The Raveonettes – Killer In The Streets (2014)

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As garage rock veterans the Raveonettes prepare to head out on tour in the U.S., they’re exclusively sharing the brand new music video for their song “Killer in the Streets” on Billboard today. Check out the Rie Rasmussen-directed clip below, which features band members Sharin Foo as “the beautiful blonde” and Sune Rose Wagner as the “converted heartbreaker.” [Source]

Kate Bush – Cloudbusting (1985)

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“Cloudbusting” is a song that was written, produced and performed by the British singer Kate Bush. It was the second single released from her no.1 1985 album Hounds of Love. “Cloudbusting” peaked at no.20 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song is about the very close relationship between psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and his young son, Peter, told from the point of view of the mature Peter. It describes the boy’s memories of his life with Reich on their family farm, called Orgonon where the two spent time “cloudbusting”, a rain-making process which involved pointing at the sky a machine designed and built by Reich, called a cloudbuster. The lyric further describes Wilhelm Reich’s abrupt arrest and imprisonment, the pain of loss the young Peter felt, and his helplessness at being unable to protect his father. The song was inspired by Peter Reich’s 1973 memoir, “A Book of Dreams”, which Bush read and found deeply moving.

In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Amy Hanson praised the song for its “magnificence” and “hypnotic mantric effects”. Hanson wrote: “Safety and danger are threaded through the song, via both a thoughtful lyric and a compulsive cello-driven melody. Even more startling, but hardly surprising, is the ease with which Bush was able to capture the moment when a child first realizes that adults are fallible.”

Royal Blood – Figure It Out (2014)

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Brighton rock duo Royal Blood top this week’s Official Albums Chart with their self-titled album, scoring the UK’s fastest selling British rock debut in three years! Royal Blood have sold nearly 66,000 copies in the past seven days, the highest tally for a rock debut since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ eponymous release in October 2011. The duo – consisting of bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher – have gained increasing popularity following a string of summer festival sets including Download, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds, as well as a stint supporting Arctic Monkeys at their Finsbury Park shows back in May.

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (1985)

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The lead single from Kate Bush’s fifth studio album, Hounds Of Love was her highest chart peak since Wuthering Heights, and gave her a fifth Top 10. Its parent album gave Kate her second Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, spending three weeks at the top, knocking off Madonna’s Like A Virgin.

PEAK POSITION: Number 3. Interestingly, Kate has not charted higher than Number 3 since.

CHART FACT: A remix of Running Up That Hill was arranged for the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, complete with new vocals. Upon release, this remix charted at Number 6, and is Kate’s most recent hit to date.