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The Sensual World

History/General News
Pt. 2

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From: henrik@eddie.MIT.EDU (Larry DeLuca @ The Bandykin Server)
Date: 23 Sep 89 16:14:38 GMT
Subject: How long do you think we can stick it out?

Summary: How long do you think until it's out, WOMAN!!!!!

Miss Kate Bush sits somewhere in the sensual world tonight, most likely on holiday, most definately not trying to think about the album that she's just foisted on an unsuspecting world. There are those of us who, as the minutes pass, can't stop pondering what it's going to do to the UK, Eire, the US, Pago-Pago, and every other stretch of land with a record shop.

While not as cohesive as "Hounds of Love", "The Sensual World" drips its sticky goo of tension & release all over us, impossible to remove. Her voice reaches up into the high registers while fluid bass slithers inbetween your legs like a tiny fish in the shallow part of the beach.

Larry Speaking:

2 Listens and an amazingly huge number of continuous multiple orgasms later, This Woman's Work is as fabulous as any and all of the others to date - in a word, STAGGERING.

My particular favourites are "Heads We're Dancing", "Walk Straight Down the Middle", "The Sensual World", and all the other tracks as well...God, she's *AMAZING*!!! I mean, WOW!!! INCREDIBLE!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

But you probably don't want to hear me just jizz about the album. You're probably much more interested in how we came to be capable of jizzing over the album - and besides, it's a more amusing story. So here it is...

Joe (just waking up): blblththp. I need to call Newbury's to see if they have the single yet.

Larry: Why bother? My copy's going to get here from the UK in a couple of days.

(Larry is suddenly bit by the realization of the inanity he has just sputtered, and dials "IN-FOR-MA-TION (due to a labor dispute...)". He gets the number and calls. Besides, if the truth be told Larry called Tower the night before and they hadn't heard about it.).

Larry: Hello. Do you have the new Kate Bush single, "The Sensual World"?

Newbury: No.

Larry: Any news on when?

Newbury: No. All we have is this promo cassette of the album.

Larry: Pfttbppbbhblblblttpbbh!!!bbkbpbggkb!!!pppp P-_P-(slaps himself) Promo Cassette!!?!?!?!

Newbury: Yeah.

Larry: Well, what's it look like? (Yeah, this is a stupid question since Larry had already read what would be most likely much better descriptions, but, hey, he was still reeling from the fact that not five miles away from him was the Songbird of Happiness).

Newbury: It's just her face with a flower in front of it. She looks kinda psychotic, actually.

Larry: That's not at all unusual for Kate Bush.

Newbury: Yeah.

Larry: Can I buy it?

Newbury: It's not for sale.

Larry: Are you going to play it in the store anytime soon?

Newbury: Not till October 17 when the album comes out.

(Larry is now seriously bumming, but looking for any kind of an out at this point).

Larry: Can we come look at it at least?

Newbury: Yeah, sure.

Larry: See you shortly!

Newbury: Yeah. Bye.

Larry: Bye!

(Much screaming, hooting, frantic showering, planning, playing of "Running up that Hill", "Hounds of Love", and "The Big Sky", first the seven-inch versions, and then the twelve-inch versions - Joe took a long time in the shower.).

Larry: Joe! Hurry up! Armageddon could happen at any moment and we could MISS IT!!!!

Joe: Calm down! (Pause). What am I saying?

(Larry and Joe get in the car and break a great many laws to get to Newbury's in Harvard Square. They pay three dollars for parking, since it would be a bummer to get towed and not be able to listen to the new album.

Listen to the new album, I say? Yes. We were determined to do so one way or another. We had come prepared. We brought a ghetto blaster and cassette to transcribe it if we could get away with it, a camera and several lenses to photograph the cover, and enough money to bribe the "Just Say No" Foundation into letting us start a marijuana ranch on the front lawn of the White House.

Larry and Joe park and enter Newbury's in Harvard Square. There is a huge line, and we wait patiently until it is all gone).

Joe: I am starting to feel silly.

Larry (quoting Maude): It's every person's right to make an ass out of himself. Don't let the world judge you too harshly.

Joe: OK. But you do the talking.

Larry: As soon as I stop hyperventilating, OK.

(The Counter Person offers to help us.).

Counter Person: Can I help you?

Larry (subtle and scheming and looking for an unobtrusive place to set down the camera equipment so he can use his towel again): We called and were told you had a promo copy of the new Kate Bush album, "The Sensual World", and that we could see it if we came down, so here we are.

Counter Person: Oh. (There is much conferring behind the counter and to a couple of other people, but no one seems to know anything about it, much less claimed to have answered the phone so authoritatively).

Counter Person: Are you sure this was the store you called?

Larry: Yes. I asked for the one in Harvard Square.

Counter Person: What number did you call? Did it begin with 491?

Larry: No, it was 225-9700. Do you have a store with that number?

Counter Person: Yeah, at the MIT Student Center.

Larry: Ohmigod!!! We have to go!!!

Counter Person: Bye.

(Larry and Joe go tearing out to the car, breaking more laws, speed records, and generally wreaking havoc throughout Cambridge until they arrive at MIT and park illegally. By now only one thing matters - wrapping fingers, arms, ears, legs, and any other body part available AROUND THAT TAPE!!!).

