Trivia / Kate Bush

  • Bad Export for You: The British versions of her early albums are considered to have better sound than the American ones.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Popular from the get-go in her native Britain since "Wuthering Heights", "Running up that Hill (A Deal with God)" and its parent album Hounds of Love was her American breakthrough.
  • Creator Backlash - In this interview, she reveals that she hates a lot of her older songs:
    Interviewer: Which of your old songs make you wince?
    Kate Bush: My God, loads. Absolutely loads. Either the lyric's not thought out properly or it's just crap or the performances weren't well executed. But you have to get it in context. You were doing it at the time and it was the best you could do then. You've got to live with it. Some of those early songs, though, you think, 'What was I *thinking* about? Did *I* write that?'
  • Creator Breakdown: She's called "The Dreaming" her "angry that people are more fixated on my looks and not my artistry" album.
  • Executive Meddling: "The Sensual World" was originally based on Molly Bloom's monologue in Ulysses, but James Joyce's heirs wouldn't let her use the text and she had to rewrite it. After the copyright on Ulysses expired, it was released with the original lyrics as "Flower Of The Mountain" on Director's Cut.
  • One of Us:
    • Kate seems to be a cinephile, given that many of her songs are inspired by movies.
    • She also seems to be be big fan of British TV comedy, judging by the guest stars in her videos and on her albums.
    • Her first hit single was more or less a Filk Song about Emily Brontė, so...
  • No Export for You: The organizers of the 2017 Coachella festival had the chance to book Kate Bush's first ever U.S. performance, but decided that American audiences wouldn't understand her.
  • Reality Subtext: Contrary to popular belief, averted. She said a few times that her weird reputation probably comes from people assuming her songs are autobiographical, but really most of them are singing from a character's perspective.
  • Reclusive Artist: She gained this reputation due to her reluctance to play live shows after her first tour (except for special occasions, like doing Live Aid with David Gilmour), her dislike of interviews and the long hiatus between The Red Shoes and Aerial (over a decade). During this time, she was simply spending time with her family and taking a break to raise her son, but this didn't stop the rumour mill from claiming she was seriously mentally ill (perhaps stemming from her Cloud Cuckoolander reputation) or morbidly obese from being depressed and eating chocolate. In one interview, she wryly noted how this massive weight gain always seems to disappear right before she makes one of her rare public appearances. In 2016 she opened up about being labeled as such:
    Kate Bush: "I suppose people really like to put things into boxes or pigeonhole people. That tag kind of hung around for a long time when I wasn't making albums or between albums. I can think of a lot of worse things to be called and how can someone who's a recluse get up in front of 3 or 4,000 people and do all those shows? I'm not a recluse but it makes people feel comfortable to call me that I suppose.
  • Special Guest: Prince features prominently on "Why Should I Love You?"