The Single File

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The Single File is a video compilation and box set by the English musician Kate Bush. The video compilation album was released in 1983, and it contains the first twelve videos released by the artist. It was followed by a boxset called The Single File 1978~1983. The box included thirteen singles on individual vinyl records.

The Single File – Video[edit]

The Single File
Video by
ReleasedNovember 1983[1]
GenreArt rock
Length50 minutes
LabelEMI/Picture Music International
DirectorBrian Wiseman, Keef, Paul Henry
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The Single File is a 1983 collection of music videos by Kate Bush. It is the second video release by the artist. It was released on VHS, Beta Max and later on Laserdisc in Japan. It features the UK version of "Wuthering Heights" and the original video of "Wow".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wuthering Heights" - 4:30
  2. "The Man with the Child in His Eyes" - 2:49
  3. "Hammer Horror" - 4:11
  4. "Wow" - 3:47
  5. "Them Heavy People" - 4:05
  6. "Breathing" - 4:52
  7. "Babooshka" - 3:30
  8. "Army Dreamers" - 3:16
  9. "Sat in Your Lap" - 3:32
  10. "The Dreaming" - 4:06
  11. "Suspended in Gaffa" - 4:00
  12. "There Goes a Tenner" - 3:23


  • Paul Henry – Director
  • Keef – Director
  • Brian Wiseman – Director
  • Kate Bush – Artistic Concepts, Choreography By
  • Chris Achileos – Babooshka Costume Illustration
  • Pamela Keats – Babooshka Costume Realization
  • Assorted iMaGes – Packaging
  • Kindlight – Photography

The Single File 1978~1983 – Box Set[edit]

The Single File 1978~1983
Box set by
Released23 January 1984
GenreArt rock
ProducerAndrew Powell, John Kelly, Kate Bush
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The Single File 1978~1983 is a boxed set released on 23 January 1984,[5] available only on vinyl. It contained all Kate Bush's 7" singles and their B-sides up until that point, and her live EP On Stage. The box set primarily included her UK singles. The European single "Suspended in Gaffa" and the Irish single "Night of the Swallow" were not included but "Ne t'enfuis pas (remix)" single was. The boxset also included a lyric book.

"I'm surprised that I've got this amount of material together in five years," Bush remarked. "I'm thrilled, really... I mean, it is a form of 'greatest hits'. It's just put in a box and it's a nicer way of doing it."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (Wuthering Heights)

  1. "Wuthering Heights"
  2. "Kite"

Disc 2 (The Man with the Child in His Eyes)

  1. "The Man with the Child in His Eyes"
  2. "Moving"

Disc 3 (Hammer Horror)

  1. "Hammer Horror"
  2. "Coffee Homeground"

Disc 4 (Wow)

  1. "Wow"
  2. "Fullhouse"

Disc 5 (Kate Bush on Stage)

  1. "Them Heavy People"
  2. "Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake"
  3. "James and the Cold Gun"
  4. "L'Amour Looks Something Like You"

Disc 6 (Breathing)

  1. "Breathing"
  2. "The Empty Bullring"

Disc 7 (Babooshka)

  1. "Babooshka"
  2. "Ran Tan Waltz"

Disc 8 (Army Dreamers)

  1. "Army Dreamers"
  2. "Delius"
  3. "Passing Through Air"

Disc 9 (December Will Be Magic Again)

  1. "December Will Be Magic Again"
  2. "Warm And Soothing"

Disc 10 (Sat in Your Lap)

  1. "Sat in Your Lap"
  2. "Lord of the Reedy River"

Disc 11 (The Dreaming)

  1. "The Dreaming"
  2. "Dreamtime (Instrumental)"

Disc 12 (There Goes a Tenner)

  1. "There Goes a Tenner"
  2. "Ne t'enfuis pas"

Disc 13 (Ne t'enfuis pas)

  1. "Ne t'enfuis pas (remix)"
  2. "Un baiser d'enfant"


  1. ^ "Single File (the)". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ Garish, Simon (March 1984). "A Look at Current Music Video Releases". Blitz. No. 19. p. 8.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Bush, Kate". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil (June 2011). "A Magnificent Obsession". Mojo. No. 211. p. 82.
  5. ^ "Record News". NME. London, England: IPC Media: 29. 21 January 1984.
  6. ^ BBC Radio 1: 'Saturday Live', 25 February 1984