Filling me up with the shivers
April 26, 2009 5:26 PM   Subscribe

If you look at only one of these video, let it be "The Wedding List".
posted by wittgenstein at 5:42 PM on April 26, 2009 [2 favorites]

"I shot-shot-shot 'im, honey! He hit the ground, baby!"

Kate is my goddess. I may have to buy one season of SNL on DVD just to see her play. If only she'd put out a collection of her videos on DVD. And the Christmas special. And all of the stuff cut out of Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, not just her patting her ass as she leers out "hitting the vaseline" during "Wow." And that keytar-laden clip MTV used for "Running Up That Hill," from the Terry Wogan show, instead of the official video. And I'm going to stop now.
posted by adipocere at 5:43 PM on April 26, 2009

The lyrics for The Wedding List read like something by The Decemberists, who should include more interpretive dance in their videos.
posted by smartyboots at 6:04 PM on April 26, 2009

Also from the same airing, Symphony in Blue, which appears to be live, rather than possibly lip-synched like the choreographed “Violin” (This entire program is wonderful and I’d like to be wrong about the lip-synching--Am I?)
posted by applemeat at 6:23 PM on April 26, 2009

I agree that The Decemberists are fantastic lyricists, but Kate Bush was (is) singularly unique--vocals, composition, lyrics, musicianship--the entire amazing, incredible, spooky package.
posted by applemeat at 6:28 PM on April 26, 2009

Rich from FourFour recently posted an enthusiastic--and animated GIF-filled--appreciation of Kate Bush.

(If his endorsement of the new Bat For Lashes album has you curious, I highly recommend checking out Daniel.)
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:58 PM on April 26, 2009

Ah, you beat me to it. I was just going to post a link to that epic fourfour post.

I could stare at those gifs forever. After reading that post, I watched the Wuthering Heights video three times.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:04 PM on April 26, 2009

Babushka, Babushka, Babushka
posted by Artw at 7:16 PM on April 26, 2009

Some of her stuff reminds me of Roxy Music.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 7:33 PM on April 26, 2009

Does Bea Arthur sing in this Christmas Special too?
posted by Ironmouth at 8:43 PM on April 26, 2009

If you're an old-time Kate Bush fan, and you were not aware of the release of her Aerial album a couple of years ago, you're missing a real treat. A double-album in every best sense of the word, it's one disk of fabulous Kate songs (including single King Of The Mountain), and a second disk, of...


The second disk from Aerial is a reverie, a magical time, it's like waking up from a dream, or poking your head through the fabric of this world into another. It's enlivening and enlightening. It is wond'rous; it is joyous.

I love the second disk of Aerial. Really.
posted by hippybear at 8:48 PM on April 26, 2009 [2 favorites]

Holy crap, hippybear, this stuff is fantastic. I'm not even on the second disc yet and I'm already seeing what you're talking about. Wow.
posted by lumensimus at 11:03 PM on April 26, 2009

From Ian A. T.'s link:

"My parting advice to you is to go out and buy The Dreaming and keep listening to it until you love it."

This will be going on my gravestone.
posted by SamuelBowman at 1:14 AM on April 27, 2009 [1 favorite]

She was/is such a unique, well, freak. I love The Dreaming already, and this post has gotten me to go back and listen to Aerial which I'd dismissed out of hand, so thanks for that.
posted by papercake at 8:24 AM on April 27, 2009

Not the Nine O'clock News loves Kate Bush, too.
posted by QIbHom at 9:09 AM on April 27, 2009

Wow. although i also "dismissed" Aerial at first, too, somebody gave me the CD and then I grew extremely attached to it... to the point where I ripped the CD to MP3s but I never use the MP3s, only the CD. Weird how listening to the 2nd disc when getting wasted had turned into a ritual... that disc is a miniature space portal to a world of beauty
posted by yoHighness at 12:13 PM on April 27, 2009

yoHighness: that's amusing. I really "don't care" all that much about the whole mp3 - CD audio thing most of the time. But I find I also pull out the CD for the second disc to listen more often than I listen to ripped files. Interesting.
posted by hippybear at 12:24 PM on April 27, 2009

hippybear: I think the article about "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" by Walter Benjamin goes a little ways towards explaining it - there is something to having an artifact for a specific thing... he called it the "aura" of the work. I'll let y'all return to the scheduled Kate Bush thread now.
posted by yoHighness at 12:31 PM on April 27, 2009

Wonderful links all, thanks. Threads like this can only add to the recognition that Ms. Bush is one of the most unique musical artists out there, her influence (in the broader spectrum of things), approaching that of Dylan or Bowie.

I read somewhere that Kate was quoted as saying that 'The Dreaming" was an absolutely excruciating album to record, which of course makes it one of her best. That album treats pain in the same way as Edward Hopper painted loneliness. Absolutely listen to it until you start screaming "Get out of my house!"
posted by elendil71 at 1:23 PM on April 27, 2009

Kate Bush is unique. Thre is no one like her. Thanks a lot for the post.
posted by goo at 2:16 PM on April 27, 2009

This caused a three hour Kate Bush YouTube-a-thon. I'm amazed that there are so many interviews with her there.
posted by popechunk at 9:16 PM on April 27, 2009

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