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Kate Bush Thanks ‘Stranger Things’ for ‘Running Up That Hill’ Resurgence

Since the release of its fourth season at the end of May, Netflix sci-fi thriller Stranger Things has found itself tied to the classic 1985 song “Running Up That Hill,” written and performed by Kate Bush. The song actually became a vital plot point for the show as well as a recurring leitmotif, and even features in the newly-released trailer for the back half of the series set to release on July 1.

Today, Bush herself, who has long been known as a generally reserved and private person, gave a rare interview with BBC Radio 4, reported by Stylist, about her thoughts on the show and the resurgence of her song.

“[Stranger Things] is such a great series, 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 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.”

Bush said that she doesn’t usually listen to her back catalog of tracks, so she hadn’t heard “Running Up That Hill” in a while prior to its appearance in Stranger Things.

“I think they’ve put it in a really special place. I mean, the Duffer Brothers created the series and, actually, we watched it from the first season onwards, so I was already familiar with the series. And I thought what a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way – you know, as a kind of talisman, almost, for Max. And yeah, I think it’s very touching, actually.”


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