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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛[[caption-width-right:350:It's her, Cathy.]]˛˛->''"'Running Up That Hill' has been called the greatest pop song ever. Now, the rational part of my brain says ''"Clearly that's rubbish, how can you quantify something like that?"'' Thing is... 'Running Up That Hill' clearly is the greatest pop song ever created. I mean, it just ''is''."''˛-->-- '''[[ Jack Graham]]'''˛˛Catherine "Kate" Bush, [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (born 30 July 1958) is unique among musicians on the planet. Besides her eccentric music, she is known for her unforgettable voice. At first, it was high-pitched. [[VocalEvolution Her voice got deeper (and arguably better) over the years]]. Her music [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly cannot be shoehorned into one category.]] Usually, people just label her as "art rock" or "[[AlternativeRock alternative]]" and call it a day. She has touched many genres, including pop, electronic, jazz, flamenco, rock, waltz, Renaissance, and disco-funk. Her lyrics are another unique aspect of her music. They are often based on history, films and literature, such as her signature song "Literature/WutheringHeights", which was inspired by the 1970 film and the book.˛˛Kate was a musical prodigy. She was signed by Creator/{{EMI}} at the age of 16 after being recommended by Music/PinkFloyd's David Gilmour, who was amazed by her voice and talent as a pianist. In 1978, at age 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut song "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first woman to have a UK number-one with a self-written song. She later released her debut album ''The Kick Inside'', which proved that teenagers are capable of releasing quality music.˛˛The success of ''The Kick Inside'' forced her to make a quick follow-up album, ''Lionheart''. It contains one of her most well-known songs, "Wow". She followed up with her first tour, called the ''Tour of Life'', which she was very involved in creating. It was quite theatrical. Kate had a costume change after virtually every single song, and she danced and moved gracefully on the stage with a few dancers and mostly eschewed playing piano. Even though it was filmed, only an edited version is available. One-and-a-half hours were left out, so it could be shown on TV. It's highly unlikely that the full concert will be released. Fortunately, some performances can be found on Website/YouTube.˛˛While she liked the experience of touring, it was very exhausting to her, and it detracted from her making new music.˛˛When she was making her third album, she was exposed to drum machines & synthesizers (especially the Fairlight CMI), which became a part of her sound. In 1980, she released it under the name ''Never for Ever''. It included the hit "Babooshka". It was the first album she co-produced. She took complete control of the production in her next album ''The Dreaming''. It was very loud, percussive, and aggressive; a drastic change from the relatively calm music she was known for. It was initially not well-received, but it has been VindicatedByHistory as one of her masterpieces.˛˛In 1985, her most famous album ''Hounds of Love'' was released. It was quite a revolutionary album. It made her famous in America, and it is considered one of the best albums released by a solo female artist. Its lead single "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" was deservedly a major worldwide hit. The album was ahead of its time, and is still influential. The next year, she released her GreatestHitsAlbum ''The Whole Story'', which is her best-selling album. She also performed the duet "Don't Give Up" with Music/PeterGabriel on his own bestselling art pop album, ''Music/{{So}}'' (1986).˛˛Kate continued to make unique music with the release of ''The Sensual World'' & ''The Red Shoes''. The latter was accompanied with a short film called ''The Line, The Cross and the Curve''. Kate then took a 12-year hiatus. She took that time to raise her son, and to record her comeback album ''Aerial'', which was very well-received. It sold 1.5 million copies, despite little promotion from Kate. After a contribution to the soundtrack to ''The Golden Compass'', Kate dropped out of the public eye yet again until May 2011, in which an album full of re-recorded songs originally on ''The Sensual World'' and ''The Red Shoes'' was released. An album of brand new material, entitled ''50 Words for Snow'', was released on November 21, 2011.