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Homeground: The International Kate Bush Fanzine
I Wanna Be Kate: The Songs Of Kate Bush.
"Chicago's vibrant music scene comes alive and comes together to honor the music of one of this century's most creative artists. Kate Bush has influenced a generation of music makers and Brown Star Records is proud to present "I WANNA BE KATE: The Songs Of Kate Bush". Presented as a testament to Kate and her music, this collection also recognizes Chicago's amazing nest of mind-blowing musicians. The collection showcases a wide range of musical styles from rap to folk and from lounge to blues as well as hard rock, pop rock, art rock and punk rock. Featuring Syd Straw and The Aluminum Group as well as members of Poi Dog Pondering, The Jesus Lizard and Shellac.'
I bought my first issue of Homeground back in 1987. It was issue #26 (spring '87). I was 19 years old. It was wonderful! A connection to Kate fans and to a far-away place called England where everyone was super-cool and dressed like Kate and Depeche Mode. I knew I had something special in my hands because it was an imported fanzine and in 1987 that was beyond cool. This is the first time I've ever written anything for Homeground.
Last summer I was listening to the b-sides from This Woman's Work. "Not This Time" came on and I was grabbed by the swells of the chorus and the dramatic crescendo at the end of the song. An idea came to me from out of the blue to make a Kate Bush tribute album which would include a new recording of this song. This has always been one of my favorite Kate songs, although not too many people seem to be familiar with it. This might not come as much of a surprise to the die-hard Kate Bush fan. Perhaps I'm crazy, but I wouldn't be the first Kate Bush fan to be called so. I've spent the last 12 months fulfilling a dream that I never thought possible. I produced a tribute album to honor the music of Kate Bush. I've always been frustrated by people's resistance to hear new music by someone as daring and gifted as Kate. I decided to invite my favorite Chicago musicians to record my favorite Kate Bush songs. It basically snowballed from there. I talked to producers, engineers, designers, musicians, lawyers, manufacturing plants, and so on. In all 71 musicians and 19 engineers worked together to complete the project. To complicate things even further, the artists recorded and mixed their tracks at 13 different studios.
Many people feel that Kate hasn't gotten proper recognition from the music industry. I also found the general public has neglected our Kate. When I told people about the Kate Bush tribute album, more than one person asked me if she had died. I'd be like "NO. She's not dead. Isn't it great that we aren't waiting until its too late to let her know how much we love her music?'
This has been a labor of love for me and I hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as I have enjoyed making it.
Homeground is the oldest established Kate Bush fanzine now in
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