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  • Americans Hate Tingle: When she burst onto the scene in the late 1970s, she became a star everywhere in the world...except in the U.S. Radio programmers there just didn't know what to do with her. It was only until the rise of MTV and "Running Up That Hill" that she was able to amass a cult following stateside.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She's basically like if Luna Lovegood pursued a career in music.
  • Covered Up - Has happened to Kate a lot: The Fan Vid-making community, at least, is far more aware of Placebo's or Within Temptation's cover of "Running Up That Hill."
    • And "This Woman's Work" is far more often thought of as a Maxwell song these days.
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    • The Futureheads' version of "Hounds of Love" was a successful indie rock track in 2005.
  • Critical Dissonance: The Dreaming was bashed by critics, but it's considered one of her masterpieces by fans. Eventually, it became Vindicated by History.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Toward the re-recording of "Wuthering Heights" on The Whole Story. Fans generally consider the original version to be the definitive one.
  • Fandom Rivalry: One-sided with Tori Amos, as a vocal element of Bush's fandom accuse Amos of owing all her success to ripping her off. Torifiles tend to like Kate, however. Tori's covers of Kate Bush songs get big cheers from the audience in live performances. Tori was even interviewed in a BBC documentary about Kate, and shows some admiration for her.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Fans of David Gilmour— and by extension, fans of Pink Floyd— tend to get along well with Kate's fans, as David was the one who discovered her in 1974 and has made many guest appearances on her albums.
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    • Peter Gabriel fans also like Kate, too, since she sang guest vocals on "Games Without Frontiers" and "Don't Give Up", two of his best known songs.
  • Funny Moments: "Ken". It's a rare tune where some knowledge of eighties British politics serves to make it funnier.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Dreaming had a more favorable impression among American critics at the time than it did in her native Britain and established a cult following stateside, ironic given her tendency to be overlooked in the States. The album entered the Billboard charts after the failure of her debut stateside, prompting EMI America to issue the rest of her albums there.
  • Growing the Beard - While Kate was always a serious musician, some people didn't like her high-pitched girly voice. These people usually prefer her work from the '80s on, when her voice matured.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight - Rolf Harris appears on "The Dreaming" playing didgeridoo, as well as playing "The Painter" on Aerial. This used to be a 'fun' fact, and then Operation Yewtree happened...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight - Kate recorded a French-language version of "The Infant Kiss" to serve as the B-side to "Ne t'enfuis pas". The problem? While "Un Baiser D'enfant" may have passed muster back in 1983, in contemporary French "baiser" means "fuck", making the title "An Infant Fuck". Oddly enough, this also fits the song's subject matter:
    Based on the movie The Innocents, it is the story of a governess who is frightened by the adult feelings she has for her young male charge (who is possessed by the spirit of a grown man).
    • She recorded the hilarious, Isaac Hayes-quoting "Ken" and some small instrumental parts for The Comic Strip Presents episode GLC: The Carnage Continues, which reimagined the political conflict between GLC leader Ken Livingstone and Margaret Thatcher that led to the GLC's dissolution in 1986 as a Hollywoodized action film with Charles Bronson as Livingstone. Fourteen years later, Tony Blair's government created the Greater London Authority, with the first election for mayor being won by Ken Livingstone. The fact that he went on to serve two terms as mayor and has just been reconfirmed as Labour's candidate for the next mayoral election just makes the song funnier.
    • "Deeper Understanding" seems to predict the plot of the film Her.
  • Moe: Wide eyed, adorable and inspiring fierce devotion in her fans.
  • Mood Whiplash: Watch the BBC documentary about her and compare the archival interviews with footage of her performances. Kate seems pretty demure and soft-spoken (if passionate) while talking, only to turn into the mother of Large Hams while performing.
  • Narm: Kate Bush has a tendency to write great songs that are nearly ruined by a line or two of Narm, like "Mmm, yes, I said mmm, yes" from "The Sensual World".
    • Though on the surface this would appear to be Narm, the song is based around Molly Bloom's soliloquy in the final chapter of Ulysses where the word "Yes" is featured prominently.
    • How about "Wuthering Heights" and its video? "Heathcliff! It's me, Cathy, I've come home! I'm so co-o-old, let me in-a your window." Combine that with her extremely bizarre dancing, which eventually turns into random spinning, and her bright red lipstick and dress, and you've got an incredibly Narmy ballad.
      • In the first (British) video she wears a white dress and performs a similar weird dance in a featureless, dark, foggy room. She begins the song by springing up like a mushroom from a sort of meditative pose.
    • The way she says 'GODDDDDD' in "Running Up That Hill".
    • What about when Kate stares at you in her music videos? Skip to 0:53 and say that's not narm.
    • "Song of Solomon"'s eloquent line "I don't want your bullshit/I want your sexuality!". Sung in a high-pitched girly voice. Spit Take in 3... 2... 1...
      • Certainly not helped by the way she pronounces sexuality.
    • In "Houdini" (an otherwise great song), Kate suddenly screams "With your spit still on my lip, you hit the water!" in some kind of vocal fry.
    • In "Get Out of My House" there's a part where she and her backup singer start making squealing noises for no reason (Makes Just as Much Sense in Context).
  • Narm Charm - Kate's awkward dance routine for "Wuthering Heights" polarized critics, but it's still adorable how she hugs herself when she sings "I'm so co-o-o-old". Also, the admittedly gratuitous spinning is kind of awesome.
    • In "Hounds of Love", there is a random verse where Kate sings about finding a fox and cuddling it in her arms. It's so out of nowhere yet cute and totally genuine that it's hard not to like it.
    • Kate dressed as a preteen Peter Reich in the video for "Cloudbusting", complete with a shaggy pixie cut. Also, her hammy acting in her music videos in general.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Periphery Demographic: Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans in the 1980s had a lot of respect for Kate - she regularly featured in Kerrang! magazine and won their "hottest woman in rock and metal" award five years running.
  • Sampled Up - Utah Saints' "Something Good" features a very prominent sample of Kate's "Cloudbusting".
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • Signature Song - "Wuthering Heights", "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)", "Wow", "Babooshka" and "The Sensual World".
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
  • Vindicated by History
    • The Dreaming is getting much more recognition as a great album these days.
    • When she started her career, she was considered something like Lady Gaga's Hatedom pictures her: getting by on her looks and sheer weirdness rather than her talent. See Not the Nine O'Clock News' portrayal of her as a ditsy Cloudcuckoolander as an example. (Her early performances and videos were a bit heavy on the fanservice.) Now she's one of the most critically-acclaimed artists of all time.


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