Legendary 80’s singer Kate Bush has once again become a household name due to her 1985 song ‘Running Up That Hill (Make a Deal With God)’ featured in an iconic scene in the first volume of Stranger Things season four.
While Bush was a creative force to reckon with in her time, her music has become popular once again due to its significance in the fourth episode of the season.
Titled ‘Dear Billy’, the most epic episode features Sadie Sink’s Max being enshrouded by darkness. As Vecna plays vicious mind games, waiting to pounce on her by using her guilt-ridden mind as leverage in the Upside Down, Max’s friends begin playing Bush’s song which brings her back to reality and helps her fight against Vecna.
While Sadie Sink and the creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, have been praised for the beautiful significance of the scene, Sink allegedly did not know who Bush was until the fourth season. However, following the scene, she is immersed in Bush’s works.
Sink revealed, “I did not know Kate Bush beforehand, but then I immediately skimmed through her work and then became increasingly more obsessed, and then I was listening to her all the time.”
Sink said that the creators “could not have picked a more perfect song” for the sequence while being in awe of “the energy of the song, the synth and the lyrics.”
She continued, “Knowing the emotional connection that she [Bush] has to that song and how it’s kind of her anthem, played into it.”
Like Max, Sink played it in the background at home on loop to see if she “would go instance because that’s what Max was having to do.”
Apparently, she is “still not sick of it, which is good.”
Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Robert Englund, Jamie Campbell Bower, Matthew Modine, Brett Gelman and Raphael Luce among others, the fourth season is the penultimate season before the series comes to an end with a fifth and final season.
The second and final volume of Stranger Things season four is scheduled for a July 1st, 2022, premiere on Netflix and will have two feature-length episodes.