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Kate Bush reveals she hadn't listened to "Running Up That Hill" in "a really long time"

22 June 2022, 10:30 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

In a rare interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Kate Bush revealed she hadn't listened to "Running Up That Hill" in "a really long time" before its recent revival, and also said she doesn't listen to her old music.

After Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" topped the UK Singles Chart last week following its feature in Stranger Things season four, Bush gave a rare interview to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour this morning, discussing the song's revival 37 years on from its original release.

On her reaction to "Running Up That Hill" getting number one, Bush said, "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."

She was also asked about whether she revisits her old music, leading Bush to respond, "I never listen to my old stuff. But then you know, when things like this come along, I’m normally involved in something like you know, maybe doing an edit or revisiting the track for some kind of other reason, I'm working on it. So yeah, I hadn't heard it for a really long time."

When "Running Up That Hill" topped the UK Singles Chart last week, Bush has achieved the biggest ever gap between Number One singles in Official Chart history, with 44 years between "Wuthering Heights" in 1978 and "Running Up That Hill". The Stranger Things-assisted number one also gave Bush the record of the longest time a track has taken to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart (37 years!), and at 63-years-old she's also now the oldest female to achieve a UK number one, overtaking Cher who was 52 when "Believe" topped the chart in 1998.

Woman’s Hour is on Radio 4 weekdays at 10am and on BBC Sounds. Kate Bush's interview will be available on
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