take your shoes off, throw them in the lake
Kate Bush is nothing if not a total weirdo. At age 16, she was signed to EMI records, and in 1977, she released her first single, "Wuthering Heights," which is based on the Bronte novel of the same name. And, somehow, it was a popular song! It was, like, #1 on the British charts. And believe me, I love this song, but I am really, really surprised that it was a pop sensation at the time. Observe, if you will:
Did people read more in the 70s? Were brits really into singing cats? Or, rather, people who sounded like singing cats?
Anyway, she released various other albums, blah blah blah, but her big hit album came in 1985, titled "Hounds of Love". The title track is one of my all-time favorite songs ever. The videdo for the song is also really wonderfully endearing. Also, I really think Kate Bush is one of the few women who could pull off the whole 80s infatuation with Victorian hair and sorta-1940s clothing with any sort of style and dignity. She looks fierce.
Anyway, then she released some more albums and in the mid-90s wrote the music for all those fruitopia ads. Remember fruitopia? Brewed by hippies, distributed by a heartless mega-corporation? Anyway, I'm not going to post any of those, but they looked like a kaleidescope or whatever. Seriously, if you watch one, you will instantly be transported back in time. For me, it was SummerGate, which was this summer day nerd camp program for the "gifted and talented" kids in the SF public school district. I remember I think it was the summer before 7th grade, and there was a fruitopia vending machine at the middle school where it was held. I was definitely too old to be going to summergate anymore, but i was just old enough to drink fruitopia every day. Also, remember those drinks that had, like, little red balls floating in them? what the fuck was that? [editors note- Gaby just told me those drinks were called "orbit" or "orbitz". And they came in various flavors, but they all tasted like ass with a side of wax balls.)
Okay, back to Kate Bush. After a 12 year hiatus, she released "Aerial" in 2005, and I heard a song from it on the radio the other day and i've been meaning to buy it ever since. It was good. So, to finish, here's Kate doing "Rocket Man" by elton john, which is pretty much one of the more awesome covers I have been privy to in a while. Notice her refrence to Marilyn Monroe on the Ukelele in "Some Like it Hot." Also, I like it when she points her finger in the air. Okay, I'm done.