Kate Bush
English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer
Kate Bush
Catherine "Kate" Bush, CBE is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom's most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years. In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song.
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Kate Bush Is Running Up That Concert Stage for a Giant Live Album
NYTimes - 3 months
The influential love-her-or-hate-her British art-pop singer releases “Before the Dawn,” a set based on her 2014 London shows.
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Music Monday (11/21): This Week's New Albums + Videos
Yahoo News - 3 months
Our guide to this week's (and last week's) album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Metallica, Kate Bush, and A Tribe Called Quest, plus brand new streaming music from The Weeknd, The Magnetic Fields, Childish Gambino, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Macabre Minstrel Alu Sings About Disease, Divorce And Survival On Her New Album
Huffington Post - 4 months
Suffering has long since served as a well of inspiration for the creative-minded. From death and heartache to failure and addiction, artists have always found a way to soothe their souls by manifesting their pain into an artform. Los Angeles based siren, Alu, released her fourth full length album, Mrs. Hypochondriac, on October 14th. She has been dubbed "the siren of psychosis" by Echoes Radio and "Kate Bush on a broomstick" by Campus Circle and while she resembles these comparisons, her music possesses an intimate depth that is incomparable. Alu admires a vast array of artists such as Tom Waits, Radiohead, Chopin, Joni Mitchell and two artists to whom her sultry voice is often compared, Tori Amos and Bjork. Mrs. Hypochondriac was produced by Alu as well as multi-instrumentalist, Gabe Morley with its namesake being derived from a long battle with invisible illness. "I had a lot of weird symptoms that doctors couldn't explain. People often accused me of being a hypochondriac," she ...
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Kate Bush To Release Rare Live Recordings
NPR - 5 months
A three-disc set, due out Dec. 2, features highlights from her 2014 concert series at London's Hammersmith Apollo theater. It was her first set of live performances in 35 years.
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Review: In ‘Pow,’ Keely Garfield Combines Tough and Awkward
NYTimes - 12 months
This restless work, part of the Harkness Dance Festival, has intimate moments and includes renditions of Prince and Kate Bush songs.
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15 for '15: Favorite Music of the Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This was a strong year for music and one that felt more tumultuous than ever for planet Earth and its inhabitants. No coincidence, I'm sure. Here are some favorites, and I urge you to browse the Spotify playlist below, which features some notable additions. Happy listening and happy new year. Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon Someone had to invent the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The cheeseburger. The breakbeat. The multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit. This foursome from Down Under is all that and then some, and their kitchen sink is stacked with Madlib and Stevie Wonder gumbo and Soulquarian stew, cookin' in Miles mode with Meshuggah-like precision drenched in hot buttered soul. This is the sweet and the savory, and it feels distinctly like the record the band wanted to make - they have a real affinity for the dusty analog past yet look toward a world so vivid and beautiful it sometimes hurts to imagine. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly The year's most ...
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Broadway Star Melissa Errico Shines On 'What About Today?'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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19 Obscure Halloween Costumes For People Who Hear 'What Are You?' As A Challenge
Huffington Post - over 1 year
According to "Mean Girls," Halloween is the one day a year when a person can dress up like a total nerd and no one else can say anything about it. And, even better, everyone has to guess each others' costumes or risk being told as if they didn't even watch "Dr. Strangelove" that one time, in college, at a screening with members of the Film Society who held a post-viewing discussion at the independent bookstore nearby. Or YouTube videos of alternative '80s pop stars. Or every episode of "The O.C.," ironically.  Here are some ideas for people who consider Halloween an exercise in personal vanity second only to winning at Tuesday night trivia who are the worst. 1. Stuart Sutcliffe, The Beatles' bassist for a little over one year: Shirt, tie, jacket, Ray-Bans, paintbrush. 2. French dairy farmer Perrier LaPadite (Denis Ménochet), who harbored the Dreyfus family until their untimely demise at the hands of Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in "Inglorious Basterds": Red henley T- ...
