Song 28 Kate Bush

Kate Bush - Running Up that Hill, 1985

'If I only could, I'd make a deal with God, and get him to swap our places...' Want to know what it's like to be an unhappy hormonal teenage girl? Listen to Hounds of Love. No other album does it better. Big drums! Big drama! Shrieking and howling! Everything's here: fear of sex ('Hounds of Love'), longing for romance ('Running Up that Hill'), mother guilt ('Mother Stands for Comfort'), father worship ('Cloudbusting'), and strange tortured impulses towards self-annilhilation (pretty much everything on Side Two). In the penultimate song she even blows up the entire world ('Hello Earth'). The dancing and kissy-faces in the video look a bit silly to me today, but I remember something very different. It's after school, there's a howling rain storm outside, I'm in my room huddled next to the speakers, and this is on the stereo, loud. Very loud. Perhaps my mother tells me to turn it down and I think, 'After this song,' or 'You don't understand me!' Ah, youth. How does anyone survive it?

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