Song of the Day: August 26, 2014
Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up”
Long before there was Bjork, Tori Amos, Bat for Lashes or Little Boots (she also counts artists as diverse as Johnny Rotten and Outkast’s Big Boi as fanboys), there was Kate Bush. A true original — a bloody-minded eccentric hell-bent on pursuing her own muse to the exclusion of nearly everything else going on around her, pop or otherwise… the female equivalent of David Bowie in terms of being so far ahead of her time that work she created decades ago still sounds fresh and extraordinary today. You can call her the Miss Havisham of British pop; a notorious recluse still capable of unleashing magic and wonder among the masses.
This week here in London marks Bush’s first live outings in 35 years — a phenomenon recently documented by the New York Times — that sold more than 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes, with black market prices now fetching somewhere in the range of £2000.
“Somewhere there’s a place where we belong.” And tomorrow night, that place will be the Eventim Apollo, where a passel of Kate Bush fanatics from across multiple continents (including yours truly) will be gathered, singing along in a key we can’t hope to reach, and generally identifying with a room full of people around them we/they hadn’t known existed for more than three decades. (CdB)