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20 Spooky Music Videos To Make You Poop Your Pants This Halloween
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Happy October, ya' freaks! The spookiest night of the year is only days away, which means there is no better time than the present to lock your door, turn off the lights, and watch a bunch of spooky YouTube videos until you poop your pants.  Can you survive our Roundup of Terror? [Cue evil cackle.] 1. "Come to Daddy" by Aphex Twin Let's get this horrifying piece of work out of the way.  2. "I Fink U Freeky" by Die Antwoord If bad grammar doesn't give you chills, Roger Ballen's haunting visuals sure will.  3. "I Say Fever" by Ramona Falls A two-dimensional nightmare. 4. "Crazy Clown Time" by David Lynch What's scarier -- frat parties or clowns? There is no longer a need to choose. 5. "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush Not that I think there is anything wrong with a room full of people in Kate Bush masks, but ...  6. "Dragula" by Rob Zombie If there was ever any doubt in your mind: Rob Zombie is very scary looki ...
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The Exceptional Touch of KCRW's Jason Bentley Shapes America's Musical Tastes
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
What do Adele, Foster The People, Hozier, Norah Jones, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Beck, Coldplay, The Black Keys and Sia all have in common? All were unknown to the mainstream until Los Angeles' KCRW (89.9FM) embraced their debut records teleporting them into the public's consciousness and, ultimately, the pop stratosphere. Playing a central part in the cultural pulse of the City of Angels for 70 years now, KCRW is one of America's best public radio stations, and their music director Jason Bentley, is living proof that video didn't kill the radio star after all. Jason Bentley on air at KCRW (photo by Piper) Though Los Angeles is his beloved home, Bentley has developed a strong reputation and following as a DJ nationwide for such music meccas as Coachella, Sundance, South x Southwest as well as music supervising for films (The Matrix, Tron) and video games. Bentley's musical tastes play a part in shaping what the world hears, loves and buys. The #1 debut of Alabama Shakes on Billboa ...
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Singer Laura Doggett interview: How a life free of pain is not so good for songwriting
The Independent - almost 2 years
Laura Doggett is a dream to watch. In March this year she performed a short supporting set for Years & Years at Heaven nightclub and there was a lot of love in the room for her, as her deep, smoky and expressive singing voice filled the space. Doggett’s low vocal and quirky performance echoed that of her role-models Annie Lennox, Tracy Chapman, Imogen Heap and Kate Bush and her costume was both eccentric and bold: a capacious white Georgia Hardinge gown with huge sleeves that resembled the wings of some giant dove. “You look like an angel!” tweeted her adoring fans.
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Chef April Bloomfield on Kate Bush's 'Under the Ivy'
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
To get in touch with herself, celebrity chef April Bloomfield turns to a Kate Bush song from her childhood, ‘Under the Ivy’
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No. 12 Northern Iowa easily takes down Bradley
USA Today - almost 2 years
Nate Buss scores season-high 23 points, No. 12 Northern Iowa routs Bradley 71-46           
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kate Bush
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 55
    In March 2014, Bush announced a 22-night residency called Before the Dawn in London from 26 August – 1 October 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo.
    More Details Hide Details The BBC reviewed the concert positively. The set list comprised most of Hounds of Love featuring the entire Ninth Wave suite, most of Aerial including the entire second disc, two songs from The Red Shoes, and one song from 50 Words for Snow. Bush's first four albums and The Sensual World were noticeably excluded from the set list.
    In August 2014, bolstered by the publicity around her upcoming performances, she became the first female performer to have eight albums in the Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart simultaneously, putting her at number three for simultaneous UK Top 40 albums (behind Elvis Presley with 12 albums in 1977, and The Beatles in 2009 with 11 albums); altogether she had 11 albums in the top 50.
