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She's one of the UK's most creative singer-songwriters and the inspiration behind her songs is fascinating. Read the stories.
Kate shares the same birthday as Emily Bronte, the author of 'Wuthering Heights' (July 30th). When this rose to #1 Kate Bush became the first female to top the UK charts with a self composed song.
In 2010, Kate's first boyfriend, Steve Blacknell told the Daily Mail that this song is about him. The pair had got together in 1975 while Bracknell was working as a toilet cleaner, with ambition to be a DJ. He said, "She had her heart set on becoming a global star and I was going to be a flash DJ. One day I would introduce her on Top Of The Pops."
When Kate wrote this song, she set out to create something that sounded like Pink Floyd. The line in the song which says "He's too busy hitting the Vaseline" was a reference to there being a lot of homosexuals in the world of show business.
The lyrics in this song tell of a wife who tests her husband's loyalty out of paranoia. Kate got the idea from a BBC period drama she watched as a child. The song title is taken from the Russian word 'Babushka' which means Grandmother.
This song was originally called just 'Deal With God' but her label made her change it because they didn't think radio stations would play a song with 'God' in the title. It was Kate's biggest hit in the U.S.
Peter Gabriel had to get permission from his wife to hug Kate in the video for this song, and he later admitted his marriage was in trouble at the time. He told Q Magazine, "I thought that five minutes of groping Kate in front of the world was perhaps not the best thing for a dodgy marriage At the time I felt I needed a blessing. Anyway, Jill was great about it."
Kate had originally used the lyrics from the book 'Ulysses' by James Joyce for this song but could not get permission to use them, so she wrote new ones instead. The song is about the character Molly Bloom from the book stepping out from the book into the real world.
This song was taken from the album 'The Red Shoes' and Kate admitted to Mojo magazine that it's her least favourite. "I had considered taking it off to be honest. Because it didn't feel quite as interesting as the other tracks. But I thought, at the same time, it was just a bit of fun and it felt like a good thing to go out with."
The cover of this single was drawn by Bush's 8-year-old son, Bertie.