Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
Which would be your choice for the song that best demonstrates these
voices [The trio
- Most definitely Rocket's Tail. It shows the trio off the most, and
sometimes when they're singing, if you're in the same room as them when they're
singing, you can hear the air cracking, it's like there's so much harmonic
information in their voices [Laughs].
Tell me about that song then.
- About ``_Rocket'sTail'' Oh God, you would ask me about
that one [Laughs]. I wrote this for the trio, really, musically, in that
I wanted a song that could really show them off. The other two songs that they
appear on were already structured and in a way they had to very much fit around
the song's structure to become a part of it, but this song they were there en
masse, really, the whole song was based around them. And I wrote it on a
synthesizer with a choir sound and just sang along. We put John's on and I had
no idea if their voices were going to work on it at all, really, so the whole
thing hung on the fact of whether when we went out to Bulgaria, whether it
worked or not. And the arranger we worked with out there was such a brilliant
man. In some ways, I think that the fact that we didn't speak the same language
made our communication much easier because he seemed to know exactly what I
wanted, and, really, just after a few hours he was coming up with the most
incredible tunes, and I just had to say ``Oh yes, I like that one,'' ``Er, no,
not too keen on that one,'' ``Umm, that's lovely!'' and just go away and write
it out. It was incredible, I've never worked like that before, so quickly with
someone I've never met before. It was really exciting to find that kind of
Rocket is one of your cats.
- Rocket *is* one of my cats, and he was the inspiration for the
subject matter for the song, because he's dead cute [Both laugh]. And
it's very strange subject matter because the song isn't exactly about Rocket,
it's kind of inspired by him and for him, but the song, it's about anything. I
guess it's saying there's nothing wrong with being right here at this moment,
and just enjoying this moment to its absolute fullest, and if that's it, that's
ok, you know. And it's kind of using the idea of a rocket that's so exciting
for maybe 3 seconds and then it's gone [Phutt!], you know that's it, but
so what, it had 3 seconds of absolutely wonderful... [Both laugh] (1989,
"_Rocket'stail'' (not what you might think.)
- Er no, [She finds this hysterically funny] a couple of
friends this song was very phallic. I was so concerned I tried to change the
``it was the biggest rocket I could find'' line but ``the most expensive rocket
I've ever seen'' wasn't quite the same. It's just the idea a rocket is only
there for three seconds but those three seconds are lived fully and totally.
- Rocket's my cat, but it was written for the Bulgarian girls.
Ridiculous collection of images, nothing to do with Rocket, really. He just
started it all off.
- At the time the only song I could think of that mentioned rockets
was ``Rocket Man'' but
since then there have been about three of them. I feel a bit like the Python
sketch with that guy making eight-millimetre films, saying, ``Hitchcock had his
Rear Window out while mine was still at the chemists.'' (1989,
Yet she also finds an emotional fury in those same voices. On
``_rocket'stail'' she launches
pink floyd's david gilmour on a
screaming feedback guitar coda intertwined with the trio. Well, I'm sure that
secretly dave has always wanted to be bulgarian, she laughs. Electric guitar
for me has always had that suggestion of a human voice.
- It was such a buzz for me to work with him, SHE EXCLAIMS, because
obviously I've known him for a long time and he's done little things before,
like backing vocals. But I've never
really had a song where he could just let rip on a guitar - and it was great.
"_Rocket'stail'' is one of those beguiling bush songs
that have a simple story on the surface, about an eccentric strapping a rocket
to his back, but you want to know just where it comes from. I'm not sure if
it's meant to be figured out, says bush, offering little help. If you want to
figure it out, great; But again, songs should exist in their own space. And if
they are a curious item, then that's very nice. Some people are, aren't they?
Among the other guests on the sensual world are
bulgarian singers the trio bulgarka and an old friend, dave gilmour from pink
- It was so good for me to come this full circle where, as you know,
Dave was very involved in getting my initial signing to the record company and
I'd kinda written this song and I knew I wanted the Bulgarian singers to be the
main body of the song. And the idea is that at one point in the song the
character dresses up as a rocket and jumps off this bridge, and it just felt so
right that Dave Gilmour should be
the rocket - you know, sort of... off the bridge. You know... he's kind of the
guitar hero isn't he? (1989, Rapido)
No matter how precarious, though, you think
love's worth it, don't you? `` reaching
out'' is full of danger - the child reaching out to feel the fire, for the hand
that smacks...you endorse the instinct.
"_Rocket'stail'' probably sums up what I'm getting at
best. In the beginning you scoff at someone else's romantic notion. They say
they want to be the glorious rocket, and you say you only see ``a stick on
fire/alone on its journey/home to the quickening ground/with no one there to
catch it'' But a verse later, you're putting on your pointed hat and strapping
the stick to your back. It seems to me that love triumphs over cynicism and, whether
you're dashed to the ground and destroyed by throwing yourself into a
relationship or whether you survive doesn't matter. The risk, the
vulnerability's worth taking. It's the only way you're alive, and anything's
better than the loneliness of, say, `` deeper understanding."
- Yeah! Yeah! There's a lot of that going on on the album, and I'm
really pleased that you should hear it: like, ``It might not be easy, but there
is a way of getting out of it, so try not to worry too much.'' (1989, Melody Maker)
- It was a vehicle to get their voices on a track in as dominant a way
as possible. So I put this down with a DX7 choir sound so it had this kind of
vocal feel. Then we got a drummer in and got this big Rock 'n' Roll thing
going. Then I got some friends in to hear what it would sound like with big
block vocals singing behind my voice,
and although they were English people that sing completely differently, it
still gave me a sense of vocal intensity. So these two friends must have spent
all day trying to sing like Bulgarians. But it was so useful, because there
were so many things I immediately understood we couldn't do, and lots of things
it felt like we could do.
- So we took it to Bulgaria and started working with this arranger. I
told him what I wanted, and he just went off and said ``what about this?'' and
they were great. He kept giving me all these things to choose from, and we
worked so well together.
- It was so good that we decided to hold the drum kit - it was
originally starting much earlier in the song. Then we let
Dave Gilmour rip on it, so we'd
have this really extreme change from just vocals to this hopefully big Rock 'n'
Roll kit, with bass, and guitar solos. (1989, International Musician)
- On the song ``_Rocket'sTail'' on the new album, he does
a fantastic solo. It was great for me to actually work with him after all these
Rocket is one of your cats?
- Yes. He was the inspiration because he's dead cute. The song isn't
actually about Rocket. It's inspired by him but the song is saying there is
nothing wrong with being right here at this moment and just enjoying it to its
absolute fullest. It uses the idea of a rocket that's so exciting for three
seconds and then is gone. (1989, Network)
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