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Kate Bush — Jig of Life
Album: Hounds of Love
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Released: 1985
Length: 4:03
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 Algee wrote:
I can't get a handle on Kate Bush.  Maybe that's why I like her so much.  I bet she's extremely weird in real life.
 
As much as I love her later records, especially disc two of Aerial, it might be because I attribute so much to her that might not be there...

I saw clips of her live show, and they were sophomoric and embarrassing. Much like Prince, I think "stick to the music and leave the multimedia alone. And don't talk, either, while you're at it."

 dogpound wrote:
I got this album for my 14th birthday.
I turned 40 yesterday and it is still one of my faves. 
 
YES! And Happy Birthday...


We be dancing the jig...  love it...

 
Bits and pieces...like some of it, some, not so... Still it made me stop what I was doing and listen up. 7.
Now wait a minute .. that male singer sounds like the guy who sing with "The Lonely Island" group ... nes' c'pas?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLnWf1sQkjY


I got this album for my 14th birthday.
I turned 40 yesterday and it is still one of my faves. 
she makes my head explode
please don't arrange to have her sent to no asylum
Dude this is like Kate Bush on acid.
Kate Bush and diddly-eye-dum music. Hmm. I'm not sure if it works or not, but as a fan of herself I'll give it a few more listens. Her voice is especially low and strong in this number compared to much of her earlier stuff. For some reason, this song makes me think of the cult film The Wicker Man.


I can't get a handle on Kate Bush.  Maybe that's why I like her so much.  I bet she's extremely weird in real life.
Bye.
I like the parts where she doesnt sing!
yippee!  so cool to hear an odd track like this on the radio.  brilliant
I just love Kate Bush's music.  I've never heard a bad song from her.  Some of them are difficult (as is, I need to listen to them a few times in order to absorb everything) but to my ears, never bad. {#Sunny}


soooo cool...  love it...

 
I love Kate Bush, but this is a mediocre song by her standards, from an otherwise great album. A solid 7, though.

Kate Bush at her worst is much better than many at their best.  This is not her best, but a solid 8 nevertheless. 
Sorry, I just find this redundant and irritating.
GONG GONG GONG
Bad
I put this moment here.

I put this moment here.

I put this moment...

                                                                            over here!

 Nat wrote:
Easily my favourite album from 1985...perhaps even the whole of the eighties.

I put this moment......here
 

...i put this moment over here.

Me, too.  {#Arrowd}  Love Kate!  Play Big Sky at my funeral.  Jig of Life will do in the meantime!!


We just turned the volume wayyyy up...  love it...



 Excelsior wrote:
I feel sorry for those who feel the need to defend this crap just to "fit in" and show how "open minded" they are.
  Excelsior, do you talk as much bollocks as you write? You really should refrain from posting here, you only show yourself up.


 peter_james_bond wrote:

I hear you, it is a sin that she didn't put out more albums, but she gave up the music scene to spend more time with her family and I can forgive her for that. {#Wink}

Kate never was very prolific, this album (Hounds of love) took her about 5 years to make. She took 12 years off to be a mother and then released the astounding 'Ariel' in 2005. We are all hoping the next one won't take so long but, hey, you can't hurry genius, and it seems that the longer she takes the better the album.

Whilst this an excellent track you really do have to listen to it in the context of 'The Ninth Wave' (originally side two of the vinyl) to fully appreciate it.



This song is soooo gooood for the ears...


She always sounds like she is singing into a coffee can
Brilliant!
My god, I hated this song when first I heard it.  Now I've listened to it again I really it.
 crockydile wrote:
God, forgive her. {#Pray}
 
I hear you, it is a sin that she didn't put out more albums, but she gave up the music scene to spend more time with her family and I can forgive her for that. {#Wink}

God, forgive her. {#Pray}
 katherinenz wrote:
I really liked the instrumental interlude, but dear god those vocals were really unnecessary {#Headache} 

 
I have to agree.  I love Kate Bush, but some of the vocals on this are painful.  Great music, though.  Wish I had stuck with those Irish dancing lessons...I like the ending too, but those lyrics at the beginning - {#Sick}


More like jig of mute.
Easily my favourite album from 1985...perhaps even the whole of the eighties.

I put this moment......here
Maybe you had to have been there.
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
BARF!!!
 
Good for you! It's best not to tax those brain cells by writing intelligent critiques. Since you sent this same message twice I would hazard a guess that your short term memory is already in bad shape.
BARF!!!

