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Happy Katemas!

It is a golden jubilee this year, as Ms. Bush turns 50 today. In celebration, five YouTube favorites...


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Jul. 30th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
HAPPY KATE DAY !!!!!!!!!
Jul. 30th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
i love that version of the wedding list
Jul. 30th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
you are totally my bestest kb friend on lj <3
Jul. 31st, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
This marks one year since you revealed Kate to me. In this time I have taken the first three albums to heart, loved them dearly, and learned to play a bunch of songs from those albums, but I still don't like anything else I've heard. As soon as she stopped composing on piano the charm seems to have died (at least for me). I'll keep trying.

Her dancing/choreography is the best dancing/choreography. In army dreamers she is crazy hot.
Aug. 8th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Crazy hot. Agreed.

If you are trying to go chronologically through her albums and have hit a stumbling block with The Dreaming, you would not be the first. Apparently to go from piano ballads to braying mules and heavily processed backwards vocals was a bit of a stretch for some people ;)

I think with that album maybe she was trying to radically reorient her career. It still blows me away that she did the whole bizarre thing, essentially by herself, at 23 years old.

The albums that come after, I feel, integrate both the experimentation and the precocious, girlish songwriter. (Though there's an argument to be made that she had already achieved it with Never For Ever.) Have you listened to Hounds of Love or Aerial much? Kate at her best, as far as I'm concerned.
Aug. 10th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I had an immediate aversion to Hounds of Love. I own it and have tried to plow through it several times and train myself to like it but I just don't. I think the harmonies are either simplistic, too conventional, or just not interesting. Her vocal melodies are more disjunct in a way I find unlovely, and she seems to sing a particular series of intervals a few too many times, preventing songs from standing out. I even dislike the lower register of her voice as she aged (I tend to like either very low-pitched female singers or very high-pitched, and she dipped down from that sweet upper register that had previously attracted me. The suite of songs at the end are better, but bore me. In general, I mourn the organic sound she used to have. I'm not anti-electronic, by the way--one of my favorite bands is The Legendary Pink Dots. Running Up (the/that?) Hill kicks things off terribly for me. Repetitive, predictable chord progressions with redundant, disjunct singing.

I don't mean to sound so critical. I know this is all subjective, which is why I don't bother to keep saying "I think" or "in my opinion". I'm just trying to be as clear as I can. I skipped the Dreaming because I couldn't find it in my stores, but I've heard a couple tracks--haven't made up my mind yet. I'll check out Aerial.

For reference, I think Lionheart is absolutely perfect in all ways (though the Wow song is a little weak maybe). The Kick Inside is also perfect. Those two albums endlessly amaze me. Never For Ever starts to wilt into Boring Land for me with songs like "Egypt", but it also has some great songs, including two of my all-time favorite songs, "Breathing" and "Army Dreamers".

I STILL HOLD OUT HOPE. :) I'll keep you informed.

In any case, I commend her for doing whatever the fuck she wants. She followed her instincts, and so should she always.
Jul. 31st, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Happy Katemas! I'll take this opportunity to say that A Sky of Honey is so good I can't believe it. I can't hardly listen to any of her other records these days. On headphones or giant speakers, nothing sounds better.
Jul. 31st, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Isn't it sublime? The wait was worth it for that disc alone. More to say but still busy celebrating!
Jul. 31st, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
yeah that album blew me away... i can't believe how awesome she still is. that woman is unstoppable.
Jul. 31st, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I just realized that this girl I was dating a few months ago looks a lot like Kate Bush. Especially from that last vid. She's a singer, too, and she dresses as KB does in the second video. Of course, she's never heard of her...
Aug. 1st, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
For a second I thought "Babooshka" was the second one and I was like, What? She dresses like a walking D&D warrioress as doodled by a junior-high school boy in 1977 on his notebook during social studies class and you let her get away?? But then I realized you just meant spaghetti straps and skirts. (Also hot.)
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
and high-waisted skirts!
Aug. 1st, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
Did you catch the wardrobe malfunction near the end? Speaking of spaghetti straps. (And high-waisted skirts!)
Aug. 1st, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I couldn't quite figure out what was wrong. I guess one of the straps broke? I should watch it again, so I can see the moment it happens.
Aug. 1st, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Wow, at 3:35, it really springs! And she didn't miss a beat.
Aug. 7th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Katemas, I'm meeting my friend for lunch today. We were supposed to go to lunch last week, but I slept right through it, so last night she offered to give me a wake-up call. I told her to call me at 11 and say "A good morning, ma'am. Your early morning call" with a British accent. She did! So cute. At lunch I'm going to tell her all about the Ninth Wave.
Aug. 8th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I got such a call (well, she did call me "sir") at a bland hotel essentially affixed to Heathrow, in which I spent about ten hours a few years ago. Same cadence and everything. It was surreal.

Every now and then I get the urge to go to private confession just so I can say "Bless me father bless me father for I have sinned UHHHHH!" So far I have resisted.

a rumored, though unseen and perhaps fictional, option amongst Whiskeypalians
Aug. 8th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
p.s. (is sad)
Did you hear about Dr. "Pa" Bush passing away just a few days before Golden Katemas? It broke my heart a little.
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