Watch Kate Bush’s magnetic cover of Elton John song ‘Rocketman’
We’re stepping into the Far Out vault to revisit Kate Bush’s magnetic video for her 1991 cover of the titular Elton John song ‘Rocket Man’.
The song originally hit the charts in the early 1990s and reached Number 12 in the UK. It’s always been widely reported as Bush’s favourite song of all time, lending her the inspiration to create the self-directed video from 1991. The recording has an almost tropical beat backing Bush’s singular vocal and the video is pure ’90s gold.
Bush told the 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.”
She added: “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.
“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!”
“Alan Murphy played guitars on the track. He was a truly special musician and a very dear friend. Tragically, he died just before we made the video so he wasn’t able to be there with us but you’ll see his guitar was placed on an empty chair to show he was there in spirit.”