His work remains a peculiar mysticism with a penchant for surreal humor—two English characteristics.
“Why are people so interested in me if I only release an album once in a while?” It was the question of the enigmatic British singer Kate Bush in 1989 – that she had gone 12 years without releasing a new record.
But the well-known TV series Stranger Things brought the singer, now 63 years old, back into the spotlight after her music Running Up That Hillfrom 1985, appeared in several chapters of the fourth season of the series, which recently premiered on Netflix.
The success was so great that the song reached number one in the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Austria. On the Spotify platform, it has become the most listened to song worldwide.
In the UK, Bush became the oldest artist to reach number one on the charts. AND Running Up That Hill it also ranked in the top 10 in the US thanks to the science fiction series.
And the euphoria also reached TikTok. Videos tagged with the hashtag #RunningUpThatHill have been played over 530 million times.
“I’ve never been through anything like this before,” the star wrote on her official website on June 16. “It’s all very exciting.”
“It’s a glorious thing, as people are hearing Kate Bush for the first time and are now starting their own journey to find out more about this amazing artist,” said Matt Everitt, presenter of BBC Radio 6 Music.
“When [essa música] was recorded so many years ago, it felt like something totally new. And so many years later, it still feels like something no one has done before,” he adds.
The Bush Enigma
Reserved and with few public appearances (in 2014, she gave a series of concerts in London after 35 years without performing live), Kate Bush remains in the collective memory of the Anglo-Saxon music scene.
In the rare press interviews, she tends to be evasive, unwilling to verbalize how and why she makes her music. Her influence has been a constant for artists and bands like Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Lady Gaga, Bat for Lashes, Goldfrapp, Florence Welch, Joanna Newsom, Tricky and Outkast.
When he was just 20 years old, Bush made an unusual and risky decision: quit touring. This allowed her to focus on composing and experimenting with new technologies.
For sound engineer and music producer Nick Launay, “Going to the studio every day with her was like stepping into a fantasy land,” according to the BBC. Bush developed a similar taste for creative control during the production of her music videos.
The story of a song
On the Serie Stranger Thingsthe music Running Up That Hill appears frequently, overheard obsessively by one of the teenage protagonists, Max Mayfield.
Running Up That Hill originally appeared on Bush’s fifth album, Hounds of Lovecomposed and produced by herself, largely with an innovative Fairlight CMI digital synthesizer.
Bush wrote the song at his country home in Kent, UK, in the summer of 1983. The lyrics are an expression of radical empathy: a fantasy about making a deal with God to trade places with your lover so they can understand each other completely.
Bush’s then-boyfriend and collaborator Del Palmer programmed the drum machine that opens the song — and opens the album Hounds of Love.
Record label EMI disapproved of the original title A Deal with God (“A pact with God”, in free translation), to avoid offending part of the population. Running Up That Hill (“Running Up That Hill”) ended up being a big hit in 1985 and the album was the fourth best-selling album in the UK that year.
Running up That Hill it was remixed for the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics — which demonstrates that she has always remained a highly cult artist.
“I was very surprised to see that some of my works, which are not particularly conventional, have been so successful,” the singer said in 2011.
This unexpected new hit from Kate Bush comes 44 years after she last hit No. 1 on the charts with her debut single. Wuthering Heights.
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