˛˛Kate remains one of the most influential female artists ever. If Music/JoniMitchell paved the way for female musicians, then Kate paved the way for ''eccentric'' female musicians. Kate has since passed the torch on to people like Music/ToriAmos, Music/{{Bjork}}, Music/LadyGaga, and Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine, ensuring that the world will always have creative, eccentric music and musicians. In 2002, her songwriting ability was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. She was also one of the first musicians to develop a following on the internet through the newsgroup on Website/{{Usenet}}.˛˛In 2014, she announced she would be doing her first live shows since 1979 with a run of performances at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. The twenty-two concerts, entitled ''Before The Dawn'', sold-out in minutes of being made available to the public, and were critically acclaimed. The concert's live recordings were later made available on CD and vinyl in December 2016.˛˛You can vote for your favourite Kate Bush studio album by heading over to the [[ Best Album Crowner!]]˛----˛˛!! Discography:˛˛* ''The Kick Inside'' (1978)˛* ''Lionheart'' (1978)˛* ''On Stage'' (1979, EP containing tracks recorded live in London)˛* ''Never for Ever'' (1980)˛* ''The Dreaming'' (1982)˛* ''Music/HoundsOfLove'' (1985, which contains the sidelong concept piece ''The Ninth Wave'')˛* ''The Whole Story'' (1986, a greatest hits collection that included two new tracks)˛* ''The Sensual World'' (1989)˛* ''This Woman's Work'' (1990, box set compiling her first six albums, but two [=CD=]s of additional material)˛* ''The Red Shoes'' (1993)˛* ''Aerial'' (2005, a double album)˛* ''Director's Cut'' (2011, which consisted of re-recordings of songs from ''The Sensual World'' and ''The Red Shoes'')˛* ''50 Words for Snow'' (2011)˛* ''Before The Dawn'' (2016, a live album)˛˛'''Guest appearances'''˛* ''Music/{{So}}'' (1986) by Music/PeterGabriel (she sings "Don't Give Up" on this album)˛* ''The Seer'' (1986) by Big Country (sings backing vocals on the title track)˛˛----˛!!''Tropes of Love'':˛˛* AmbiguousEnding: Does the heroine at the end of ''The Ninth Wave'' (side B of ''Hounds of Love'') survive her ordeal and get rescued? [[ Kate has gone on record as strongly hinting that she does]], but whether she's been rescued or is still awaiting rescue is unclear.˛* AntiLoveSong: She once performed a duet with Creator/RowanAtkinson, "Do Bears...?"˛-->He's an utter creep and he drives me 'round the bend˛-->To alleviate the boredom, I sleep with his friends˛* ArtisticLicenseHistory: She'll generally go with what makes a better story rather than the gospel truth:˛** "Houdini" ends with the titular escapologist dying while performing a trick as his wife watches in horror and grief rather the truth of his death (which was due to peritonitis after being punched in the stomach).˛** The video for "Cloudbusting", which dramatizes the arrest of psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich by the feds for practicing quackery. (The title refers to the cloudbuster, a machine Reich invented to harness an invisible energy he called orgone and control the weather, which was just one of his many kooky ideas.) In the video, as the [[TheMenInBlack government agents]] drive off with Reich in the back of their car, his son activates the cloudbuster and causes a rainstorm, and Reich is overjoyed to see the machine works. In real life, of course, the thing never worked, and Reich was just delusional ([[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes ironically, considering his profession]], he may have had schizophrenia). ˛* AtomicHate: "Breathing" is about the moment that follows a nuclear strike. "After the blast, chips of plutonium are twinkling in every lung..."˛-->''"After the flash a fireball can be seen to rise, sucking up under it the debris, dust and living things around the area of the explosion, and as this ascends, it soon becomes recognisable as the familiar mushroom cloud."''˛* BitterAlmonds: "Coffee Homeground," which seems to resemble the Roald Dahl story "The Landlady," has the singer-as-protagonist rejecting kindly offers of tea and sweets out of a conviction that it's a plot against them:˛-->''Offer me a chocolate,''\˛''No thank you, spoil my diet, know your game!''\˛''But tell me just how come they smell of bitter almonds?''\˛''It's a no-no to your coffee homeground.''˛* BookEnds: The whale song that appears at the beginning of "Moving" appears again as it [[FadingIntoTheNextSong fades into]] "The Saxophone Song".˛* BriefAccentImitation: She sings "The Dreaming" (the song, not the whole album, mind you) in a fake Australian accent, a reference to the song being about the Australian Aborigine concept of the Dream Time (that's also why there's a didjeridu in the song).