(Larry and Joe come tearing in and calm down long enough to talk to the people at this store). (The Counter Person offers to help us.).

Counter Person: Can I help you?

Larry (subtle and scheming and looking for an unobtrusive place to set down the camera equipment so he can use his towel again): We called and were told you had a promo copy of the new Kate Bush album, The Sensual World", and that we could see it if we came down, so here we are.

Counter Person: Oh. I don't know. Hey, Spike! Do you know anything about a new Kate Bush album? "The Sen ...

Larry: "The Sensual World".

Counter Person: "The Sensual World".

Larry: And we wanted to see it (he says holding the camera equipment, flanked by Joe with the ghetto blaster and blank cassette, toweling himself).

Spike: OK.

(Spike searches for it and unceremoniosly presents it, *STILL IN THE CELLOPHANE*!!!! complete with the "For Promotional Use on October 17" label on it. Larry takes it in his hand. This is too much. His head is reeling. He sets it on the counter, four years of need answered in a heartbeat. He can't leave without it.).

Larry: How much?

Spike: It's not for sale.

Joe: We'll give you fifty.

Spike: Fifty bucks?

Larry and Joe: Yes.

(Spike realizes that A) they are dead serious. B) A Kate Bush fan and his money are soon parted. C) He would be a chump if he and the other guy didn't each pocket $25 and make up some lame story about not having any idea where it went. D) These two are crazy fuckers and will probably become totally psychotic, take him, the store, half the inventory, and most of the building out to get the cassette.).

Spike: You give me fifty bucks and it's yours.

Larry: OK. Here's fourty-seven. (You will recall that Larry spent three dollars on parking). Joe! Give me three bux.

(Joe, without a moment's hesitation, produces the requisite cash.).

Larry: Can we have it? Can we really have it?

Spike: You just paid fifty bucks for it.

(Larry grabs the cassette and he and Joe go running out of the store, war-whooping and shoving it in the faces of passers-by trying to express the elation of the moment, just what it means to them. Words fail, but hysteria helps paint a touching if somewhat understated picture.

Larry and Joe get in the car after a brief panic that they might have paid $50 for a promo copy *OF THE SINGLE* but Larry points out that A) It had that sticker on it saying October 17 - the Album Release Date, and B) Now that he had it open, there was a complete track listing --- INCLUDING THE BONUS TRACK!!!!!!!!!!!.

Larry and Joe get in the car, hands trembling, and put the cassette in the player. The familiar chimes that Larry has heard countless times over the past week that he's been listening to the single over the phone (Joe used three-way calling to create a VoiceMail copy for him which he has played nearly constantly, and of course there's the tape that Larry made with his answering machine with the beeps every fifteen seconds, Larry and Joe jizzing in the background, and the constant warble of worn belts that he listens to now and then in the car) sounded much better, as expected.

But then IT HAPPENED!!!! She came in with the Fairlight and the Drums and EVERYTHING!!! It was breathtaking! It was magnificent! It was ***HUGE***! It was at this point (after wiping the jizz off the ceiling) that Larry and Joe realized that FIFTY BUCKS IS DAMNED CHEAP IF YOU'VE BEEN CRAVING KATE BUSH!!!

Joe: Larry! Stop screaming! I can't hear her!

Larry: Sorry.

Joe: Larry! Stop screaming! I can't hear her!

Larry: Sorry.

Joe: Larry! Stop screaming! I can't hear her!

Larry: Sorry.

Joe: Larry! Stop screaming! I can't hear her!

Larry: Sorry.

(After the title track we had to rest. Then we listened to the remainder of the first side, letting it wash over us, drag us along, wrap us in itself, make us quiver with delight, knowing there was absolutely NOTHING it could possibly do that would disappoint us.

We paused for the requisite refractory period again after the completion of the first side, rescued Joe's stereo from his parents' house, tried to explain but again words failed. Of course, by this time we were drained from the incredibly emotional experience of hearing the first side, and even our hysteria was muted by that pause that comes in the middle of exquisitely slow and delicate love-making such as this.

We then listened to the second side on the ride home. If it was possible it was even more breathtaking than the first.

As "This Woman's Work" began, we sat back, fulfilled, glad after visiting a host of new realms to come back home to something warm and soothing. Familiar. It was a perfect track to close an album to.

EXCEPT - Then came "Walk Straight Down the Middle". YOW! AWESOME! CCCCRRAAZZZYY!!!

Then the moment. Stunned silence. We'd probably just heard almost all (if not all) the material she'll dole out to us for ANOTHER FIVE YEARS (follow the progression between albums).

But it was OKAY. This album definitely needs hundreds more listens, and maybe in five years I can come to appreciate all of its delicate and subtle shades of nuance and meaning (and maybe in five years I'll have figured out all the lyrics).

Larry: I think I came in my pants. Again.

Well, that's the story of how we came to get a copy. We're on the *THIRD* listen, making a tape copy for Joe. It just keeps getting better.

Honest! We've tried to reach you all! But no one is home! We wanted to have a party, turn out all the lights, and let it wash over the collective lot of us! But NOBODY IS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, well, time to turn out the lights and enjoy Side II all over again.

