2: She was the 70s’ answer to The Karate Kid
Kate’s eldest brother, John, was an instructor at Goldsmiths College Karate Club, and the young singer practiced the martial art in between writing scores of songs and poetry for the school magazine. At the club she earned the nickname “Ee-ee” because of her squeaky kiai – the battle cry shouted by combatants when performing an attacking move.
3: James Bond producers asked her to sing the theme to ‘Moonraker’
The theme tune for Moonraker, the 11th film in the James Bond franchise, had a bumpy ride to the big screen. Firstly, Frank Sinatra was considered to sing it, before crooner Johnny Mathis signed up. When Mathis became unhappy with the song, producers turned to Kate Bush – the hottest property in pop after the release of Wuthering Heights. But her record label said she was too busy to do the honours. Bond veteran Shirley Bassey eventually recorded it, turning it into one of the best James Bond theme songs in the process.
4: Kate Bush interviewed herself for fan-club newsletters
In the 20th and 21st issues of the Kate Bush Club magazine, both published in 1987, Kate was interviewed by two fictitious characters – her aunt Hetty and cousin Zwort Finkle. Well, why not? When “Zwort” asked Kate why she didn’t do many interviews, her answer was revealing: “I find it very difficult to express myself in interviews,” she said. “Often people have so many preconceptions that I spend most of the interview trying to defend myself from the image that was created by the media eight years ago.”
5: Fleetwood Mac asked her to support them on their ‘Rumours’ tour
In 1978, Fleetwood Mac were the biggest act in the world, thanks to the runaway success of their 11th album, Rumours. The band approached Kate Bush and asked her to support them on their massive US tour in support of the album, but Kate declined, preferring to concentrate on developing her own shows. In a 2011 interview with BBC Radio 2, Stevie Nicks picked one of the best Kate Bush songs of all time, the Hounds Of Love single Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), as one of her own favourite songs, saying, “That song I really loved because, what a great writer she is, and Running Up That Hill was one of those songs that, when I first heard it, I went, ‘Oh I wanna record that song someday.’”