KT Cloudbusting -- Kate Bush In Her Own Words


Never For Ever Album

Released 8th September 1980
Made No. 1 Platinum


  • Babooshka
  • Delius
  • Blow Away
  • All We Ever Look For
  • Egypt
  • The Wedding List
  • Violin
  • Kashka from Baghdad
  • The Infant Kiss
  • Night Scented Stock
  • Army Dreamers
  • Breathing (Album Re-Mix)
  • Now, after all this waiting it is here. It's strange when I think back to the first album. I thought it would never feel as new or as special again. This one has proved me wrong. It's been the most exciting. Its name is Never For Ever, and I've called it this because I've tried to make it reflective of all that happens to you and me.

    Life, love, hate, we are all transient. All things pass, neither good [N???]or evil lasts. So we must tell our hearts that it is ``never for ever,'' and be happy that it's like that!

    The album cover has been beautifully created by Nick Price (you may remember that he designed the front of the Tour programme). On the cover of Never For Ever Nick takes us on an intricate journey of our emotions: inside gets outside, as we flood people and things with our desires and problems. These black and white thoughts, these bats and doves, freeze-framed in flight, swoop into the album and out of your hi-fis. Then it's for you to bring them to life. (1980, KBC 7)


    Without everyone (and the Fairlight) it would never have been the same. You move me, thank you, you are inspiration.

    There are ten tracks, and if there is a main theme, it's about human communication and its difficulties.... (1980, KBC 7)


    Each song has a very different personality, and so much of the production was allowing the songs to speak with their own voices - not for them to be used purely as objects to decorate with ``buttons and bows''

    Choosing sounds is so like trying to be psychic, seeing into the future, looking in the ``crystal ball of arrangements,'' ``scattering a little bit of stardust,'' to quote the immortal words of the Troggs.

    Every time a musical vision comes true, it's like having my feet tickled. When it works, it helps me to feel a bit braver. Of course, it doesn't always work, but experiments and ideas in a studio are never wasted; they will always find a place sometime.

    I never really felt like a producer, I just felt closer to my loves - felt good, free, although a little raw, and sometimes paranoia would pop up. But when working with emotion, which is what music is, really, it can be so unpredictable - the human element, that fire.

    But all my friends, the Jons, and now you will make all the pieces of the Never For Ever jigsaw slot together, and It will be born and It will begin Breathing. (1980, KBC 7)


    It's difficult to talk about the album without you actually hearing it, SHE EXPLAINS, IN A VOICE SO QUIET I WORRY THE TAPE RECORDER WON'T PICK IT UP. I suppose it's more like the first album, The Kick Inside, though, than the second, Lionheart, in that the songs are telling stories.

    I like to see things with a positive direction, because it makes it so much easier to communicate with the audience of listener. When you see people actually listening to the songs and getting into them, it makes you realise how important it is that they should actually be saying something. (1980, Smash Hits)


    There are a lot of different songs. There's no specific theme, but they're saying a lot about freedom, which is very important to me. (1980, Smash Hits)


    It [Producing] means I have more control over my album, which is going to make it more rounded, more complete, more me, I hope. (1980, Smash Hits)


    For me, this was the first LP I'd made that I could sit back and listen to and really appreciate. I'm especially close to Never For Ever. It was the first step I'd taken in really controlling the sounds and being pleased with what was coming back.

    I was far more involved with the overall production, and so I had a lot more freedom and control, which was very rewarding. Favourite tracks? I guess I'd have to say `` Breathing'' and `` The Infant Kiss'' (1984, Women of Rock)


    *An album is like a diary, really, maybe not a reflection of your own life, but it reflects changes in your life. Is wasn't until Never For Ever that I was able to express things the way I wanted. Each album is different though; they change because I do. (1983, Music Express)


    From here on there are big progressive steps. I was starting to take control at this point, making sure I had enough time and getting involved in production. (1989, Tracks)


    You started using a fairlight on never for ever.

    Right, I didn't have my own Fairlight and we had to hire one in. And really as soon as I met the Fairlight, I realized that it was something I really couldn't do without because it was just so integral to what I wanted to do with my music. I think I've always enjoyed synthesizers...I found them very interesting, but I never really enjoyed all the sounds. And what really gets me about the Fairlight is that any sound becomes musical. You can actually control any sound you want by sampling it in, and then being able to play it. I mean obviously, it doesn't always sound great, but the amount of potential exploration you have there with sounds is never-ending, and it's fabulous. (1985, Keyboard)


    Do you write songs around the fairlight?

    Yes, I do now. This is actually the first album that I've done that on. Up until now, I've always written on the piano. It's been a very important part of it. The songs came from the piano and the chords. But with this album, the majority of the songs have come from the Fairlight and working with drum machines and things like that. (1985, Keyboard)


    *Talking about eerie creatures, on the back cover of the album there's some pictures of you doing a sort of floating pose of yours [York ???], with your tongue hanging out, wearing sort of bat clothes. [Kate laughs] that is quite a cover. I mean, and it is so very important to you, isn't it, sorta of the art of music. This album, is it a concept or... How do you see it?

    No, it's not a concept but all the songs are very different, that's really why it's not a concept. But they are joined together in as much each track is trying to flow into the other, although they're quite separate entities, they're about different subjects. And the cover was terribly important because I do feel with home taping, etc., happening, you have to give people as much as you can on an album. And it's something I've always wanted to buy, I've always wanted to go in and buy an album I've been waiting for. And you hold the cover and you think ``oh, this is it!,'' you know, and you sorta plow through it for any little bit of information. And so that's what I've tried to do and we've got the most incredible artists...

    I can see, it's brilliant actually. I mean it's almost like a sort of child's book but using very adult sort of.... Adult paintings, adult drawings, isn't it, for the cover?

    Yes, it's pencil, it's incredible.

    What about inspiration for the tracks and the music, where do you get most of your inspiration for you music?

    They come from very different sources, but it is mainly people. Things people will say, whether they say then on television or to me personally or even things I hear on the radio. It's very much stimulus from other people and just the way I feel about things that I see in other people, because I'm involved with people all the time, they come in and out of my life. But the thing that is a continuing theme, you know, is life, people.

    There's on or two quite big names actually who are mentioned on the sleeves of the album, roy harper, herbie flowers, peter gabriel. Are they just friends, admirers, or helped it musically, or what?

    Well, they're probably all of those that you mentioned, they're very important to me, those people. Peter I did some work with and he was very inspiring and it was very important for me to write something as a gesture. Roy is on the album. Roy I think is one of the true English poets and so he definitely needed something said. And Herbie Flowers, he's a very special man, because he makes everyone so happy. (1980, Never For Ever Debut)


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