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Kate Bush - The Single File (VHS) CD (album) cover


Kate Bush


Crossover Prog

3.52 | 10 ratings

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3 stars This VHS sat in my player for quite some time and I thrashed it to death as it was very compelling colection of Kate Bush's infamous video clips with her greatest hits at the time. It begins with the enigmatic Wuthering Heights; "Oh it gets dark, it gets lonely, On the other side from you, I pine a lot, I find the lot, Falls through without you, I'm coming back love, cruel Heathcliff, My only one dream, my only master..." Wuthering Heights grabbed my attention as a teen and still retains its power to instil in me feelings of a cold, lonely spirit who is coming back to grab Heathcliffe's soul away. It is chilling stuff based on the famous Bronte novel. The film clip that was played to death at the time featured an ethereal forest setting with Bush waving her lithe body and bending over backwards and stalking with arms outstretched; unforgettable images from a theatrical master. She looked a picture as she stared at the camera with her wide gaping eyes and flowing hair. the clip ends with her disappearing and reappearing bending her body like a sapling.

Man With The Child In His Eyes has Bush in a studio watching the camera with eagle eyes and moving slowly as she mimes the words. A beautiful song with great visuals.

Hammer Horror is a chilling clip with Bush miming smashing someone with a hammer and she is dressed in ethereal flowing dress with creepy facial expressions. Once again she mimes the whole song in a dance ballet style.

Breathing is Bush at her sexiest as she mimics a Barbarella type scenario, lying on her back in a sexualised pose and miming the bizarre words.

Babooshka is one of the most memorable with Bush looking like an Aztec warrior in sexy Xena like garb complete with phallic sword that she slashes through the air. She looks beautiful with the lights behind her hair glowing and she also has a section where she is in black with a face covering veil and she plays a massive cello. Indelible images of the 80s.

Army Dreamers has Bush in a Vietnam setting with her leering in to the lens with her photogenic looks and there are tanks and camouflage and soldiers to help the scenery.

The Dreaming is interesting reenacting the Houdini escape artist events.

Overall it is a great little video; quite popular at the time and very memorable.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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