The Wombats performed a cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” – watch it below.
The cover, which aired this morning (June 24), was produced at triple j’s studios for the Australian broadcaster’s “Like A Version” segment. It was their fourth time on the segment, with the trio first appearing there in 2011 to cover Jessie J’s “Price Tag.” They returned in 2015 to cover Jarryd James’ “Do You Remember,” and again in December 2018 for a festive version of the segment with a cover of “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.
Watch the band’s cover of “Running Up That Hill” below:
In a post-performance interview, drummer Dan Haggis noted that the trio were already “big Kate Bush fans”, but were forced to attempt a cover following her resurgence as part of stranger things.
“I first heard Kate Bush…in a van, on a tape, driving through southern Spain for a cousin’s wedding when I was about 10,” Haggis recalled. He went on to note that the advent of streaming has made access to artists from bygone eras possible: “These great songs will resurface again,” he said.
The group cited the example of their own song “Greek Tragedy” which got a second life thanks to a remix on TikTok. “It’s nice to see [songs] have their own little life,” frontman Matthew Murphy said. “You can leave them dormant, then suddenly they come back.”
As is the custom of “Like A Version”, the band also performed an original song to pair with the cover – in this case, their song “This Car Drives All By Itself”. Watch it below:
The Wombats are one of many artists to have covered Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” – ranging from Placebo to metal band Within Temptation. More recently, Kim Petras and Halsey covered the song — the former for an Amazon Music exclusive, the latter during a performance at the Governors Ball.
Since its inclusion in stranger things, “Running Up That Hill” topped the charts in nine countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom. Her popularity has also brought Bush herself out of her reclusive state, with the singer sharing several responses on her website and giving a rare radio interview with the BBC.
The Wombats have just completed their first Australian tour in almost four years and will return to the country in November, as part of the Spilled Milk Festival.