After a lot of rumour and anticipation, the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games didn’t feature a performance by Kate Bush, but a dance segment against a remixed version of ‘Running Up That Hill (Deal With God)’. The reworked track features new vocals, rather than a ‘remix’ of the music.
The message below was posted on her website:
I hope you all enjoyed the remix of Running Up That Hill this evening at the Olympics Closing Ceremony. They certainly put on a brilliant show.
Back in 1992, Bush said about the song:
I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman, can’t understand each other because we are a man and a woman. And if we could actually swap each other’s roles, if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised! [Laughs] And I think it would lead to a greater understanding. And really the only way I could think it could be done was either… you know, I thought a deal with the devil, you know. And I thought, ‘well, no, why not a deal with God!’ You know, because in a way it’s so much more powerful the whole idea of asking God to make a deal with you. You see, for me it is still called “Deal With God”, that was its title. But we were told that if we kept this title that it would not be played in any of the religious countries, Italy wouldn’t play it, France wouldn’t play it, and Australia wouldn’t play it! Ireland wouldn’t play it, and that generally we might get it blacked purely because it had God in the title.
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 REMIX was released digitally on 12th August 2012 and is available to purchase here: