The Story Behind The Song Clou...

Mario's Sunday Roast

The Story Behind The Song Cloudbusting By Kate Bush

Ruth Devaney
Ruth Devaney

2:55 PM - 18 Aug 2019

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Joining Mario this week for The Story Behind The Song was award winning composer, musician and sound designer Alma Kelliher. Alma is also known by her stage name "Lux Alma".

Her music is described as sometimes contemplative, sometimes pulsing, concentrating on themes of female strength and Irish mythology, all wrapped in a dreamy electro aesthetic with Alma's soaring vocal at its core.

Alma chose "Cloudbusting" as this weeks song to delve behind, Alma performed this song for years without knowing the full story behind it so today was the day! "Cloudbusting" is a song written, produced and performed by Kate Bush . It was the second single released from her number one 1985 album Hounds of Love. "Cloudbusting" peaked at No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart.

It was based on a book called A Book of Dreams by Peter Reich, about his father who created a Cloudbuster machine to make clouds form and bring rain. His father was unceremoniously arrested when Peter was a child, which the song covers."Orgonon" in the lyrics is the name of the Reich family farm and the video starred Kate Bush as the boy and Donald Sutherland as his father. It was edited by Terry Gilliam and it was noted that Peter Reich absolutely loved the video.

Catch Lux Alma at the Dublin Fringe Festival on the 14th September, full details here:

Press the play button on the image on the top of the screen to hear the full chat. 


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