Bottom/ Kate Bush herself has called The Dreaming (EMI, 1982)
her "I've gone mad album". The iconic album cover depicts a scene described in the lyrics to the song "Houdini". In the picture shown, Bush is acting as Houdini's wife, holding a key in her mouth which she is about to pass on to Houdini. Many were baffled by the dense soundscapes Bush had created, and some critics accused the album of being over-produced. Bush was in her early twenties when making the album and tended to look outside herself for sources of inspiration. She drew on old crime films ("There Goes A Tenner"), a documentary about the war in Vietnam ("Pull Out The Pin"), the plight of Indigenous Australians ("The Dreaming"), the life of Houdini ("Houdini") and Stanley Kubrick's film of Stephen King's novel The Shining ("Get Out Of My House"). "Leave It Open" speaks of the need to acknowledge and express the darker sides of one's personality within the greater context of maintaining an open mind.
Top/ "Cloudbusting" is taken from the album Hounds Of Love (1985) by Kate Bush, considered by many to be her masterpiece.
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