Kate Bush Explains the Meaning of Running Up That Hill to Her ‘New Audience’

Kate Bush explained the meaning of “Running Up That Hill” to her new fans as the song topped the UK Singles Chart 37 years after it was first released.

The ’80s anthem has enjoyed a resurgence of interest after starring in a pivotal scene in Netflix’s new season stranger things.

It’s the longest time it’s taken a song to reach No. 1 in the UK, and it’s also Bush’s first song ever to make the US top 10.

I speak at length about the song’s newfound popularity on BBC Radio 4 for the first time woman hour, Bush said, “I thought the track would get some attention. But I never thought it would turn out like this. It’s so exciting.

“But it’s really quite shocking, isn’t it? I mean the whole world has gone mad.”

Addressing the song’s new, younger audience, presenter Emma Barnett asked the singer how she would describe its meaning.

“I really like it when people hear a song and take what they want from it. But originally it was written as the idea of ​​a man and woman swapping places with each other. Just to feel what it was like, from the other side,” Bush explained.

Kate Bush (left) and Sadie Sink as Max in Stranger Things


Bush also spoke about the song’s title, which was originally supposed to be something else.

“It was called ‘A Deal With God.’ I think they were just concerned, the record company, that it wouldn’t get played on the radio,” she said. “That people would think it was a sensitive title.”

“Running Up That Hill” is featured on Max Mayfield’s (Sadie Sink) Walkman in the first episode of the Netflix series and continues to be an important song for the character in subsequent episodes.

On Friday June 17th, it was announced that “Running Up That Hill” had reached #1 on the official singles chart, a feat it never equaled when the song was first released in 1985 and peaked at #3 reached.

hour of the woman is on Radio 4 weekdays at 10am and on BBC Sounds.

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