I bought some Kate Bush records today. I don't quite know what to make of it: she's clearly bonkers but in a very individual and interesting way. The music certainly isn't the kind of thing I usually go for, though there are shades of 70s Joni Mitchell in there. The lyrics are interesting - very upfront about sex and relationships, especially considering she was a teenager at the time of the first album.
I've heard 'Wuthering Heights' around for years, but I always thought Bush was just another manufactured pop star until friends with serious musical credentials started going on about her. I'm already quite impressed. It may be that she's the Marmite of music: you've got to be ready for quite a high, histrionic voice and sharp changes of direction - which I am, though much of the production is distinctly of its time, and I'm no fan of the saxophone. For sheer range of styles, theatricality and confidence in her own eccentric genius, she certainly looks down on the self-consciously 'kooky' pretenders from a very great height.
I'm still not convinced by 'Wuthering Heights'. The video is just plain terrible, and the music and lyrics do shriek bad-adaptation-of-great-literature for the Musical Stage, though I have to admit that the novel is equally over-the-top, so perhaps it does work. Her miming skills leave something to be desired however.
Some of this one has been sampled recently. Can't remember by whom. Did you see that? WHOM!!! Use it or lose it!
Anyway, she's better than either George. Or the band Bush.