b/w Ran Tan Waltz

Babooshka (UK) front


Babooska (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI 5085
Release date: June 23, 1980
Chronology: Kate's 7th UK single; the 2nd from Never for Ever (with her 2nd non-LP B-side).
Highest chart position: 5 (Kate's third highest charting UK single)
Cover photos by John Carder Bush
Babooshka Lyrics
What it's about: An insecure wife foolishly tests her husband's fidelity by disguising herself and attempting to seduce him. It's a look at our tendency to ruin things for ourselves.
Running time: 3:19
Ran Tan Waltz Lyrics
What it's about: A young father stays at home with the baby while his wife is out drinking and cheating on him.
Running time: 2:41
Babooshka entered the UK chart in the second week of its release at #63.  It peaked at #5 four weeks later, on August 2, 1980.  It held that position for one week, and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart.
First pressings have an angled thumb notch on the rear sleeve; otherwise, they're virtually identical to the reissues. Scan courtesy of Pertti.
Additionally, there's no dead wax message on this one (which makes first pressings even more difficult to identify). For additional information on first pressings vs. reissues, look here.

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