˛** Also on ''The Dreaming'', she sings "There Goes A Tenner" in what has been called a Mockney ([[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents fake Cockney]]) accent, since the lyrics are about a [[LondonGangster small-time crook]] and a bank robbery.˛** On her earlier album ''Never For Ever'', she performed the song "Army Dreamers" entirely with a distinct Irish accent.˛* BrotherSisterIncest: "The Kick Inside"˛* BrownNote: Experiment IV: ˛-->But they told us\˛All they wanted\˛Was a sound that \˛Could kill someone from a distance.˛** And in the video, the scientists deliver; although the sound does not manifest anything like what might have been expected. ˛* CallAndResponseSong: "Constellation of the Heart"˛* CallBack: Several over the course of the "Ninth Wave" suite; for example, the quiet "little light" in the beginning "Waking the Witch" is a call back to "And Dream of Sheep". [[{{Foreshadowing}} It goes both ways though]].˛* CampGay: Gay characters feature in many of Kate's songs, in particular "Kashka from Baghdad" (and the even less subtle early demo, "Eddie the Queen"). The song "Wow"--about theatre types--features the immortal line ''He's too busy hitting the vaseline...'' (in the video, Kate pats her backside while singing that line).˛* TheCaper: The video for "There Goes a Tenner" is a BankRobbery with Kate as the mastermind behind the whole operation (also what the song is about).˛* ChainmailBikini: In the video for "Babooshka", during the choruses, she wears a sexy "female barbarian warrior" costume based around a Chainmail Bikini.˛* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Kate has a reputation for being ... eccentric, let's say.˛* TheCoconutEffect: The train whistle at the end of "Cloudbusting", according to Kate herself, had to be created on a synthesizer because all the samples of real trains she found sounded wrong. ˛-->We got so many tapes of steam trains, and they don't sound anything like what you'd expect steam trains to sound like. They sounded so pathetic. So we had to build up all this steam sound and big wheels and brakes, you know, coming to a halt and everything. We had to totally exaggerate what the real thing sounded like, so that people would realize what we meant.˛* ConceptAlbum: ˛** ''The Red Shoes'' was inspired by the famous ballet film of the same title; it was also a partial soundtrack album to the Bush-directed short film ''The Line, The Cross and the Curve.''˛** The second disc of 2005's Aerial "consists of a single piece of music reveling in the experience of outdoor adventures on a single summer day, beginning in the morning and ending twenty-four hours later with the next sunrise." According to Wiki/ThatOtherWiki.˛** ''50 Words for Snow'' is, of course, centred around snowscapes, and the titular song features Creator/StephenFry listing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fifty words]] for snow.˛* ConceptVideo: Kate Bush used to love making weird mini-movies for her songs in the 80s. Notable examples include:˛** "Army Dreamers", a harrowing wartime scenario befitting the song's anti-war lyrics.˛** "There Goes a Tenner" depicts a bank robbery, following the song's lyrics directly.˛** "Experiment IV", a horror movie pastiche in which a bunch of government scientists in a spooky military facility, including Dawn French and a pre-House Hugh Laurie, create an unstoppable sonic weapon. As you expected it might, the weapon, played by Kate Bush in a ghost outfit, rampages around and kills everyone horribly. Hoorah!˛** "Cloudbusting"--this one is based on the life of Wilhelm Reich. The reclusive scientist pursued by naughty government types is played by Donald Sutherland, Kate Bush plays his eight-year old son (in a hilariously unconvincing child costume) and the design of the very cool rain machine (Cloudbuster) was inspired by Creator/HRGiger.˛** "Hounds of Love", a pastiche Hitchcock thriller.˛** ''The Line, The Cross, And The Curve'', a 1993 short film based on her album ''The Red Shoes'', [[LesYay starring herself, Miranda Richardson]], and Bush's favorite choreographer, Lindsay Kemp.˛** "Running Up That Hill": Largely an elaborate dance piece done as a TakeThat at those critics who slammed the "Wuthering Heights" video.˛** "This Woman's Work": A renarration of the Movie "She's Having a Baby"˛** "Misty": an animation about a woman who sleeps with a snowman and wakes up to find that he's melted.˛* ContemptibleCover: The American cover for ''The Kick Inside'' was changed to [[ this]] for obvious [[SexSells reasons.]]˛* CoverVersion: ˛** Did a reggae-tinged rendition of "Rocket Man" for a compilation celebrating the songs of [[{{Music/Elton John}} Elton John and Bernie Taupin.]]