    More Details Hide Details An eponymous three-disc album of recordings from Before the Dawn will be released 25 November 2016. Bush's musical aesthetic is eclectic, and is known to employ varied influences and meld disparate styles, often within a single song or over the course of an album. Even in her earliest works, with piano the primary instrument, she wove together many diverse influences, drawing on classical music, glam rock, and a wide range of ethnic and folk sources. This would continue throughout her career. By the time of Never for Ever, Bush had begun to make prominent use of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer, which allowed her to sample and manipulate sounds, expanding her sonic palette. She has been compared with other "'arty' 1970s and '80s British pop rock artists" such as Roxy Music and Peter Gabriel. Bush has a soprano vocal range. Her vocals contain elements of British, Anglo-Irish and most prominently (southern) English accents and, in its utilisation of musical instruments from many periods and cultures, her music has differed from American pop norms. Reviewers have used the term "surreal" to describe her music. Many of her songs explore melodramatic emotional and musical surrealism that defies easy categorisation. It has been observed that even her more joyous pieces are often tinged with traces of melancholy, and even the most sorrowful pieces have elements of vitality struggling against all that would oppress them.
    In March 2014, Bush announced her first live concerts in several decades: a 22-night residency called Before the Dawn in London from 26 August – 1 October 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo.
    More Details Hide Details Tickets sold out in 15 minutes. The concerts received positive reviews.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    Bush released an exclusive limited-edition 10" picture disc of the 2012 remix as part of Record Store Day 2013 on 20 April 2013.
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    Bush turned down an invitation by the organisers of the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony to perform at the event; instead, a recording of a new remix of her 1985 hit "Running Up that Hill" was played at the end of the ceremony.
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    She was nominated for a Brit Award in the "Best Female Artist" category, and the album won the 2012 Best Album at the South Bank Arts Awards, and was also nominated for Best Album at the Ivor Novello Awards.
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  • 2011
    Age 52
    Bush's next studio album, 50 Words for Snow, was released on 21 November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The album contains seven new songs "set against a backdrop of falling snow", with a total running time of 65 minutes. A radio edit of the first single, "Wild Man", was played on BBC Radio 2's The Ken Bruce Show on 10 October. and was released as a digital download on 11 October. The album is distributed in the United States by Anti-Records. On 14 November 2011, NPR played 50 Words for Snow in its entirety for the first time. Australia's ABC Radio National declared 50 Words for Snow album of the week of 12 November 2011. The album's songs are built around Bush's quietly jazzy piano and Steve Gadd's drums, and utilise both sung and spoken word vocals in what Classic Rock critic Stephen Dalton calls "a... supple and experimental affair, with a contemporary chamber pop sound grounded in crisp piano, minimal percussion and light-touch electronics... billowing jazz-rock soundscapes, interwoven with fragmentary narratives delivered in a range of voices from shrill to Laurie Anderson-style cooing." Bassist Danny Thompson appears on the album, which also features performances by Elton John and actor Stephen Fry.
    On 16 May 2011, Bush released the album, Director's Cut.
    More Details Hide Details The album, which Bush has described as an entirely new project rather than a collection of mere remixes, contains 11 tracks of substantially reworked material from her earlier albums, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, all of which have been recorded using analogue, rather than digital, equipment to create "a warmer sound". All the tracks have new lead vocals, new drums, and radically reworked instrumentation. Some of them have been transposed to a lower key to accommodate her lowering voice. Three of the songs, including "This Woman's Work", have been completely re-recorded, with lyrics often changed in places. The album has been met with a wide range of reviews with most reviewers a bit confused about the concept of the album itself, while responding with varying degrees of enthusiasm about its revamped tracks. Of particular note is the warmer, more intimate tone of the songs and the richer, more mature sound of her voice. This is the first album on her new label, Fish People, a division of EMI Records, with whom she's had a relationship since she started recording. In addition to the album, Director's Cut in both its single CD form and in a box-set with The Sensual World and the analogue re-mastered The Red Shoes, Fish People will be releasing re-mastered editions of The Hounds of Love and The Dreaming. The album debuted at number-two on the United Kingdom chart.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 48
    In late 2007, Bush composed and recorded a new song, "Lyra", for the soundtrack to the fantasy film The Golden Compass.
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  • 2006
    Age 47
    Aerial earned Bush two nominations at the 2006 BRIT Awards, for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album.
