Cloudbusting

Album: Hounds Of Love (1985)
Charted: 20
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  • 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.
  • In a 1985 interview, Bush explained she came upon Reich's book by accident. "I didn't know anything about the writer. I just pulled it off the shelf, it looked interesting, and it was an incredible story. It's written by Peter Reich, and it's called A Book of Dreams. It's about himself as a child, through his eyes as a child, looking at his father and their relationship. It's incredibly beautiful, it's very, very emotive, and very innocent because it's through a child's eyes. His father was a very respected psychoanalyst, and besides this, something that features in the book, he made machines called 'cloudbusters' that could make it rain, and him and his father used to go out together and make it rain; they used to go 'cloudbusting.' And, unfortunately, the peak in the book is where his father is arrested, taken away from him; he was considered a threat. So, suddenly, his father is gone, so it's a very sad book as well."
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  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesUtah Saints originally hit #4 in 1993 in the UK with "Something Good" based on this song. An inferior remix version was also u UK hit in 2008
  • Gregg from Denver, CoIt was sampled by the Utah Saints in their song "Something Good".
  • Richard from Newport, Isle Of Wight, EnglandThe video for this song was shot on White Horse Hill in Oxfordshire, UK.
  • Brendan from Waitara, New Zealandthe riff for this song was sampled for "something good" by Utah Saints. Both versions of this song are awesome.
  • Lee from Ottawa, CanadaIn the lyrics to this song she says some consider the father to be dangerous like her yo-yo that glowed in the dark(early glow in the dark toys were deemed to contain toxic chemicals) "I hid my yo-yo in the garden, I can't hide you from the government."
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