In 1985, English singer-songwriter Kate Bush released a song called “Running Up That Hill”. It did pretty well – reaching #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
But 37 years after its release, the song – featured on last week’s episode of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” – propelled Harry Styles’ “As It Was” to No. 2 on the US Billboard Top 10.
The unexpected success also makes her the oldest and youngest woman to have a self-penned number 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 amazing. It’s such a good show, I thought the track would get attention, but I never imagined it would be something like this,” Bush said, noting that she was a fan of the show even before his song from being included in Max’s fight. for the survival scene.
“It’s so exciting, it’s really shocking, isn’t it? The whole world has gone mad. I think they put it in a really special place… I thought what a great way for the song to be used in such a positive way, as a sort of talisman for Max. It’s very touching actually.
Bush, 63, said she hadn’t heard the song in a long time because she doesn’t usually listen to her ‘old stuff’, but she’s glad the track 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 is very special.”
The singer told podcast host Emma Barnett that she saw every episode of “Stranger Things” after a friend’s recommendation.
“It’s lovely because in a similar way to ‘Harry Potter’ where in those early movies they were just little kids and then as the movie progresses it gets heavier and darker,” she said.
“And those little kids turn into really talented young adult actors. And you have a different connection to something that has really evolved over the years watching them grow.