7 guitar-led covers of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill

Mastodon, Kate Bush, First Aid Kit
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It’s the strangest thing but Kate Bush is having a moment. She might have been enjoying the quiet life, away from the limelight – tending the garden, leisurely lunches, sudoku – but when you have enjoyed the recording career she has sometimes the limelight seeks you out. 

So it was when the Netflix sci-fi/horror smash-hit Stranger Things cherry-picked Running Up That Hill for a bravura set-piece in season four. It worked gangbusters, a sprinkling of musical pixie dust to heighten the drama, reportedly at Winona Ryder’s request. No spoilers here; you’ll just have to watch it. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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