Kate Bush has seen a bit of a career resurgence after her work was featured on the hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’. The show would use Bush’s iconic 1985 hit ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) during one of the show’s episodes. The album, in which that track was originally included on ‘Hounds of Love’ was released on September 16th, 1985, and was met with positive reviews, especially overseas.
Music entertainment outlet NME would have this to say about Bush’s now beloved and classic album: “Hounds of Love is definitely weird. It’s not an album for the suicidal or mums and dads. The violence of The Dreaming has turned into despair, confusion, and fear – primarily of love, a subject that remains central to Bush’s songwriting.” Whereas the now defunct UK magazine ‘Sounds’ said of ‘Hounds of Love’, [The album is] “dramatic, moving and wildly, unashamedly, beautifully romantic”. If I were allowed to swear, I’d say that Hounds of Love is f***ing brilliant, but me mum won’t let me”
However, one person that definitely did not seem to be a fan of either the album or of Kate Bush was none other than the equally iconic voice of new wave, Morrissey. According to Far Out Magazine, the former frontman of The Smiths had a pen-pal due to him being a writer before becoming a famous musician. The two would exchange letters and stories and one of those would entail finding out that Morrissey’s pen-pal was a fan of Kate Bush.
To which the man nicknamed ‘Moz’ would reply back: “Do you really like Kate Bush? I’m not surprised,” he wrote. “The nicest thing I could say about her is that she’s unbearable. That voice! Such trash! You’ll learn, Sonny.”
Morrissey once gave a statement on his perceived controversial nature, proclaiming: “I’ve never intended to be controversial, but it’s very easy to be controversial in pop music because nobody ever is.”