Almost thirty years after recording her own version of the Elton John classic ‘Rocket Man’ reclusive singer Kate Bush has finally shared the official music video she made in 1991.
Bush’s rendition of the song reached Number 12 in the UK charts, and now she has given the self-directed music video its first ever official release.
Bush told NME:
“I remember buying this when it came out as a single by Elton John,”
“I couldn’t stop playing it – I loved it so much. Most artists in the mid seventies played guitar but Elton played piano and I dreamed of being able to play like him.”
“Years later, in 1989, Elton and Bernie Taupin were putting together an album called ‘Two Rooms’, which was a collection of cover versions of their songs, each featuring a different singer. To my delight they asked me to be involved and I chose ‘Rocket Man’. They gave me complete creative control and although it was a bit daunting to be let loose on one of my favourite tracks ever, it was really exciting. I wanted to make it different from the original and thought it could be fun to turn it into a reggae version. It meant a great deal to me that they chose it to be the first single release from the album.”
“I dreamed of being able to play piano like Elton”
She continued: “That meant I also had the chance to direct the video which I loved doing – making it a performance video, shot on black and white film, featuring all the musicians and… the Moon!”
“This is the first time this video has officially been released.”
Kate’s take on the Elton classic is featured on ‘The Other Sides’, a collection of rare tracks from Bush that will be released on March 8.