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  • 2005
    Age 46
    Kate Bush's eighth studio album, Aerial, was released on double CD and vinyl in November 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The first single from the album was "King of the Mountain", which was played for the first time on BBC Radio 2 on 21 September 2005. As on Hounds of Love (1985), the album is divided into two sections, each with its own theme and mood. The first disc, subtitled A Sea of Honey, features a set of unrelated themed songs, including "King of the Mountain"; "Bertie", a Renaissance-style ode to her son; and "Joanni", based on the story of Joan of Arc. In the song "\pi", Bush sings 117 digits of the number Pi, but misses 22 digits from the 80th to the 101st place of the value of pi. The second disc, subtitled A Sky of Honey, features one continuous piece of music describing the experience of being outdoors after waking at dawn, moving through afternoon, dusk, to night, then back to the following dawn of a single summer's day. All the pieces in this suite refer or allude to sky and sea in their lyrical content. Bush mixed her voice with cooing woodpigeons to repeat the phrases "A sea of honey, a sky of honey", and "You're full of beauty" throughout the piece, and uses recordings of actual birdsong throughout. A Sky of Honey features Rolf Harris playing the didgeridoo on one track, and providing vocals on "The Painter's Link". Other artists making guest appearances on the album include Peter Erskine, Eberhard Weber, Lol Creme, and Gary Brooker.
    "King of the Mountain" entered the UK Downloads Chart at number-six on 17 October 2005, and by 30 October it had become Bush's third-highest-charting single ever in the UK, peaking at number-four on the full chart.
    More Details Hide Details Aerial entered the UK albums chart at number-three, and the US chart at number 48. Bush herself carried out relatively little publicity for the album, only conducting a handful of magazine and radio interviews.
  • 2002
    Age 43
    On 17 January 2002, Bush appeared with her long-time champion, David Gilmour, singing the part of the doctor in "Comfortably Numb" at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Bush told the magazine Classic Rock: "I do hope that some time I get a chance to do some shows. Maybe not a tour, but something."
    In 2002, she was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and performed "Comfortably Numb" at David Gilmour's concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
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  • 2001
    Age 42
    In 2001, Bush was awarded a Q Award as Classic Songwriter.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    Bush is married to guitarist Dan McIntosh and they have a son, Albert, born 1998, known as Bertie.
    More Details Hide Details Bertie featured prominently in the 2014 concert, "Before the Dawn". She previously had a long-term relationship with bassist and engineer Del Palmer. Bush is a former resident of Eltham, southeast London. In the 1990s, she moved to a canalside residence in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, and subsequently moved to Devon in 2004. Bush is a vegetarian. Raised a Roman Catholic, she said in 1999: The length of time between album releases has led to rumours in the media concerning her health or appearance. In the past, stories of weight gain or mental instability have been disproved by Bush's periodic reappearance. In 2011 Bush told BBC Radio 4 that the amount of time between album releases is extremely stressful noting: "It's very frustrating the albums take as long as they do... I wish there weren't such big gaps between them." In the same interview Bush denied she was a perfectionist in the studio, saying: "I think it's important that things are flawed... That's what makes a piece of art interesting sometimes – the bit that's wrong or the mistake you've made that's led onto an idea you wouldn't have had otherwise", and reiterated her prioritisation of her family life.
    In 1998, Bush had given birth to Albert, known as "Bertie", fathered by her guitarist and now husband Danny McIntosh.
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  • 1994
    Age 35
    In 1994, Bush released an accompanying short film, The Line, the Cross & the Curve.
    More Details Hide Details Written, directed by, and starring Bush, along with English actress Miranda Richardson, the film was based around the concept of The Red Shoes and featured six of the songs from the album. The initial plan had been to take the songs out on the road, but no new tour transpired. Thus, Bush deliberately aimed for a live-band feel, with less of the studio trickery that had typified her last three albums and which would have been too difficult to re-create on stage. The result alienated some of her fan base, who had enjoyed the intricacy of her earlier compositions, but others found a new complexity in the lyrics and the emotions they expressed. This period had been a troubled time for Bush. She had suffered a series of bereavements, including the loss of guitarist Alan Murphy, who had started working with her on The Tour of Life in 1979, and her mother Hannah, to whom she was exceptionally close. Many of the people she lost are honoured in the ballad "Moments of Pleasure." However, Bush's mother was still alive when "Moments of Pleasure" was written and recorded. Bush describes playing the song to her mother, who thought the line where she is quoted by Bush as saying, "Every old sock meets an old shoe", was hilarious and "couldn't stop laughing."