"This is Larry and Joe signing off from Sensual World Headquarters, USA."

larry... and /joe


[out of date-order:]

Date: Fri, 30 Jul 93 12:39:14 -0400
From: henrik@husc.harvard.edu
Subject: four years ago ...

It still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you, oh, thank you, kind sir, for helping me relive one of the high moments of my life.

/joe, you still out there?



Date: Sat, 23 Sep 89 20:47:29 EDT
From: Tippi Chai <martinn@csri.toronto.edu>
Subject: Canadian TSW news

IED writes:

> An amazing discovery: there is also ... a white-label test pressing of the UK 12" ... the a-side is double-grooved ! The a-side plays both the instrumental and the vocal versions of TSW, depending on exactly where you set the needle down!

Oh yeah, IED? Boy have I got news for you. *** MY UK 12" DOES JUST THAT *** I KID YOU NOT!! I was lucky enough to get the vocal version on the first play and the instrumental on the second. Imagine my surprise and delight, after checking the label about 4 times to see that I'm indeed playing side A.

After the first few times I heard the song (by calling the KT number), when I tried to recall it, all I got in my mind is Be Kind to my Mistakes. Does anyone else find the two songs to have a passing resemblence? especially when heard on an answering machine over the phone??


Date: Thu, 28 Sep 89 10:55 PDT
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: Phone message news

Vickie of K.C., MO wanted IED to forward her thanks to all the Love-Hounds (more than 35 of you at last count) who called her Kate Bush telephone-message number over the last couple of days. She wants IED to re-iterate, however--even stress--that all callers are urged to leave a comment or two after the message ends (after the beep), and even if they don't want to leave their names, could they say where they are calling from? Thanks. The telephone number, again, is (816) 561-0846. It contains a special experience for all those who are still waiting for Kate's new album. Enjoy!


Date: Wed, 11 Oct 89 14:37 PDT
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: Love and Anger SINGLE NEWS--U.S.

The Columbia Records promo CD-single of Love and Anger is out there now, folks, and it is a very nice item indeed. The 5-inch CD is housed in a hard paper, "book"-style sleeve--sort of like the old Prince CD of Around World in a Day was, remember that one? Inside there's a plastic panel to hold the CD. The cover is in black-and-white, and features a close-up of Kate's eyes from the cover photo of the album (a shot of Kate with a large flower in front of her face). The CD itself features a photo detail of the flower itself, again in black-and-white. The CD's program contains Love and Anger only. There is no additional track. Nevertheless, this package is attractive and unique, and will certainly become a highly sought-after item among Kate fans, especially overseas. Unfortunately, there are not many of them, and they have been sent mainly to radio stations, so there is no way of predicting when or if copies will become available even to the alert collector combing the record shops for promos. IED wishes everyone happy hunting!

-- Andrew Marvick


Date: Wed, 11 Oct 89 14:29 PDT
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KT NEWS

The following notice from the KATE BUSH CLUB arrived in IED's mailbox today:

As many of you will already know, Kate's new album "The Sensual World" will be released on 16th October. We thought you might like to know in advance about some of the interviews which will be appearing over the next month or so. As far as Kate knows, she will not be doing any P.A.s <Personal appearances>.

Q MAGAZINE...........November issue (out 10th October)

THE GUARDIAN........Arts page (12th October)

MELODY MAKER........Issue of the week ending 14th October *

N.M.E......................Issue of the week ending 14th October **

YOU MAGAZINE.........15th October

TRACKS (Free at Woolworths)..November issue (out 26th October)

R.A.W......................Issue 31 (out 1st November)

INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN....December issue (out 2nd November)--6-pg.

There will be articles in various overseas publications but we could not get definite information in time so keep your ears and eyes open.

The Club magazine will be with you soon after the album is released.

That is all the note said.

*--IED believes there was nothing (aside from an album-release announcement) in the issue of MM for the week ending October 14th. Perhaps MM means to have an interview in the October 14th issue.

**--The NME interview for the week ending October 14th (i.e., the October 7th issue, IED assumes) did indeed contain a long interview with Kate, and IED has already transcribed and posted it for the delectation of Love-Hounds worldwide.

With luck Neil Calton and the other admirable U.K.-based Love-Hounds are reading this posting, and perhaps one or more of them will make an effort to acquire some of the interviews listed above--in particular those which will probably never be imported to the U.S. American fans can probably get hold of the Q Magazine interview, the one in The Guardian and the one in International Musician. But things like the Woolworths throwaway paper Tracks, the publication with the (to IED) mysterious name R.A.W., and You Magazine will almost certainly never wash up onto U.S. shores, so IED implores the English philocanines to take pity on us benighted Yanks and obtain/transcribe/ post these rare British treasures as soon as they become available.

-- Andrew Marvick


Date: Wed, 18 Oct 89 12:10:33 PDT
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: Is Kate trying to tell us something?

A major earthquake here the day of the album's release -- is Kate trying to tell us something?

I was at home listening to the CD when it struck -- all power went out for a while and the chandelier in my bedroom was swinging almost to the ceiling.

I'd like to hear from any Bay Area love-hounds through e-mail to see what their situation is, if they can get through. I'm especially concerned about Tracy Roberts; I heard that Santa Cruz was particularly hard hit.

