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On December 28, 1979, BBC TV aired something called Kate: Kate Bush Christmas Special 1979. While the actual content of the program has very little to do with the titular holiday, it has surpassed my other holiday favorites (Batman Return, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the Christmas episode from the first season ofthirtysomething) to become my one absolute “must” every year.
This is for a multitude of reasons (I love her! Bush performances were a rare creature that’s now entirely extinct! Peter Gabriel guests!), but mostly because it is an hour of rippling, unchecked insanity.
With her third album Never For Ever wrapped, Bush was on her way to recording 1982’sThe Dreaming, which is infamous for eliciting flummoxed “UM EXCUSE ME”s from even her most dedicated listeners. Years later, in fact, Bush herself would refer to it as her “I’ve gone mad” album. Viewing and reviewing Kate, it’s fairly obvious that the unhinging was already well underway. So, why don’t we celebrate this cacophony of crazy’s thirty-second birthday by taking a peek at how absurd things actually got, on a scale of one to five Babooshkas, song-by-song? Follow me!
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While most coworkers will drink indiscriminately with one another, only a true friend will create a special tie-in brand of whiskey for you to celebrate the love that courses between your battered hearts. Happy holidays, everyone. Let’s get tanked.
Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, by Mick Rock (1979)
INVITE THEM TO YOUR NEXT PARTY.
Is everyone rereading A Christmas Carol this holiday season? Our friend Lena, Events Coordinator at powerHouse Arena is settling in (in style!) with our new edition.
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This is the episode in which the Cabot Cove holiday celebration is derailed because someone shoots Wanda (AKA Lianne Mars), who is a pretty big bitch. Notable for being the only episode in the series in which the victim doesn’t die, everyone! Holiday Favorite indeed!
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