‘He thinks it’s pretty cool’: Kate Bush reveals her son Bertie’s delight at Running Up That Hill reaching number one and says she uses an ‘ancient’ phone to avoid answering emails
Kate Bush has revealed in a rare interview that her son Albert, 23, things it is ‘pretty cool’ after her song Running Up That Hill was featured in Stranger Things.
The singer’s 1985 track reached the top of the UK charts this month after its appearance in the popular Netflix science fiction series, with Kate joking ‘the world’s gone mad’.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, Kate, 63, also discussed her love/hate relationship with technology, saying she now uses an ‘ancient phone’ in order to avoid being bombarded with emails while she’s out.
Success: Kate Bush has revealed in a rare interview that her son Albert, 23, things it is ‘pretty cool’ after her song Running Up That Hill was featured in Stranger Things
Host Emma Barnett asked the musician what her son Albert McIntosh – known as Bertie – thinks of a new generation discovering her music.
She said: ‘I think he thinks it’s pretty cool.’
Asked if Bertie is a fan of the show, Kate answered: ‘We all are! Our friends kept saying “have you seen Stranger Things?” when the first series came out so eventually we binge watched it and have been watching it ever since.’
Elsewhere during the interview, Kate’s relationship with technology came up, where she discovered her love of her ‘ancient’ phone that allows her to avoid emails.
Family: Host Emma Barnett asked the musician what her son Albert McIntosh – known as Bertie – thinks of a new generation discovering her music to which Kate said: ‘I think he thinks it’s pretty cool’ (Bertie pictured in 2014)
She said: ‘Technology is advancing at this incredible rate. It’s hard to keep up with really.
‘It was really great people respected that because we were working in what was quite a small theatre and I wanted there to be a strong connection between the audience and everyone on stage.
‘Phones are very distracting. It’s a bit different in an open air concert but we were trying to create an atmosphere with what we were doing.
‘I have a really ancient phone. It’s very ancient. I like that because I spend a lot of time on my laptop and when I go out during the day, it means I don’t have to deal with emails and everyone knows that. I just get texts and calls on my phone and it means I have a bit of peace.’
Privacy: Kate also discussed her love/hate relationship with technology, saying she now uses an ‘ancient phone’ in order to avoid being bombarded with emails while she’s out
Kate said of her new number one: ‘It’s just extraordinary. 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, it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? The whole world’s gone mad!’
The songstress also admitted that she hadn’t listened to her track in quite a while as she doesn’t tend to replay her ‘old stuff’.
She said: ‘I never listen to my old stuff but when things like this come along, I’m normally involved in something like doing an edit or revisiting the track for some kind of other reason, I’m working.
‘But I haven’t heard it for a really long time’.
Interview: During the chat, Kate told how she hadn’t listened to the track in a ‘really long time’ and was actually a fan of Stranger Things before her song featured in it
Onscreen: ‘I thought what a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way, as a kind of talisman for Max. It very touching actually’ [pictured Sadie Sink as Max in Stranger Things]
After welcoming a legion of new fans thanks to Max’s fight against villain Vecna in Stranger Things, Kate told how she thinks it’s ‘lovely’ that her song has been used as a backdrop for the character’s survival, lauding show makers for using it in a ‘positive way’.
She explained: ‘I think they put it in a really special place. The Duffer brothers created the series and we watched it right from the word go from the first series onwards, so I was already familiar with the series.
‘I thought what a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way, as a kind of talisman for Max. It very touching actually.’
Kate’s song – the lead track on her Hounds Of Love album – peaked at number two behind Harry Style’s As It Was, but it was later revealed the 80s song had pipped the former One Direction star to the post.
Shock: In a chat with host Emma Barnett [pictured], Kate said: ‘I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It’s so exciting, it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? The whole world’s gone mad!’
Kate has now become the oldest female singer to achieve a UK No. 1 single, taking the record from Cher, who reached the top spot with Believe in 1998.
It is Kate’s first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit number one in 1978 when she was just 19. This means she has also bagged the record for longest gap between number ones at 44 years.
Running Up That Hill is also currently sitting in the number one spot in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland, and has achieved a new peak in the US charts at number four.
It originally reached number three in the UK on its release and it charted again in 12th place in 2012.
Sharing her joy at her song reaching a new audience, she gushed: ‘Yeah! What’s really wonderful I think is that it’s this whole new audience who in a lot of cases, they’ve never heard of me. And I love that!
Congratulations: It is Kate’s first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit number one in 1978 when she was just 19 (pictured in 1978)
‘The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, I think it’s very special.’
On what her song -originally titled Deal With God – is about, she explained: ‘I really like people to hear a song and take from it what they want. But originally it was written as an idea of a man and a woman swapping places with each other just to feel what it was like from the other side.’
It comes as Kate reportedly set to bank more than £1million after her 1985 hit raced to the top of the charts.
A source told The Sun: ‘Kate is on course to bank a seven-figure sum because of its resurgence.
‘She owns all of the publishing and licensing rights, and she wrote it – so nearly all the cash is going to her.
Resurgence: The song is getting nearly a million daily streams on Spotify, earning Kate around £250,000 a week (pictured 1979)
‘Given the traction of the song, Kate will easily be pulling in £250,000 a week and, if it keeps on the way it is, she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.’
The song is getting nearly a million daily streams on Spotify, earning Kate around £250,000 a week, with the track on course to maintain it’s position at the top of the chart for the second week in a row.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Kate for comment.
Meanwhile, Kate recently praised the creators of the popular horror drama for ‘bringing the song into so many people’s lives’.
The musician said: ‘I believe the Duffer Brothers have touched people’s hearts in a special way at a time that’s incredibly difficult for everyone, especially younger people.
‘By featuring Running Up That Hill in such a positive light, as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters), the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story.
‘Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends.
‘I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series into a much more adult and darker place. I want to thank them so much for bringing the song into so many people’s lives.
‘I’m overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support the song is receiving, and it’s all happening really fast, as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force.
‘I have to admit I feel really moved by it all. Thank you so very much for making the song a No 1 in such an unexpected way.’
Grateful: Meanwhile, Kate recently praised the creators of the popular horror drama for ‘bringing the song into so many people’s lives’