Kate Bush declared that “the world has gone mad” reacting to the extraordinary success of her 1985 track Running Up That Hill in a rare interview.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour podcast on Wednesday, the 63-year-old singer admitted she “never imagined” her music would become so popular after appearing on the Netflix hit Stranger Things.
The song originally reached number three in 1985, but reached number one 37 years later.
During the chat, Kate also shared how she hadn’t heard the track in ‘a long time’ and was actually a fan of Stranger Things before her song appeared on it.
Can’t believe it: Kate Bush declared ‘the world has gone mad’ when reacting to the extraordinary success of her 1985 track Running Up That Hill in a rare interview (pictured in 2014)
Rare interview: Speaking on the Women’s Hour podcast on Wednesday, the 63-year-old singer admitted she ‘never imagined’ her music would become so popular after appearing on the Netflix hit Stranger Things
Running Up That Hill saw an increase in sales and streams thanks to the track being a soundtrack to the character Max’s struggle for survival on the hit TV show.
And in a conversation with presenter Emma Barnett, Kate said of her new number one: “It’s just extraordinary. It’s such a big series, I thought the track would get some attention.
“But I never imagined it would be something like this. It’s so exciting, it’s really shocking, isn’t it? The whole world went crazy!
The singer also admitted that she hadn’t listened to her track in a long time, as she doesn’t usually repeat her ‘old stuff’.
She said: ‘I never listen to my old stuff, but when things like that happen, I’m usually involved in something like doing an edit or revisiting the track for some other reason, I’m working.
‘But I haven’t heard that in a long time.’
Onscreen: ‘I thought what a lovely way for music to be used in such a positive way, as a kind of talisman for Max. It’s very touching actually’ [pictured Sadie Sink as Max in Stranger Things]
Interview: During the chat, Kate also shared how she hadn’t heard the track in ‘a long time’ and was actually a fan of Stranger Things before her song appeared on it
After getting a legion of new fans thanks to Max’s fight against the villain Vecna in Stranger Things, Kate shared how she finds it ‘adorable’ that her music was used as a backdrop for the character’s survival, praising the creators. of programs by using it in a ‘Positive way’.
She explained: ‘I think they put it in a very special place. The Duffer brothers created the series and we’ve watched it since the first series, so I was already familiar with the series.
“I thought it was a lovely way for music to be used in such a positive way, as a kind of talisman for Max. It’s very touching, actually.
Shock: In a conversation with presenter Emma Barnett [pictured], Kate said: ‘I never imagined it would be something like this. It’s so exciting, it’s really shocking, isn’t it? The whole world went crazy!
During the chat, the Hounds Of Love hitmaker also compared her love for Stanger Things to that of the Harry Potter series.
She told Emma: “Our friends kept saying you saw Stranger Things when the first series came out. So eventually we thought OK, let’s watch and binge-watch and then watch every show since then.
“It’s adorable because in a similar way to Harry Potter, where in those early movies they were just kids, and then as the movie progresses it gets heavier and darker.
‘And these little kids grow into really talented, young, adult actors. And you have a different connection to something that has moved over the years really watching them grow.’
Last week, Kate’s song – the lead track from her Hounds Of Love album – reached number two behind Harry Style’s As It Was, but on Friday it was revealed that the ’80s song had surpassed the former. One Direction star to the post.
Kate has now become the oldest singer to reach a number 1 single in the UK, taking the record from Cher, who reached number one with Believe in 1998.
It is Kate’s first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, which reached number one in 1978, when she was just 19 years old. That means she also held the record for the longest break between number one, at age 44.
Running Up That Hill is also currently at number one in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland, and has reached a new peak in the US charts at number four.
Congratulations: it’s Kate’s first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit number one in 1978 when she was just 19 (pictured in 1978)
It originally reached number three in the UK on its release and reached number 12 again in 2012.
Sharing her joy that her music has reached a new audience, she said, ‘Yes! What’s really wonderful, I think, is that it’s this whole new audience that, in many cases, they’ve never heard of me. And I love it!
‘The thought of all these young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, I think it’s very special.’
What her song – originally titled Deal With God – is about, she explained: “I really like people to listen to a song and get what they want from it. But it was originally written as an idea of a man and a woman swapping place with each other just to feel what the other side was like.’
This comes as Kate is reportedly set to deposit over £1 million after her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill topped the charts last week.
A source told The Sun: “Kate is on track to deposit a seven-figure sum because of her resurgence.
“She owns all the publishing and licensing rights, and she wrote it – so almost all the money goes to her.
“Given the traction of the song, Kate will easily earn £250,000 a week and if it stays the way it is, she’ll laugh all the way to the bank.”
The song is receiving nearly a million streams daily on Spotify, earning Kate around £250,000 a week, with the track on track to maintain its position at the top of the chart for the second week in a row.
MailOnline has reached out to a representative of Kate for comment.
Resurgence: The song is getting nearly a million daily streams on Spotify, earning Kate around £250,000 a week (pictured from 1979)
Meanwhile, Kate recently praised the creators of the popular horror drama for “bringing music to so many people’s lives.”
The musician said: “I believe the Duffer Brothers touched people’s hearts in a special way at a time that is incredibly difficult for everyone, especially the youngest.
“By presenting Running Up That Hill in such a positive light, as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters), the song was brought into the emotional arena of her story.
“Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends.
“I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series to a much more adult and darker place. I want to thank them so much for bringing music to so many people’s lives.
“I’m amazed at the scale of affection and support the song is getting, and it’s all happening so fast, as if it’s being driven by some sort of elemental force.
‘I have to admit that I am really moved by all this. Thank you so much for making the number 1 song in such an unexpected way.’
Grateful: Meanwhile, Kate recently praised the creators of the popular horror drama for ‘bringing music to so many people’s lives’