Kate Bush talks about success 37 years after the song’s release

In 1985, English singer-songwriter Kate Bush released a song called “Running Up That Hill”. It did quite well – reaching No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

But 37 years after its release, the tune – including last week’s episode of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” – hit Harry Styles’ “As It Was” to No. 2 on the US Billboard Top 10.

The unexpected success also makes her both the oldest and the youngest woman to have a self-described No. 1 in the UK, Billboard reported.

In a rare interview with BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour” podcast on Wednesday, Bush shared his “exciting” thoughts on the song’s resurgence.

“It’s just extraordinary. It’s such a great series, I thought the number would get some attention, but I just never imagined it would be anything like this,” Bush said, noting she was a fan of the series, even before her song was included in Max’s fight for the survival scene.

“It’s so exciting, it’s pretty shocking, right? The whole world has gone mad. I think they put it in a very special place… I thought, what a wonderful way for the song to be used in such a positive way, as a kind of talisman for Max. It is actually very touching. ”

Kate Bush attends a champagne reception at the 60th London Evening Standard Theater Awards at the London Palladium on 30 November 2014 in London, England.
“It’s so exciting, it’s pretty shocking, right? The whole world has gone crazy, ”Bush said of the resurgence of the song.
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Bush, 63, said she hadn’t heard the song in a long time because she doesn’t usually listen to her “old stuff,” but is glad the song was introduced to a new generation of fans.

“What’s really wonderful, I think, is that it’s this whole new audience that in many cases has never heard of me, and I love that,” she said. “The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, I think it’s very special.”

The singer told podcast host Emma Barnett that she has watched every episode of “Stranger Things” following a friend’s recommendation.

"Runs up that hill" playing while "Stranger Things" The character Max fights for his life.
“Running Up That Hill” plays while “Stranger Things” character Max fights for his life.

“It’s great because, like ‘Harry Potter’, where in the early movies they were just little kids, and then as the movie progressed, it gets heavier and darker,” she said.

“And the little ones turn into really talented, young adult actors. And you have a different connection to something that has moved through the years where you’ve really seen them grow.”

"Runs up that hill" appeared on Bush's "The dogs of love" album in 1985.
“Running Up That Hill” appeared on Bush’s “Hounds of Love” album in 1985.
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