˛** A cover of {{Music/Marvin Gaye}}'s "Sexual Healing" was released as the b-side to her 2005 single "King of the Mountain", from ''Aerial''.˛* DancePartyEnding: The videos for [[ The Big Sky]] and arguably [[ Hounds of Love]], though that one's more a Dance Part Second Half.˛* DarkerAndEdgier: "The Dreaming".˛* DeadpanSnarker: For all her eccentricity, she'll politely snark in interviews occasionally, especially when the hosts ask her about being a sex symbol.˛* DoesNotLikeShoes: She's often barefoot in photos and on stage.˛* DownerEnding: Kate usually ends her albums with a negative song. Notable examples are:˛** ''The Kick Inside'': the title track. BrotherSisterIncest + DrivenToSuicide = Tear Jerker˛** ''Never for Ever'': "Breathing", a song about a fetus wanting to stay alive during a nuclear fallout.˛*** The music video ends with a nuclear blast taking place in the distance.˛** ''The Dreaming'': "Get Out of My House", a song based on ''Film/TheShining'', which according to Allmusic is "Part ghost story, part nervous breakdown, part rage in the face of violation."˛** ''Aerial: A Sea of Honey'': "A Coral Room", one of her most beautiful and poignant songs, about the death of her mother.˛** Averted on ''Hounds of Love'' with the very upbeat "The Morning Fog."˛* DrivenToSuicide: "The Kick Inside", "The Wedding List".˛* EarnYourHappyEnding: The heroine of ''The Ninth Wave'' on ''Hounds of Love'' is alone in the sea and is tempted to let herself go under, but her past, present and future come together to urge her not to give in. ˛* EtherealChoir: The male choir from "Hello Earth". It's the chorus from the traditional Georgian (as in the country, not the state) folk song "Tsintskaro".˛* ElvisLives: "King of the Mountain" thematized the rumors around Elvis being alive, the [[ music video]] has headlines like "Sightings of Elvis in Yeti Colony" on {{Spinning Paper}}s.˛* EpicRocking: "Hello Earth", "Pi", "A Coral Room", "Nocturn" "Aerial", and every song on the album ''50 Words For Snow''.˛** Some versions of ''Aerial'' sequence the ''A Sky Of Honey'' suite as one 42 minute track.˛* FaceOnTheCover: Many of her albums, notably ''The Dreaming'' (as Houdini's wife Bess), ''Hounds of Love'' (with a pair of dogs), and ''The Sensual World''.˛* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Almost all songs in ''The Ninth Wave'' and ''A Sky Of Honey'' suites.˛** From ''The Dreaming'', the title track fades into "Night of the Swallow".˛** ''Never For Ever'' has "Babooshka" transition into "Delius"˛* FishPeople: Her personal record label is called Fish People. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Its mascot is a person whose head is a fish]].˛* {{Foreshadowing}}: Like mentioned above, this is very present in the "Ninth Wave" suite, one example being the short appearance of the distorted [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken word voice]] at the beginning of "Waking the Witch" before it's getting more prominently featured on "Watching You Without Me". Another example is the quiet "over here", also in the beginning of "Waking the Witch", which re-appears later in "Jig of Life" and leads into [[EpiphanyComeback a particularly striking part]] of that song.˛* GainaxEnding: "There Goes a Tenner". Possibly.˛* GaussianGirl: "The Man With the Child in his Eyes".˛* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The strongly implied reference to anal sex in "Wow" (the line about "Hitting the Vaseline", with Bush patting her bottom during live performances and in the video) surprisingly did not result in "Wow", her third single, from being banned anywhere in 1979.˛* GreatestHitsAlbum: The 1986 collection ''The Whole Story'' remains her only official one. ˛* IKnowKarate: She studied at Goldsmiths College karate club. Her trainer, Dave Hazard, wrote in his book ''Born Fighter'' that some of her dance moves came from UsefulNotes/{{Karate}}.˛* IconicOutfit: Many, such as the red dress in "Wuthering Heights" and the ChainmailBikini in "Babooshka".˛** The grey hakamas from "Running Up That Hill" (they look purple because of the lighting).˛* ImColdSoCold: In [[ "Wuthering Heights"]], the refrain includes the words "I'm so cold." The narrator is a ghost.˛* ImprobableAge: Most teenagers wouldn't write a song based on a 19th-century novel ("Wuthering Heights"), or a song based on an 18th-century English/Irish folk ballad about a girl, Lizzie Wan, who falls in love with her brother and then kills herself while carrying his child ("The Kick Inside").˛* InTheStyleOf: According to Kate herself...˛** "Kite" is in the style of Music/BobMarley.