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Kate Bush talks "shocking" 'Running Up That Hill' comeback in rare interview

"I mean, the whole world’s gone mad!" the artist said about unexpected 'Stranger Things' hit
Picture sleeve of Kate Bush's 7-inch 45rpm U.S. single, released August 1985. Courtesy of 45cat.com

Picture sleeve of Kate Bush's 7-inch 45rpm U.S. single, released August 1985. Courtesy of 45cat.com

In a sense, don't call it a comeback. Kate Bush has always been a popular artist, and remains one to this day. But 37 years later, her song "Running Up That Hill" has been fully embraced by a younger generation in unpredictable ways, thanks to the Netflix series Stranger Things.

You've probably know the gist of the story from all the media coverage on the subject lately. But what's even more newsworthy, especially with many lifelong fans, is how the famously private artist just opened up about the subject to BBC Radio 4.  

Bush found that the regained popularity of the song was "extraordinary," as it placed in the U.S. Top 10 for the very first time. 

“(Stranger Things) is such a great series," she said. "I thought that the track would get some attention. But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad!

“What’s really wonderful," she continued, "is that this is a whole new audience. In a lot of cases, they’ve never heard of me. And I love that! The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, I think it’s very special.”

Originally titled "A Deal With God," "Running Up That Hill" should find its own lyrical meaning with younger generations, Bush believes.

“Originally it was written as the idea of a man and a woman swapping places with each other," she said to BBC, "just to feel what it was like, from the other side.

“(Stranger Things) really put it in a very special place, and I think music is very special. It’s different from all other art forms, isn’t it, in a way. All art forms sit in their own space, but music has a way of touching people.”

  

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