Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
It does seem that, while kate bush is something of an acquired
taste, she does on her own tend largely to satisfy the musical appetite of
those who've acquired it, so that henceforth they tend to have a diminished
interest in other artists.
- Del: Well, you've just summed up my own sentiment exactly. I mean as
far as being a musician is concerned, I don't really feel it's worth bothering
with anyone else. I mean, sure, there's a certain amount of emotional content
in that. But one's always surprised by what you do!
- Gosh, I don't know if I can take this!
This is bound to sound a bit off the wall, but it does seem to me
that in a way you're the true heir to everything that was good, all that was
great, about the 1960s. Sure, a lot about the 1960s was crap, but what I have
in mind are things like the beatles' ``walrus'' and stuff like that. Your own
music is similarly large, it seems to me, both in its conception and the actual
execution. Very eclectic, experimental, often very exotic, and at the same time
animated by a certain spirit...
- Well, that's great if you think so, very interesting, very
complimentary. I think certainly the sixties was the time when I was growing up
and all those early influences are very strong. But I don't know whether I
would say what you said, although I do find it very flattering.
- Del: Well, I think you've hit the nail right smack on the head, it's
the truth, kate is more or less all that was good about the sixties.
And you know her music does strike me in a way as rather beatlish.
I mean, most rock artists work within one or another genre but usually tend to
be limited by it. But, like the beatles, you're always able to flit around in
different styles while yet remaining recognizably yourself. Also you're always
musical, always dynamic, always very polished...
- Del: Yes, exactly. And it's remarkable, too, because you were never
really exposed to the beatles at the time. (1985, Musician)
del bought kate an antique pocket watch for her 27th birthday. Enthusiastically
she pulls it out, exclaiming: It gives off really old vibes! I can almost
imagine being taken back to the time it was made. It's like our house. One day
we suddenly stumbled across it and a back door had been left open so we were
able to go inside. I'm sure there's a kind of force, a magnetic energy saying,
come in, we're meant for each other. (1985, The Times)
You successfully declined to discuss your relationship with del
publicly for seven years. Why was that?
- Well, I don't feel our relationship is anything to do with anyone
other than us.
But on the other hand, it was made public knowledge through the
- Yes. There was a launch of the album, and it was really a decision,
whether we didn't go together or whether we'd go together and just behave
normally. And we thought it was silly not to go together - so we went together.
And everyone wanted photographs of the two of us. It was quite a shock for both
of us - It's been a long time since there's been that many cameras going off
for me. And I don't think Del had experienced anything quite like that before.
So it's not that it all suddenly came out in the open. There was a launch and
he was there. But they loved it!
Does it create any tension that you are the one who is the bigger
earner? Obviously you have the greater income. It's a reversal of the
- It's not really that unusual now. Del's very involved in the work.
He seems to really enjoy the music, so we actually work together. I don't think
he minds. (1985, Hot
- My relationship with Del is very stable. We work together, we live
together. It works so well for us. That can be a very intense set-up, but I
wouldn't have it any other way. It's all very close and direct. After ten
years, maybe we ought to be restless, but we're not. Some say the decade
between 20 and 30 I very telling time in terms of human development, but I
believe that the whole of life is like that.
- Del and I argue a great deal - over songs. But we consider it
healthy. Who wins? Normally, I do. I'm not the shy, retiring, fragile butterfly
creature sometimes read about. I'm tough as nails. (1989, You)
- At home Del and I just potter about, being ordinary-Mr and Mrs
Boring! We give cuddles and we have rows, all that. (1989, Daily Mirror)
Cloudbusting / Subjects / Del Palmer