Sadie Sink gives an incredible performance as Max Mayfield / Picture Credit: Netflix
Sadie Sink gives an incredible performance as Max Mayfield / Picture Credit: Netflix

Kate Bush is undoubtedly one of the most memorable figures in music of our generation. Her song, Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God), released back in 1985, is now back at the top of the charts after playing a pivotal role in the latest season of Netflix original series, Stranger Things.

Despite decades of and success, Sadie Sink – who plays Max in the Netflix show – says she is a newbie when it comes to listening to Bush’s music.

Speaking with Vanity Fair, the breakout star of Stranger Things said that before receiving the script for Season 4 of the series, she hadn't heard of the music icon.

She admitted: “I did not know Kate Bush beforehand, but then I immediately skimmed through her work and then became increasingly more obsessed, and then I was listening to her all the time”.

"Knowing the emotional connection that she has to that song, and how it's kind of her anthem, played into it," Sink added. "It's something about the energy of the song, the synth and the lyrics and everything. It's so perfect. They could not have picked a more perfect song.”

Despite not being able to say how many times she's now heard the song that saw her character get through some sticky situations, Sink says she's "still not sick of it, which is good."

She explained: "I did do a whole day in my own time where I just was home and had it playing on in the background for the entire day, just to see if I would go insane, because that’s what Max was having to do”.

Meanwhile, Bush released a rare public statement on her website after hearing how her song had been used by Stranger Things creators, the Duffer brothers, saying she felt “really moved” by the entire situation.

She said: "By featuring Running Up That Hill in such a positive light - as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters) - the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story. Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends."

Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 is available now to stream on Netflix. Volume 2 is set to debut on the streaming platform on July 1st, 2022.

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