Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
- Released 10th November 1978
Made No. 6 Gold
- Maybe I'm a bit too close to it at the moment, but I find it much
more adventurous than the last one. I'm much more happier [Sic] with the
songs and the arrangements and the backing tracks.
- I was getting a bit worried about labels from that last album;
everything being in the high register, everything being soft, and airy- fairy.
That was great for the time but it's not really what I want to do now, or what
I want to do, say, in the next year. I guess I want to get basically heavier in
the sound sense... and I think that's on the way, which makes me really happy.
- I don't really think there are any songs on the album that are as
close to `` Wuthering
Heights'' as there were on the last one. I mean, there's lots of
songs people could draw comparisons with. I want the first single that comes
out from this album to be reasonably up-tempo. That's the first thing I'm
concerned with, because I want to break away from what has previously gone. I'm
not pleased with being associated with such soft, romantic vibes, not for the
first single anyway. If that happens again, that's what I will be to everyone.
(1978, November, Melody Maker)
- If you can get away with it and keep changing, great. I think it
should be done because in that way you'll always have people chasing after you
trying to find out what you're doing. And, anyway, if you know what's coming
next, what's the point? If I really wanted to, I guess I could write a song
that would be so similar to ``
Wuthering Heights'' But I don't. What's the point? I'd rather write
a song that was really different, that I liked, although it might not get
anywhere. (1978, July, Melody
- I feel I know what I'm talking about in the studio now. I know what
I should hear. The reaction to me explaining what I want in the studio was
amusement, to a certain extent. They were all taking the piss out of me a bit.
(1978, November, Melody Maker)
tell me how you enjoyed recording in
- Ah, it was an amazing experience. I mean it's the first time I've
ever recorded out of the country. And the environment was really quite
phenomenal, I mean it was just so beautiful, it was so unlike anything I'd seen
for a long while. And I think there was so many advantages to it, but there
were a couple of disadvantages - the fact that it was so beautiful, you
couldn't help but keep drifting off to the sun out there, you know, that sort
of thing. But you just didn't feel like you needed a break, because the vibes
and the weather and everyone around was just so good, you know, you didn't feel
like you were working. It was really, really fun. (1978, Lionheart Promo)
find that this time writing the songs for the album came easily to you, or was
it quite difficult?
- It was a difficult situation because there was very little time
around and I felt very squashed in by the lack of time and that's what I don't
like, especially if it's concerning something as important for me as my songs
are, they're really important to me. But it all seemed to come together and it
was really nicely guided by something, it just happened great. And there were
quite a few old songs that I managed to get the time to re-write. It's a much
lighter level of work when you re-write a song because the basic inspiration is
there, you just perfect upon it and that's great. And they're about four new
songs so they all came together, it was great. In fact, we ended up with more
then we needed again, which is fantastic. (1978, Lionheart Promo)
it was not for me to say whether lionheart would see the emergence
of equally stunning material [Compared to the first album]. (1978,
- I can't
explain what it's like, [she said of the album as its finishing touches were
- It's very hard to describe... perhaps it's just a little bit more
up-tempo than The Kick
Inside. (1978, TV
continued with the same high and mesmerizing
vocals that had become her trademark. Kate explains, I thought that was
very much a part of where I was with the first album and alot of the songs were
songs around the same time. I think in a way not much happened, it was really
more of the same person. (1983, Wireless)
- Looking back, I don't really think that Lionheart
actually expressed the true phase I was in at the time, whereas all the others
have. While the first LP consisted of material I'd written up to that point, I
found that the time pressures prevented me from writing more fresh material for
the second one.
- In fact, I only wrote three new songs - `` Symphony in Blue", ``
Fullhouse'' and `` Coffee Homeground'' - and if you know that, then you can
tell the difference in style. Basically, this album could have been a lot
better. (1984, Women of Rock)
Your image has changed
dramatically from that of a pop chanteuse, as you were perceived on your first
two albums, to that of someone with a very clear artistic vision, which is how
people have come to perceive you since your third and fourth records. Is that
an accurate assessment?
