The summer of Kate Bush continues with her song “Running Up That Hill” being reissued as a CD single. Though the medium may be retro, this is the first time the song has been released in this format. Since the song was released in 1985 and the U.K. didn’t start doing CD singles until a year later in 1986. But the single, off the album “The Hounds of Love,” is being reissued with period-correct artwork. This pressing of “Running Up That Hill” will still come with its original B-side track “Under the Ivy.” So basically everything the cassette release had, just in a more accessible medium.
This is just the latest entry in the resurgence of “Running Up That Hill”’s popularity. Which all kicked off when the song was included in season 4 of the Netflix hit Sci-Fi drama “Stranger Things.” Over 30 years after its initial release the song has hit number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also shot up to the coveted number 1 spot in Bush’s native UK. Due to how much it was streamed Spotify has deemed it and Harry Styles’ “As It Was” Song of Summer 2022.
But the most impressive thing is it got the incredibly reclusive artist to give a rare interview. Bush talked about the song’s success, and exclaimed “The whole world’s gone mad!,” which is fair since we are currently in a timeline where “Running Up That Hill” and “Master of Puppets” can both hit the Billboard Hot 100 decades after their initial release due to the same show.
Rhino will be releasing this special CD on September 2nd. Pre-orders are available now.