Here you will find a huge selection of club mail outs, leaflets, magazines, cards, photographs, autographs, badges and lots of other random things from the Kate Bush Club. Even though I probably won't add every last thing I have, I will have a broad range of different items added here for everyone to see. I've also moved online purchases from Kate's official website to this blog page, and you can find all website orders at the bottom of this page following all club items.
I currently have everything categorized into several different sections. Each section is marked with one of the club logos and what that section pertains to.
When it comes to club magazines/mail outs/leaflets or other, I have blocked out the names, addresses and emails of those people that appear in the 'Swaps' and 'Pen Pal' sections. Regardless of whether or not these people still live at the addresses listed, it's still the internet and I want to be respectful of other people's privacy.
CLUB MAGAZINE #19
CLUB MAGAZINE #23
Mail out #19 from August 1998
Mail out #20a from September 2000
Mail out #21 from December 2001
Old envelope for newsletter #21 that I still have. The back of the envelope has been stamped with the club address on it.
Mail out #22 from December 2004 - letting everyone know that the new album would be out sometime next year.
Simple announcement reminding members of the album's release, as well as club magazine announcement and media magazine interviews.
The Sensual World T-Shirt Advert (1989)
I can't really recall when this one went out, but it's basically a photocopied notice sent out to anyone that was enquiring about back issues for club magazines.
I can't even tell you when I got this short letter from Lisa Bradley at the KBC. I'm guessing late 80s. I was always writing her letters and asking what I consider to be stupid questions, but she always responded. Thank you, Lisa : ) Here is just one of them, and probably the only real letter I'm adding, as the rest are really none of anyone's business : p But anyway, I was trying to find out if the video clips from The Wedding List in Kate's Christmas Special for the BBC were from a video that was never officially released or not, and this was what Lisa had to say about that.
This is some miscellaneous Homeground thing that must have belonged to my friend years and years ago. I didn't know what else to do with it, so I decided to shove it in right here.
With the release of Aerial just around the corner, and the KBC pretty much non-existent by that point, three surprise items were sent out to club members. These included a colour photo announcement, a promo CD and a Christmas Card.
The Aerial colour announcement was the first thing to be sent out by the club in December 2005. Admittedly, no one was expecting to receive this, so it came as a nice surprise to people. Even though these were done on a computer, each one had our first name printed onto them - which was cool..
The promo CD & Christmas Card were sent out together in December 2005 to KBC members, and they were officially the very last things ever given out from the club before it officially went defunct. I received my CD and card about one week after getting the Aerial colour announcement. Interestingly enough, not every member of the KBC received the promo CD or the Christmas Card. I had read people complaining in some places that they never received one, and I think there were a couple of reasons for that. Even though the CD was limited to 2,000 copies, they certainly didn't have 2,000 in stock as many were given out to radio stations prior to the release of Aerial. Also, I think if you kept up with the mail-outs, like I did, you were probably more inclined to get this.
The promo CD is a compilation of previously released tracks, and quite a few of these were given out to radio stations prior to the release of Aerial. These radio copies then quickly made their way onto Ebay and began selling for ludicrous amounts of money. It made me laugh to see what they were selling for, especially as we all got it for free a few short weeks later.
The CD sleeve is a flat matte card sleeve, and the Eat The Music photo that's used in the centre is very shiny/glossy.
For more information on these and many other badges, visit my Badges Blog Page or click HERE.
Lionheart Resin Badges:
Version 1: Two-tone red and gold sold through the club and on tour.
Version 2: Hand-painted variant sold through the club and on tour.
Lionheart Club and Tour Badge:
Both sold through the club and on tour.
Small and Large versions sold through the club and given out as part of the membership package.
Multi-Image Badge Set (1980):
Sold through the club.
Breathing Badge Set (1980):
Sold through the club.
Original autographed photo that new members would receive upon joining the club. They would receive this at the same time as their membership card and welcome letter to the club.
Personally autographed photograph that I received from Kate via the club back in 1987 after writing a very long letter to her.
Through the lifespan of the club, or maybe I should say, through most of the lifespan of the club, there were a variety of different photographs available to its members. New members normally received an 8 x10 photograph, which was usually signed by Kate - but there were also photos that members could purchase when they were made available. Most photographs were black & white and varied in size. To my knowledge, none of the photos had any markings on the back – no printing company stamp and no club stamp… just a blank white backing. I have no idea how many different photographs were sold through the club over the years, but what I can tell you is that none of the images were “unseen” ones.
Club photos have become increasingly rarer to come across these days.
Official tour photo that you could only purchase through the club in the late '70s for 35p. It measures 8" x 10" and has a flat matte finish.
Early ‘80s club photo measuring 5½” x 3¾”.
