Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix)

Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix) (UK) front


Country: UK
Release date: August 12, 2012
Chronology: Kate's 36th UK single; a digital only release as part of the 2012 Summer Olympic Closing Ceremony
Highest chart position: 6
Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix) 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: 5:32
The theme of the closing Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics was "A Symphony of British Music".  Kate contributed this update of her 1985 worldwide hit -- which still stands as the second highest charting UK single in her entire catalog (behind Wuthering Heights).
It's not really a "remix"; it's an entirely new vocal track, recorded a half-tone lower than the original to accommodate Kate's current lower register.
Thanks to a worldwide Olympic viewing audience of nearly 750 million, it shot to #6 -- which makes Kate one of only a very small handful of recording artists who have earned top 15 UK singles in five consecutive decades!
Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix)  entered the UK chart in its second week of release and immediately peaked at #6 (as noted above) on August 25, 2012.  It held that position for one week, and spent a total of three weeks on the chart.  It re-entered at #51 on September 6, 2014 for two weeks during Kate's Before The Dawn concert run at London's Hammersmith Appolo Theatre.
The first :45 is a rework of the opening of the 1985 Extended Mix.  From that point on, the lyrics are nearly identical to the original LP/CD version, except for a minor change in the third chorus.
Kate didn't appear in the Olympic coverage.  The track played over a group of dancers forming a "hill" from large white blocks representing various Olympic events.
In the US, NBC cut the entire segment out of their tape-delayed coverage so they could funnel their huge Olympic audience into a commercial-free telecast of one of their new Fall sitcoms, Animal Practice.  Twitter and Facebook users justifiably pounced on them...
Even worse, iTunes in the US didn't make it available as a single download until a week later.  Up to that point, you could get it only as part of the entire Olympic Closing Ceremony for $19.99.
Promo only CD singles were pressed and distributed as soon as the single began climbing up the iTunes chart.  It was eventually released commercially on a limited edition 10" picture disc on 4/20/13 as part of Record Store Day in the UK.

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