Running Up That Hill

b/w Under The Ivy

+ Running Up That Hill (Instrumental)

Running Up That Hill (UK) front


Running Up That Hill (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI 12KB1
Release date: August 5, 1985
Chronology: Kate's 1st UK 12" single, a 3 track disc featuring her 13th, 14th and 15th non-LP songs. The A-side is an extended version of Running Up That Hill, although it's not labeled as such.
Cover photos by John Carder Bush
Running Up That Hill (Extended) Lyrics
What it's about: Gender differences, and how they hamper our ability to understand the opposite sex. The song suggests we should try to resolve the conflicts in our relationships by "swapping places" (looking at the situation from our partner's perspective).
Running time: 5:45
Under The Ivy Lyrics
What it's about: A girl sneaks away from a party for a clandestine meeting with her lover.
Running time: 2:06
Running Up That Hill (Instrumental) running time: 4:57
Running Up That Hill marked Kate's return from what would later become "typical" 3-year hiatuses between releases. The 7" counterpart to this disc was her first UK single (not counting the box set) in 33 months.
The instrumental version of Running Up That Hill on this disc has never been issued in any other format. (See non-LP page for more info...)
By this point in her career, Kate was exercising COMPLETE control over her material, as evidenced by the exclusive "KB" numbering system on all her new releases (a practically unheard of phenomenon on a mainstream label).
The rear sleeve image was also used inside the 7" gatefold sleeve. The rear of the 7" sleeve had a different picture, which was also used on a 12" x 20" promotional poster for the singles in the UK (shown here).

Go to: 12" Single Index 12" Pictorial Chronology