I feel like after watching the first few episodes of Stranger Things (I’m still bingeing, don’t tell me anything! 😀 ) and hearing Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” that it might be time for a Kate Bush revival. Mind you, however, that it’s been ongoing since 2020 when I was listening non-stop to Meg Myers’ version of “Running Up That Hill, which I’ve thought is a pretty great cover.
Now I have some romantic history attached to Wuthering Heights as it was introduced to me by my British boyfriend at the time around 1990 or 1991? Up until then, I’d never heard of Kate Bush, and, frankly, after my first listen, I can’t tell you that I was that impressed. Her voice is unique. If you watch the video, you’ll see that she’s altogether unique and maybe that’s a key sign of greatness. Not being afraid to put forth who you are. When I first saw the video, I will admit that I judgmentally thought she was kind of scary with all of her big frantic eyes and weird movements, but now, I’m thinking, if I could have written a song like that at 19 and danced gracefully? Who knows. Too often we fall into thinking that great things are what we are used to, when, really, what is great pushes the boundaries and forces us to consider music we may not have considered before. And, yes, a couple of decades of introspection, retrospection, can mean a lot.
Not long after I was first introduced to Wuthering Heights, a friend and I took a road trip to Burlington, VT because I was planning on moving there, despite several people telling me . . . “you know, it’s really cold and dark there in the winter.” My friend put her cassette tape (yes, my dears, the early 90’s when cassettes were a thing) in my player (I had the most wonderful Mitsubishi Eclipse that I miss to this day; I made the mistake of donating it to my sister who had no appreciation. If I’d kept it, it still would be running with me behind it’s wheel, but that is another story for another day.) Out poured Wuthering Heights with my friend telling me how great this song was. Life is sometimes circuitous and flings fate in our path. I didn’t get the job in Vermont because I sprained my ankle while hiking with my British boyfriend and the rest, as they say, is history.
So, wow, a long introduction to Wuthering Heights. As I review the lyrics, I will say, they aren’t that great, in my humble opinion. They’re short and repetitive. But there’s something ultimately catchy and seductive about the tune. Tell me what you think.
Bad dreams in the night
They told me I was going to lose the fight
Leave behind my wuthering, wuthering
Wuthering HeightsWriter(s): Kate Bush
There are, evidently, two versions of the Official Music Video. I’m hoping that both show up here.