Kate Bush performing Running Up That Hill in 1985. (ZIK Images/United Archives via Getty)
Kate Bush explained how her label had her change the name to “Running Up That Hill” in 1985 when the track was first released.
The English singer-songwriter opened up about the song’s difficult path to success during an interview on woman’s hour on BBC Radio Four Wednesday June 22.
Speaking to Emma Barnett in a rare interview, Kate Bush told how her record label made her change the name of the song from ‘A Deal With God’ to ‘Running Up That Hill’ because they feared she would be blacklisted in religious countries.
“I think they were just worried, the record company was worried, that it wouldn’t get on the radio — that people would think it was a sensitive track,” Bush said.
She added: “I think for me it’s always called ‘A Deal With God’.”
Kate Bush ‘never could have imagined’ her song would top the charts
The mammoth song by Kate Bush, which served as the first single love dogspeaked at number three in the UK when first released in 1985. On Friday (June 17), the song stormed to number one for the first time after being featured prominently in the fourth season of stranger things.
In the United States, the song reached the top five on the back of stranger thingsmaking it her highest charting single of her entire career in that territory.
Speaking to Barnett, Bush said she “never could have imagined” the song would receive such massive acclaim after being featured in stranger things.
“It’s a great show, I thought the track would get attention, but I never imagined it would do something like this,” Bush said.
“It’s so exciting and really shocking, isn’t it? The whole world has gone mad.
I love it, the thought of all those very young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, I think it’s very special.
Bush said she is thrilled to have new audiences listening to her music, including many young people who may have never heard of her before. Strange things.
“I love that, the thought of all those very young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, I think it’s very special.”
Bush went on to describe the meaning of the song, saying it was written about the idea of a man and a woman swapping places so they could understand each other better.
However, she told Barnett that she wanted people to hear the song and “take what they want out of it”.
Bush ‘never’ listens to his old music
The singer also revealed that she “never” listens to her old music and said she hadn’t heard “Running Up That Hill” in “a very long time” before. stranger things came with.
Elsewhere, Bush has spoken about her love of gardening, why she has an “old” cell phone that can’t connect to the internet, and why she thinks the current era the world lives in is an exciting but difficult time.
“I spend a lot of time on my laptop and when I go out during the day that means I don’t have to deal with emails, and everyone knows that, so I just get texts and calls on my phone and that means I have some peace,” she laughed.
Closing the interview, Bush thanked people for listening to “Running Up That Hill” and helping her break chart records decades after the song’s release.
“Thank you all because it’s just amazing what’s happening and it’s very exciting. And thank you Emma, thank you for giving me the time to say thank you to everyone.”