Often media hype goes right over the top and I for one turn off. This week’s announcement that Kate Bush is to play her first string of live dates since 1979 has sent the media into overdrive from front pages to the leader pages to the columnists, it’s akin to the second coming of the messiah.
As someone who finds it hard to think of a more influential artist than Kate Bush, I consider the media frenzy to be more than justified.
The one article that really took my eye was by the always interesting, Deborah Orr, in the Guardian. She says “One of my best parenting achievements? I’ve raised a son who is a Kate Bush fan.”
Well, Deborah, I don’t think you are the only one who has raised Kate Bush fans. I have four grown up children who would all like to go with mum and dad to watch Kate Bush in August or September (alas I doubt if we can get 6 tickets for one concert and actually doubt if we will get tickets at all.) All our kids have been brought up on a soundtrack of soul, funk, disco, punk, new wave and indie and I can’t ever remember playing a Kate Bush album to them, so they have not been force fed Kate.
You only have to hear Running up That Hill or Babooska once on the radio and you’re hooked, coerced into finding out more.
What is it about Kate Bush that creates all this multi-generational excitement? To me it’s simple. Unforced, diligently crafted, intelligent music that “gets” art, style, creativity and doesn’t care about chart placing’s or vast profit generation will almost always be timeless. This is the essence of “vintage” as a concept.
Kate Bush is of a very fine vintage indeed.