˛** "Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake" is in the style of Music/PattiSmith.˛* IndecipherableLyrics: "Leave It Open", in which the vocals are distorted to the point of incomprehensibility because Kate played the original recording backwards, did her best to imitate the sounds she heard, and then played the resulting recording backwards for the final song.˛** People claim that she's saying 'we let the weirdness in'.˛** "The Dreaming" (the faux Australian accent doesn't help)˛* IntercourseWithYou: "Feel It" reminds us that love & lust can go together - and it was released when she was only 19! Another song, "The Sensual World", has these lyrics:˛-->And at first with the charm around him, mmh, yes,\˛He loosened it so if it slipped between my breasts\˛He'd rescue it, mmh, yes,\˛And his spark took life in my hand...˛** "Running up That Hill" involves the two lovers in question switching bodies and then finding out what sex is like for the other. Or, less magically, it may simply be an [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar elliptical and metaphorical]] depiction of woman-on-man anal sex.˛*** Word Of God says it's [[NotWhatItLooksLike actually]] just about the wish of women and men to gain a better understanding of each other's mindsets.˛** "Symphony In Blue" doesn't even try to be implicit. "The more I think about sex, the better it gets!"˛** "Wow", on the other hand, is entirely about stage actors. And that's all. It is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not at all]] about ones reaction to having great sex, or about the expectation that you'll say these things even if the sex is only so-so.˛* KangarooCourt: The voices in "Waking the Witch" who chant "Guilty!" in unison give this impression. ˛* LargeHam: Kate's vocals can be ... dramatic. Her facial expressions in her videos, even more so.˛* LighterAndSofter: ''Hounds of Love'' and ''The Sensual World'', compared to ''The Dreaming''.˛* ListSong: "50 Words for Snow" mainly comprises a list of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fifty words for snow]].˛* LotusEaterMachine: The computer in "Deeper Understanding".˛* MileHighClub: From the song "Do Bears" by Creator/RowanAtkinson and Kate Bush (originally performed at ''UsefulNotes/ComicRelief 1986''):˛-->'''Rowan:''' I met her in the first class lounge of a jumbo jet\˛It was love at first sight, Romeo and Juliet\˛'''Kate:''' He looked pretty rich and I was down on m' luck\˛So I charged him a fortune for a flying [[CurseCutShort fu...]]\˛'''Rowan:''' [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion ...for crying out loud!]]˛* MouthfulOfPi: She wrote a song called "π", about a mathematician who's fascinated with the number, and some verses consist of her singing a few hundred digits˛* MsFanservice: She didn't go there that often, but occasionally:˛** The cover of ''Lionheart''˛** The ChainmailBikini of "Babooshka" (which is also featured on the cover of the 1983 EP ''Kate Bush'')˛** While she did sometimes use sexuality, [[ according to this article]] she felt really uncomfortable at being objectified too early, and it was only at ''The Sensual World'' that she felt like she could be sexual on her own terms.˛* MyBelovedSmother: "Mother Stands for Comfort" is sung from the perspective of a girl who's ambivalent towards her overprotective mother.˛* MyFutureSelfAndMe: "Jig of Life" from ''The Ninth Wave'' has the protagonist encounter her future self, who begs her to "let [her] live" by not dying.˛* NearDeathExperience: "The Ninth Wave" (the B-side of ''Hounds Of Love'') is about a woman's frightening night alone while lost at sea. Unable to sleep ("And Dream of Sheep") because she's freezing to death ("Under Ice"), she briefly becomes psychotic and starts hallucinating about demonic voices ("Waking the Witch"). She thinks about her lover while possibly having an out-of-body experience ("Watching You Without Me"). She contemplates dying until a vision of her future self tells her to pull herself together and live through it for the sake of her (possibly unborn) children ("Jig of Life"). She calms down and decides she wants to live ("Hello Earth") and then [[CueTheSun the sun comes up]] and she gets rescued ("The Morning Fog").˛* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Her music sounds so "out there" to most of the general public that only genre that most people can agree that she is the very broad genre of "alternative rock", or "art rock".˛** It becomes especially obvious on her album ''The Red Shoes'' with songs like "And So Is Love" "The Song of Solomon" and "Lily" practically sounding like their own genre.˛* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Dreaming'', which is more loud and aggressive than her previous albums.