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Kate Bush - Experiment IV


"Experiment IV" is a song by the English singer Kate Bush. It was released as a single on 27 October 1986, in order to promote Bush's greatest hits album The Whole Story. The single peaked at 23 in the UK Singles Chart, simultaneously with "Don't Give Up", Bush's duet with Peter Gabriel, which reached number 9.

Overview

The song tells a story about a secret military plan to create a sound that is horrific enough to kill people. The ending of the story is unclear, but in the music video nearly every person working on the project is killed by the horrific sound, which is personified by Bush herself as she changed from an angelic woman into a banshee (a horrifying screaming apparition of Irish lore).

The song features Nigel Kennedy on violin, who at one point replicates the screeching violins from Bernard Herrmann's famous scoring of the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho.

The B-sides of both the 7" and 12" singles included a re-working of "Wuthering Heights", the single which catapulted her to stardom in 1978. On the 12" single, the 1980 song "December Will Be Magic Again" was included as an additional B-side.

An extended version of "Experiment IV" appeared on the 12" vinyl release of the single. Both versions of the song were included on the second CD, second cassette or second LP of rarities on the box set This Woman's Work, released in 1990.


We were working secretly for the military

Our experiment in sound was nearly ready to begin

We only know in theory what we are doing

Music made for pleasure, music made to thrill

It was music we were making here until

They told us all they wanted

Was a sound that could kill someone from a distance

So we go ahead and the meters are over in the red

It's a mistake in the making

From the painful cries of mothers to a terrifying scream

We recorded it and put it into our machine

They told us all they wanted

Was a sound that could kill someone from a distance

So we go ahead and the meters are over in the red

It's a mistake in the making

It could feel like falling in love

It could feel so bad

It could feel so good

It could sing you to sleep

But that dream is your enemy

We won't be there to be blamed

We won't be there to snitch

I just pray that someone there can hit the switch

They told us all they wanted

Was a sound that could kill someone from a distance

So we go ahead and the meters are over in the red

It's a mistake in the making

And the public are warned to stay off


Posted by George Freund on November 10, 2019 at 9:07 PM 32 Views