Interviews & Articles


People Magazine
"Ending The Isolation"
Jan. 1994

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Date: Mon, 8 Aug 1994 19:06:14 -0700
From: ed@wente.llnl.gov (Ed Suranyi)
Subject: Review & INTERVIEW in People Magazine Jan. 1994

I missed this when it first came out, and I don't remember seeing any mention of it on this newsgroup. Please forgive me if I'm wrong. But an earlier issue of People Magazine (Jan. 24, I believe) had a short interview!


Talking With...Kate Bush


"People tell me they feel it's quicker and easier to get into this record than some of my others," Kate Bush says of her new CD, _The Red Shoes_. "From the beginning, I wanted to make this an album of songs rather than a concept album. I wanted a more straightforward approach, to not be so experimental with my arrangements."

After tasting success with her lush 1978 debut single, "Wuthering Heights," the 35-year-old vocalist has dabbled in straight-ahead rock, breathy ballads and even world music. Until now, most of her recording was done alone, with accompanists laying down their tracks separately. This time Bush avoided that isolation by spending the past 2 1/2 years working with other artists at her home studio, a process that gave the disc more spontneity.

"I work in a very contained environment, usually," she explains. "So I took more of a band approach to the tracks this time. To actually work with human beings again was wonderful."

Some of those humans were Eric Clapton, Prince, and ex-Procol Harum keyboardist Gary Brooker. Each was invited to play on a _Red Shoes_ song for which Bush felt they were particularly suited.

"My guitarist [Alan Murphy] died a few years ago," she says. "Rather than look for a replacement, I went the other way and thought about who would be my ideal person on each track. It was interesting how quickly they responded. I was very flattered that they'd be so positive about working with me."

Famous names lending a hand on a few songs. Songs that have plenty of hit potential. {Sure} Even rumors of a concert tour, her first since 1979. {Heh-heh-heh} Can a beer commercial be far behind? Don't count on it. {Fruitopia, maybe?} "It's not my ambition to be a big star," she says. "I'm just lucky to do what I like for a living. That's all."

-- Craig Tomashoff

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