Her 1985 single “Running Up That Hill” rocketed up the charts after being featured prominently in the new season.
One of the most popular shows of the streaming era, Stranger Things has built a massive audience by threading the needle between 1980s nostalgia and contemporary storytelling. Since its debut in 2016, the series has fueled fond memories of everything from classic Amblin sci-fi films to products like Eggo Waffles.
The new season, which released its first batch of episodes in May, is no exception. While the new episodes contain many nods to that era, particular attention has been drawn to the use of Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill,” which is frequently played at pivotal moments in Season 4. And the massive viewership of the new season suggests Netflix has certainly given many, many fans a chance to hear the song.
The show brought the song new popularity by introducing it to a new generation of listeners (and perhaps reminding some older viewers of the song’s existence). Bush’s streaming numbers skyrocketed and the song began to chart, eventually reaching #1 on iTunes.
Now Bush has spoken out on the phenomenon herself, making a rare statement about “Stranger Things” via her website.
“You may have heard that the first part of the fantastic, riveting new series ‘Stranger Things’ just released on Netflix,” Bush wrote. “The song ‘Running Up That Hill’ is brought to life by the young fans who love the show – I love them too! Because of this, “Running Up That Hill” has charted all over the world and has made it to number 8 on the UK chart. It’s all really exciting! Thank you to everyone who supported the song.”
While it’s unclear if Bush was a fan of the hit Netflix series before using her song, she certainly is now. Like the rest of the show’s massive audience, she’s eagerly awaiting the remainder of season four.
“I’m waiting with bated breath for the rest of the series in July,” she wrote.
The first seven episodes of Stranger Things 4 are currently streaming on Netflix, with the rest of the season beginning Friday, July 1st.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/06/kate-bush-praises-stranger-things-running-up-that-hill-1234730854/ Kate Bush on Stranger Things with Running Up That Hill