Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Kate Bush – Breathing


408 – Kate Bush – Breathing (1980)
Written by Kate Bush
Produced by Jon Kelly and Kate Bush
Label – EMI

Bravely released as a single in 1980, Kate’s response to a post nuclear strike is heart wrenching and haunting. The sweet instrumental tinkle that comes when she sings “Chips of plutonium are twinkling in every lung” stabs like an invisible audio blade. The timing of the song (at the height of the Cold War) couldn’t have been more apt as the UK population were shown public service films to “protect and survive”. Chilling, immediately resonant and always affecting, this remains one of her greatest compositions.

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