Anna Minard claims to "know nothing about music." For this column, we force her to listen to random records by artists considered to be important by music nerds.
KATE BUSH Hounds of Love (EMI)
This is how I know my friends actually like me: They put up with interactions like...
Me: Ugh, this sounds like something cool people would like.
Friend 1: [Awkward pause, checks to see if I'm joking] Anna, this is Radiohead.
Me: Ohhhh. Right.
Or this recent interaction, in a record store:
Friend 2: Do you know Kate Bush?
Me: Maybe. Isn't her voice pretty annoying?
Friend 2: [Patient yet exasperated sigh, a shake of the head] I'm buying you this album.
And they still hang out with me afterward! So now I'm doing a column on Hounds of Love, only instead of just listening to it for work, I also listened to it because someone I care about really likes it, which is way more pressure, right? (Also, to be fair to my comment above, the only Kate Bush song I'd ever heard before this was "Wuthering Heights"—I love songs about books!—and I still maintain that her voice in that song is truly annoying.)