‘The whole world is crazy!’ Kate Bush on the success of Running Up That Hill

In her first interview since returning to the charts, Kate Bush spoke about the incredible success of her 1985 song Running Up That Hill.

Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Bush said the situation was “simply extraordinary … really shocking, isn’t it?” I mean, the whole world is crazy. “

Running Up That Hill tops the UK charts and could spend its second week at the top on Friday despite high-profile new releases by Drake and Beyonce. It ranks 5th in the U.S., which is lower than the top since last week’s 4th, making it its first U.S. Top 10 hit.

The song is the key motif of the plot for the character of Max Mayfield in the fourth season of the extremely popular Netflix drama Stranger Things, which created a whole generation of new fans of Kate Bush.

“It’s such a great series, I thought the song would attract attention. But I just didn’t imagine it would be something like this, “Bush said. “The Dafer brothers created the series and we actually watched it from the first series onwards, so I was already familiar with the series. And I thought it was a wonderful way to use a song in such a positive way. You know, like some kind of talisman for Max. And yes, I think that’s really touching. “

Earlier this month, co-creator of the series Matt Duffer said that Bush’s music will return for the top two episodes of the fourth season, released on July 1. “There is an epic moment of Kate Bush in the finale that we did not expect, which we somehow discovered while editing,” he said. “The sequence was really cool and we were happy with it, but something was missing. And I said, ‘Well, let’s try Kate. Because when did Kate let us down? And it just lifted him to this new height. That is probably Kate Bush’s most epic moment. He’s coming back in a big way. “

A new trailer for the last two episodes of Stranger Things has been released, featuring a shocking remake of Running Up That Hill.

Speaking to Barnett, Bush said she had not listened to Running Up That Hill “really long” before returning to the charts, adding: “I never listen to my old stuff.” She last performed it in 2014 for her series of theater concerts in London Before Dawn.

Bush said that his original title was A Deal With God, but “I think they were just worried, publishing house, that it would not be played on the radio. To make people feel that it is a sensitive title. ”

She said about the meaning of the song: “I really like people to hear the song and take what they want from it. But it was originally written as an idea for a man and a woman to exchange with each other. Just to feel how it was, on the other hand. “

In a previous interview in 1986, she elaborated on the meaning of the song, saying that it was about “the basic differences between men and women, I guess I’m trying to remove those obstacles, to be in someone else’s place; they understand how they see it and hope it will fix the relationship. “

In his interview with Radio 4, Bush described 2022 as “an incredibly exciting time … OK, so it’s a terrible time on many levels for people.” Very hard. But it is also a time when amazing things happen. Technology is advancing at this incredible speed. That’s pretty irresistible, really. But, you know, there are so many advances in medicine and there are positive things – you just have to find them a little harder at the moment, I think.

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