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Kate Bush loves that Stranger Things is introducing teens to her music

Thanks to the popularity of Weird stuff‘ music-heavy fourth season and social media, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” has climbed to the top of the charts around the world 37 years after the song was originally released. A number of longtime (and generally older) fans of Bush have felt that younger people were discovering her music for themselves through a sci-fi love letter to the ’80s. But Bush – himself for a long time Weird stuff fan — sees the sudden revival of “Running Up That Hill” as an exciting and moving testament to the power of art.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4s Woman’s HourBush — who generally doesn’t speak to audiences — opened up about what it was like to watch a new generation turn one of her classics into a contemporary hit. Although Bush was already addicted to Weird stuff long before Netflix and the Duffer brothers called her, she hadn’t expected to ever get involved in the show’s lore, and the experience all felt very much like “the whole world’s gone crazy.”

“What’s really great, I think, is that this is a whole new audience that in many cases had never heard of me,” Bush said. “And I love that — the kind of all these really young people hearing and discovering the song for the first time is, well, I think it’s really special.”

In the first half of Stranger Things 4 Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) and the other Hawkins kids discover that the only thing that can protect them from Vecna ​​- the latest murderous terror to have crawled out of the Upside Down – is by listening to songs they love. In most cases, Vecna ​​psychically stalks his victims from another dimension before pulling them towards him and tearing their bodies apart, but Max is able to break free from his bondage thanks to the “Running Up That Hill” cassette held inside her. Walkman has lived. season.

although Weird stuff Always highlighting the pop cultural touchstones that shaped the ’80s, Max’s fixation on “Running Up That Hill” is also part of the series’ exploration of how the character is still mourning the death of her brother Billy in Season 3.

While Bush wrote ‘Running Up That Hill’ as a love song, she said she was moved by the way Weird stuff frames the song as a sort of emotional talisman for Max and an appropriate choice for the series, as the characters evolve and grow up with the actors.

“It’s beautiful in a similar way to” Harry Potter where in those early movies that are just little kids,” Bush said. “And as the film goes on, it gets heavier and darker, and those little kids turn into really talented young adult actors. You have a different connection to something that really moves you through the years to watch them grow.”

Like many of her seasoned fans who love her music, she has her own relationship with “Running Up That Hill,” a song about a man and a woman who long to trade places, “just to feel how it was from the other side.”

Although Bush still very much considers the song “A Deal with God” — the title she originally intended to give it — she stressed in her mind the importance of people being able to take what they want from art. As shrouded in nostalgia as “Running Up That Hill” may be to some, it’s part of the present for others, which is why Bush is focused on living in the moment.

“I mean, there was great music in the ’80s, but I think it’s an incredibly exciting time that we’re in right now,” Bush said. “Okay, so it’s a terrible time on many levels for people. Very difficult. But it is also a time when incredible things happen. Technology is advancing at this incredible pace which is quite overwhelming, it really is. But you know, there’s so much advancement in medicine, and there are positives. You just have to look a little harder to find them right now.”

Stranger Things 4 Vol. 2 appears on Netflix on July 1.

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