The Kick Inside

~ Release group by Kate Bush

Annotation

Recorded: June 1975–August 1977

Annotation last modified on 2011-07-12 17:18 UTC.

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
  • GB1978-02-17
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMC 3223[none]
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)SW-11761[none]
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002)1C 064-06 603[none]
The Kick InsideCassette13
EMI Electrola GmbH (not for release label use! DE subsidiary of EMI Records from 1972–2002)1C 264-06 603
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)3C 064 - 06603[none]
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMS-81042[none]
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
EMI Music Netherlands (this is not an imprint! it likely refers to EMI Music Netherlands BV)5C 062-06603
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
EMI Music Sweden AB (not for release label use! SE subsidiary of EMI)7C 062-06603
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
EMI AmericaSW-17003
The Kick InsideCD13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP35-3045[none]
The Kick Inside12" Vinyl13
FameFA 3207
The Kick InsideCD13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46012 2077774601221
The Kick InsideCD13
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)CP21-60824988006638457
The Kick InsideCD13
  • GB1994-09-12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46012 2077774601221
The Kick InsideCD13
  • GB1994-09-12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0777 7 46012 2 1, CDEMS 1522077774601221
The Kick Inside (Reissue)CD13
EMI Music Canada, EMI Records USA (formerly EMI USA, renamed since early 1990s)E2 07777 46012 2 1, E2 46012077774601221
The Kick InsideCD13
  • US1997-07-14
EMI Manhattan (Manhattan Records after Jul 1987 acquisition of EMI America; discontinued in Sep 1988)CDP 7 46012 2, DIDX 1101077774601221
The Kick InsideCD13
  • JP2005-11-02
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-678154988006836594
The Kick InsideDigital Media13
  • XW2018-11-16
Rhino (reissue label)190295511791
The Kick Inside (2018 Remaster)CD13
  • XW2018-11-16
Fish People190295568986
The Kick InsideCD13EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46012 2, UK-CD-FA 32070077774601221
The Kick Inside (Reissue)12" Vinyl13EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), EMI Electrola (more likely the company trademark of EMI Electrola GmbH than an imprint)038 15 7656 1, 1C 038-15 7656 15099915765611
The Kick InsideCD13EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0777 7 46012 2 1077774601221
The Kick Inside (made in UK)CD13EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46012 2[none]
The Kick Inside (made in West Germany)CD13EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7460122, CDP 7 46012 2[none]
(unknown)
The Kick InsideCassette13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0C 262-06 603, TC-EMC 3223[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:The Man With the Child in His Eyes
Wuthering Heights
part of:Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 74) (order: 74)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/28531 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Kate_Bush:The_Kick_Inside_(1978) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/nm9x [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/kate-bush/the-kick-inside/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/34094/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189382 [info]
Wikidata:Q1632944 [info]

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The tale's been oft-told, but bears repeating: Discovered by a mutual friend of the Bush family as well as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Bush was signed on Gilmour's advice to EMI at 16. Given a large advance and three years, The Kick Inside was her extraordinary debut. To this day (unless you count the less palatable warblings of Tori Amos) nothing sounds like it.

Using mainly session musicians, The Kick Inside was the result of a record company actually allowing a young talent to blossom. Some of these songs were written when she was 13! Helmed by Gilmour's friend, Andrew Powell, it's a lush blend of piano grandiosity, vaguely uncomfortable reggae and intricate, intelligent, wonderful songs. All delivered in a voice that had no precedents. Even so, EMI wanted the dullest, most conventional track, James And The Cold Gun as the lead single, but Kate was no push over. At 19 she knew that the startling whoops and Bronte-influenced narrative of Wuthering Heights would be her make or break moment. Luckily she was allowed her head.

Of course not only did Wuthering Heights give her the first self-written number one by a female artist in the UK, (a stereotype-busting fact of huge proportions, sadly undermined by EMI's subsequent decision to market Bush as lycra-clad cheesecake), but it represented a level of articulacy, or at least literacy, that was unknown to the charts up until then. In fact, the whole album reads like a the product of a young, liberally-educated mind, trying to cram as much esoterica in as possible. Them Heavy People, the album's second hit may be a bouncy, reggae-lite confection, but it still manages to mention new age philosopher and teacher G I Gurdjieff. In interviews she was already dropping names like Kafka and Joyce, while she peppered her act with dance moves taught by Linsdsay Kemp. Showaddywaddy, this was not.

And this isn't to mention the sexual content. Ignoring the album's title itself, we have the full on expression of erotic joy in Feel It and L'Amour Looks Something Like You. Only in France had 19-year olds got away with this kind of stuff. A true child of the 60s vanguard in feminism, Strange Phenomena even concerns menstruation: Another first. Of course such density was decidedly English and middle class. Only the mushy, orchestral Man With The Child In His Eyes, was to make a mark in the US, but like all true artists, you always felt that Bush didn't really care about the commercial rewards. She was soon to abandon touring completely and steer her own fabulous course into rock history.