Revisit Kate Bush’s Peculiar Christmas Special, Featuring Peter Gabriel (1979)


It’s been arduous available in the market for Kate Bush fanatics. Since the genius “Queen of British Pop” retired from traveling in 1979, public appearances had been few and far-between. She discovered the equipment of pop-stardom a hindrance to her procedure, and she or he’s been busy with different issues, she says. “Every time I end an album, I’m going into visible initiatives…. So I began to veer clear of the object of being a reside appearing artist, to one in every of being a recording artist with hooked up visuals.”

Fans aren’t entitled to her presence, however Kate Bush used to be sorely ignored within the 35 years between her first excursion and her 2014 “Before the Dawn” residency at London’’s Hammersmith Apollo. Before returning to the level, she stored herself within the public eye with elaborately costumed song movies, a layout completely fitted to her theatrical and cinematic ambitions. (Asked by means of an interviewer in 1980 what she sought after to do subsequent, she spoke back, “Everything.”)

But then there’s the Kate Bush Christmas Special, “titled merely Kate on-screen,” writes Christine Pallon. The program, which “aired at the BBC on December 28th, 1979,” adopted at the heels of the Tour of Life, the whirlwind debut live performance sequence that promised, however didn’t ship, such a lot of extra. “The Christmas particular’s choreography borrows closely from that excursion. But the place she sang survive the Tour of Life, she lip-syncs to pre-recorded tracks right here and comprises pre-recorded video segments. As a end result, the Christmas particular performs out extra like a loopy, longform song video than a standard level display.”

Does Kate Bush sing Christmas songs? Does she take a seat on Santa’s lap? Does she mime, fingers akimbo, earlier than the yuletide log?

Does she living room on a piano subsequent to a Golden Age crooner?


Okay, she sings one Christmas tune, “December Will Be Magic Again,” an unique launched as a UK unmarried that yr. The tune will pay earnest homage to standard Christmas figures like Bing Crosby, Saint Nick, and Oscar Wilde earlier than Kate becomes some more or less abnormal Santa-like being who drops down on “the white town” in a parachute to “duvet the enthusiasts.”

Otherwise, the Christmas Special attracts on Bush’s first 3 albums. In addition to her entourage of dancers and backup lip-syncers, she additionally invitations a unique visitor—Peter Gabriel, after all (who would possibly simply as smartly be known as the male Kate Bush)—to sing his “Here Comes the Flood” and duet together with her at the extraordinarily downbeat “Another Day.”

Christmas spirit? Who wishes it? This is Kate, answering the age-old query, Pallon writes, “what would occur if the BBC gave a Christmas particular to a surprisingly bold 21-year-old artwork rocker who additionally smokes a ton of weed?” See the whole tracklist, with timestamps, slightly below. Enjoy, and Happy Kate Bush Christmas Special Day!

Kate Bush – Christmas Special Tracklist:

(Intro) 00:00
Violin 00:29
(Gymnopédie No.1 – composed by means of Erik Satie) 03:44
Symphony In Blue 04:44
Them Heavy People 08:20
(Intro for Peter Gabriel) 12:52
Here Comes The Flood (Peter Gabriel) 13:22
Ran Tan Waltz 17:02
December Will Be Magic Again 19:43
The Wedding List 23:35
Another Day (with Peter Gabriel) 28:05
Egypt 31:41
The Man With The Child In His Eyes 36:21
Don’t Push Your Foot On The Heartbreak 39:24

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Josh Jones is a author and musician primarily based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness


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