Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
Music videos from British singer/songwriter Kate Bush's first four studio albums are collected on this 12-song compendium. Clips range from 1977's "Wuthering Heights," a mostly straightforward performance piece in which Bush, then only 19-years-old, showcases her dance and mime skills across a stark, ethereal backdrop, to 1983's "There Goes a Tenner," an altogether more cinematic crime-caper pastiche. In between, viewers can watch Bush mature from a wide-eyed naif singing about forbidden love ("The Man With the Child in His Eyes") and the expectations of one's mentors ("Them Heavy People") to an art-rock goddess tackling nuclear war ("Breathing") and the treatment of Australian aboriginals ("The Dreaming"). The BBC once banned the video for "Wow" because of the shot in which Bush, satirizing the homophobia of the theater world, intones the line "He's too busy hitting the Vaseline" while slapping her backside suggestively. Far more sexually titillating is the clip for "Babooshka," in which the singer appears as an avenging Valkyrie clad in a chain-mail bikini. Five of these clips are available exclusively on Kate Bush: The Single File.