Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wuthering about Kate

Kate Bush has been making her highly distinctive style of music since the late 1970s and 1980s and I'll admit although I had heard of her, I hadn't paid much attention -- until lately, that is. 
She's been a British pop sensation since the age of 16 when she materialized on the music scene with a repertoire of 200 songs which were distilled into her first album The Kick Inside.  Her combination of original talent accompanied by her beauty and grace soon had the attention of the entertainment media.  
This album is listed in Tom Moon's 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.

Here is a short film biography about Kate Bush.

I did appreciate her duet with Peter Gabriel  "Don't Give Up".  I am sure I once saw a fanvid from North and South that someone had made to that video. I don't think I dreamt it.  I thought I would find it on my Youtube playlist, but if I ever saved it, it has since disappeared.

Wuthering Heights was her first hit from her debut album. The 1970 miniseries with Timothy Dalton was her inspiration. I vaguely remember hearing Kate sing this song in my youth, but I don't think I listened well enough to know what it was about.  She was playing in the background of the soundtrack of my life, I just wasn't tuned to her channel.  In 1978 when this song first came out, I had just discovered The Police and Blondie's Heart of Glass was the song that most intrigued me.  Now that I have rediscovered this song, I am almost haunted by it.  Kate's soaring vocals are almost terrifying in their passion.  If you watch one of the videos where she is singing and dancing, she really acts like a ghostly Cathy yearning for her lost love. 
I like how this fanvidder (thumbelina15) has used the song with clips from the 1992 version of Wuthering Heights starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes

Richard Armitage fans can't help wishing that he would be given a role like Heathcliff someday.  There was even a fanvideo by EvenstarCrystal mixing Guy of Gisborne into the 1992 version so that he does look like Heathcliff.

At the tender age of 16 Kate Bush was discovered by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.  We have him to thank for launching her career.  Here she is with him singing her hit from 1985
"Running Up That Hill".

I guess I am not the only Richard Armitage fan who appreciates Kate's music.  Here are two fanvids which use a cover version of this same song as performed by the group Placebo.   Miss Hale78 has done a simply stellar job in this video showing Lucas North's struggle with himself in Spooks series 9.  The music is a perfect fit and her editing is very intense.
It seems hard to believe but this same song has also been used for a North and South fanvid by Lotjeknorrepotje.  It works well because of the clever use of the clips she has chosen.

This next video is the song that ultimately inspired this post as it seems as if it could have been written by one of us Richard Armitage fans!

The Man with the Child in His Eyes

This song brings to mind Richard's portrayal of John Standring in a modern version of Wuthering Heights called Sparkhouse. Cathy is named Carol, a wimpy Heathcliff aka Andrew is played by Joe McFadden, and Richard's character is kind of an Everyman who is thrown in to keep it real.

Look at his eyes!  He is so sweet. Who could hurt him?

The more I found out about Kate Bush, the more songs I found to admire.  This one also brought Richard to mind with his early career as a dancer.


Here's the biggest surprise I got from watching Kate's music videos.  She made a filmlike video to her song Experiment IV starring Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and The Vicar of Dibley herself! (Dawn French)

For more of Kate Bush's music videos, visit her official Youtube channel.

I was very pleased to remember to include the following fan video and I am very grateful to have received permission to post it here.  Heathdances was inspired to create a sequel to North and South using Kate's song "Women's Work".  As it doesn't follow the usual plot of the miniseries, here is her explanation of the video:

This is an AU (Alternate Universe) video!! Basically, it takes place after the N&S series has ended. John (Richard Armitage) and Margaret (Daniela Denby-Ashe) get married and start a family. At the train station Margaret is trying to tell John she is pregnant, and is a little nervous about it. He holds her hand and assures her everything will be fine and of course they are very happy about it. During her pregnancy she collapses and goes into early labor. Margaret is struggling with the birth and spends many hours in labor. John is not only concerned but heartbroken and feels like his life with Margaret is falling apart. He thinks back on the good times and bad in their relationship. He doesn't want to lose either Margaret or the baby. Margaret is a strong woman though and pulls through. She has a beautiful healthy baby. John is relieved and they are one happy family. :-)

I don't know where my mind goes sometimes LOL but I have always wanted to make a continuation story for John and Margaret. I can't write fan fiction so this is my way of fan fiction! LOL

If you click on the Youtube logo on the bottom right corner of the video you can watch it from the Youtube page and change it to a higher definition picture.

Thanks Heather! Your video is very creative and beautifully realized. Please feel free to make more musical fan fics. :)

Here's another surprise... I didn't realize when I started this post that after a long hiatus, Kate Bush has released a new album: Director's Cut
 Here is a recent BBC radio interview you can listen to if you wish.


Starheart said...

Thanks for introducing me to Kate Bush!!
I've heard of her before, confused her with Kate Moss.

Anonymous said...

Kate B has such a marvellous individual style and voice. And lovely hands! Thank you for the doc, and the other vids.

Never understood the Sparkhouse/WH connection. Still don't. The only resemblance I can see is echoes of Cathy in Carol. John S as a sort of Lockwood observer? That doesn't fit, either. Just MO.


Phylly3 said...

@Ragtag-- LOL to Kate Moss -- Actually I think I had the same problem once. I also used to confuse her voice with the McGarrigle sisters (Kate and Anna).
I know they are not really that similar, but like I said, I wasn't really paying attention.
But it was the duet with Peter Gabriel that first awakened my interest and then with the Armitage fandom use of her songs I become hooked!

Phylly3 said...

@Fitg -- I think that Carol was actually modelled from Heathcliff's personality -- the wild person from the moors. Andrew was the more refined person -- like Cathy. So that was the spin in the modern take on the story. They both had a crazy attachment to each other from childhood and to the moors. The John Standring character doesn't really fit with the standard story so much, but like I mentioned I believe his character is what keeps the story from being a mere Gothic romance knock-off.

Anonymous said...

Phylly, I watched it again last night, and yes, see the synchroncity rather more clearly. Actually, I'd thought of Carol as akin to the wild side of Catherine Earnshaw. But as the incarnation of Heathcliff, very convincing. Actually, I had seen John as a Hareton persona -which belongs to Part 2 of the Bronte saga.

OK, persuaded about Carol/Cathy! :D


Phylly3 said...

Yay! Glad I could convince you. I do love this show. I suppose I should revisit the book. I only tried it once as a teenager and it didn't grab me then. I am not one for gothic romance although I do love romances. I prefer a happy ending though, not a haunting!
The way Sparkhouse ended was open to interpretation. Because I can't imagine anyone not coming around to loving John's character, I could see a brighter future for her. (That's probably just me though!)

Fanny/iz4blue said...

Hey, just discovered your Kate Bush post! She was definitely on my radar together with Peter Gabriel! I particularly followed her lyrics to help me with my English in school an surely tried to emulate her dancing as she does in "moving" LOL I love the vids you've linked and Placebo really does justice to her song! Thanks for connecting

Phylly3 said...

Dear Fanny - I'm so glad you found my post! That is so great that you used her lyrics to help with your English! She is such a talented lady, it was wonderful finding out about her.