Ed (Edward Suranyi)


Date: Wed, 18 Oct 89 16:18:43 EDT
From: turney@cs.cornell.edu (Jenn Turney)
Subject: Serendipity

On my first real serious listen to TSW, I couldn't help but let a giggle escape at the "yes" closing Love and Anger. What a surprise to hear Kate laugh back at me!

Unfortunately, my listening pleasure has been slightly clouded by the news of the earthquake -- I have not yet heard from my family but I am assuming that they are safe. I suppose this may postpone the South Bay Bush bash. Perhaps the west coast party will coincide with an east coast get-together after all (we're working on it). Here's wishing the Northern Californians a safe return to some normalcy. Take comfort in Kate...



Date: Thu, 19 Oct 89 15:16:42 PDT
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: About the earthquake

I have been able to contact, directly or indirectly, Larry Hernandez, Tracy Roberts, and Andrew Marvick (who is up in the Bay Area on vacation), and they are all all right. The party at Larry's house will go on as scheduled this Sunday.

For those love-hounds outside the Bay Area, the Red Cross has said that monetary donations would be greatly appreciated. I was lucky -- Livermore was hardly damaged, although we sure felt it. Others got hit much worse.

Power was restored, so I was eventually able to finish listening to the CD. Mostly, I have to say, I've been listening to the news. KITS, that radio station I've been telling you about so much, was knocked off the air for about a day; they are now broadcasting from a makeshift studio on a boat in the Bay.


Date: Fri, 03 Nov 89 11:17 PST
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KT NEWS


The new Kate Bush Club Newsletter has finally arrived. (IED's copy is still in the mail, but Mike Butler very kindly described it to IED on the phone last night.) It's no longer than earlier KCBNs, but it does have a bunch of completely exclusive new photographs, including a couple of Kate with the Trio B. outdoors. The article by Kate is minimal, and says mainly that she tried discussing the songs but found herself simply quoting the lyrics, so decided the best thing was to be interviewed, so this is followed by an interview by an outside music journalist (IED forgets which, offhand) [Roger Scott!]. In it she is asked will she tour, and she replies with quintessential Bush ambivalence and ambiguity. The upshot is that it would have to be fun for her to want to do it, and that she's beginning to think that it might be made fun, so that the answer is: she doesn't know. Hey, at least that's not nearly as negative a response as we've read in the most recent print interviews.

There's an article by Paddy in which (irony of ironies) he thanks an unidentified Dutch person for giving them a tape of Macedonian music which they ended up using (very loosely) for The Sensual World, and asking the Dutchman to get in touch with them so that they can give him credit! Seems this Dutch bastard just couldn't keep his mouth shut long enough, but had to go and accuse Kate of "fraud" the second he heard the song. IED bets he regrets his nasty-mindedness now! And apparently he never made his bloody identity clear to the Bushes anyway!

And there's an article by Del about the miking on the new album.


Date: Fri, 3 Nov 89 19:29:18 GMT
From: nbc%INF.RL.AC.UK@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: The next single

Someone has already mentioned that the next single will be "This Woman's Work". The Kate Bush Club also state that it will be twinned with a re-mix of "Be Kind To My Mistakes" from the film Castaway as the B-side. The 12" will feature an exclusive track.

The magazine has pieces by Kate, Del and a transcript of the Roger Scott interview.

On a sad note, it should be reported that Roger Scott died recently from cancer and the Kate interview must have been one of the last he was able to do.



Date: Fri, 3 Nov 89 19:01:09 PST
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: Items from Homeground #36

Here are some things from the latest issue of Homeground :

First of all, from the update included in subscription copies:

"Despite Kate's attempts to keep the album for presentation on the day of release, 'The Sensual World' seems to have the worst kept secret since Kim Philby was in MI6. Copies have been dished out with the cornflakes to staffers at EMI both in the UK and the US. [I suppose they mean CBS here in the US.] The biggest gaffe came when a whole shipment of cassettes was mistakenly packed in cassette boxes labelled as the new Beach Boys album and sent to record shops in SE London and Kent. For a few hours the Beach Boys became a mega-seller in the area as word quickly got round. Attempts by EMI to get the cassettes back met very little success (surprise, surprise!) Reports from a source in the 'Our Price' chain tell us that people were coming in and asking to hear the 'new Beach Boys cassette', and quickly taking it away. After these sold out the salespeople were vainly offering the vinyl versions -- but for some reason these were not acceptable!"

HG says the Canadian telephone number was set up by EMI.

In the regular part of the fanzine, it says:

"Kate has been/is working on the production of two tracks of the next album by Alan Stivell, the Breton master celtic-harpist.. . .The two tracks will also have backing vocals by Kate, and many of the other musicians will be those who have worked with Kate. John Carder Bush has been involved in the English translation of the Breton lyrics."


Date: Fri, 10 Nov 89 12:22 PST
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KBC competition

Also one of the two new competitions is to find as many words (of four letters or more) can be made, using the fifteen letters of the new album's title: THESENSUALWORLD. No names or slang may be used. And in the event of a tie, the entry with the longest single word will win. Have fun!