The Whole Story photographs - I Can't remember if these were given out with memberships or sold directly through the club, but these official photos were only available through the club and were available in different sizes. The first measures 9.5" x 7.5" and has a flat matte finish. The second measures 10" x 8" and has a full glossy finish.
Merchandise insert from 1980.
Early merchandise insert showing mainly tour items for sale.
I have decided to move all website orders from Kate's shop to this blog page. I thought it made more sense to have everything here, instead of scattered all over the site in different areas.
50 Words For Snow - Coffee Mug:
50 Words For Snow coffee mug that used to sell on Kate's website. As you can see on the sales receipt, I purchased this near the end of 2011. Shortly after receiving the mug, it disappeared from the site completely and has never been seen on there again.
When this mug first arrived, I was very surprised that it didn't get smashed in transit due to the cheap flimsy box it was sent in. As you can see from my original photos that I took at the time, the mug never came in a separate box of its own (just a small plastic bag), and it was only packed with the smallest amount of tissue paper possible.
I have to be honest and say that the mug was an immediate disappointment. I deliberately over flashed one photo, which you can see below, because I wanted everyone to see one very disappointing feature about the mug, which is how it's made. If you saw the mug on the website at the time, you would assume that the image was laser printed onto the mug, or some kind of decal used - but no. If you look at the over flashed photo, you will see that it's just a large, rectangular piece of paper that's been affixed to the mug, then lacquered over with some kind of coating. I don't mind saying that the whole thing is a pretty piss poor job too, which is even more noticeable when held up to the light.
The rest of the mug is bare, which also includes the bottom.
This is one item that I'm not impressed with one bit. I can't recommend anyone wasting their time searching this out because it's not worth it. As I mentioned earlier, this mug disappeared from Kate's website shop right after I ordered and received it, so if you never got an opportunity to purchase one yourself - you aren't missing much.
50 Words For Snow - Christmas Cards:
The back of each card has a Fish People logo, and each card measures almost 6" x 8¼" so they are a fair size. The greeting inside of each card is exactly the same: "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". Nice to see that someone isn't afraid to actually write Merry Christmas on their cards. The set also comes with 10 plain white envelopes.
This card set is available all year round from Kate's website, and I definitely recommend buying yourself a few sets.
Director's Cut - Lithographs:
First of all, before I get to the lithographs, for the benefit of anyone that lives outside of the UK, I just want you to be aware of the fact that if you do order these from Kate's website shop, you will be charged hefty shipping charges - and I do mean hefty. It’s one of the biggest reasons why I decided to pass on the canvasses at the time, because the shipping costs were a lot! So when the lithographs came out, I didn't dream the shipping charges would be as high. After placing my order, I got an additional email the next day letting me know about the additional shipping charges, which really surprised me. At that moment, I had the choice to bail out from the order completely and forget the whole thing if I wanted to, but I chose to go forward with it because I really wanted these lithographs. I just want anyone that lives outside of the UK to know what to expect, just in case you’re thinking about ordering these but haven't yet. So consider yourselves warned... and I do mean warned!
When I originally got these in August 2011, I took photos of everything, including the packaging itself, just so people knew what to expect. As you can see from my photos below the lithographs came packed flat with a large cardboard front, and some kind of a cheap particle boarding back. I knew from the thickness of the lithographs that they couldn't be rolled up into a cardboard tube and sent that way, but I was a little disappointed with this packaging because the particle backing was cheap in my opinion. The backing on mine had a huge crack in it, which I'm not sure if you can see in the photo or not, so clearly it doesn't take very much to damage it. Thankfully there wasn't any damage to my lithographs, but I won't be at all surprised if it eventually does happen to someone out there. Inside, the lithographs were wrapped with two very thin layers of tissue paper which didn't fully cover them either - they were then taped to the particle backing. I would have much preferred having them wrapped with additional plastic. After all the money I spent, I expected something just a little better than this. If they had been damaged in any way, it probably would have cost me another fortune in shipping just to get a replacement.
As for the lithographs...
Although they are the same size as the canvasses (500mm x500mm), just under 20 inches squared, the 100mm "frame" around the lithographs does bring the actual picture part down to 400mm x 400mm. They're actually a nice size though.
I am pleased with the lithographs and they are very nice quality. However, I probably should point out that the pictures themselves have been printed using a very flat matte finish to them. I was expecting a bit more of a gloss finish to them as presented in the LP format version of the booklet. I feel they lose a tiny bit of something, which I really can't put my finger on. Either way, I'm not complaining. They're awesome.
One more bit of advice for anyone ordering outside of the UK. If you're going to order any of the lithographs or canvasses from the shop, be sure to order all the ones you want in one order. Not only will you have to pay hefty shipping charges on each order you make, but I also got hit with C.O.D. charges when it arrived at my front door - so that's another thing to take into consideration.