BARF!!!
Thank you Bill! At last a song other than Running Up That Hill from this wonderful album. The whole of side 2, from whence this song comes, is tremendous. As someone else mentioned, it is part of a song cycle so hearing it out of that context, it may not hold up as well - although I think it does. My favorite cut from the album is the song that follows this, "Hello Earth". When it starts we hear part of the NASA communication during a space shuttle launch (or descent) - 'Columbia now 9 times the speed of sound'  - It sends a chill up my spine every time. The song itself is beautiful, ....oh now I have to pull out the cd and play it.
I really liked the instrumental interlude, but dear god those vocals were really unnecessary {#Headache} 

Magnificent!  I lost my copy of this album quite a few years ago.  I'd forgotten all the gems on it that you don't hear so often.  Guess I'm going to have to re-stock. 
...from all the negative comments, i'll have to posit that this loses a lot of depth absent the song cycle to give it context...
my ears are bleeding.
 jehahn wrote:
Dear god it's like someone decided what tori amos needed was bagpipes and a scratchier voice. It's awful...
 
check your time table, this predates Tori.
By a lot.
 
 hippiechick wrote:
In this song, I can definitely hear the comparison to Tori Amos, but I still like Tori so much better.
 
This is exactly my nightmare... Tori Amos, Kate Bush and an Irish jig... EEEEE


Dear god it's like someone decided what tori amos needed was bagpipes and a scratchier voice. It's awful...
instead of wanting to mute, I want to dance a jig

love the instrumental interlude

love Kate

wish her new stuff was as good

Jig this.. MUTE
Time for the mute.
In this song, I can definitely hear the comparison to Tori Amos, but I still like Tori so much better.
...arresting - the ninth wave remains mind-blowing even twenty years later...

 AvoidingWork wrote:


Milla Sings?? Bill do you have any on hand? If she can sing as well as she kicks butt in the movies... I'm waiting with baited breath.

Time to pull out the Googlefu.

Edit:  Bill, never mind.

 
Yep. She actually had a minor hit a few years back (well, more than a few) with a song called "The Gentleman Who Fell". You can check out samples of the CD on Amazon here.

 Excelsior wrote:


I feel sorry for those who feel the need to defend this crap just to "fit in" and show how "open minded" they are.
 
Wow, and actual response for Excelsior! How did I miss this posting from July? Let's see; I have every album of Kate's on Vinyl and CD and have listened to her since high school. Also, I'm 44 years old and haven't attempted to "fit in" with any group since jr. high. I know you're only 25 years old, but your comments show an extreme lack of maturity for someone your age.


Excelsior wrote:
I feel sorry for those who feel the need to defend this crap just to "fit in" and show how "open minded" they are.

Uh, the overall rating is currently 7.1 with the vast majority voting it above a five. I'd feel sorry for those who upon seeing a song they don't like is popular, feel the need to insult the majority of people who enjoy the song. That's really respectful of others. {#No} The maturity level of an 8-year old. {#No}
This track is my number one reason to buy the Whole Story rather than individual issues.
Sorry Kate - this blows - gotta separate the wheat from the chaff.

 Shesdifferent wrote:
You know I think I will spin around with that look in my eye, sing like some shreiking cat banshee, and have some other really bad music arrangements thrown in....then I could be a rock star like this girl.

PLEASE make it stop
 

That is EXACTLY what I was thinking. (nods vehemently)

One of my favourites by Kate.  The Crone speaks.
DavidCarrico wrote:
this song starts off exactly like a Milla Jovovich song


Milla Sings?? Bill do you have any on hand? If she can sing as well as she kicks butt in the movies... I'm waiting with baited breath.

Time to pull out the Googlefu.

Edit:  Bill, never mind.