Date: Sat, 18 Nov 89 21:50:56 PST
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: The title of Kate's new song.

I just heard from Andrew Marvick indirectly (actually through Vickie Mapes) what the title of Kate's new song is.

As you know, Kate is releasing the next UK single, "This Woman's Work", on Monday. The B-side of the 12" single will be "Be Kind To My Mistakes", as well as a new, previously unreleased song.

Well, Andy has found out that the title of this new song is:

"I'm Still Waiting"

I can't wait to hear it!


Date: Sun, 19 Nov 89 00:48 PST
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KT NEWS


The new (2nd) UK KT single had its release date set back one week: it is now slated to show up in England's retail stores on Monday, November 20 (IED's birthday!). The a-side is the LP mix of This Woman's Work, and the b-side is a new re-mix of Be Kind to My Mistakes. The 12-inch and CD-single will contain both those tracks, plus a brand new Kate Bush track called I'm Still Waiting (a sequel to There Goes a Tenner, perhaps? or maybe a song written from the point of view of KT fans everywhere?).


Date: Tue, 28 Nov 89 14:03:28 PST
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: differences

Next, I was able to obtain the new CD single at Bleecker Bob's in L.A. I was discussing this with Andrew Marvick, and we think we see only minor differences between the "Single Mix" version of "This Woman's Work" and the album version. He finds some differences between the new and old versions of "Be Kind To My Mistakes" I'm not sure yet. Of course, my copy of the old version of BKTMM is pretty damn poor, having been taped off a VCR when I rented the movie once. The ending is definitely different.


Date: Fri, 01 Dec 89 13:39 PST
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KT NEWS

Kate Bush will appear on UK's The Wogan Show this week, probably to perform This Woman's Work. All UK Love-Hounds are commanded to watch and (if possible) record!

Also, a camera crew was at East Wickham Farm "recently" to make a new video-interview with Kate. No details were forthcoming, but this could very well have been the VH-1 crew.

Aside from this, Kate has not been doing anything like the degree of TV promotional work that she did for Running Up That Hill and Hounds of Love in 1985-86. Instead, she seems to have been keeping pretty much to herself, except for the occasional interview, and the new Wogan appearance.

That is all that IED knows as of now. This information comes directly from someone who is truly in a position to know, and it is quite literally five minutes old. IED is not, however, at liberty to divulge the identity of his Deep Throat.

-- Andrew Marvick


Date: Thu, 7 Dec 89 11:12:45 GMT
From: nbc%INF.RL.AC.UK@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: Kate on Wogan

Kate Bush appeared on the Wogan show last night on BBC 1 (IED's source of information about this being spot on).

Kate did a lip-synch to This Woman's Work. I have not had a chance to compare the song on the show with the recorded versions but it seemed much less orchestrated. The overdubbed vocals near the end were present but the early sections of the song were much sparser. This song is rapidly becoming one of my favourites of hers - it's hard to stop the odd tear forming in the eyes, especially watching Kate's emotive performance of it.

The set was just Kate at the piano surrounded by a few pillars, lit by blue light and with a little dry ice. Kate was dressed in a long black dress, blacket jacket, white blouse, and black bow-tie. Kate's hair was formed into a long pony-tail wrapped with a scarf. The really odd thing was that her long laced boots were placed right in front of the piano stool (Kate played barefoot) and given the simple nature of the set, the boots dominated the scene - it was almost surreal! (Rather like football fans being told to remove their "bovver boots" before entering the ground).

Terry Wogan seemed genuinely delighted to have her on the show and commented that it had been ages since she was last on. He also mentioned that the album had gone platinum.



Date: Mon, 11 Dec 89 14:45:52 CST
From: vishal@m2.csc.ti.com (Vishal Markandey)
Subject: Kate in NY ?

I just spoke to the DJ of a local radio station here (94.5 FM, KDGE). He said Kate Bush is going to be in New York and he is going to interview her this Thursday (12/14). Apparently she will be in NY to do promotional interviews and he said he doubts if she will go to other cities. Have you heard anything about Kate's US visit ? It is surprising news to me, considering there has been no mention on Gaffa/Love-Hounds. You can call the radio station at (214) 580-9400 to confirm this or to leave any questions for Kate (they want Kate fans to send in questions).

- Vishal


Date: Mon, 11 Dec 89 14:30 PST
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KT NEWS


Kate Bush will be in New York City this week. Definitely on December 14th, and possibly she is already in town as we speak. Thanks to Vishal for his help here.

-- Andrew Marvick


Date: Tue, 12 Dec 89 10:26 PST
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: More on Kate in the U.S.

The news is completely true: Kate is in the U.S. She touched down in NYC yesterday at about 2 p.m., and will be here for about a week. (IED assumes that includes a stop in Canada, though he has no specifics.)

The reason no-one has said this before is two-fold: first, when IED and Vickie first heard the rumours last week, we both made pointed inquiries of our respective CBS sources, and were both given the answer: "No, she's not here." (Though the answer Vickie got was a bit suspicious.) Second, when the news was confirmed the other day by a source who is very close indeed to the decision-makers, he felt it would not be right to divulge a confidence till independent corroboration could be found. Vishal's report finally provided that corroboration.

So, anyone in the NYC area, please start taping Live at Five and all other local interview shows starting immediately, and also check out Tower Records's Greenwich Village and upper Bwy stores for news of any possible record-signing, etc. Also, you might call up cable stations like MTV and ask whether she'll be taping an interview there.

And accept IED's sincerest and humblest thanks in advance for whatever information you are able to dig up.

-- Andrew Marvick (IED)-- a "true psychotic"! (Sounds cool!)


Date: Thu, 14 Dec 89 11:18:55 PST
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: BULLETIN: What Kate is doing in America.

This is just in from Chris of Kansas City, who finally found a useful contact at CBS.

Kate will not be doing the David Letterman Show. In fact, she will not appear on live TV at all.

But here's a partial list of what she *will* be doing, or has already done:

Long interview and photo session with Rolling Stone.

Tomorrow, Dec. 15: Live interview on WNEW New York, 5-6 pm.

Interview with Option magazine.

Interview with Hits magazine.

Interview with Kurt Loder of MTV. This interview will be chopped up and shown on various segments of Post Modern MTV, MTV News, The Week in Rock, and probably 120 Minutes.

She will leave Saturday morning. The CBS contact didn't know if she would be going to Canada.

The VH-1 special will be repeated a lot, perhaps ten times.

If I find out any more, I'll post immediately.


From: Edward Lee Whiteside@cup.portal.com
Date: Fri, 15-Dec-89 18:46:19 PST
Subject: KaTe info

One thing Kate has been doing while in New York has been phone interviews with alternative stations across the country. Here in Phoenix, they had an interview at around 1 pm local time on a local alternative AM station (KUKQ 1060 am). I was not able to hear any of it, although I hope to convince them to replay it for those of us who work during the day. The person who told me about it couldn't remember many details, but Kate did mention that the reason she doesn't like to fly is that it bothers her ears and that this time is wasn't too bad.


Date: Wed, 17 Jan 90 11:15:07 EST
From: JONES%RPIECS.BITNET@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KT article

Hello there fellow Love-Hounds--

Was glad to see that there is a short article on Kate in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. The accompanying b&w photo takes up approximately half the page; in it, Kate has her hair curled and pinned up on her head, and is wearing what looks to be either a dark blouse and skirt or a dark colored dress. One large, ornate earring depends from her right ear. She is bent over slightly, supporting herself with her right elbow on her knee. Her eyes look soft and sleepy. It's a nice, flattering picture. By SHARP contrast, the "finger-painting" of her which appears to the left of the magazine's table of contents is about as unflattering as anything I could dare imagine. If it wasn't for the caption labelling the picture as Kate Bush, (and the fact that she's holding the sceptre and orb from Love and Anger ), I wouldn't even have known it was her.

So it goes. At least Kate has found a small niche in Rolling Stone.

All the best,

Deb Wentorf


From: datta@vacs.uwp.wisc.edu (David Datta)
Date: 23 Jan 90 02:43:12 GMT
Subject: Finally-- Some Promotional hype!

This just arrived at a local record store. Looks like there will finally be some promotion for TSW! The contest is only open to record stores, thusly, I have not included the entry form. If your local store doesn't have any material, have them contact Concrete instead of Columbia, they seem to really want to answer questions.


At the top of the flyer, three reproduced photos of Kate that are probably from John's book.

January 10, 1990

Dear Kate Bush Fans,

Here's your chance to show your support for Kate and her latest release The Sensual World by entering the official Columbia Records/ Concrete Marketing "Kate Bush Display Contest." The concept is quite simple, just follow these four easy steps:

o Put up a Kate Bush poster

o Take a photograph of your display

o Fill out the entry form below and enclose the photo

o Mail it back to us marked "Attention: Kate Bush Contest"

For every entry that we receive, we will send you out a Kate Bush t-shirt and enter you into a raffle drawing where four lucky people will win a special biography written by Kate's brother John. These hard cover embossed 62 page books offer the reader a glimpse into the childhood of Kate. A window into her past with each b/w photograph revealing a different side of Kate as recalled by her brother. There are only a limited number of these books available and they are only available in England and of course, through our special contest. If you need any display materials just call your local Columbia or Concrete rep.


From: synopsis%BILPIN.UUCP@mitvma.mit.edu
Date: Thu Feb 15 11:28:12 GMT 1990
Subject: EMI (UK) Announcement

EMI (UK) Announcement



EMI Records are pleased to announce the release of the third single from the Sensual World album "Love and Anger".

"Love and Anger" will be released on the 26th February on 7", 12", cassette single and a limited edition 7" gatefold which includes extra pages featuring colour photos taken from the "Love and Anger" video. A CD single will be released on 5th March.

The 7" and cassette singles are backed with a previously unreleased song, "Ken", from the Comic Strip film "G.L.C." (due for transmission on Thursday 16th February) and the 12" and CD versions also feature two extra unreleased tracks, "The Confrontation" and "One last look around the house before we go ...".

The video, directed by Kate, can be seen on ITV's The Chart Show on Saturday 24th February and Kate herself can be seen in her acting debut for the Comic Strip on Thursday March 8th in an episode called "Les Dogs".


