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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Kate Bush - Babooshka

'Babooshka' is a song by British singer Kate Bush, taken from her album Never for Ever. Released as a single in June 1980, it spent 10 weeks in the UK chart, peaking at number five. It was an even bigger hit in Australia, where it was the 20th best-selling single of the year.

The song chronicles a wife's desire to test her husband's loyalty. To do so, she takes on the nom de plume of Babooshka and sends notes to her husband in the guise of a younger woman -- something which she fears is the opposite of how her husband currently sees her (Hence the barbed lines: "Just like his wife before she "freezed" on him/Just like his wife when she was beautiful...").

The trap is set when, in her bitterness and paranoia, Babooshka arranges to meet her husband, who is attracted to the character that reminds him of his wife in earlier times. She thereby ruins the relationship due to her paranoia, according to Kate Bush's 1980 interview with the Australian TV series Countdown.

The music video depicts Bush beside a double bass (contrabass) which symbolises the husband, wearing a black bodysuit and a veil in her role as the embittered wife. This changes into an extravagant, mythlike and rather sparse 'Russian' costume as her alter-ego, Babooshka.

The track features John Giblin on bass and marks the significance of fretless bass sounds as instrumental "male" partners through Kate's music in the early eighties.

Kate Bush said that's "something I didn't realise at the time," when she learnt that Babushka is the Russian word for "grandmother" (although the stress in Russian falls on the first syllable, not the second).

'Babooshka' became Bush's second top five hit in the UK and was certified silver for sales of over 250,000 by the BPI.

The B-Side contains her song 'Ran Tan Waltz', her second non-album B-Side. This song is performed as a tragicomedy, where Bush portrays a man bemoaning his bad luck in life being married to a wayward mother. This song also signifies Bush's first use of an expletive in one of her recordings (the word "dick" as cacophemism for penis).

Click the link below to download the following:
French TV Performance
Countdown Interview
Single Version
Early Demo on the Piano
Ran Tan Waltz - B-Side


Kate Bush - Babooshka - Video

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