” Babooshka ” is by Kate Bush, the English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Kate is a CBE, which she received from Her Majesty The Queen on the 10th of April 2013 at a ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England.
In 1978 at the age of 19, Kate made history by becoming the first female artist to have a UK Number One single with a self-penned song, her debut single ” Wuthering Heights “.
The song was written by Kate; she also co-produced along with Jon Kelly and John L Walters. Jon Kelly is a British producer who has worked with artists like Chris Rea, The Damned, The Beautiful South, Prefab Sprout, Deacon Blue, Heather Nova, The Levellers and Lynsey De Paul.
John L Walters is a British editor, musician, critic and composer. He was a founding member of the group Landscape, who in 1981 had a UK hit with the song ” Einstein A Go-Go “.
” Babooshka ” was released on the 27th of June 1980 by record label EMI ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the second single from Kate’s third album, Never for Ever. The album was released in 1980 and was to be Kate’s first Number One album; it made history by becoming the first by a British solo female artist to reach Number One on the UK Albums Chart and the first by a solo female artist to enter the chart at the top.
Lyrically the song is about loyalty. A woman tests her husband’s commitment by taking the name ” Babooshka ” and sending her husband notes which she has him believe is from a much younger woman, which she feels is the opposite of how her husband looks at her. She becomes more bitter and consumed by paranoia, which ruins the relationship between her and her husband.
In an interview about writing the lyrics for the song ” I’m sure I heard about it on some TV series years ago when I was a kid. You know, these period things that the BBC do. I think it’s an extraordinary thing for someone to do… That’s why I found it fascinating. ”
When coming up with the name for the song, Kate hadn’t realised that ” Babooshka ” sounds like the Russian word Babushka, which means Grandmother. As many English countries mispronounce words, it also means Russian woman’s headwear and even as a nickname used for an anonymous woman who might have photographed the events surrounding the shooting of JFK on November the 22nd 1963, in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
The accompanying music video was directed by Keith MacMillan, he worked on the video for Kate’s single ” Wuthering Heights ” and has worked with many different artists including Motorhead, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Bananarama, Judas Priest, Simple Minds and XTC.
In the video, Kate is seen beside a double bass which is used to symbolise her husband. She wears a black bodysuit and veil for the embittered wife. She makes the change to the costume worn by her alter-ego ” Babooshka “.
The costume of ” Babooshka ” was based on an illustration by painter and illustrator Chris Achilleos. Chris created the 1979 album cover for Lovehunter by Whitesnake with the artwork of a naked woman straddling a giant serpent. The controversial cover was to be the last time Chris Achilleos would work with bands.
The single was a commercial success for Kate. In Australia, the song reached number two and went on to be the 20th best-selling single of the year there.
In the United Kingdom, ” Babooshka ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 5th of July 1980 and peaked at number five. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 5
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Dutch ( Single Top 100 ) 15, French SNEP Chart 5, German Singles Chart 14, Israel Charts 5, Italian Singles Chart 5, Irish Singles Chart 5, New Zealand Singles Chart 8, Norwegian Singles Chart 4
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