The Plaid Sheep was the briefest of ventures into music for George W. Bush during his heady days at Yale, made even briefer by the fact that he couldn’t sing or play an instrument. The group’s first gig at the Purple Pit failed miserably. Although George managed to get a few screams from the front-of-stage coeds when he twirled his scarf, his spastic bongo solo during a folk version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" cleared the room. Even his bandmates left the stage after he launched into a diatribe about supply-side economics. His drummer would later become his Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
On this day in music history: February 17, 1978 - “The Kick Inside”, the debut album by Kate Bush is released. Produced by Andrew Powell, it is recorded at AIR Studios in London from June 1975, and July - August 1977. Discovered by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, he assists the young musician in recording professional quality demos, and brings her to the attention of executives at EMI Records who immediately sign her. However, there is a two year lapse between putting her under contract and when she finally completes her first album. This gives the then sixteen year old singer the opportunity to finish school, and gives her time to prepare to go through the recording process. Bush is nineteen years old at the time of the albums release, composing all of the material on herself, with some of the songs written when she was only thirteen. It also features musical support from members of The Alan Parsons Project and Gilmour. The album is an instant smash in the UK, generating five singles including the chart topping “Wuthering Heights”, helping her a loyal cult following in the US. The LP’s original UK cover art is replaced in the US with a shot of Bush sitting on the floor. First issued on CD in the mid 80’s, the album is remastered and reissued in 2015. “The Kick Inside” peaks at number three on the UK album chart.