King Of The Mountain

b/w Sexual Healing

King Of The Mountain Picture Disc (UK) front


King Of The Mountain Picture Disc (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI 0946 343524 7 5
Release date: October 24, 2005
Chronology: Kate's 32nd UK single; the 1st from Aerial, with her 41st non-LP track.  This is the 4th of 4 (authorized) 7" picture discs.
Highest chart position: 4 (her third highest charting single in the UK)
Cover drawing by Bertie (Kate's son)
King Of The Mountain Lyrics
What it's about: A lament about the loneliness and the loss of innocence and anonymity one suffers when they become famous.  (But after seeing the video, it could just be "a song about Elvis"...)
Running time: 4:45
Sexual Healing Lyrics
What it's about: Ummm...  Sex.
Running time: 5:35
King Of The Mountain entered the UK chart in the second week of its release and immediately peaked at #4, on November 5, 2005.  It held that position for one week, and spent a total of seven weeks on the chart.
King Of The Mountain marked Kate's return from a 9 year, 4 month drought.  It was her first new material since Mná na hÉireann in May, 1996.
It was written and recorded in 1996, but sat on the shelf for nearly 10 years.
Sexual Healing, a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic, was originally recorded in 1994 for Davy Spillane's East Wind CD.  It was played at her 1994 Hippodrome convention, but never made it onto the Spillane CD.
For reasons unknown, King Of The Mountain was released in the US first -- nearly a full month earlier than the "official" commercial release in her native country.
UK (and internet) fans actually got the FIRST listen 6 days earlier -- on the Ken Bruce radio show on BBC2, at 10:08AM (UK time) on September 21.
This is credited as a UK release on this page, but it's an EU pressing (issued over a 2-3 day period all over Europe).

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