Date: Sun, 25 Feb 90 04:21:54 EST
From: katefans@world.std.com (Chris'n'Vickie of Kansas City)
Subject: Re: Nigel Kennedy

I met Nigel Kennedy a few months ago. It was before we had access to post to the net (though we were reading it) which is why you didn't hear about it then.

I took off work to go see the concert. Nigel was only scheduled for one piece--the Walden piece. He performed right before the intermission. He was excellent! He was fascinating to watch because he does not stand still and play. He hops and jumps and twists and bends over and every single note is reflected in his body language and his facial expressions. I'd never seen anyone play the way he played! When the piece was over he received a rousing standing ovation and was called back to the stage many times. I was pleased because when he first came out on stage I don't think the audience really knew what to make of him. He was wearing this baggy suit with "things" pinned all over it. I don't know what they were. His hair was spiky and he really looked as if he'd be more at home in grungy clothes, playing in some grungy punk rock band. As soon as he started playing though, everyone in the hall was absolutely mesmerized!

Once intermission started I got up the courage to go backstage. No one stopped me and I went right to his dressing room. He was standing at the door, signing autographs for other people. I hung back and when everyone else was gone I stepped forward. He smiled and asked me how I liked the show. I told him it was wonderful at the same time I was pulling the extended 12" mix of "Experiment IV" out of a sack. As soon as he saw it his eyes lit up, he broke into a wide grin and he exclaimed

"Honey, come look! It's a Bush Baby!!"

A woman sitting on the couch in the room got up and came over to look and admire. She was beautiful and very interesting looking but I turned my back attention to Nigel when he started talking about Kate. He has a *VERY* thick cockney accent and it was extremely hard to understand him. I honestly can't tell you much of what he said. I caught "beautiful", "lovely", " wonderful to work with", "fun", and when I pulled out some demo cassette copies of the album he said that he didn't have it yet! I couldn't believe it, he hadn't heard The Sensual World? Oh, he'd heard it, at "Kate's place" he just didn't have a copy of the album.

He asked me what I thought of the album. Of course, I told him I loved it and that I especially loved his work on "The Fog". I said that I have a radio show and he broke in quickly to ask if I played Kate. Well, absolutely!! "Good!" he said. "It's so nice to meet a Bush Baby!" That was cool, he must have called me a Bush Baby 4 or 5 times! People were lining up behind me to talk to him and get his autograph so I couldn't stay any longer. I said bye to him and the woman with him and walked off, a big smile on my face! I stopped in the stairwell to sit down and put things in order.

After putting the EIV 12" back in the plastic sleeve I tried to read what he wrote on the back. Impossible! He either writes in a foreign language or else he's taken writing lessons from a doctor, because it is absolutely illegible! I almost went back to ask him but thought that would be a bit rude. So I have a personal message from Nigel Kennedy but I have no idea what it is!

I can't complain, I did get to see Nigel perform. I did get to meet him. I did get to hear about Kate and I did get to hear him call me a "Bush Baby!" and I got to meet Brix, even if I didn't know it was her! All in all, it was a wonderful Sunday afternoon!



Date: Thu, 8 Mar 90 23:19 PST
From: Dave Armstrong <8548222@wwu.EDU>
Subject: NEWS FLASH - unless I'm the only one who doesn't know

According to a guy at one of the local record stores there will be a NEW Kate CD released next week. I don't know if it is official or not but the title (he thinks) is:

Introspections of The Sensual World

Might be interviews, a bootleg, or "Be Kind to my Mistakes", "Ken", "GLC", and "I'm Still Waiting" He seemed to think that it had four tracks on it.


Date: Fri, 9 Mar 90 20:46:48 EST
From: katefans@world.std.com (Chris'n'Vickie of Kansas City)


We were given an wonderous thing today.

The American CD 12" of The Sensual World!

The CD is called "ASPECTS OF THE SENSUAL WORLD" the cover is the same "sand through the fingers" cover as the UK version, with the gold lettering exactly the same except that it adds ASPECTS OF to the title. The coloring is sepia-toned, but not as much as the UK version and the photo isn't as clear and crisp as the UK one. The spine also gold lettering and says: 44K 73174 KATE BUSH ASPECTS OF THE SENSUAL WORLD COLUMBIA By the way, it's a full-sized plastic CD case, not cardboard like L&A or thin like the one from the UK.

This is on the back of the box, all in gold lettering:






3. I'M STILL WAITING** (4:25)

4. KEN** (3.48)



(I wouldn't have added that except that I like the name "Marca Registrada" Does anybody know what it means?)

In the inside "groove", are some very interesting symbols (NOT anything that Kate put there I'm sure)

Vickie (one of Vickie'n'Chris)


Date: Wed, 21 Mar 90 14:33 PST
From: IED0DXM%OAC.UCLA.EDU@mitvma.mit.edu
Subject: KBC competition

One other item of interest. IED got a letter from Lisa Bradley, Secretary of the Kate Bush Club in England, in which she informed him that Love-Hounds's submission for the official Kate Bush Club competition to see how many words of four letters or more can be formed out of the letters in the title THE SENSUAL WORLD was accepted, but was not a winner--this even though IED's list, which was mainly the work of east-coast Love-Hound Julian West, numbered well over five hundred words. It seems that we are not the only KompuTerized Kate fans out there, folks, for there were not one but three people who turned in longer-- much longer--lists than IED's and Julian's. The second runner-up's was over 700 words, the first runner-up's was more than one thousand three hundred words long, and the winning list of words from THE SENSUAL WORLD contained TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN entries. Oh, well, Love-Hounds's glory will have to await another day...

