I’ll be happy to run up that hill with Kate Bush forever | Rebecca Nicholson


If Fleetwood Mac may be introduced to a new audience because someone posted a clip of himself on a skateboard drinking juice while syncing to Dreams – a whole bunch of people who hadn’t heard of it talk because of the Corrs! – then of course that of Kate Bush Run up that hill (A deal with God) will end up being the sound of summer 2022.

Her classic 1985 single/stone-cold is leaping up the charts and, based on how many headlines I’ve seen on search engines, a new generation is typing “who is Kate Bush?” in the search bar. Which means an older generation inevitably laughs at them and needs to ask who Kate Bush is in the first place. Let’s see how it works when you have a question about the TikkyTok, grandma.

Running Up That Hill has returned to the limelight as it features in a pivotal scene in the new season of stranger things, although to say that it includes is to underestimate its role. It is part of the action and drives the story. According to the show’s music supervisor, Nora Felder, get permission using it was not an easy task. (You could say they had to run…in fact, let’s leave it at that, it’s been a long holiday for everyone.) Bush doesn’t often allow his songs to be used in movies or on the show. television and received full descriptions of the scene and background before making her decision, although it turned out that she was a fan of the show anyway.

stranger things isn’t the only nod to the power of Running Up That Hill to appear in recent years – Fiona Apple refers to it in her song Fetch the Bolt Cutters as a metaphor for an industry that constrained her – but is notable for harnessing its power. TV and film are full of moments that achieve fame in music, but it’s rarer than you might think that they end up being truly memorable. The ones that work end up changing the way the song is heard, potentially for a long time, which has its pros and cons, although it’s never set in stone. Consider Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, a masterful endnote for The Sopranosbefore being dipped in cheese by Joy.

If there’s one song that can fight off too much familiarity, it’s Running Up That Hill. Whether it’s the first time or the 500th time, you still hear it now and think, what was that all about? And then you play again.

Christine Baranski: Good Fight won’t pull any punches to the end

Christine Baranski: “fabulous”. Photography: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The fact that The good fight happened up to six seasons is amazing. Maybe the TV executives who kept saying yes to more episodes were microdosing as much psilocybin as Diane Lockhart, played by the fabulous Christine Baranski. (It’s the woman who gave Elon Musk the ailments, for those who prefer memes.) The series, ostensibly about a Chicago law firm, ended up being a crazy take on the creeping, relentless real-life news cycle, which you could reasonably say has had enough crazy because he is. Still, it was utterly brilliant and criminally underwatched, and Baranski’s performance is one of the greatest of all time.

Sadly, all great television must come to an end, and its upcoming sixth season will be its last. Its creators, Michelle and Robert King, told the Hollywood journalist that they realized they were “tired” and that an end was near. Yet for a show that worked Weinstein, Epstein, Russia Kompromat and a musical sketch about censorship in China that was effectively censored in the United Statesit promises to come out swinger.

“Season six focuses a lot on an upcoming civil war,” Michelle King said. Oh good.

Elliot Page: The Courage to Defy Hollywood Convention

Elliot Page: “eloquent”.
Elliot Page. Photography: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

I’m usually not a fan of “in their own words” type celebrity interviews, as they often feel like an escape, but I thoroughly enjoyed Elliot Page’s American Squire cover story this month. The actor came out as transgender in late 2020 and offered his eloquent and often moving thoughts on transition, identity, joy and pain (as well as sports, books and dogs).

Page also talked about starring in his breakout film, Juno, in 2007, before his transition, when he plays a teenage girl who becomes pregnant by her boyfriend and ends up in an adoption tangle. He said he wanted to wear a suit to one of the red carpet events, but the studio insisted on a dress. It’s worth looking at the footage of what her co-star, Michael Cera, wore during those same promotional functions; you can’t drop dead from shock to see him wearing casual pants and scruffy sneakers. I found that oddly infuriating, years later, not least because Juno, the character, is the jeans-and-shirt type in the film.

The whole cover story is worth reading. This seemed particularly generous to me. I can barely begin to imagine how exhausting and demoralizing it must be to explain your right to simply exist as a transgender person. Page doesn’t have to expose himself and discuss his darkest moments with the world, but in doing so, there is hope that just one person reading it can gain a new, greater understanding.

Rebecca Nicholson is an Observer columnist


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