(12 February 2000) Recorded by various artists and produced
by Thomas Dunning, I Wanna Be Kate - The Songs Of Kate Bush
(BSR (Canada) 6947, 1999) is an interesting collection and
collaboration of seventeen artists covering classic tracks of
the legendary female vocalist. Unlike the two-CD set, A
Tribute To Kate Bush - The Child In Her Eyes (Dressed To
Kill (UK) DOP152)
(amazon.com) by E-clypse with Gemma Price doing the vocal
work, the Chicago artists' recordings on Dunning's production
have worked as hard to make them different and their own as
they have to capture their original Kate Bush essence. Further
information on the contributing artists may be accessed from
website. We were as mystified by the photographs in the
booklet as we were by several of the musical arrangements of
the tracks. Ordering information is available
Like Tom Dunning, we were introduced to Kate Bush's music
initially by Pat Benetar's cover of "Wuthering Heights" and
weren't exposed directly to Kate's recordings until years
later. The cover versions on this recording are performed
by male and female vocalists with singing styles that vary
extensively. We didn't like all of the tracks on the
compilation, but several were indeed stunning and they
were good enough to recommend the album to serious Kate
The Aluminum Group's version of "L'Amour Looks Something
Like You" is a reasonable interpretation with modern lush
jazzy instrumentation backing a male vocalist. "The
Sensual World" by Susan Voelz is a mostly faithful, albeit
substantially slower, reproduction of this sensitive backed
with electronic instrumentation and multitracked vocals.
The Moviegoers almost Bruce Springsteen version of "The
Hounds Of Love" is certainly listenable but was otherwise
uninteresting. "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" is
sung emotively by Syd Straw (female) with light acoustic
instrumentation; faithfully reproduced but with the artist's
own interpretation, it's a nice track. The J Davis Trio
managed to disappoint us with their rap rendition of
"There Goes A Tenner."
Lush instrumentation and Kate Bush-style vocals in
Nora O'Connor's rendition of "The Saxophone Song"
and Victoria Storm's "The Kick Inside" are both
perfect examples of covers with additional artistic
colour. "You're The One" sung in a James Taylor style
by Justin Roberts and "Coffee Homeground" by Mouse
(female) in a Beatles-like ("I Am The Walrus") style
were both listenable and well played. Catherine
Smitko combined a Fleedwood Mac-like (Christine McVie)
vocal style with Celtic styles and traditional
instrumentation in her lively rendition of "Jig Of
The Baltimores significantly rearranged "Running
Up That Hill" into a Go-Gos-style new wave version leaving
no resemblence to the Kate Bush original concept.
The bluegrass version of "Home For Christmas" by
Diamond Jim Greene had lovely banjo music but was otherwise
uninspiring. The male vocal version of "Love And Anger"
by Trinkets Of Joy, however, works quite well.
"Kashka From Baghdada/Babooshka" by The
Plunging Necklines is a lovely multi-female singer
rendition of these classics accompanied by acoustic
guitar and light percussion alone.
A gothic version "Suspended In Gaffa" by
My Scarlet Life
with its layer upon layer of heavenly and
ethereal haunting female vocals is a stunning track in
its own right.
The West End version, complete with orchestral overture,
of "And Dream Of Sheep" by Thomas Negovan is wonderful. Tom
Dunning & Your Boyfriends' rendition of "Not This Time" is an
absolutely stunning track, with evocative lead vocals and lush
well-produced instrumentation and absolutely terrific soaring
choral backing vocals. These two tracks along with "The
Saxophone Song" and "The Kick Inside" discussed above make
this compilation of Kate Bush covers worth further
exploration—a very nice listen!