- Even on the first two records, I was doing what I'm doing now as a
artist, only because I was a lot younger, and I didn't have the room and the
space to be able to truly present my music. I had to work with a producer and
within certain kind of set-ups because of the fact that... that's how it was, I
wasn't powerful enough basically to be able to say, ``Look, I'm
producing this myself. This is what I
do.'' And that's what I do now. I think that if I had been a little older, and
if I'd had the experience at the time, I would have done it then, too. But I
was - When I was making my first album, I was 18. I had never really worked
with a band before, let alone a producer in a studio setup. So I just had -
[Laughs] - I mean I just about had the guts, you know, to sing and keep
it together. But you learn very quickly what you want. By the time the second
album was finished, I knew that I had to be involved. Even though they were my
songs and I was singing them, the finished product was not what I wanted. That
wasn't the producer's fault. He was doing a good job from his point of view,
making it sound good and together. But for me, it was not my album, really.
Why do you speak in interviews about the first two albums less
- Well, I think there's a lot of reasons for that. Um, a lot of it's
to do with the fact that I didn't really feel that I had creative control over
what I was doing for those first two albums. Although I'd written the songs, I
wasn't really taking overall control and saying what should happen. I feel very
much that the production of the songs has as much to do with the feeling as the
words and the music. And by the third album I was starting to take that kind of
control. I went into co-production, and actually felt that I was working in a
studio as someone that was in control of what they were doing.
- And also, I think that you feel, just naturally more fond of the
stuff that you do more recently. It's just a human factor. You don't like to
think that what you were doing ten years ago is better than what you're doing
now [Laughs]. So that's a factor as well.
Audience member ron hill: We
love them anyway! [Cheering from audience] (1990 kate bush con)
ever listen back to a lot of records and say [Makes ``ugh'' sound. Kate
laughs.], ``don't like what I did there."
- I very rarely listen to my old stuff and when I do hear it, yes it
is sometimes that feeling, yeah.
In what? In content, or voice pitch, or what?
- It's especially my voice. I mean, in a way I'm still quite fond of
some of the flavors of the old albums and some of the songs, but, my voice, it
seems... it always sounds so young to me, because, you know, I feel that it's
changing all the time. (1982, Dreaming debut)
- I had only
a week after we got back from Japan to prepare for the album. I was lucky to
get it together so quickly. But the songs seem to me, now, to be somewhat
overproduced. I didn't put enough time into them. (1984, Pulse!)
- It was rushed and that was responsible for me taking as much time as
possible over albums. Considering how quickly we made it it's a bloody good
album, but I'm not really happy with it. (1989, Tracks)
you pick the name of lionheart for your latest album?
- Well that was really from the title track called ``Oh England,
My Lionheart'' And I just think it's a great word, it sorta means hero,
and I think hero is a very cliched word, so I thought Lionheart would be a bit
You're not a leo by any chance are you?
- Ah, yeah.
Could that be something to do with it to?
- Yes, it could indeed, yeah. (1979, Personal Call)
Where was the photo that appears on the front cover of
- This photo was taken in a photographic studio by Gered Mankowitz
somewhere in London. (1980, KBC
the sleeve design come about, of lionheart?
- Well that was just an idea that we had that was basically around the
title Lionheart. We wanted to get across a vibe within me of a
lion. And for the front cover it basically comes from an idea that my brother
had, which was an attic setting with me in a lion suit, so it's slightly
comical, but just a really nice vibe on the front that would take away the
heavy, crusader, English vibe, because Lionheart is always associated with
Richard the Lionheart. And I think it's a word that could become more readily
used, it's such a beautiful word. It's kinda like hero, and hero's a very
cliched word now. It's used in so many songs. (1978, Lionheart Promo)
anyway, where did you get your theater mask earrings, the ones that you were
wearing on the album lionheart?
- Do you know, it's rather lovely, because when I went to
Canada, years ago, I was doing a whole
day of interviews with journalists and there was a lady journalist, and we only
sat and chatted for about 30 minutes. And when I first met her, I said ``your
earrings are beautiful.'' And when she left she took them off and gave them to
me, and said, ``I hope they bring you luck."
- Yeah, she was really far out.
And they have.
- Yeah! (1982, Unknown BBC
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