Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
This is radio one, on new
year's eve. And we're playing kate bush's favourite songs of all time, and
here's one by john lennon, who was killed in the most appalling way earlier
this month, and kate I'm wondering if you are too young at the age of
twenty-two to have fully understood what all of the media fuss was about. So
many people were affected so traumatically for so long. Could you really
understand what lennon and the beatles meant to them?
- Yes, absolutely! I think probably people of about sixteen or
seventeen, that's the age where it wouldn't really mean that much. But even at
my age they really meant so much. I wasn't aware of them first happening and
then being the ``new thing'' But I was aware of them as the most incredible
source, and of Lennon being the most fantastic songwriter. He really was one of
my favourite artists - not as The Beatles, but as Lennon. And in fact, in
compiling this list a couple of months ago before the news, I'd chosen this
track as one of my favourites. So it wasn't meant as a tribute, it was
genuinely planned as one of the tracks.
Why this of all his songs?
- For me it's just magic. Um, his voice; the production - it's the
most incredible production; uh, little backwards voices. They're really things
that I love. And just, the song and
everything - it's wonderful. And I - I'm really sad, because he's left the
biggest hole in the business that we've known yet, I think.
Here's john lennon's ``number nine dream."
[The record is played. In my opinion there is no single record
that kate's music reflects the influence of more clearly than this track. All
references to Peter Gabriel's influence - even as regards production - pale
beside a comparative listening between ``Number Nine Dream'' and any of a dozen
of Kate's recordings. -ied]
One of the dozen or so most important human beings of my lifetime so
far: John lennon and ``number nine dream.'' (1980, bbc)
Kate, the time has now come for me to spring on you that question:
What is your all-time favourite single?
- My all-time favourite single. Very, very difficult question, it
really is, because just, just trying to compare songs, you know, let alone
trying to put one higher than all the others... I think I would say at this
point in time John Lennon's ``Number Nine Dream'' - for lots of reasons. (1980,
Have you ever considered doing a version of ``Number Nine Dream''
by John Lennon (which I know is your favourite single)?
- I think what would be nice is if they re-released it. It was well
ahead of its time, and didn't really get the attention it deserved. (1984,
Cloudbusting / Subjects / John Lennon