Kate Bush: Love and Anger / Ken (special edition)


Format: 7″

Label: EMI (EMG 134)

Country: UK (German pressing)

Year: 1990

Price paid: $1

Purchased at: private sale


Looking for a moment that’ll never happen

Living in the gap between past and future

‘Love and Anger’ was the third (and last) single released from Kate’s 1989 LP ‘The Sensual World.’ It reached #38 on the UK charts and an impressive #1 on the US Billboard ‘Modern Rock Tracks’ (aka- alternative/ indie) chart. It was released as a standard (non-gatefold) 7″, 12″, and CD single. The B-side ‘Ken was used on the British TV show ‘The Comic Strip’ which parodied politician Ken Livingstone.

This ‘special’ version of the single has a posh gatefold sleeve with inset pages and black 7″ slip cover. It was designed by Kind Light Studio and Bill Smith studio. Kind Light was associated with Kate from the early 80s up through the mid-90s and is most probably Kate Bush herself. Bill Smith has an extensive resume of New Wave sleeve design including artists such as Toyah, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and Inspiral Carpets.

That being said I find the cover rather dull. Sure, it’s Kate Bush so a certain level of understated pretentiousness is expected, but the layout is strictly by-the-numbers. The photos used look to be taken on the set of the video production, they’re awfully grainy and orange in a way that looks more like poor quality photography than deliberate artistic expression.

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