I'm really suprised...I thought I was in a minority and the usual response of most people is along the lines of "euuughhh, Kate Bush?!".
I've got everything she's ever done - on vinyl and CD and have to say she's probably my favourite artist even now.
What do you think of Kate Bush? Looks or musically?
Looks wise nether good or bad.
Hated some of her songs yet some I realy like such as Man With The Child In His Eyes, Don't Give Up and Running Up That Hill. Others I though were over rated like Wuthering Heights and Babooshka. But everyone to there own taste.
Only reason I bought The Kick Inside was Dave Gilmour connection, at first I thought it was different but not very good.
Back then record shops used to sell a lot of posters, flicking through them in W.H. Smith came across three new ones, Kate sitting cross-legged in a satin blue leotard with blue knee length socks ( leggings, they were all the rage in late seventies ), Kate face and neck only, raven hair, ruby lips, sparks fly from her finger tips, black background and best of all, Kate in a semi see through lilac coloured vest looking really fine ! Put them on bedroom wall next to Nosferatu and a large Blue Oyster Cult print.
I remember a segment on The Tube where Muriel Gray was talking about Kate's latest video with some of the audience, one guy said he really respected Kate Bush for her musical prowess and the way she didn't exploit her sexuality to which Muriel replied, " you don't think she exploits her sexuality ? C'mon IT'S BLATANT. I should co-co !
Looking back on her albums there are tracks which are utter rubbish and others which I still play often. She was innovative but sometimes embarrassingly twee. Interesting Trio Bulgarka vocal arrangements, the drum sound on The Dreaming - no cymbals at all ( ! ), didgeridoo, maybe we wouldn't have Rolf Harris doing Led Zeppelin covers without Kate's re-discovering his talent.
She was political too, highlighting plight of indigenous Australians, hey don't say aborigine, and animal rights.
Noticed her one afternoon standing alone outside London's Astoria, dressed in faded denims, black suede ankle length boots , a black crombie overcoat and a wooly hat. She wore no make-up and despite my crush on her, for the first time I noticed how enormous her ears were, proper wingnut, and how her face was sort of elf-like with a pointy nose and a dimple in her cheek. At first I thought wow, it's amazing how people look different when heavily made-up for photo shoots or on TV. She autographed my copy of Heart's Dreamboat Annie, a white cover so it showed up well. I couldn't think of anything to say, so I told her I had all her stuff, as you do, and asked her what hi-fi she had ? She replied Linn LP12, and Linn Sara speakers, the best you can get for rim-shots ! I really wanted to take her home, liking her even more.
So all of a sudden she's 46 ...WOW !!!
I dont play her albums anymore, but at the time......not only was she a definite pin-up, but her music was totally different to most commercial stuff and that was in an era where there was a fair amount of good commercial music. I think of her as the Bjork of that era, but better looking......hope thats not an insult.