January 22nd, 2010


Bad Taste Friday

I should know better than to randomly browse through You Tube looking at things. Last night I discovered a crime against popular music; more particularly, against Kate Bush. Some Modern Teenager Aimed Pop Group (possibly Goth or Elmo, but I don't know enough about the differences between various types of Edgy Teenage Music these days) named "Within Temptation" has done a ridiculously overblown version of Running Up That Hill, as follows:

Really fairly ordinary, isn't it? And that's its biggest failing. It's all spectacle-by-numbers and expensive cinematography with no personality behind it.

Here, on the other hand, is the real Kate Bush. Instead of a cast of thousands, there's a cast of one; two costumes, some props, one backlight and one double bass. Instead of manufactured glamour, there's genuine weirdness: suggestive dancing with musical instruments, eye-popping staring at the camera; waving swords around while wearing some sort of Red Sonja costume; to the accompaniment of Kate Bush's idiosyncratic warbling and some quite odd sound effects (at one point it sounds very much like people are breaking glass in the studio).