IED hasn't seen a Digest in about a week now, so he apologizes if pressing issues have not been addressed by him in this posting. It is this that brings us together.

-- Andrew Marvick


Date: Fri, 13 Apr 90 18:28:06 PDT
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: Homeground #38, Spring '90

Well, Homeground #38 just arrived. I'll type in some items of interest.

First of all, I was astounded to see that in February, the album was actually charting higher in the US than in the UK! From my postings, you may remember that in the US the album went from 49 to 61 in that month. Well, in the UK the album went from 51 to 66 in the same period. This is undeniably the only time such a thing has happened!

The British reviews of the L&A single have on the whole not been very good, especially considering the rapturous reviews the album as a whole got. The reviews of TWW were, on the other hand, very good.

Kate wants "Deeper Understanding" for the next UK single.

Sales of the album are now over 300,000 in the UK.

There's an article about someone who managed to get a ticket to see Kate on Wogan. I'm so jealous! And, what does he say about the performance? "The rest many [sic] of you will have seen yourself. Wasn't it just an absolutely fantastic performance? So emotional and intense -- and it took several big gulps to choke back the tears!" Grrr. We Americans HAVEN'T seen this yet!



Date: Fri, 27 Jul 90 04:46:02 -0400
From: katefans@world.std.com (Chris'n'Vickie of Chicago)
Subject: ******** ! KATE NEWS ! ******

Vickie here.

Peter Morris (aka Peter David Fitzgerald-Morris/"Mr Homeground") called me today and said that he'd just come back from The Bush home (Dr. & Mrs.).


One more (bummer) item: "Deeper Understanding" as a single is definitely cancelled. It's such a shame too because it would have made a GREAT video! I should add that it's been cancelled in England. Since CBS is in control of what happens in the US, they still could release another single, though I wouldn't hold my breath.

Well, cheerio from Chitown...

Vickie (one of Vickie'n'Chris)


Date: Tue, 7 Aug 90 15:56:26 PDT
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: Homeground #39 is finally out!

I just got issue #39 of Homeground in today's mail.

"Kate actually went to France in May and appeared on a number of TV programs as follows: La 5 -- the evening news, for a dubbed interview; Top 50 -- the pop chart show, for a subtitled interview and a clip from the "This Woman's Work" video; Giga -- a show for teenagers, with a career digest including video clips; and finally Champs Elysess -- the most famous TV show in France on 15/5 when she performed "This Woman's Work".



Date: Fri, 28 Sep 90 13:15:49 PDT
From: ed@das.llnl.gov (Edward Suranyi)
Subject: KBC Leaflet

Here's some news from the leaflet that so far has not been posted:

Apparently the three videos from TSW are not yet commercially available in Britain; Kate hopes they will be next year. Wow! America is actually ahead of Britain in this respect!

"The competitions will continue to run until the next magazine. So far the highest number of words from The Sensual World stands at 2806 words with a 2nd place of 2450 words -- I don't know how I'm going to check them. The [Kate symbol] sign on the album was found very quickly without us even printing it as a competition. We'll announce the first 3 received in the next mag, but until then, see if you can find it."

Kate has the following message:

"Thanks for all your lovely cards, presents and the good wishes you sent for my birthday, they were very much appreciated. Thanks too for all your feedback to the album -- it's great to know you're out there. I hope you've had a wonderful summer."

[signed] with love,



Date: Tue, 13 Nov 90 21:02:43 -0500
From: Jeffrey C. Burka <jburka@silver.ucs.indiana.edu>
Subject: Stuff at the local importer

On to the biggest surprise of the evening:

Maybe the discussion of this just slipped past me on the net, but have any of you seen a picture-disc import of TSW? This is the full CD (all 11 tracks), and has the sand-through-fingers picture silkscreened onto the disk. It's quite nice.

So has anybody else seen this? What do you think is a good price for it?



Date: Wed, 31 Jul 1991 21:36:24 -0800
From: nrc@cbema.att.com (Neal R Caldwell, Ii)
Subject: Re: New "Little Light"

Scott Telford:

> Neal R Caldwell, Ii writes:

>>They don't site a source for this but it sure sounds likely. We are not seeing any of the signs of an imminent album release that I seem to recall from the summer prior to The Sensual World release.

> What signs were those? (Just so I know what to look out for 8^).

Minor things like the planets shifting in their orbits, earthquakes, floods, a change in the earth's rotation and a oppossum that got squashed into the exact shape of a KT symbol near where I-71 and I-270 intersect.

Also, by this point in the summer before The Sensual World we knew the title, the release date was being firmed up and the publicity machine was showing some signs of coming to life.

I wonder if any singles will be released from the Elton John tribute (if it does finally materialize). Rocket Man would seem an excellent choice.

"Don't drive too slowly." Richard Caldwell

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