Aerial - UK Poster
Measuring 23" x 17" this poster was only ever available for purchase through Kate's official website shop back in 2005/2006 when Aerial was first released. It was for sale on there for quite some time before it finally disappeared along with the rest of the Aerial themed merchandise. I've never seen this poster come up for sale anywhere since.
Aerial - Official 2006 Calendar
Issued in 2005 for the 2006 year, this spiral desk-style folding calendar was only available to purchase through Kate's official website shop at the time, and quickly disappeared after about a year. It's considered rare now, and it's pretty difficult to find. Unfortunately, I don't remember the original price of this - but it was pretty cheap compared to what you would pay for it now.
The calendar stand measures 8" x 8" unfolded, and folded it has a resting position of 6" x 8". I should point out that the back isn't one single page of card - but two. It's folded in half similar to a french fold, with the two loose ends joined at the spiral. So all you need to do is pry them apart a little, and push up the bottom portion at the seams to create the base for it. Since I never used mine at the time it remains unfolded.
It's a pretty standard desk calendar, and each page features full colour artwork from the album. The pages are blank on the opposite side, but have a good thickness to them with a nice sheen finish to each page. Anyone who bought this at the time will tell you it's a nice calendar. I've done my best to scan this in for you to see. Apologies in advance for any space dust or other weirdness. My scanner needs cleaning.
Remastered Pop Up Shop/Online Shop
If you're looking for more information on the shop event, including what merchandise was available, prices, raffle prizes, etc. you can check all of that out at katebushencyclopedia at this link
Like many people out there, I couldn't get to the Pop-Up Shop, so I waited for the items to make their way to Kate's online shop. While I'm not a huge collector anymore, I still enjoy picking up the odd thing here and there if I'm interested enough. Admittedly I wasn't blown away or awed by the majority of the items, and only a few things really grabbed my attention. In the end, no matter what people did or didn't buy, all the money went to a very good cause and that's the most important thing to remember here.
NEVER FOR EVER MUG:
One thing I have noticed is that the images on the mug are noticeably smaller, and positioned differently then they appear on the mock up photos on the website. Even the mug handle is shaped differently. It doesn't really matter though as it's an absolutely stunning mug to say the least. All the different mugs are stunning in their own way, but this is the only mug that won me over hands down. It's gorgeous. I think it was a much nicer idea using some of the album's interior artwork for this, instead of doing something typical like slapping the album cover on the mug - this is what makes it so striking in my opinion.
It's a pretty standard mug with a height of slightly over 3½" and a diameter of 3¼". I really can't say if all the mugs have the same dimensions, but I would assume this is the case.
I'll just add that if you're going to use this mug, and I think it would be a shame to (unless you bought more than one), I would definitely recommend hand washing it. Even if it's a dishwasher safe mug (and I really don't know if it is or not), dishwashers do have a tendency to cause fading to mugs over time that have printed logos and other designs on them.
This official badge set was a must have for me. Each badge measures 1" round and features a different design. I personally would have preferred something a little different on the Fish People logo badge, like another album cover or some other related type of artwork. While I don't mind the Fish People logo, I do think sometimes the merchandise branding does get a little annoying when it's overused. It's a huge part of why I passed over so many of the items to begin with.
The backing card measures 4" x 2¾" in case anyone cares to know that. I'll also be adding them to the Badges Blog Page when I have the time to scan them individually.
Two different baubles were available. Each listed as limited edition fine bone china with silk screen printed images on both sides.
The baubles do have a slight bit of a weight to them, and they measure about 8" round in diameter. The ribbon comes already attached. I'll just add that it's nearly impossible to get a really decent shot of them without any flash marks or lamp light reflections of any kind. I might attempt to redo these photos again sometime in the future, but for now these will have to do.
50 WORDS FOR SNOW
I actually wasn't very keen on this one to start with and nearly didn't get it. It's very unfortunate how online photos don't seem do this bauble any justice at all. Seeing it online and seeing it in person are two completely different experiences altogether. I'm sure my photo isn't doing it any justice either, but I have to say it's pretty nice in real life.
DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC AGAIN
I think this one came as a big surprise to a lot of people, especially as many of the items were more focused around Kate's later work from the Sensual World onward. It was definitely a fast seller on the website, and it's not difficult to see why. It's stunning and photos really don't do it any justice.
If this one truly has sold out permanently on the website, I guarantee it will become a pricey collectible once it starts turning up for sale on auction sites.
And that's it for me. I really had no interest in getting any of the other items.
At the time of posting this on February 1, 2019 most of the items are still in stock on Kate's site. I would suggest to anyone who wants to purchase something, but hasn't yet, to do it now while you still can. Most of the items have been restocked several times after selling out, and it's only a matter of time before everything sells out for good.