    The album gave Bush her highest chart position in the US, reaching number 28, although the only song from the album to make the US singles chart was "Rubberband Girl", which peaked at number 88 in January 1994.
    More Details Hide Details In the UK, the album reached number-two, and the singles "Rubberband Girl", "The Red Shoes", "Moments of Pleasure", and "And So Is Love" all reached the top 30.
  • 1993
    Age 34
    Bush's seventh studio album, The Red Shoes, was released in November 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The album features more high-profile cameo appearances than her previous efforts, including contributions from composer and conductor Michael Kamen, comedy actor Lenny Henry, Prince, Eric Clapton, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Trevor Whittaker, and Jeff Beck. Both The Sensual World and The Red Shoes featured contributions from Trio Bulgarka, the Bulgarian female vocal trio, who sang on six tracks, including "You're The One" and "Rocket's Tail".
  • 1991
    Age 32
    In 1991, Bush released a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man", which reached number 12 in the UK singles chart, and went as high as number-two in Australia, and in 2007, was voted the greatest cover ever by readers of The Observer newspaper.
    More Details Hide Details She recorded "Candle in the Wind", as the single's b-side.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    Aired on 8 March 1990, Bush plays the bride Angela at a wedding set in a post-apocalyptic version of Britain.
    More Details Hide Details While Bush's is a silent presence in a wedding dress throughout most of the film, she does have several lines of dialogue with Peter Richardson in two dream sequences. In another Comic Strip Presents film, GLC, she produced the theme song "Ken", which includes a vocal performance by Bush. The song was written about Ken Livingstone, the leader of the Greater London Council, who would later be elected as mayor of London and at the time was working with musicians to help the Labour Party garner the youth vote. Bush wrote and performed the song "The Magician", using a fairground-like arrangement, for Menahem Golan's 1979 film The Magician of Lublin. The track was scored and arranged by Michael Kamen. In 1986, she wrote and recorded "Be Kind to My Mistakes" for the Nicolas Roeg film Castaway. An edited version of this track was used as the B-side to her 1989 single "This Woman's Work". In 1988, the song "This Woman's Work" was featured in the John Hughes film She's Having a Baby, and a slightly remixed version appeared on Bush's album The Sensual World. The song has since appeared on numerous television shows, and in 2005 reached number-eight on the UK download chart after featuring in a British television advertisement for the charity NSPCC.
    In 1990, the boxed-set This Woman's Work was released and included all of her albums with their original cover art, as well as two discs of all single B sides recorded from 1978 to 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 30
    The increasingly personal tone of her writing continued on 1989's The Sensual World.
    More Details Hide Details One of the quirkiest tracks on the album, touched by Bush's black humour, is "Heads We're Dancing", about a woman who dances all night with a charming stranger only to discover in the morning that he is Adolf Hitler. The title track drew its inspiration from James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The Sensual World went on to become her biggest-selling album in the US, receiving an RIAA Gold certification four years after its release for 500,000 copies sold. In the United Kingdom album charts, it reached the number-two position. As a writer, I suppose. I only ever play the piano to accompany myself singing. I could never sit and read a piece of music. At best, I'm an accompanist. I suppose the worst thing is frustration at your own ability.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 28
    At the 1987 BRIT Awards, Bush won the award for Best Female Solo Artist.
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  • 1986
    Age 27
    The album earned Bush nominations for Best Female Solo Artist, Best Album, Best Single, and Best Producer at the 1986 BRIT Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Bush and Peter Gabriel had a UK Top 10 hit with the duet "Don't Give Up" (Dolly Parton, Gabriel's original choice to sing the female vocal, turned his offer down), and EMI released her "greatest hits" album, The Whole Story. Bush provided a new lead vocal and refreshed backing track on "Wuthering Heights", and recorded a new single, "Experiment IV", for inclusion on the compilation. Dawn French and Hugh Laurie were among those featured in the video for Experiment IV.
