This article is from the Gaffa - Love-Hounds - Kate Bush FAQ, by Ulrich Grepel firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Hounds of Love:
The beginning ("It's in the trees! It's coming!") is from the 1957
UK horror movie "Night of the Demons" (US title: "Curse Of The Demon",
original title: "Casting The Runes"), though Kate re-recorded the bit,
because she couldn't get enough quality from the original.
Another conection of that film to Kate's work is in "The Line, The
Cross & The Curve", where as in the film symbols drawn on paper have
This is based on Peter Reich's book "A Book Of Dreams" (you can see
this book in the video, in Donald Sutherland's pocket). Peter writes
about his experience in his youth, when Wilhelm Reich (his father)
got problems with the government due to his questionable actions as a
scientist. Wilhelm got arrested and died while in prison, and this
experience later made the then-9-years-old Peter write "A Book Of
Dreams". Wilhelm was arrested for refusing to appear at an arrangement
hearing that resulted from a lawsuit by the American FDA for selling
his "orgone energy accumulators" across state lines. The FDA said it
was quackery to sell these boxes made of aluminum and wood as
therapeutic devices; Reich insisted it was serious science and refused
to have anything to do with these "spurious" legal restrictions on his
research and therapy. Of course, he was quite mad by then - this was
nearly a decade after he claimed that orgone energy was not simply the
libidinal buildup that resulted from a lack of proper sexual release,
but was also the substance out of which the whole universe was formed.
Interestingly, several well-known people, including Norman Mailer,
had orgone accumulators. More about Wilhelm Reich can be found in the
file ftp://ftp.uu.net/usenet/rec.music.gaffa/kb/reich .
[part of this is from JAC (see credits section)]
There is no such thing as a song called Cloudbursting (regard the
spelling), and there is no remix of Cloudbusting called The
Meteorological Mix, despite of what EMI America wants to tell us.
EMI UK isn't really better, for the real spelling of what the world
knows as the Organon Mix should have been Orgonon Mix (Orgonon was
the name of Reich's home/center in Maine, Orgone energy was Reich's
subject of studies). [IED]
The song name comes from hunting clouds, not from breaking them, and
the remix called Meteorological Mix is from The Big Sky. There are
two remixes of Cloudbusting: The Orgonon Mix and the video version.
At the end of "Hello, Earth" the German words are: "Tiefer, tiefer,
irgendwo in der Tiefe gibt es ein Licht" This means: "deeper, deeper,
somewhere in the depth there is a light." They are not spoken by
Kate, but by Gabi Zangerl, a friend of Kate.
The choir part of this song was inspired by Werner Herzog's film
Nosferatu that features a very similar chant. Recently it became known
that the chant originates from Georgia, it's a traditional lyrical song
from Kakheti-Kartli, the easternmost region of the (former Soviet)
Republic of Georgia, the area around Tbilisi, the capital. The song is
actually best transliterated as "tsintsqaro" (At the Spring, By the
Source or At the Well), a boy meets girl love song. You might find
this song, also spelled as Tshintsharo or Zinzgaro, on some CDs with
traditional Georgian music (eg "The Marvels of Polyphony in
Sakartvelo", CD Ethnic Sound Series #17, Victor, Japan 1987). [W, CHB]