Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
Well here's a man who grew popular with his images and his unusual
voice, 'cause in the selections you played both last time and today I know you
love the use of the human voice as an
instrument. The man I'm talking about is Donovan.
- Yeah, Donovan has got the most beautiful voice - that very slow
vibrato that people like Cliff Richard can put on; but [Donovan] has it
very naturally. I mean he sings like this all the time. And again, he's an
incredible songwriter, lyric writer, he can play the guitar and he has that
fantastic voice. And it seemed that he'd got really caught up in the copying of
Dylan when he first signed up and was singing. And he was wearing the hats and
he was carrying the guitar and everyone thought he was just a Dylan copy. When
in fact he wasn't at all. And it seems that he's just been forgotten, he's gone
It's unbelievable. He was one of britain's leading, hit-making solo
stars of the sixties and a great international artist. And now it's almost as
though he'd never existed.
- It's ridiculous. I can't stand to see that happen to people,
especially someone like him. Um, one of my favourite albums of his is
H.M.S. Donovan - which I think has been deleted now, which is even
more ridiculous. And it's beautiful: fantastic illustrated cover; a double
album, and each song is either a fairy story or something he's written to other
people's words. He's used Blake's poems, he's used some Lewis Carroll - a big
selection of fantasy stuff. And one of my favourite tracks from there, which he
actually wrote himself to his own music, is ``Lord of the Reedy River."
[The record is played. Donovan actually performed this song well
before recording it for h.m.s. Donovan. he appears in the 1968
film ifit'stuesday, this must be belgium, singing
this song to his own guitar accompaniment. Of course, kate herself recorded
this song, and put it out as the b-side of the `` sat in your lap'' single in
1981. A rumour persists that donovan actually contributed a bit of backing
vocal on kate's track, though this has not been confirmed.]
Donovan, and ``lord of the reedy river.'' I suppose--
- ...so beautiful...
- All it would take would be one or two really good tracks and -
- Ah, but he's got them, you know, that's the silly
thing, he's got so many good tracks. I think that song there too, is so
essential and erotic. And you know no-one's even heard of it - incredible. I
mean if you put a bit of film to that... what a fantastic...
Most people don't realise that most of his hit records were
produced by mickie most.
- I didn't realise that either, no.
There's another track of his that you like alot, a b-side.
- Yes. It was the b-side of ``[??? Indecipherable]", called
``Mr. Wind'' [??? I am unsure that this is what she says here]. What I
liked about it was he was using ``Vari-Speed", Um, he was using very low
voices and very high voices [Kate imitates these -
precious audio unfortunately not transcribable] all mixed in together:
Mr. Wind spoke like this! And all the people that he woke up in
the morning spoke like this! [Laughs] And it was beautiful;
it was just a really fun track putting a different speed to the voices of the
various characters. And it was really fabulous for kids you know? I...I wish
there had been more. (1980, BBC)
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