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Review of I WANNA BE KATE

By Liisa Ladouceur, Alternative Press, September 1998

This Woman's Work...REWORKED
KATE BUSH Subject of Indie-Rock Tribute

Kate Bush fans awaiting the follow-up to the elusive singer's 1993 album The Red Shoes can soon bide time with a compilation of covers. "It's the ultimate mix tape," says compiler Thomas Dunning. The longtime Kate Bush fan has assembled I WANNA BE KATE: The Songs of Kate Bush, a tribute featuring contributions from 17 Chicago-area artists, including the Aluminum Group, Mouse (featuring Mac McNeilly from P.W. Long's Reelfoot and the Jesus Lizard), Syd Straw, Susan Voelz (Poi Dog Pondering) and My Scarlet Life. Coinciding with the 20-year anniversary of Bush's debut, The Kick Inside, the disc is ripe with with eclectic interpretations, avoiding some of her signature songs in favor of album tracks and obscurities. Surf-rock combo the Baltimores give Bush's biggest hit, "Running Up That Hill," a beach-party vibe, and blues legend "Diamond" Jim Greene tackles her jazzy "Home For Christmas." I WANNA BE KATE is scheduled for release this month on Dunning's newly formed Brown Star label.

- Liisa Ladouceur


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