Moments of Pleasure

"Moments of Pleasure" is a song written and recorded by musician Kate Bush. It was released as the second single from Bush's album The Red Shoes in 1993.

"Moments of Pleasure"
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Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Red Shoes
  • "Moments of Pleasure" (Instrumental)
  • "Home for Christmas"
  • "Show a Little Devotion"
  • "December Will Be Magic Again"
  • "Experiment IV"
Released15 November 1993
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Rubberband Girl"
"Moments of Pleasure"
"The Red Shoes"
Music video
"Moments of Pleasure" on YouTube
Audio sample
Moments of Pleasure

"Moments of Pleasure" was released 15 November 1993 and its highest charting position in the UK was number 26.[1] In this song Bush remembers friends and family who have died, including guitarist Alan Murphy, film director Michael Powell, dancer Gary Hurst, lighting engineer Bill Duffield and others. Composer and musician Michael Kamen arranged and conducted the orchestra, expanding on Bush's original piano accompaniment.

Bush wrote the chorus "to those we love, to those who will survive" for her mother, who was sick at the time of recording. She died a short time later. The Director's Cut version features the chorus without lyrics.

Prior to its inclusion in The Other Side 2, part of the 2018 Remastered collection, B-side "Show a Little Devotion" was one of Bush's more elusive songs, only appearing on a small handful of CD singles that were released just prior to Christmas 1993. The version of "December Will Be Magic Again" that appears on this release is slightly different from all the other mixes previously released. It is basically the same as the original single mix, but it's brighter, and the percussion instruments are different. The CD release also includes "Experiment IV" which was released in 1986. The 12" and cassette releases contain an instrumental version of "Moments of Pleasure", which has yet to be released on CD, and a third track entitled "Home for Christmas", which was also released on the US "Rubberband Girl", CD single. This was the first and only Kate Bush single (that received a physical release) not to be issued on 7" vinyl in the UK.

Track listingsEdit

1."Moments of Pleasure"5:13
2."Moments of Pleasure (Instrumental)"5:13
3."Home for Christmas"1:44
1."Moments of Pleasure"5:19
2."Show a Little Devotion"4:18
3."December Will Be Magic Again"4:48
4."Experiment IV"4:23
Collectors CD Box Set (includes four colour prints)
1."Moments of Pleasure"5:19
2."December Will Be Magic Again"4:48
3."Experiment IV"4:23
1."Moments of Pleasure" 
2."Moments of Pleasure (Instrumental)" 


Chart (1993) Peak
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[1] 26
Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 119


  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Kate Bush". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 1 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-07-15". Imgur. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)