Day 2 of my week with Kate Bush and today its 'Wuthering Heights'.
'Wuthering Heights' is arguably Kate Bush' most famous song. It was also her debut single unbelievably. She was just 19 years old when this accomplished self written song hit the top spot in the UK singles chart.
It was taken from her debut album 'The Kick Inside'. The album and the single were both released in 1978. The album itself was a phenomenal hit, reaching number 3 in the UK albums chart.
Lets start with the artwork for the single and the album. I remember the picture of Kate in a sort of kimono attached to an oriental designed kite. I remember thinking how sinewy and beautifully elegant she looked. Looking at it now, she was ahead of her time. Striking looks, unassuming guile, pure raw talent.
The video sees Kate in a floaty white dress, in a studio with lots of dry ice. She moves sensually, and at times, almost balletic as she really emotes the song. Very 70's but somehow still appealing and mesmerising.
The story we all know. Cathy and Heathcliff of course being the leads from Bronte's book. The song begins 'out on the wiley, windy moors, we'd roll and fall in green.' 'You had a temper, like my jealousy, too hot, too greedy'.
She continues 'Heathcliff, its me, Cathy, come home, so cold'. The way her voice rises and falls it really is dramatic. You feel the cold when she sings 'so co oh oh old, let me in your window'. Somehow, she completely summarises the epic love story with her lyrics and vocals.
Wuthering Heights is potentially one of the greatest songs of the 70's, not to mention one of the all time classics. It is perfect in its simplicity, but so deep in meaning. Lots of piano's plinking away at the start, building to a crescendo as the drama builds.
Such a powerful song. I had forgotten how great it was, as it has been years since I last heard it. Take a listen, and remind yourself or just enjoy for the first time. A true classic.
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