Thanks to her songs: Running Up That Hill and Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush became a household name during the late ’70s and ’80s.
Fast-forward over 40 years later, and Kate’s music catalog is experiencing a resurgence once again due to her fame in Stranger Things.
When did Kate Bush release Ranch Up the Hill?
On August 5, 1985, Kate Bush released “Running Up That Hill” as the lead single from her fifth album, Hounds of Love.
During the song’s initial run, it reached the top 40 of the pop charts in the UK, Ireland, the US and Australia.
Kate explained the meaning of the song on The Old Gray Whistle Test and said, “I was trying to say, really, that a man and a woman can’t understand each other because we’re a man and a woman.”
“If we could actually swap each other’s roles and if we could be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d be pretty surprised!”
She also shared: “I think it will lead to greater understanding. And the truth is, the only way I can think of is either… you know, I thought of a deal with the devil, you know.”
I thought, ‘Well, no, why don’t I make a deal with God! “You know, because somehow the whole idea of asking God to make a deal with you is so much stronger.”
“You see, to me, it’s still called ‘Deal with God’, that was its title. But we were told that if we kept that title it wouldn’t run in any of the religious countries.”
And Kate added: “Italy won’t play it, France won’t play it, Australia won’t play it!”
“Ireland wouldn’t play it, and that generally, it might be banned just because it had God in the title.”
In August 2012, the single entered the mainstream again after appearing at that year’s Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London.
When was she in Stranger Things?
On May 27, 2022, Netflix distributed the fourth season of Stranger Things to subscribers of the platform.
In the first half of the fourth edition, Running Up That Hill featured prominently in a number of scenes and is Max’s character’s favorite song.
During the climax of the conflict in Episode 4, the song plays an important role in the aforementioned character’s escape from the season’s antagonist, Vecna.
Following the show’s use of Running Up That Hill, the song returned to mainstream popularity.
The track re-entered the UK Singles Chart and Australian Singles Chart at number one, while climbing to number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
While speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4, Kate got into the details about the song’s comeback.
“It’s extraordinary,” said the legendary singer. “It’s a great series.”
“I thought the track would get some attention. But I never imagined it would be anything like that.”
She went on to say, “It’s so exciting. But it’s really shocking, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world has gone crazy.”
“The idea of all these guys hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, well, I think it’s very special.”
“I think they put it in a really special place. The Duffer brothers created the series and in fact, we watched it from the first series onwards, so I was really familiar with the series.”
Kate revealed, “I thought, What a beautiful way to use the song in such a positive way.”
“You know, almost as a spell for Max and yes, I think it’s pretty impressive, actually.”