˛** ''Hounds of Love'' after that was a fusion of NewWaveMusic sounds (notably the Fairlight synth she first used on ''Never For Ever'') and the BaroquePop of her earlier work.˛* TheNotRemix: The version of "Wuthering Heights" on her GreatestHitsAlbum ''The Whole Story'' simply bills itself as having a re-recorded vocal. The backing track was remixed to include the "gated reverb" effect on the drums that was nigh-inescapable in the 1980s.˛* NotSoDifferent: Basically the point of "Pull Out The Pin".˛* OminousLatinChanting: "Waking the Witch" has a chorus of female voices in the background praising God. And it is ''creepy''.˛%%* OneWomanWail˛* OrwellianRetcon: After Rolf Harris' conviction for indecent assualt, his vocals were removed from reissues of ''Aerial'' and replaced with Bush's son Bertie. ˛* PayEvilUntoEvil: The bride in "The Wedding List" tracks down the man who murdered her new husband at their wedding. In the end, she shoots him before turning the gun on herself. On top of everything, she was pregnant so her unborn child died as well.˛* ReferenceOverdosed: The many, ''many'' references to film and literature in her work, as well as historical figures.˛* RevengeBallad: "The Wedding List" where [[VengefulWidow a pregnant bride]] tracks down and kills the murderers of her husband before committing suicide.˛* {{Sampling}}: One of the first artists to make heavy use of the technology with the Fairlight CMI.˛* ScareChord: "Waking the Witch".˛* SelfBackingVocalist: Many of her songs feature multiple overdubs of Kate's voice.˛* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Hinted to be at least partly the case in "Babooshka". The wife who sets up the TwoPersonLoveTriangle to trap her husband in the act of infidelity is implied to have 'freezed on him' due to her suspicions that he was having an affair, leading to him being easily tempted by a woman who reminded him of her before the tension arose between them -- essentially, her own paranoia and bitterness over her suspicions of his infidelity are the main thing that led to him contemplating infidelity in the first place.˛* ShapedLikeItself: In "50 Words for Snow", the last of the fifty words is... "snow". ˛* ShoutOut: "Blow Away (For Bill)" name-checks some dead musicians: Minnie Ripperton, [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]], Music/SidVicious, Music/BuddyHolly and [[Music/FairportConvention Sandy Denny]].˛* ShutUpHannibal: In ''The Line, the Cross and the Curve'', toward the end:˛-->'''Miranda Richardson''': We have [[NotSoDifferent a lot in common]], you and I. It took me years to be rid of those shoes! You are so weak. So stupid. So...˛-->'''Kate Bush''': You're scared. You're scared, because you know you're losing your power over me.˛* SiblingTeam: Kate's brother Patrick (known as Paddy) has played on quite a few of her albums and was part of her backing band from the very beginning.˛* SleightOfTongue: Kate Bush depicted Houdini's trick in her song "Houdini" and on the cover of her album ''[[ The Dreaming]]''. Take a good look in her mouth.˛* SnowMeansLove: Used in the Flashback sections of the video for "This Woman's Work".˛* SopranoAndGravel - Kate Bush used it in 1985 with "Waking The Witch". In this case she provided both voices: one track is her natural voice, the other is a drastically slowed down demonic growl.˛** Also to some extent in "Don't Give Up", her duet with Music/PeterGabriel.˛* SpokenWordInMusic˛** "Hounds of Love" opens with a sound clip from the film ''Film/NightOfTheDemon:'' ''"It's in the trees... It's coming!"'' (Due to a longstanding fan/urban legend that she wrote an episode under a pseudonym, this is often mistakenly said to have come from an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho''.)˛** There's a long, eerie instrumental break near the end of "Breathing" with a recording of a man describing the effects of a nuclear bomb.˛** "Houdini:" ''"Rosabelle, believe!"''˛** "Lily":˛-->''Oh thou, who givest sustenance to the universe˛-->From whom all things proceed˛-->To whom all things return˛-->Unveil to us the face of the true spiritual sun˛-->Hidden by a disc of golden light˛-->That we may know the truth˛-->And do our whole duty˛-->As we journey to thy sacred feet''˛** "The Fog" opens with Kate Bush saying "You see, I'm all grown up now." Then her father says "Just put your feet down, child, 'cause you're all grown up now."˛** "50 Words for Snow" also prominently features Creator/StephenFry reciting [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 50 words for snow.]]