition of our Ultimate Music Guide. At the time of writing, the song is number one in the UK charts (although it now holds a record for taking 37 years to get there), and is still in the US top five. The success even caused a few rare cover breaks by the artist herself.
Thanks to an interview with Radio 4 women’s hour we were able to briefly browse by Kate privacy. We learn that it is fixed and not Zoom or mobile. That she is entertained by the song’s new success (“the world has gone mad”). Also that she is aware of TikTok, but not “WitchTok”, a kate– centered platform pane (which she says “sounds ridiculous”).
In particular, she is delighted with the event that sparked this renewed interest in her music: the use of the song in the Netflix series stranger things. Although she never listens to her “old stuff,” her family are fans of the show, and she’s glad the song was used in such a “special” way (for the uninitiated, the song saves a young female character called Max, who is in mortal/supernatural danger).
Perhaps the most interesting thing to take away from by Kate interview with Emma Barnett is an off-the-cuff remark she makes about the nature of music as opposed to other art forms. “Other forms of art occupy their own space,” she says – as music flows in ways that visual art, dance or contemporary sculpture might struggle to do. “He finds a way to touch people.”
What you’ll find in this reprint of our out-of-print 2017 guide is the story of how by Kate the music did just that. Told through extensive writings on by Kate albums (also his singles and videos), and in classic interviews from the archives of NME, melody maker and Uncut, it’s the whole story of this remarkable artist’s work – though it may not be complete yet. As recent events have shown us, you can never really tell when the next good thing is going to happen.
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