  • 1982
    Age 23
    September 1982 saw the release of The Dreaming, the first album Bush produced by herself.
    More Details Hide Details With her new-found freedom, she experimented with production techniques, creating an album that features a diverse blend of musical styles and is known for its near-exhaustive use of the Fairlight CMI. The Dreaming received a mixed critical reception in the UK, and many were baffled by the dense soundscapes Bush had created to become "less accessible". In a 1993 interview with Q (magazine), Bush stated: "That was my 'She's gone mad' album." However, the album became her first to enter the US Billboard 200 chart, albeit only reaching number 157. The album entered the UK album chart at number-three, but is to date her lowest-selling album, garnering only a silver disc. "Sat in Your Lap" was the first single from the album to be released. It pre-dated the album by over a year and peaked at number 11 in the UK. The album's title track, featuring the talents of Rolf Harris and Percy Edwards, stalled at number 48, while the third single, "There Goes a Tenner", stalled at #93, despite promotion from EMI and Bush. The track "Suspended in Gaffa" was released as a single in Europe, but not in the UK.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    In November 1980, she released the standalone Christmas single "December Will Be Magic Again", which reached number 29 in the UK charts.
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    Never for Ever was the first Kate Bush album to feature synthesisers and drum machines, in particular the Fairlight CMI, to which she was introduced when providing backing vocals on Peter Gabriel's eponymous third album in early 1980.
    More Details Hide Details It was her first record to reach the top position in the UK album charts, also making her the first female British artist to achieve that status, and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at the top. The top-selling single from the album was "Babooshka", which reached number five in the UK singles chart.
    Released in September 1980, Never for Ever saw Bush's second foray into production, co-producing with Jon Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details Her first experience as a producer was on her Live on Stage EP, released after her tour the previous year. The first two albums had resulted in a definitive sound evident in every track, with orchestral arrangements supporting the live band sound. The range of styles on Never for Ever is much more diverse, veering from the straightforward rocker "Violin" to the wistful waltz of hit single "Army Dreamers". They have this huge aura of almost god-like quality about them, just because their craft makes a lot of money.
  • 1979
    Age 20
    Duffield, her lighting engineer, was killed in an accident during her concert of 2 April 1979 at Poole Arts Centre.
    More Details Hide Details Bush held a benefit concert on 12 May 1979, with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London's Hammersmith Odeon for his family. Duffield would be honoured in two later songs: "Blow Away" on Never for Ever and "Moments of Pleasure" on The Red Shoes. Bush explained in a BBC Radio 2 interview with Mark Radcliffe that she actually enjoyed the tour but was consumed with producing her subsequent records. During the same period as her tour, she made numerous television appearances around the world, including Top of the Pops in the United Kingdom, Bios Bahnhof in Germany, and Saturday Night Live in the United States (with Paul Shaffer on piano)—her only appearance on American television to date. On 28 December 1979, BBC TV aired the Kate Bush Christmas Special. It was recorded in October 1979 at the BBC Studios in Birmingham, England; choreography by Anthony Van Laast. As well as playing songs from her first two albums, she played "December Will Be Magic Again", "Violin", "The Wedding List", "Ran Tan Waltz" and "Egypt" from her forthcoming album, Never for Ever. Peter Gabriel made a guest appearance to play "Here Comes the Flood", and a duet of Roy Harper's "Another Day" with Bush.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 19
    In 1978 Bush made her debut on Dutch television in "De Efteling Special", which was broadcast on 11 May 1978.
