Singer Running Up that Hill Kate Bush gave a very, very rare interview to BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday morning, after she sat at the top of the charts for the first time in 44 years last week.
Kate Bush talked about how she feels about the new generation discovering her music after Stranger Things used her music on Wednesday morning.
The singer (63) also revealed how one of her most legendary songs came about and how she spends her time these days – she prefers gardening to dancing.
Kate became the topic of conversation last week when the record for the longest time needed for a single to reach number one, as recorded by Running Up that Hill right on the charts and took first place on June 17th.
She rarely gives interviews, but on Tuesday Kate sat down with Women’s Hour host Emma Barnett and confirmed that Netflix’s Stranger Things have been essential to watching in her household for some time.
“It’s just extraordinary. I mean, it’s such a great series, I thought the song was going to grab attention,” Kate explained when she talked about using her hit single on the show.
“But I didn’t imagine it was going to be something like this. It’s so exciting. But it’s really shocking, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world has gone crazy.”
She added: “What’s really wonderful, I think, is that this is a whole new audience that, in many cases, has never heard of me and I like that.
“The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, well, I think it’s very special.”
Host Emma went on to ask the singer what her son Albert Mackintosh – also known as Bertie – thinks of the new generation discovering her music thanks to Stranger Things.
“I think he thinks it’s pretty cool,” Kate proudly suggested in a pre-recorded interview on Wednesday, before confirming she’s a fan of the show.
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‘It’s all us! Our friends kept saying,’ Have you watched Stranger Things? ‘ when the first series came out, so we ended up watching it and we’ve been watching it ever since. “
She then compared the cast of the series to the stars of the Harry Potter franchise – noting that it was a similar experience to watch young actors grow and develop their acting skills on screen.
Running Up That Hill was first released in 1985, as the lead song on Kate’s album Hounds of Love, and experienced a huge increase in popularity after being featured in the fourth episode of Stranger Things.
Her song is played as Max (Sadie Sink) tries to escape the evil claws of the villain Vecna, and fans have been airing the song since watching the exciting scenes.
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After breaking the longest-running record of sleeping hits, Kate usurped previous Wham! Holders, who saw Last Christmas at the top of the official singles chart in 2021, an incredible 36 years after it was originally released.
Kate said that she was “overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support” for her iconic song and thanked the creators of Stranger Things, The Duffer Brothers, for “bringing the song into the lives of so many people”.
“By putting Running Up That Hill in such a positive light as a mascot for Max (one of the main female characters), the song has brought the emotional arena of her story,” she said in a statement posted on her website.
“I have to admit that I feel really touched by everything. Thank you so much for making song number 1 in such an unexpected way,” Kate added.
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