In February 1978, EMI released Kate Bush’s first album, The Kick Inside. When released the singer/songwriter had turned 19 years old, but the album featured songs that Bush had written at 15 and had recorded at 16. The Kick Inside
is arguably Bush’s finest moment. The album was unabashedly romantic and thought provoking, and yet somehow, you could feel the teenager spread her wings for the first time.
The album’s highlights are many, but without doubt the stand out track was “Wuthering Heights”, which incidentally, was a hit everywhere except the United States. Also with “Wuthering Heights”, Bush single handedly propelled the Emily Brontë novel of the same name back onto the best-seller lists in the UK.
The Kick Inside provided many other amazing songs including the extremely thought provoking, “Man with the Child in His Eyes”, “James and the Cold Gun”, and what was unashamedly sexual in its nature, “Feel It”. The later would serve as the template for the subject matter for Bush’s 1985 album, Hounds of Love.
Kate Bush’s writing continued to improve with every album she released, but The Kick Inside provided a snapshot of her songwriting ability during her early years, and it gave us a glimpse of what was to come from this truly excellent singer songwriter.