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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Here's Some Depressing News - Kate Bush Is 57

The other day a Sydney real estate agent with quite a sense of humour tagged me on an ad from News Corp's Facebook feed where they had unearthed a very funny ad from 1980 in Melbourne. The ad was for a shopping precinct that was called 'The Walk'. Words do not describe how funny it was, though obviously at the time it was no doubt serious marketing. The narrator's voice sounded more English than Australian and he described this mall in Melbourne as 'The Walk' where one could find 'a touch of Paris, the flavour of Italy, a flash of the Orient'. He continued to say that this precinct was 'a walk of fashion, a walk for elegant gifts, a fabulous walk through a world of exciting shops, The Walk, the international talk of the town' . It had me rolling on the floor for hours. My my, how provincial Australians were... you can see an excerpt of the ad here.

But, as usual, I digress. The sole reason I mention the ad was because it was made in 1980. 1980 was now 36 years ago. And it seemed from that ad like a whole other world. In fact, I remember the cars and the buildings and the way people were back then, and it saddens me that most of it has passed, never to come again. It got me thinking about things that I loved about the 1980's and one thing which stuck out was the song 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush. The song is still fresh today but Kate Bush seems to have been a period piece for me which, fortunately, we haven't had to watch her life unravel in tabloid magazines like some of her contemporaries of that time. That in itself has only ever added to the mystery I feel about this woman with her tussled dark brown hair and that essentially 80's look about her which seems distilled now - she was the thinking man's Kelly Lebrock a la Weird Science.  If Kate Bush is now 57, then this video below, shot in 1985, makes her 26 years old. Again, I don't mean harping on about it, I am no ageist, it just saddens me that that moment of time, distilled now, has passed.

How those years seem to have just whizzed by and how on earth did Kate Bush become 57 years old? For me, Kate Bush will always be the woman from her music videos. And I leave you this Sunday with one of my favourite songs of hers below. I do hope she comes to Australia again, I will most definitely go and see that show.

"C'mon, baby, c'mon darling,
Let me steal this moment from you now.
C'mon, angel, c'mon, c'mon, darling,
Let's exchange the experience, oh..."

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems."

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