    More Details Hide Details The amusement park De Efteling served as a backdrop for six songs from The Kick Inside: "Moving", "Wuthering Heights", "Them Heavy People", "Strange Phenomena", "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" and "The Kick Inside". In early 1978, the amusement park's Haunted Castle was completed and the opening was scheduled on 10 May that year. Bush, who just had a big hit in the Netherlands with "Wuthering Heights", made her debut on Dutch television in this special. Her popularity was used to draw the attention to the Haunted Castle (and the popularity of De Efteling drew attention to Kate). In 1979 Bush's one live show, The Tour of Life, was recorded for the BBC and for release on VHS as Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon. Bush has appeared in innovative music videos designed to accompany her singles releases. Among the best known are those for "Running Up that Hill", "Babooshka", "Breathing", "Wuthering Heights", "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", and "Cloudbusting", featuring actor Donald Sutherland, who made time during the filming of another project to take part in the video. EMI has released collections of her videos, including The Single File, Hair of the Hound, The Whole Story, a career video overview released in conjunction with the 1986 compilation album of the same title, and The Sensual World.
    In late 1978, EMI persuaded Bush to quickly record a follow-up album, Lionheart, to take advantage of the success of The Kick Inside.
    More Details Hide Details Bush has often expressed dissatisfaction with Lionheart, feeling that she had needed more time to get it right. The album was produced by Andrew Powell, assisted by Bush. While it had spawned several hit singles, most notably "Wow", it did not garner the same reception as her first album, reaching number six in the UK album charts. Bush was displeased with being rushed into making the second album. She set up her own publishing company, Kate Bush Music, and her own management company, Novercia, to maintain complete control over her work. Members of her family, along with Bush herself, composed the company's board of directors. Following the album's release, she was required by EMI to undertake heavy promotional work and an exhausting tour. The tour, named The Tour of Life, began in April 1979 and lasted six weeks. This live show was co-devised and performed on stage with magician Simon Drake. Typical of her determination to have creative control, she was involved in every aspect of the production, choreography, set design and staff recruitment for the show. The shows were noted for her dancing, complex lighting and her 17 costume changes per show. Because of her intention to dance as she sang, her sound engineers used a wire coat hanger and a radio microphone to fashion the first headset microphone to be used by a rock performer since the Swedish group the Spotnicks used a very primitive version in the early 1960s.
    Bush first came to note in 1978 when, at the age of 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single, "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first female artist to achieve a UK number-one with a self-written song.
    More Details Hide Details She has since released twenty-five UK Top 40 singles, including the top ten hits "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", "Babooshka", "Running Up That Hill", "Don't Give Up" and "King of the Mountain". She has released ten studio albums, all of which reached the UK Top 10, including the UK number-one albums Never for Ever (1980) and Hounds of Love (1985). She is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at number-one, as well as the first (and to date, only) female artist to have top five albums in the UK charts in five successive decades. Bush has been nominated 13 times for British Phonographic Industry accolades, and in 1987 she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Artist. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In 2002, she was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Bush was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.
  • 1977
    Age 18
    She began recording her first album in August 1977, although two tracks had been recorded during the summer of 1975.
    More Details Hide Details As part of her preparation for entering the studio, Bush toured pubs with the KT Bush Band. However, for her début album, The Kick Inside (1978), she was persuaded to use established session musicians, some of whom she would retain even after she had brought her bandmates back on board. Her brother Paddy played the harmonica and mandolin, unlike on later albums where he would play more exotic instruments such as the balalaika and didgeridoo. Stuart Elliott played some of the drums and would become her main drummer on subsequent albums. Bush released The Kick Inside when she was 19 years old, but some of the songs had been written when she was as young as 13. EMI originally wanted the more rock-oriented track "James and the Cold Gun" to be her début single, but Bush insisted that it should be "Wuthering Heights". Even at this early stage of her career, she had gained a reputation for her determination to have a say in decisions affecting her work. "Wuthering Heights" topped the UK and Australian charts and became an international hit. Bush became the first woman to reach number one in the UK charts with a self-penned song. Despite her considerable subsequent chart success it is still her only No. 1 single (as of 2015). A second single, "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", reached number six in the UK charts.
    From March to August 1977, she fronted the KT Bush Band at public houses around London – specifically at the Rose of Lee public house (now Dirty South) in Lewisham.
    More Details Hide Details The other three band members were Del Palmer (bass), Brian Bath (guitar), and Vic King (drums).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on July 30, 1958.
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