Cloudbusting -- Kate Bush In Her Own Words
Now we'll be playing some of your favourite popular songs. Let's begin straight away with roy harper's ``another day."
[The recording is heard. Kate had already recorded at least two versions of this song as a duet with peter gabriel by this time. The first version was recorded for kate's own bbc television special, which aired in december of 1979; The second was undertaken several months later in the studios with the hope of a single release. A b-side co-written by kate and gabriel was even recorded to this end, but the project was unfortunately abandoned. Kate also contributed vocals on a song from roy harper's 1980 album the unknown soldier. - ied]
Roy harper, and a song called another day. kate, if I were asked to choose a quintessentially english track, I would choose a roy harper one: ``when an old cricketer leaves the crease.'' and I'm wondering if you consider him a typically english artist.
If I may ask a crass question after such an intimate song: An artist like yourself has enjoyed success in a commercial sense quite early in her career. How do you relate to an artist like roy, who has the respect of his peers but who has never really broken through commercially?
No, kate, I haven't heard the [New roy harper] album. You should. Adrian boot took it, took the sleeve photograph. Actually says kate sweetly, I didn't like the sleeve. Adrian looks hurt. The photograph was great, I just didn't like the sleeve she reassures him. (1980, oct 10, Melody Maker)
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