˛** The 12" version of "The Big Sky" has a section of various voices discussing the shapes of clouds. ˛** Much of side B of ''Hounds of Love'' has it, which makes sense since it's a mini-concept album that tells a story.˛* StarCrossedLovers: Her duet with Music/EltonJohn, ''Snowed In At Wheeler St.'' is about a couple who keep on running into each other throughout history, but for one reason or another are unable to stay with together.˛* SummonBackupDancers: In the video for "The Dreaming".˛* SurrealMusicVideo: "Running Up That Hill" is mostly a interpretive dance routine, but has an element of surrealism to it, like when Kate and her partner get separated from each other in a sea of people [[UncannyValley wearing masks of their faces.]] ˛** The video for "The Dreaming" is pretty weird too, being mostly Kate dancing and singing outdoors in the moonlight in what we can assume is meant to be the Australian outback.˛** The video for "The Big Sky" is probably the weirdest thing she's ever done, involving the following: Kate outside on top of a building looking through binoculars; falconry; Kate in a raincoat/dressed as a firefighter/as a pirate; Kate wearing a silver jumpsuit and goggles and dancing onstage while men in military uniforms play guitar; an astronaut; Franchise/{{Superman}}; [[NationsOfTheWorldMontage a bunch of people holding national flags]], and a DancePartyEnding.˛** "Sat In Your Lap" has a pretty weird video featuring Kate wearing a [[WomanInWhite white dress]] and a DunceCap, roller-skating, jesters, and guys dressed as minotaurs. Also, the part where Kate stares unnervingly into the camera while she sings the bridge.˛* TruerToTheText: ''The Line, The Cross and The Curve'', though ostensibly based on the film ''Film/TheRedShoes'', is actually closer to the original Creator/HansChristianAndersen short story.˛* TwoPersonLoveTriangle - "Babooshka" is this gone very, very wrong.˛* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: "Never Be Mine".˛* VocalEvolution - Kate Bush had a tendency to use the upper range of her voice in her early work, but shifted to a more natural singing style later on. Compare the version of "Wuthering Heights" on her debut to the one on her GreatestHitsAlbum ''The Whole Story''. Her voice is quite low in her more recent recordings (most noticeable when comparing her ''Director's Cut'' remakes with those from the original albums).˛* WarIsHell: "Army Dreamers", concentrating on the grief of a mother who's son is killed in an overseas war and his body flown home.˛* WildHair: Especially in the early years, a riotous mane of fiery red hair. Even now she still has very luxurious locks.˛* WordSaladTitle: "Suspended in Gaffa" (ie. gaffer tape); "There Goes a Tenner" (ie. a bank note); "Army Dreamers"; "Rubberband Girl"; probably many more.˛* WorkingWithTheEx: Kate broke up with longtime boyfriend and bassist Del Palmer in the '90s, but Palmer still plays on her albums.˛˛!! Works, people, and other things that inspired Kate songs:˛* ''Literature/WutheringHeights''˛* Film/HammerHorror˛* ''Film/TheInnocents'' - "The Infant Kiss"˛* Music/ElvisPresley - "King of the Mountain"˛* UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc - "Joanni"˛* ''Film/TheShining'' - "Get Out of My House"˛* ''Literature/PeterPan'' - "In Search of Peter Pan"˛* ''Film/TheRedShoes1948''˛* ''{{Literature/Ulysses}}'' - "The Sensual World"˛* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar - "Pull Out the Pin"˛* Creator/HarryHoudini - "Houdini"˛** Houdini's most famous trick was the Chinese Water Torture Cell. In the song she is Houdini's wife/assistant, and she passes him the key to the locks via a kiss just before he goes into the tank. The line right before that one is, "With a kiss I'd pass the key, and feel your tongue teasing and deceiving..." The tone is foreshadowing Houdini's death during the trick later in the song, which unfortunately is not doing the research -- Houdini died of peritonitis.˛** The 1953 film ''Houdini'' starring Creator/JanetLeigh and Creator/TonyCurtis, does however, end with Houdini dying in the Chinese Water Torture cell and not of peritonitis. If we assume that Kate saw the movie then she most definitely *did* do the research.˛* The Bride Wore Black - "The Wedding List"˛* [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti The Abominable Snowman]] - "Wild Man"˛* [[MadScientist Wilhelm Reich]] - "Cloudbusting". Specifically, she read a biography by Reich's son, a copy of which appears as a ShoutOut in the music video. See ArtisticLicense for [[StealthPun the whole story]].˛----˛->''And if I only could, I'd make a deal with God, and I'd get him to swap our places''˛->''Be running up that road, be running up that hill, with no problems.''


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