I remember that I was 12 years old when
She made Her debute with Wuthering
In that time we had still no color
television at my house. It was 1975.
We had a few old tube radios at home
and even some transistorized radios
that I had found on the flee market
behind our home.
Kate became very soon an example for
me. She did everything I was busy
learning on Ballet- and Music-school:
Making Dance and Music.
Plus something special: Her very high
Wuthering Heights accessed also the
Dutch popcharts, so She was on the
radio a lot.
I remember that on a certain moment
when a song from Her started I was
running through our house the switch on
every radio and then turn it to full
power! Something my parents and the
neighbours did not apprieciate al
the time. Those tubes made a noise!
Especially in the middle of the night!
But mostly I was alone at home so I
could dance and sing along with Her.
Well, sing..? Ok, make that scream.
I have not a very trained voice but I
could scream as high as She!!!
It took me some time to save the amount
of my pocketmoney to buy Her record The
Kick Inside. It costed then only 12
guilders, but with 1 guilder a week I
was busy for a while.
It was the very first pop record I
buyed in my live. Good choice for a
classical educated boy, is it not?
Strange things are happened with that
record. Except from the fact that I
turned it grey on my old mono record
player with real saphire nail..!
The strangest was that a few years
later there was a burglary in the house
I lived. On that moment every one was
on holidays. The burglars also toke al
my records, about 30. Also The Kick
Inside. I considered a loss forever...
Then, 3 years later, one of my new
friends was loading out her car and I
In the back of her car stood some
records and I checked them out. She had
also The Kick Inside but when I
inspected the record, I noticed that
certain scratches on the records looked
and sounded as the record I had! Also
It turned out she had by coincidence
bought my record from a second hand
Because I had done a lot for her I got
the record back from her.
However I do not have a record player
anymore, that record is still in my
Later in the compact disc era I bought
The Whole Story. It was my first
compact disc from my life I buyed.
I do not dance or scream along anymore.
But when something nasty is happened to
me al I do is remember the first song
on The Kick Inside, the first notes,
the first phrases:
I want to write EMAIL