Kate Bush Once Named Her Favourite Pink Floyd Album

"I wish I’d written it," she commented...

Kate Bush and Pink Floyd have an intrinsic relationship. After all, it took a chance meeting with guitarist David Gilmour to open those all-important record label doors.

Sure, Kate Bush was a teen prodigy, but David Gilmour’s belief in her talents saw him pay for her first professional demo, and he co-produced 1978’s instant-classic debut album ‘The Kick Inside’. He once reflected: “The label at first were convinced I’d sold them a dud and wasted two years over it. They were difficult with producers for her and refused to use the guy I told them to use until I lashed out at them.”

Drawn into the band’s orbit, a then-unknown Kate Bush was invited to spend the day with them in the studio, as Pink Floyd completed what would become ‘Wish You Were Here’ at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.

“I was absolutely staggered,” Bush later wrote in a book honouring the famous studio.  “I really thought I would never be able to record in a place like Abbey Road.”

1980 album ‘Never For Ever’ saw Kate Bush realise this dream on her own, working from those historic London studios. On its release, she also shared a note, detailing some of her favourite albums – and naturally, Pink Floyd got a shout-out.

Naming concept album ‘The Wall’ as a key point of inspiration, she enthused about the radical gestures within, and her fondness for the progressive epic. “It reminds me of last Christmas and open fires,” she commented, “and I wish I’d written it.” 

The album has an enduring place in her heart – she later added: “I’ve been very much influenced by The Wall because I like the way that the Floyd get right into that emotional area and work with sounds as pictures.”

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