American Top 40 PastBlast, 11/30/85: Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill”

This was my introduction to Kate Bush (excluding Pat Benatar’s rendition of “Wuthering Heights”).  It was an instant favorite from the first time I heard it. A little over a year later, I bought her GH collection The Whole Story; I loved just about everything on it, and still do.  In spring 87 I tried listening to some of her previous albums by checking them out from the Champaign Public Library, but didn’t have an easy time getting into them.  For me at least, it really was a case where they’d picked the best songs for the compilation album (I had a similar reaction in subsequent years, as I wasn’t overly jazzed by The Sensual World or The Red Shoes).  I’m thinking I really should go back through her catalog and give things another shot, though.

Today’s feature is at its peak of #30 here—it was the only time KB came anywhere close to hitting the Top 40.  In last week’s Marshall Crenshaw post, I made mention of the song that followed “Little Wild One (No. 5)” on a now-broken mix tape I recorded in the winter of 86—“Running Up That Hill” was the song that preceded MC (and while we’re at it, Heart’s “If Looks Could Kill” was right before Kate).

4 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast, 11/30/85: Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill””

  1. Have loved “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” since the first time I heard it on the radio one Sunday night on Virgin Vinyl or The Test Department where they played new releases, often imports, that were not otherwise airing on the AOR station.

    Fell in love with the Hounds of Love album when I picked it up though I will confess to not being able to get into any other of Bush’s other albums except the compilation The Whole Story. So I guess we have that in common.


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