February 02, 2005

Barking mad for Kate Bush

Exciting Welsh guitar band The Futureheads have released a cover version of Kate's Hounds of Love, the original of which was itself beyond enthralling. In an interview with the NME they identify the highly innovative structure of the song as being one of the characteristics that drew them to it. And that to me is a very interesting point.

It is a song with which I am very familiar, and still enjoy listening to regularly. But that does not mean that I find this new version to detract from my relation to the song. It really does add to it in surprising ways. Effectively what has happened is this. They have taken the song, its structure and elements of its sound, deterritoritorialized or abstracted those elements, and passed them through their own complex musical machine, their own textures, rhythms and group dynamics – applying a different 'slice of chaos' or set of selective forces to it.

The song is so strong that it passes through chaos, a zone of indiscernibility between Kate and the Futureheads, and emerges on the other side intact, with its habits and distributions of intensity recurring – added to positively. What a creative synthesis!


Plus the video is also great, in a different and related way to the original.

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  1. Welsh?
    They're from Sunderland mate… (as is quite obvious from their accents in the songs… :))

    But yeah, they are great. My friends got me their album for my birthday last summer, and I've been loving it a lot ever since.

    02 Feb 2005, 21:51

  2. Joey Grimaldi

    You lovesick fool.

    02 Feb 2005, 23:26

  3. Robert O'Toole

    So why does he sound like Shadwell if he's not from Wales? Besides, they do look Welsh in some indefineable way. Welsh Geordies? (OK, tell me people from Sunderland aren't Geordies).

    03 Feb 2005, 10:08

  4. Robert O'Toole

    I just downloaded The Futureheads CD assuming them to be from Sunderland, which surely is wrong. Welsh thoroughly. Anyhow, its very good.

    Loud, intense, and just what i need. Am teaching in Saturday, and then in the evening plan to regress to being a student (for my 18th birthday). And that will be the soundtrack.

    03 Feb 2005, 13:20

  5. "Sunderland four-piece The Futureheads…" from the first line of their Biog, not welsh in any way.

    03 Feb 2005, 14:56

  6. Robert O'Toole

    Jones, you Welsh?

    03 Feb 2005, 15:12

  7. Colin Bateman

    Although their accents are somewhat undefinable, they are from sunderland and not wales
    I agree that this track is very special indeed, in fact surely one of the best cover versions in recent times. Hopely 2005 will be the year for the futureheads.

    05 Feb 2005, 10:59

  8. Bush Baby

    Hey Bob, you're back!

    Still no sigh of the new album. Boo hoo.

    13 Jul 2005, 14:31

  9. Bush Baby

    No reply! U waitin until Sept? ;)

    18 Jul 2005, 12:07

  10. Hello Bush Baby, hope you are well.

    20 Jul 2005, 18:02

  11. September would be nice.

    20 Jul 2005, 18:03

  12. I just bought a DVD of the Whole Story from ebay. Fantastic. But am still looking for a nice photo to frame on my wall next to Mari and Em.

    20 Jul 2005, 20:35

  13. Guess who!


    Its due 15th Oct!!!

    21 Jul 2005, 11:13

  14. Robert O'Toole

    And you have some evidence of this?

    21 Jul 2005, 12:12

  15. Me again

    EMI Promotional Services (found on Kate Bush News and Info), it's actually listed as 17/10/05.

    See if Im right, or see if Im right!

    22 Jul 2005, 14:56

  16. Kristofer

    Yeah, the Futureheads are from Sunderland, which makes 'em Mackems, not Geordies. Slightly different accent from a Geordie accent.
    Otherwise the chorus would sound like:
    "the hoonds of luv ah hun-ten
    ah've al-weys beeeen uh cow-word
    an' ah divvint knaa wot's gud for 'iss"

    (i do like their version though… though not as much as the original)

    18 Aug 2005, 17:14

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