Kate Bush in Celtic/folk mood. Interesting, I'd not heard this one before. Pretty good until the male voiceover at the end which sounds a bit like a pagan mass. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
chyk5 wrote:
I love it when you play Kate, Bill, and the haters come out. It's very entertaining reading. I feel sorry for those who can't appreciate what a landmark album this was.
I feel sorry for those who feel the need to defend this crap just to "fit in" and show how "open minded" they are.
You know I think I will spin around with that look in my eye, sing like some shreiking cat banshee, and have some other really bad music arrangements thrown in....then I could be a rock star like this girl. PLEASE make it stop :stop: :skull:
fatport wrote:
I keep expecting a miniature Stonehenge to drop from the ceiling.
Hahahaha, nice!
Is this a song about people of African descent?
EssexTex wrote:
This is what living next door to a loony asylum would sound like.
Well, we could ask your neighbors for confirmation.
I love it when you play Kate, Bill, and the haters come out. It's very entertaining reading. I feel sorry for those who can't appreciate what a landmark album this was.
BigCalm wrote:
Pretentious atonal wailing over folk music
Er, Kate Bush doesn't need to be pretentious about anything - she's an institution in herself and one of the all-time great female singers. As for "atonal", she sure sounds in tune to me. I'm not so sure about the celtic folk background, mind. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
Spliff wrote:
Everyone look at your hands!
Classic! And brings me back to the time when this album came out.
This is what living next door to a loony asylum would sound like.
fatport wrote:
I keep expecting a miniature Stonehenge to drop from the ceiling.
Haha, I thought the same thing.
meh
BigCalm wrote:
Pretentious atonal wailing over folk music
No, that's Joanna Newsom. :razz: :cheesygrin:
Pretentious atonal wailing over folk music
I keep expecting a miniature Stonehenge to drop from the ceiling.
I put this moment....here. The poetry spoken by her brother (or father--I don't remember) in the middle is the one thing on this album that makes me rate it just below "The Dreaming." "Dreaming"=Number one record of all time "Hounds"=Number 2
This album is very near to the top of my personal Top 10 of all time. "The Dreaming" is also fantastic, but this one works a bit better as a whole imho. In any case, an amazing record. Should be listened to as a whole, a single song does not do it justice.
Thank you for playing the greatest of all songs from the greatest of all artists.
Boy, I haven\'t heard this in a long time. Fantastic album. Love the changes, the music, the non-traditional structure and instrumentation. **Big smile**
Originally Posted by mucre: hard to input the mechanical property data of collagen films into an excel spreadsheet during this song
I was thinking the same thing.
Everyone look at your hands!
excellent excellent song! It has a bit of everything dance good lyrics slow word great stuff :clap:
hard to input the mechanical property data of collagen films into an excel spreadsheet during this song actually, it's also hard to type this comment kate bush? not so much
Kate Bush is cool. :cool: :D
Originally Posted by DavidCarrico: this song starts off exactly like a Milla Jovovich song
Well, since Kate Bush predates Milla by a decade or two, perhaps a Milla Jovovich song starts off exactly like this song :p
this song starts off exactly like a Milla Jovovich song
:bounce:
Great song to follow the Eagles' "Journey of the Sorcerer" :cool:
Oh, perfect! I was just thinking about Kate! I\'d love to hear from \"Lionheart,\" - Kashka, maybe? :bounce:
Hey we\'re in hobbit land! :lol:
I\'d call her \"Talent\"
:clap: beautiful, haunting cd from an artist who paved the way for a host of female singer/songwriters to follow:notworthy:
good stuff on this album.....not as haunting as her earlier work, but more energetic, more Celtic, if that makes sense. she is a Goddess. all bow before her :notworthy:
Originally Posted by (8?ยป: Are these activities mutually exclusive? More importantly, how can someone tell the difference? :??: (I'm sure at some point in time I'll need to know)
:lol:
This song is a portion of a concept album side, with all songs about drowning. It\'s a pretty neat thing, and - although I love The Dreaming more than this album - it\'s a wonderfully intelligent and moving album.
Originally Posted by another: Thanks for playing Kate Bush. Its been so long since I heard her played that I was beginning to think that I hallucinated her!
Are these activities mutually exclusive? More importantly, how can someone tell the difference? :??: (I'm sure at some point in time I'll need to know)
Originally Posted by tbase: ...and I'm running down that road.... ....Screaming :cry: Sorry- I guess everyone loves it but me.
I definately DO NOT love it! :frustrated:
Reminds me of \"Stonehenge\" from Spinal Tap, complete with the narration ;)
...and I\'m running down that road.... ....Screaming :cry: Sorry- I guess everyone loves it but me.
I love this album. Kate Bush is awesome. Play more from Hounds of Love! Also something from The Sensual World would be cool as well. Thanks for playing her! :notworthy:
I\'m not a big Kate Bush fan, but the angry techno bagpipes work for her. A neat track, overall.
I\'m not familair with Kate Bush (having only heard her with Peter G. telling us all not to give up and sampled with the Utah Saints telling us that something good was going to happen), but this rocks!
Thanks for playing Kate Bush. Its been so long since I heard her played that I was beginning to think that I hallucinated her!
I give it an outstanding. Kate bush kicks the ass of NM, Annie D, etc.
I have a few Kate Bush discs, and this (Hounds of Love / Ninth Wave) is the only one I really like all the way through. There\'s some excellent stuff in there.
That was awful!!!!!!
There are certain artists who I think I ought to like but just don\'t. Kate Bush is one of those who while making all the right musical gestures, just leaves me cold. That\'s why I am glad to finally find something of hers that impresses me. This selection is remarkable.
Originally Posted by philarktos: Hail the Maiden and the Bride ! Considering the Cross Quarter Day reference, all in all a most appropriate choice for Imbolc. And a bright and sunny Candlemas morning it is, here in Vancouver! Ah Bill, sometimes your timing is immaculate. Hadn't heard this before. Will have to pick up "Hounds of Love".
Just as long as you're not expecting the whole thing to be like this ;) Great tune tho' :)
Hail the Maiden and the Bride ! Considering the Cross Quarter Day reference, all in all a most appropriate choice for Imbolc. And a bright and sunny Candlemas morning it is, here in Vancouver! Ah Bill, sometimes your timing is immaculate. Hadn\'t heard this before. Will have to pick up \"Hounds of Love\".