Sky Lady – Kate Bush and Nick Price

My brother loved Kate Bush. I remember the first album, The Kick Inside, arriving in our house sometime in March 1978, and no older than the decade itself, for the next few years I was fascinated, confused and enlightened by a stream of images and lyrics that drifted round the house like an intoxicating mist. Of all the images, it was the ones by Nick Price which I liked the most, particularly ‘December Will Be Magic Again’, but that’s no good for Spring.

Nick Price designed the artwork for the Tour of Life programme – the ‘Sky Lady’ image.

He also did the Bosch-like cover for Never for Ever, explained here in Kate’s own words from an interview in 1980:

 On the cover of Never For Ever Nick takes us on an intricate journey of our emotions: inside gets outside, as we flood people and things with our desires and problems. These black and white thoughts, these bats and doves, freeze-framed in flight, swoop into the album and out of your hi-fis. Then it’s for you to bring them to life…

‘Lord of the Reedy River’ was a b-side and the single sleeve had a fantastically enigmatic swan on the reverse. I can’t explain why, but I always associate this image with Midsummer’s Eve.

I’m a little pleased to find this blog subconsciously linking things up for me – having searched out the Sky Lady images today, I can see where a seed of the Blodeuwedd post came from…


  1. thewitchspromise · March 27, 2012

    I think Yule links well with midsummer because that’s when winter is born and the holly king’s reign begins.

  2. dianajhale · March 27, 2012

    I love it when things link up too! It does seem to be one of the effects of blogging – I guess it is ordering information and making it more explicit. It is interesting to see someone elses connections!

    • whistlesinthewind · March 27, 2012

      It’s great isn’t it? And that sense of history too; there really are dusty attics up there in our heads.

  3. Lily Wight · April 14, 2012

    I’m a huge Kate Bush fan, this post was a lovely find!

    • whistlesinthewind · April 15, 2012

      Her imagination seemed to be really running riot at this time, and it all seems really spontaneous, energy all over the place. Interesting how she’s perceived as guarded now, because this stuff isn’t all. And I really like Lionheart despite people being a bit dismissive of it…

      • Lily Wight · April 18, 2012

        It took me a while to get used to her new deeper voice on the last two albums! Is that a Stephen Fry “rap” ??!!? 😉

      • whistlesinthewind · April 18, 2012

        I’m OK with Stephen Fry despite my fears, it’s Elton John that upsets me on Wheeler Street. Music’s good, but when he emotes all over the middle of it, besides saying ‘frayends’ instead of ‘friends’, I have to turn off or I’ll pass out from toe-curling. I tried. But I love the rest. On Director’s Cut it’s the ‘er-mmmm’ in the intro of Flowers of the Mountain – before she starts singing – that I’d like to delete…

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