Placebo still has best cover of Bush's Running Up That Hill

‘Placebo still has the absolute best cover of Running Up That Hill’: Fans go wild as rock band shares new video of their Kate Bush cover – after singer hits No. 1 37 years after her original release

Kate Bush’s song Running Up That Hill has hit number one in the charts, 37 years after its original release, after the track featured on Stranger Things. 

And alternative rock band Placebo released a new video of their own 2006 cover of the track on Wednesday sending their fans wild and convinced this version might be even better.

Reclusive Kate, 63, made herself another £1million from the re-release of her song which only reached number three in the charts nearly four decades ago. 

‘Placebo still has the absolute best cover of Running Up That Hill’: Fans go wild as rock band shared new video of their Kate Bush cover on Instagram on Wednesday

Iconic: Kate Bush hit No. 1 37 years after her original release – after her song appeared in Stranger Things – earning her another £1million (pictured in 1978) 

Placebo’s version is the first track on their Covers album and it appeared in the fourth-season premiere of The O.C, giving it much attention in both the US and the UK – and it peaked at No. 44 on the UK Singles Chart.

It also appeared on the pilot episode of Vampire Diaries as Stefan (Paul Wesley) as Stefan pulls out a very old book and stares sadly at a photo from the mid-1800s. 

Taking to Twitter, fans wrote:  ‘The more I’m forced to hear ‘running up that hill’ lately the more i realize what a superior version the placebo cover is lmao.’

‘Placebo still has the absolute best cover of Running Up That Hill’.

‘I first discovered “Running Up That Hill” watching The OC and I remember being obsessed. Then finding the Placebo cover after and being more obsessed. 

‘It’s heartwarming that Stranger Things could serve as the new gateway for a whole new generation discovering this masterpiece.’

‘Unpopular opinion, especially with Stranger Things fans I bet, but I like Placebo’s cover of “Running Up That Hill” a lot more than the Kate Bush original, I SAID IT.’


The best! British alternative rock band Placebo first released the cover in 2006 to much acclaim – pictured, frontman Brian Molko

Respect: They shared their new video with this caption on Instagram while also calling Kate’s original ‘iconic’

Everyone’s taste is different: While Kate’s song is adored globally, lots of fans adore the Placebo version

‘I learnt about Running Up That Hill the old way (opening of season 4 of The OC, covered by Placebo).’

‘I was going to write something about how hey, all these new fans, you should also check out the really quite recent Placebo cover of Running Up That Hill, but then I checked when it was released and it was 19 years ago and boy, does my back hurt now #soOld.’

The original song – written by Bush from her iconic Hounds of Love album – was played during A Stranger Things episode and chosen to complement the storyline of Max (played by Sadie Sink.) 

In a 1985 interview, Kate said the song is ‘about a relationship between a man and a woman. They love each other very much, and the power of the relationship is something that gets in the way.

Running up the charts: Stranger Things season four has put Kate’s 1985 hit Running Up That Hill to number one on iTunes chart after being used in the Netflix show 

Classic tune: Running Up That Hill is one of the singer’s most successful hits of the ’80s, peaking at number three in the UK Singles Chart

‘It’s an intriguing prospect and one largely underpinned by the fragility of those relationships. It creates insecurities

‘It’s saying if the man could be the woman and the woman the man, if they could make a deal with God, to change places, that they’d understand what it’s like to be the other person and perhaps it would clear up misunderstandings. 

‘You know, all the little problems; there would be no problem.’

And talking further about her iconic track on BBC Radio 4’s Women Hour, Kate said: ‘The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is, well, I think it’s very special,

Speaking of the Netflix boom to her back catalogue plays, Bush commented: ‘Well it’s just extraordinary. I mean, you know, it’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention. 

‘But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad.’  

Listen out! Placebo’s version also appeared on the an episode of Vampire Diaries (pictured) and the opening of season 4 of The OC

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