Take my shoes off and thrown them in the lake :: VOTD

Hounds of Love :: Kate Bush
from the album, Hounds of Love
Directed by Kate Bush

Hounds of Love is the title track of the Hounds of Love album by Kate Bush, the third of the album’s four singles. The single was released on February 24, 1986, and reached # 18 in the UK Singles Chart. British band The Futureheads covered the song in 2005, scoring a UK top 10 hit with it.

The song is said to be about being afraid to fall in love; in the song this feeling is compared to being chased by a pack of hounds. The music video (see above) was very much inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The 39 Steps and ‘Hitchcock’ also features in the video (a nod to the director’s famous cameo appearances in his movies).

The versions worldwide differ slightly: the US single mix included an additional chorus just after the second chorus. The words “it’s in the trees, it’s coming!” heard at the beginning of the track are sampled from the British 1957 horror film Night of the Demon and are spoken by an actor from the film, Maurice Denham.

In October 2004, Q magazine placed this song at # 21 in its list of the 50 greatest British songs of all-time.

Hounds of Love (the album) is the fifth studio album by the English singer Kate Bush. Released in 1985, it was Bush’s second album to top the UK album charts and is also her best-selling studio album, having been certified Double Platinum in the UK. Four singles were released from the album: Running Up That Hill, Cloudbusting, Hounds of Love, and The Big SkyRunning Up That Hill became one of her biggest hits in the UK and re-introduced Kate Bush to American listeners, receiving considerable airplay at the time of its release.

The album was recorded in a windowless studio that Kate Bush had constructed in a converted barn near her parents’ house in semi-rural East Wickham, south east of London. Kate Bush said to Q magazine:

“People commented on how the album seems very elemental. And I can’t help but put quite a lot of that down to the fact that I moved out into the country. The visual stimulus coming in was that of fields and trees, and seeing the elements doing their stuff.”

In 2002, Q Magazine named Hounds of Love the third Greatest Album of All-Time by a Female Artist, and in 2000, the twentieth Greatest British Album of All Time.

Editor’s Note: Kate Bush’s music, this album especially, feels like dreaming to me. Ethereal and otherworldly at one moment, raw and viscerally emotional the next, this song is one of those that I often go to, and cling to, when seeking writing inspiration.


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