Cloudbusting (5:11)

Cover of Hounds of Love

From Hounds of Love and 16 other releases

Like Bush’s first hit “Wuthering Heights,” this is based on a book. It was inspired by Peter Reich’s 1973 Book of Dreams, which describes his father Wilhelm’s arrest for contempt of court.

Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychiatrist who was trained in Vienna by Sigmund Freud. His work combined Marxism and psychoanalysis to advocate sexual freedom. In the 1930s, Reich came up with the concept of “orgone,” a physical energy contained in the atmosphere and in all living matter. The “Cloudbuster” was a device he came up with to manipulate the orgone energy in the atmosphere, which would force clouds to form and bring rain.

Hawkwind and Patti Smith have both released songs about Reich’s concept of Cloudbusting.

Donald Sutherland appears in the video as the inventor/father.


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  • vol2ofdeep

    just no words...amazing song and amazing voice

    26 Sep 5:20pm Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    @jerryzola25 greatest gig ever was on Saturday ;) Life-changing - feel like skipping and I'm 41

    22 Sep 7:35pm Reply
  • JerryZola25

    greatest encore to the greatest gig/theatre/event ever on Wednesday - 3hours of pure heaven

    14 Sep 11:06am Reply
  • SionedGoch

    Speaking to Christopher Turner, Peter Reich said of his father: "He was a nineteenth-century scientist; he wasn't a twentieth-century scientist. He didn't practice science the way scientists do today. He was a nineteenth-century mind who came crashing into twentieth-century America. And boom!"

    10 Sep 8:00pm Reply
  • marjo47

    She was famous in the 80s and still is. Always liked her voice and songs.

    9 Sep 1:43pm Reply
  • XDRory

    Gotta be in my Top 100 favourite songs. Of ever.

    5 Sep 4:25pm Reply
  • takingaleft

    ahhhhh Kate

    14 Aug 3:00pm Reply
  • Onelonelystar

    brilliantly constructed song.

    1 Aug 9:09pm Reply
  • pkymen

    Words cannot express how much I love this song!

    22 Jun 7:20pm Reply
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  • bohemian_chic

    Excellent song from an excellent album!!!

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    Just a wonderful song for agees!

    26 Mar 10:51am Reply
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    Kate Bush ist einfach phantastisch!

    22 Mar 12:21pm Reply
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    love this song from kate

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  • WitchUp

    Initially,the ''I just know that something good is gonna happen'' part was meant to sound like ''I just know that something bad is gonna happen''. I remember Kate talked about this in an interview. When she was writing the lyrics,a wasp entered her room and she was just writing that verse down. She changed the ''bad'' part with the ''good'' one and suddenly the wasp left the room. Funny story.

    25 Feb 9:04pm Reply
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    Perfect song

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