Havingn’t released new material in a while, Kate Bush has had a surprisingly great year. As anyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows, Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” found renewed success thanks to season 4 on Netflix. stranger things.
The sync saw it land the top spot on the charts nearly 40 years after the song’s original release. Bush’s revival has been going on since the series premiered in May, and it shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
As the singer turns 64, let’s take a look back at some lesser-known Bush tracks from her career. Whether you’re an OG Bush fan or just finding your niche, these songs should be added to your rotation.
1. “Love looks like you” (from The Kick Inside – 1978)
From the debut album that gave fans ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘The Man with the Child in His Eyes’ comes this melodic and sultry tale. “L’Amour Look Something Like You” first rose to prominence when it was one of four tracks featured on Bush’s On the scene EP – peaking at number 10 in the UK charts.
It has since fallen by the wayside in favor of the record’s Emily Brontë-inspired star. While the explosive chorus of “Wuthering Heights” is enough to bring anyone to Bush’s side, “The Love” is a strong display of his bold lyricism and melodious vocals. It’s an uplifting track with those passionate Bush visuals fans know and love.
I’m dressed in lace, sailing on a black daydream / My heart is thrown to the pebbles and the boatmen / All the time I find I’m living tonight / With this feeling of love sticking insideshe sings.
2. “In the warm room” (from Lionheart – 1978)
Since her early work as a musician, Bush has never been shy about speaking out about her sexuality. The kick inside had “Feel It” and “L’Amour Looks Good on You” to shake things up, but it was his second album that saw Bush turn the desire dial all the way to eleven.
“The Warm Room” unveils much of the sultry weight of Lionheart. The track saw Bush sing about a lustful encounter in intimate detail, She’ll let you watch her undress / go where your fingers long to linger, she sings. This is Bush at his most erotic.
3. “Big Stripey Lie” (from The Red Shoes – 1993)
As the B-side to the slightly overlong “Rubberband Girl,” “Big Stripey Lie” was one of two tracks on her album. The Red Shoes that fans could listen to before its release.
If “Rubberband Girl” left the listener somewhat apprehensive about what was to come from Bush’s seventh studio album, “Big Stripey Lie” was a reassuringly textured distorted guitar track. Bush is credited with playing bass and guitar on the track while Nigel Kennedy brought out his violin for a haunting string line. The experimental track is a shining moment on one of the relatively underperforming albums of Bush’s career.
4. “Leave it open” (from The dream – 1982)
“Leave It Open” contains all the facets that make The dream such a great record – it’s haunting, it’s experimental, it’s catchy.
The song sees Bush having a lively conversation with herself about man’s ability to do evil. It opens with a deep-voiced Bush singing the line, with my ego in my gut, my babbling mouth would wash it awaywhich deserves a sharp reply, but now i started to learn how, i keep it closed. A third perspective – in the form of an ominous chorus of voices – then resounds singing, the evil in us but the power to arm.
The song is the epitome of Bush’s ability to expand the reach of his music, revealing deep truths.
5. “Hello Earth” (from love dogs – 1985)
love dogs housed Bush’s 2022 surprise hit, “Running Up That Hill.” As the song works its magic, bringing a whole new generation of fans to Bush, there are other songs on the record that could use a little more love.
“Hello Earth” is Bush at the height of his powers. Typical of Bush’s ambitions at the time, she did more than just a pretty piano ballad with a heartbreaking voice to convey a sense of distance and detachment. Instead, she wanted a break from the song that would contain an explosive chorus of chants.
Working with composer Michael Berkeley, Bush created his own language and developed phrasing for a group of male singers to put into the song. Their inclusion speaks to the attention to detail and commitment that has long made love dogs a considered masterpiece.
Photo: ‘Hounds of Love’ album cover