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New Musical Express
"In the Realm of the Senses "
by Len Brown
October 7, 1989

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Date: Tue, 10 Oct 89 14:30 PDT
From: Andrew Marvick (IED)
Subject: New Musical Express by Len Brown, Oct. 7 1989

<This interview was conducted in late September, 1989, by Len Brown, with five accompanying photographs by Kevin Cummins. Brown was also the man who interviewed Kate briefly for NME in December 1988, during her recording sessions with Trio Bulgarka. This interview is the first detailed interview to emerge in connection with the new album, The Sensual World, and as such, is really the first substantial interview with Kate in well over a year. IED is not responsible for--but will probably not be able to restrain himself from commenting on--the many infuriatingly silly and ignorant remarks which Mr. Brown makes throughout the article.>

In the Realm of the Senses

The essence of sensuality and childlike wonder or screeching wood nymph? Kate Bush steps back into the spotlight afterfour years of reclusive recording and constant innuendo and rumours from the press to explain herself again. Len Brown reacquaints himself with Joyce's latest disciple. Pictures: Kevin Cummins.

"on Howth head in the grey tweed suit in his staw hat the day I got him to propose to me yes first I gave him the bit of seedcake out of my mouth and it was leapyear like now yes 16 years ago my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said I was a flower of the mountain yes so we are flowers all of a womans body yes"

(-- from Molly Bloom's speech in James Joyce's Ulysses )

" Mmh, yes,

Then I'd taken the kiss of seedcake back from his mouth

Going deep South, go down, mmh, yes,

Took six big wheels and rolled our bodies

Off of Howth Head and into the flesh, mmh, yes,

He said I was a flower of the mountain, yes,

But now I've powers o'er a woman's body--yes."

(-- from Kate Bush's The Sensual World )

We meet in a rather sensual room in a sumptuous West London hotel. It's an appropriate place to interview Kate Bush. The walls are stacked with paintings of nudes--pink boobs, vermillion nips, plenty of Botticelli cheeks--of cockfights and banquets, of mankind indulging in animal passions. Orange juice and nuts are consumed varaciously throughout discussions.

[The rest of the article can be found here, at an unrelated site.]

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