Days after making a critically acclaimed return to live performance and storming the charts with eight classic albums, Kate Bush has capped her triumphant comeback with an exclusive interview for Fast Vauxhall magazine in which she gives insight into her life, her career and her highly modified 1994 Vauxhall Calibra 16 valve.
‘The sonic landscape has changed since I was last performing and people seem intrigued by how I have been busying myself,’ the legendary artist told Fast Vauxhall editor Mitt Clisp. ‘Well as you can imagine, tuning a C20XE isn’t the work of a moment, but I think I’ve now achieved a reliable 230-plus horsepower with a ported head, Kent fast road cams, SAAB red injectors, Vernier pulleys, uprated fuel pump, M-Tech powercap and Emerald K6 ECU. It’s well mental.’
‘I suppose it’s true, I have been away from performance and recording for some time but music has always been a part of my life,’ the enduring star admitted. ‘Often listened to in my Calibra ‘cos it’s got a Pioneer DEH-P6900IB head unit, Directed 1100D amp, Diamond Audio M361 speaker set and RE Audio 15-inch sub. It’s well banging.’
‘I’m often asked what motivates and inspires the ethereal and sometimes oblique nature of the aesthetics of my work,’ the 56-year-old singer later noted. ‘But for some reason I ain’t hardly never asked about my Calibra’s Rieger Infinity bodykit and Irmscher boot spoiler with third brake light or its angel eye headlights, afterburner rear lamps, Scorpion DTM backbox and 17-inch Dezent Panik rims over poly bushed suspension with Gmax 40mm drop and Black Diamond drilled and grooved front discs. It’s well slammed, innit.’
Read the full interview with Kate Bush in the new issue of Fast Vauxhall which also includes a chat with Dame Judi Dench about her C20LET-powered Corsa B.