The 63-year-old Kate Bush, pictured here in an undated photo, has returned to the top of the music charts after her "Running Up That Hill" song was featured in the hit Netflix drama "Stranger Things." Photo: FISH PEOPLE/AFP/File
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'The world's gone mad': Kate Bush on 'Stranger Things' and chart reprise

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Kate Bush, in a rare interview, has described her return to the top of the music charts as "quite shocking" after Netflix drama "Stranger Things" wowed a new generation of fans.

The much-loved British singer-songwriter also dwelt on her lockdown experience of binge-watching and gardening, and revealed that she prefers an old-style phone when out and about.

Bush's classic song "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" has surged to number one in Britain and elsewhere after featuring prominently, and movingly, in the fourth series of the sci-fi Netflix series set in the 1980s.

"It's such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention," she told BBC radio in the interview, which was recorded Tuesday and broadcast Wednesday.

"But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It's so exciting. But it's quite shocking really, isn't it? I mean, the whole world's gone mad."

The 1985 song now holds the record for longest time taken for a single to reach number one, while Bush boasts the longest-ever gap between chart-toppers -- 44 years after "Wuthering Heights" first revealed her astonishing talents to the world.

And at 63, Bush has also become the oldest female artist ever to score a number one hit in the UK.

"There was some great music in the '80s, but I think it's an incredibly exciting time we're in now," she said.

"I mean, okay, so it's an awful time on a lot of levels for people. Very difficult. But it's also a time when incredible things are happening."

Bush has largely spent recent decades out of the public eye, but performed a 22-night residency in London in 2014, with tickets selling out in 15 minutes.

"Gardening is my thing now," she told the BBC, without going into whether she is working on any new music.

Bush's last studio album was "50 Words for Snow" (2011), which featured aural trickery of the kind she pioneered in the 80s with the Fairlight digital synthesiser used on her 1985 masterpiece, "Hounds of Love".

"Running Up That Hill", the lead single from "Hounds of Love", has become the most-streamed song on Spotify in the United States, the UK and globally.

But Bush herself doesn't have a smartphone.

"I have a really ancient phone. But I like that because I spend a lot of time on my laptop," she said.

"And when I go out during the day, it means I don't have to deal with emails and everyone knows that. So I just get texts and calls on my phone, and it means that I have a bit of peace."

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Bush's classic song "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" has surged to number one in Britain and elsewhere after featuring prominently, and movingly, in the fourth series of the sci-fi Netflix series set in the 1980s.

She has always been well-respected by musical peers.

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Great series, great song. Can't wait for Season 4 Volume 2, and hope it features a remix of the song like we heard in the recently released Volume 2 trailer!

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I was lucky enough to get tickets to her 2014 residency. Flew from Tokyo to London just for that chance of a lifetime since I’ve been a fan since she debuted but was too young to see her one and only tour at that time. Amazing to meet fans from all over the world, USA, South Africa, Europe, Asia all in London to see her. Bjork was in attendance at my show, as were several celebrities.

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The world has always been mad. It all depends on your personal perspective.

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qazwsxToday  09:23 am JST

I was lucky enough to get tickets to her 2014 residency. Flew from Tokyo to London just for that chance of a lifetime since I’ve been a fan since she debuted but was too young to see her one and only tour at that time. Amazing to meet fans from all over the world, USA, South Africa, Europe, Asia all in London to see her. Bjork was in attendance at my show, as were several celebrities.

Wow! Considering how rarely she performs, that was a once in a lifetime experience. I was hooked when I saw her SNL way, way back. I'm thrilled for her to get a second lease with younger generations as her music is truly unique. Listening to my favorite album, the Dreaming right now.

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"There was some great music in the '80s, but I think it's an incredibly exciting time we're in now,"

OK, Kate, I'd be grateful if you could point us to anything remotely worth listening to these days.

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Happy for her, she sounds well-balanced and has an incredible voice

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A true great, she is unique. It's silly that a trashy throwaway tv show like Stranger Things is the only way to introduce the heard to Kate's music but at least they found her and hopefully she has gained a generation on new fans.

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