December will be magic again

Just stopping by to wish all readers Nollaig shona. Normal posting will resume in a few days, unless I find myself at a loose end, but in the meantime here’s a musical interlude. Let us go back thirty years and see how we got by in the years before X Factor. Take it away, Kate…


  1. Marc Mulholland said,

    December 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Who doesn’t find themselves at a loose-end over Xmas? It’s loose-end concentration of the year!

  2. Craig said,

    December 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I smiled the second I saw the title. There’s no one quite like Kate. Have a peaceful Christmas.

  3. Daphne said,

    December 24, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Kate, Kate, I think you’re great,
    You make my heart go woosh.
    If love were like a garden
    I would forage in your bush.

  4. Phil said,

    December 24, 2009 at 10:05 am

    God, that delivery, that enunciation, that diction… The twee subject-matter doesn’t help either. I couldn’t make it all the way through the song – it felt like eating a 500-gram Milky Bar.

    Never been a fan. I mean, never as an adult – I got Lionheart when it came out & played it fairly obsessively, and sent Kate at least one long handwritten letter mainly about my own relationships (because I knew she’d understand…) She had a certain amount of cred back then, which is bizarre when you compare what she was putting out back then with what else was in the NME at the time – I remember a reviewer pulling out the lyric “Blue on the walls, blue out of my mouth” and commenting that if this was Siouxsie the next line would be “Blood on the walls, blood out of my mouth” (it’s actually “The blue of the sky when the sun comes out”). (Even at 18 I remember thinking that snarly songs about blood weren’t necessarily an advance on pretty songs about blue sky.) Apart from that, nope, not my kind of thing.

    But she’s done some good stuff over the years, I’ve got to admit. My son – who wasn’t born when The Red Shoes came out – is mildly obsessed with this, and who can blame him.

    • Daphne said,

      December 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm

      Lionheart is probably her weakest album all up. Kate herself is embarrassed by some of those lyrics, particularly the title track.

  5. Zardoz said,

    December 24, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Oh baby, I can top that pathetic ode to xmas…. here. Remember, the times they *really* are a’changin’…

  6. ejh said,

    December 24, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Xmas: when the whole family comes together to produce an atmosphere not unlike that of the comments section of a leftwing blog.

  7. Dr. X said,

    December 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm

  8. WorldbyStorm said,

    December 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Classic. Thanks for a great and thoughtful year of posts.

  9. Craig said,

    December 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Well all her albums before 1980 and after 1990 were dodgy at best.

  10. frunobulax said,

    December 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I was dragged to a Kate Bush concert in 1979 by an Iranian student chum. Turns out there were loads of Iranian students at the gig, and many of them were supporters of Khomeini (regularly handing out leaflets etc.). Several of these ‘revolutionary’ students evidently considered Kate to be a messiah of sorts and took to prostrating themselves in the aisles throughout most of the concert, despite the best efforts of the ushers. Blue ‘disco boiler suits’ seemed to the favoured garb IIRC.

  11. harpymarx said,

    December 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Ah, Kate Bush… She’s splendiferous. Though I much prefer Babooshka.

    Happy Holidays Splintered, have a good one!

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