Guitar and bass cover played along to a backing track of “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush from her 1985 album entitled Hounds of Love.

Catherine «Kate» Bush, CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom’s most successful solo female performers of the past 35 years.

In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single «Wuthering Heights», becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song. She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart, and has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles including the Top 10 hits «Wuthering Heights», «Running Up that Hill», «King of the Mountain», «Babooshka», «The Man with the Child in His Eyes», and «Don’t Give Up».

In 1987, she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and in 2002, her songwriting ability was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. After her 1979 tour – the only concert tour of her career – Bush released the 1980 album Never for Ever, which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at Number 1. She is also the first (and to date only) female artist to have Top 5 albums in the UK charts in 5 successive decades.

Bush was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music. She received the award from Queen Elizabeth II on 10 April 2013 at Windsor Castle.

«Running Up That Hill» was the first single from her 1985 album Hounds of Love, released in the UK on 5 August 1985. It was her first 12″ single. It was the most successful of Bush’s 1980s releases, entering the UK chart at No. 9 and eventually peaking at No. 3, her second-highest single peak. The single also had an impact in the United States, providing Bush with her first chart hit there since 1978, where it reached the top 30, and featured prominently within the Dance Charts. Bush also performed the song with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd at the Secret Policeman’s Third Ball. The song’s title for Hounds of Love and all subsequent releases was «Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God).»

The B-side of the 7″ single contains Bush’s song «Under the Ivy». The 12-inch single contains an extended remix and an instrumental version of «Running Up That Hill», as well as «Under the Ivy».

The song has been critically acclaimed. In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Amy Hanson wrote: «Always adept at emotion and beautifully able to manipulate even the most bitter of hearts, rarely has Bush penned such a brutally truthful, painfully sensual song.» The song ranked #22 on Rate Your Music’s Top Singles of All Time list. The song was used as the main theme tune for the 1986 BBC 1 gritty children’s drama serial Running Scared.

Alternative rock band Placebo covered «Running Up That Hill», releasing it originally on the bonus disc of their 2003 album Sleeping with Ghosts, then featuring it on Covers and the US version of Meds in 2007. Placebo’s take on the song is more downbeat than the original. It has been described by Q magazine as ‘sound[ing] more like a pact with the Devil’ than the original ‘deal with God’. Their version of the song made an appearance on the debut episode of The Vampire Diaries, concluded an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled «A la Cart», and was used on Bones, Stargate: Universe, The O.C., and NCIS: Los Angeles. It was also used in the promotional video for the Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker rematch at Wrestlemania XXVI, and is featured in the trailer for the movie Daybreakers. It can be also heard in the movies From Paris with Love and The Heavy. It has also been used in British TV series Waterloo Road A recording of Placebo’s version which features Bush’s vocals was used in promos for the History Channel’s 2011 special, Gettysburg. (Wikipedia, July 2013)