‘Wild Man’ is a song written by Kate Bush. It was originally released on her tenth studio album 50 Words For Snow in 2011.
Despite being released as a single from the album, it was never issued on any format other than digital download. However, promotional CD-singles exist.
There was a short (2 minutes and 24 seconds) animation to accompany a segment from ‘Wild Man’. It was published on 16 November 2011 as part of the promotion of the album.
There are three versions of the song: the album version and a radio edit were released in 2011, whereas a version with ‘remastered shimmer’ appeared on the album The Art Of Peace: Songs For Tibet II in 2015.
Kate about ‘Wild Man’
Well, the first verse of the song is just quickly going through some of the terms that the Yeti is known by and one of those names is the Kangchenjunga Demon. He’s also known as Wild Man and Abominable Snowman. (…) I don’t refer to the Yeti as a man in the song. But it is meant to be an empathetic view of a creature of great mystery really. And I suppose it’s the idea really that mankind wants to grab hold of something [like the Yeti] and stick it in a cage or a box and make money out of it. And to go back to your question, I think we’re very arrogant in our separation from the animal kingdom and generally as a species we are enormously arrogant and aggressive. Look at the way we treat the planet and animals and it’s pretty terrible isn’t it?John Doran, ‘A Demon In The Drift: Kate Bush Interviewed’. The Quietus, 2011
I guess in some ways, you could say that it’s the most immediate song on the album… It’s really a song entity for the Yeti – this mysterious creature that no one is sure whether or not it exists. It’s about how precious that mystery is, you know? We have such little mystery in our lives, generally, because of how we live now. I mean, of course, mystery is all around us, but the way we live our lives now, we’re too busy to be bothered with it.Joe Tiller, ”50 Words For Snow’: How Kate Bush Made A Wintry Wonder Of An Album. Dig! Website, 11 DECEMBER 2022
Stephen W. Taylor about ‘Wild Man (with remastered shimmer)’
It was something I worked on with Rupert [Hine]. I added layers of sound to it, but they’re almost inaudible, which was done with Kate’s approval. In fact, fans were pissed off because they felt it wasn’t any different to the original version. In fact, it’s completely different. It has a very different sonic approach. We asked Kate to name it and she said it should be “With Remastered Shimmer” so that’s what it was called. (Anil Prasad, Stephen W Tayler – Experiential evocation. Innerviews, 2020)
Drums: Steve Gadd
Bass: John Giblin
Featured vocals: Andy Fairweather Low
Bells: Del Palmer
Guitars: Dan McIntosh
Keyboards, backing vocals: Kate