Running Up That Hill

b/w Under The Ivy


Running Up That Hill (UK) gatefold front

(front)

Running Up That Hill (UK) gatefold rear

(rear)

Running Up That Hill (UK) center gatefold

(center gatefold)

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 (packaged in her 2nd gatefold sleeve).
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.
Running Up That Hill entered the UK chart in the second week of its release at #9.  It peaked at #3 two weeks later, on August 31, 1985.  It held that position for one week, and spent a total of eleven weeks on the chart.
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).
The rear sleeve image was also used on a 12" x 20" promotional poster for the 7" and 12" singles in the UK (shown here).
First UK pressings were in gatefold sleeves as shown above. Later pressings were packaged in single pocket sleeves (shown here). The front images are identical. The inside right photo of the gatefold was used on the rear of the single pocket sleeve.

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