Sisters, Sick Beats, and Big Boi: Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush
If I only could....
At the height of OutKast's popularity, my freshman year of college, where I heard "Hey Ya" literally a billion times a day I found out Big Boi and I had something in common. At the time I saw him as the shorter person in OutKast who wrote critically acclaimed music and lived a lifestyle I could not not relate to. He was a super cool rapper. The fact I thought the phrase "super cool rapper" shows the disparity in Big Boi and I's coolness. But when they said his favorite singer was Kate Bush my jaw dropped. Kate Bush was my brooding self's favorite song. Side A of Hounds of Love is near perfect and I used to just listen to the record while everyone slept. I used to relate to those songs so hard. When I first heard Kate Bush's Running Up That HIll- I thought my first kiss will be that dramatic and theatrical. It wasn't. Kind of like I had this fantasy of making out with Leonardo DiCaprio when I was thirteen and then when he kind of took it to another level, I'd say "not until our wedding. Our Catholic wedding." He would say "I respect that." That didn't happen as well but I did have a Catholic wedding. Ask me about tradition and not letting people down! As someone who often crushed on boys who did stupid teenage boy things, the idea of swapping places with one so he could see how hard it was for ME to see them do that to themselves. You would think a song I could relate to so hard about with ideas about sexuality created by a fourteen who read Shakespeare for fun- would be something I'd outgrow. But every relationship I've had I could relate to that song. The idea of swapping places because I'm not someone who takes things a. slow or b. easy. I'm intense. Kate Bush songs are nothing but intense. So imagine my surprise when I saw some PR puff piece about a rapper saying he loved Kate Bush. It was in the back of my mind but I didn't really think about it. I lived my life introducing people to the song- friends who thought it was too eighties but it grew on them, friends who saw me drunkenly sing it a la James Brown on my knees into a hairbrush, friends who would say "I know her." People knew the Futureheads version of Hounds of Love.
The music and cover of the album just spoke to me
The cover art, which I will describe, is just her in chiffon looking gorgeous and with two hounds. Pretty dress? Check. Intense dramatic makeup? Check. Snuggly animals? Check. Literally, manifesting the ideal of who I wanted to me. I can't even describe hearing that album for the first time. It was eerie and dark, yet totally earnest in so many ways. She was vulnerable but so so gifted. I don't care who you are- the beats are sick. I haven't heard anything quite like it. I hear it in some songs that just hit your ears like a punch. But nothing like that album, it was completely unique. I think Prince wanted to work with her after that album. That's how brill it was. She was an artiste and I would fly to England to see her live. I know she's not perfect. But her music really is.
My Dad introduced my sister and I to her. We used to listen to her while Dad drove my sister to soccer practice. It was such a bonding thing for us. Dad had a crazy array of music. He liked a lot of what was known as college rock and the music my sister and I grew up with was not common with other kids. My sister and I have decided to get matching tattoos. One will say "Be running up that Road"- Katy and mine will say "Be running up that building." It's a sister tattoo that means something. We've been through a lot these past few years. I love her.
If you don't know Kate Bush. Listen to Big Boi talk about her. Everything he says is truth. Here is his interview:
Here is the actual video for Running Up that Hill
Note: this video is crazy 80s. You could tell they had no idea who to market the music so they made this ridiculous video. BUT THE SONG!