On January 20th 1978, one of the most iconic, interesting and entirely entertaining pop singles of all time was created. Kate Bush released ‘Wuthering Heights’ 40-years-ago today and we thought we’d jump at the chance to celebrate a piece of pop music history.

The track, undoubtedly inspired by the novel written by Emily Bronte of the same name, was written in the leafy South London suburb in the summer of ’77. As London was swollen with the vicious angst of punk, Kate Bush was creating a masterful pop record: “There was a full moon, the curtains were open and it came quite easily,” Bush told her fan club in 1979.

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It wasn’t only the subject matter of the song, a ghoulish rendition of dry-ice filled moors and written from the point of view of a deceased Cathy Earnshaw’s longing for Heathcliffe. It was the world’s introduction to Kate Bush. Her employment of dance, mime, theatricality began to herald in a new era for pop music.

Her iconography only grew from this moment.

Still, nobody could have predicted, least of all Kate herself, how successful the song would become. That people like you and I would be still so enchanted by its whimsical nature, high octave notes and the sheer fantasy it inspires.

Bush was a trailblazer from the start having begun singing at 11 she worked her way though the mundanely areas of middle-class Britain to spread her wings and top the charts. The charts, in 1978, having run for 25 years was still heavily male-dominated, Bush broke the mould when she became the first female to top the charts with a self-penned song.

Her strength of artistic direction deployed by Bush has left her strong in the heart of so many of her fans. She inspired a generation with her pursuit to never be boring or feel tiresome, Bush always pushed the envelop, and indeed continues to, and her credibility has always, always rested on her daring. Daring which ‘Wuthering Heights’ is testament to.

Happy Birthday WH.

Lyrics

Out on the wiley, windy moors
We’d roll and fall in green
You had a temper like my jealousy
Too hot, too greedy
How could you leave me
When I needed to possess you?
I hated you, I loved you, too
Bad dreams in the night
They told me I was going to lose the fight
Leave behind my wuthering, wuthering
Wuthering Heights
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window
Ooh, it gets dark, it gets lonely
On the other side from you
I pine a lot, I find the lot
Falls through without you
I’m coming back, love
Cruel Heathcliff, my one dream
My only master
Too long I roam in the night
I’m coming back to his side, to put it right
I’m coming home to wuthering, wuthering
Wuthering Heights
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window
Ooh, let me have it
Let me grab your soul away
Ooh, let me have it
Let me grab your soul away
You know it’s me, Cathy
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold

 

 

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