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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  • samiyam333


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  • jpeiper

    I love Kate. Such a rare talent.

    24 Feb 5:00pm Reply
  • Chemin

    Love it.

    13 Feb 5:55pm Reply
  • thesleepycloud


    4 Jan 9:45am Reply
  • supermediadave

    The cool Donald.....

    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • karolcia_1993

    One of the greatest songs ever written.

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • white_lemur


    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jillian67

    Yes I love this song, I love the video. I love the way the song seems long, you can really get into it and the string instruments bound on and on.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ElGoonerToerag

    I first saw this video as a short at my local cinema back in the 80's & blown away by it & the song & have been ever since. Played this song on the day my Dad died in honour of him. Always makes me think of the good times I spent with him. Thank you Kate.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    ♥ ♥

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • vol2ofdeep

    just no words...amazing song and amazing voice

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • wingsoftoast

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

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JerryZola25

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

    14 Sep 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

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

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • XDRory

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

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • takingaleft

    ahhhhh Kate

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Onelonelystar

    brilliantly constructed song.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • pkymen

    Words cannot express how much I love this song!

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
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