Last month, rumours surfaced that the Kate Bush had filmed a video for a new version of “Running Up That Hill” with Jude Law for London 2012. It turns out those weren’t untrue at all! A “2012 Remix” of the ’80s classic has just been released digitally today. The new mix actually isn’t all that different from the “12 mix, which is a relief as it’s perfect the way it was, but the sheer prospect of Kate Bush possibly performing on the Closing Ceremony is too good to be true. I guess we have to tune in tonight to find out. In the meantime, check out the RUTH ’12 update below.
STREAM: Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)
UK’s mum-friendly pop crooner Will Young delivered a lovely piano cover of Kate Bush‘s classic “Running Up That Hill” for Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday Sessions on Radio 2 yesterday. His cover cemented the fact that he’s still one of Britain’s best contemporary male pop voices. His forthcoming album, the Richard-X-produced “Echoes”, will see him heading for a long-awaited dance-pop direction, and if lead single “Jealousy” is any indication, pop fans will be in for a real treat, even those who weren’t fans of his music before. You can download the balladry performance below. “Jealousy” drops on August 21, and the album follows a day later.
As you might’ve already known, Britain’s original queen of kooks Kate Bush will unleash “Director’s Cut”, her first new album since 2005, on May 16. The prospect of a collection of re-recordings seemed promising at first, but has since become questionable after I heard the rather dodgy new version of “Deeper Understanding”. A nice update or potential cock-up to ruin her legacy? It could go either way.
Still, her music sounds great when remixed right. Recently, UK’s new electro act Echoes decided to remix “This Woman’s Work”. On paper, the idea of turning such a classic torch ballad into a Moroder-style disco stomper sounds unneccessary, if not a bit sacrilegious. But they made it work! A really unexpected, excellent remix.
While we’re at it, let’s revisit another Kate Bush bootleg. Get the 2005 Datassette rework of “Running Up That Hill”, which I still quite enjoy.