Music Mondays: Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush
The first time I remember seeing and hearing the English singer-songwriter Kate Bush was on Saturday Night Live in 1978. She was a bit older than me but still a teenager and she sang very well and I thought she was talented in a quirky way.
I'd never seen anything quite like it before and I didn't know what to make of her. However, I was very impressed with her talent. After all, I still remember it all of these years later.
I've never seen that broadcast again. It's currently available on Hulu Plus. I guess I really will have to subscribe one day.
I bought a couple of her albums but then she seemed to fade away . . .
Actually, she became quite a big star in England, but rarely appeared in the United States, apparently because of a fear of flying. I must admit that I started to forget about her.
This was the song that first made her famous in England. She is playing a ghost in "Wuthering Heights." Be prepared, it is rather unusual:
Now you see why I didn't know quite what to make of her when I first saw her? She was different.
I became aware of her again because of her 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” and the accompanying Very Strange Video (at the top of this post). I became quite obsessed with this song. It was Kate at her eccentric best, complete with the very 1980s synthesizers.
I was fascinated by her again. It is a haunting song, and the lyrics have been interpreted many different ways.
Apparently she becomes deeply involved in many stages of her music: writing, performing, choreography, producing, set design, etc. She has really exercised great control over her career. She's nobody's puppet.
You can see more videos by Kate Bush on her official YouTube Channel:
Kate Bush Music
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