Running Up That Hill

b/w Under The Ivy

Running Up That Hill (UK) front


Running Up That Hill (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI KB1
Release date: August 5, 1985
Chronology: Kate's 14th UK single, with her 15th non-LP B-side. It's the lead single from Hounds Of Love.
Highest chart position: 3 (second only to Wuthering Heights, which hit #1)
Cover photos by John Carder Bush
Running Up That Hill 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: 4:56
Under The Ivy Lyrics
What it's about: A girl sneaks away from a party for a clandestine meeting with her lover.
Running time: 2:11
Running Up That Hill marked Kate's return from what would later become "typical" 3-year hiatuses between releases. It was her first UK single (not counting the box set) in 33 months.
The UK & US 12" EPs also include two additional non-LP tracks: extended and instrumental versions of Running Up That Hill (the latter of which has never appeared on any other release).
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).
First UK pressings were packaged in gatefold sleeves (shown here). Later pressings were in single pocket sleeves as shown above. The front images are identical. The inside right photo of the gatefold was used on the rear of the single pocket sleeve. Scan courtesy of Bart.

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