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"Hounds of Love"
Single by Kate Bush
from the album Hounds of Love & The Whole Story
B-side "The Handsome Cabin Boy"
"Jig of Life"
"Burning Bridge"
"My Lagan Love"
Released 24 February 1986 (1986-02-24)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Art rock
Length 3:02
Label EMI
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Hounds of Love"
"The Big Sky"
Music sample
Hounds of Love

"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 24 February 1986, and reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song is 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 (directed by Bush herself) 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.[2]


Track listings

All songs written and composed by Kate Bush.

7" vinyl single (UK)

  • EMI / KB 3
Side one
# Title Length
1. "Hounds of Love"   3:01
Side two
# Title Length
1. "The Handsome Cabin Boy"   3:10

7" vinyl single (US)

  • EMI America / B-8302
Side one
# Title Length
1. "Hounds of Love"   3:01
Side two
# Title Length
1. "Burning Bridge"   4:38

12" vinyl single (UK)

  • EMI / 12KB 3
Side one
# Title Length
1. "Alternative Hounds of Love"   3:44
Side two
# Title Length
1. "Jig of Life"   4:06
2. "The Handsome Cabin Boy"   3:10

12" vinyl single (US)

  • EMI America / 12KB 3
Side one
# Title Length
1. "Alternative Hounds of Love"   3:44
Side two
# Title Length
1. "Burning Bridge"   4:38
2. "My Lagan Love"   2:31

Chart performance

Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 18
German Singles Chart[3] 68
Irish Singles Chart[4] 12

Cover version by The Futureheads

"Hounds of Love"
Single by The Futureheads
from the album The Futureheads
B-side "Man Made (A Mistake)"
"Decent Days and Nights"
Released 21 February 2005 (2005-02-21)
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Recorded 2004
Genre Indie rock
Length 3:05
Label 679 Recordings
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer Paul Epworth
The Futureheads singles chronology
"Hounds of Love"
"Decent Days and Nights"

"Hounds of Love" was recorded in 2004 by the British post-punk band The Futureheads for their self titled debut album, and was released as a single in 2005. The single peaked at #8 on the UK charts.[5]

Track listings

7" vinyl single

  • 679 Recordings / 679L099
Side one
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hounds of Love"   Kate Bush 3:05
Side two
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Man Made (A Mistake)"   The Futureheads 2:37

CD single #1

  • 679 Recordings / 679L099CD1
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hounds of Love"   Kate Bush 3:05
2. "Hounds of Love" (Phones' Wolves at the Door Remix) Kate Bush 5:18

CD single #2

  • 679 Recordings / 679L099CD2
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hounds of Love"   Kate Bush 3:05
2. "Decent Days and Nights" (acoustic) The Futureheads 2:39
3. "Hounds of Love" (Mystery Jets' Pirate Invasion mix) Kate Bush 4:24
4. "Man Made (A Mistake)"   The Futureheads 5:13
5. "Hounds of Love" (music video (data track)) Kate Bush  

Chart performance

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart[5] 8
Irish Singles Chart[4] 26

Other cover versions

"Hounds of Love" was covered in 1998 by the Australian band Bluebottle Kiss on their EP Tap Dancing on the Titanic. In 2005 the Australian pop band Frente! added the song to their Try To Think Less EP. On February 21, 2005, "Hounds of Love", was released as a single by the band British band The Futureheads.[6] It reached number eight in the UK Singles Chart in its first week, and was named Best Single of 2005 by NME. Indie rockers Ra Ra Riot performed "Hounds of Love" as a WOXY.com Lounge Act in 2007. Australian band The Church released a cover version of this song on their Coffee Hounds EP in 2009.


  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love". http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=13181. Retrieved 8 February 2009 (2009-02-08). 
  2. ^ "Kate Bush quotations at Gaffaweb". http://gaffa.org/cloud/music/hounds_of_love.html. Retrieved 8 February 2009 (2009-02-08). 
  3. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". http://www.charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 8 February 2009 (2009-02-08). 
  4. ^ a b "irishcharts.ie search results". http://www.irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 8 February 2009 (2009-02-08). 
  5. ^ a b "Chart Stats - The Futureheads - Hounds Of Love". http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=621. Retrieved 8 February 2009 (2009-02-08). 
  6. ^ www.thefutureheads.com

Hounds Of Love
File:Hounds of
Studio album by Kate Bush
Released 20 September 1985
Recorded 1983-85
Genre Art rock, Pop rock, Baroque Pop
Length 47:33
Label EMI
Producer Kate Bush
Professional reviews
Kate Bush chronology
The Dreaming
Hounds of Love
The Whole Story

Hounds of Love is a 1985 album by the British singer Kate Bush. It was Bush's fifth studio album, and her second no.1. It has since been certified Double Platinum in the UK for sales of over 600,000 copies, making it her most successful studio album.

In 2002, Q Magazine named Hounds of Love the 3rd Greatest Album of All-Time by a Female Artist.[1]



Despite being Bush's most successful album commercially, 1985's Hounds of Love is no less experimental from a production standpoint than its predecessors. Not only did she produce it herself, but for this album, stung by the huge costs she had run up hiring studio space for her previous album The Dreaming, she built a private 24 track studio near her home where she could work at her own pace.[2]

The album is split into two sides, with the first side, "Hounds of Love", containing five "accessible" pop songs, including the four singles: "Running Up That Hill," "Cloudbusting," "Hounds of Love," and "The Big Sky". "Running Up That Hill" became one of her biggest hits in the UK, and re-introduced Bush to American listeners, receiving considerable airplay at the time of its release. The second side is entitled "The Ninth Wave", whose title is taken from a poem by Tennyson.[3] As part of a concept, each track helps to convey the story of a woman who is lost at sea, facing death by drowning, and the tortured night she spends in the water. Bush uses samples and vocals played in reverse to synthesized sounds and folk instrumentation.

A 1997 re-release of the album included 6 bonus tracks: 12" mixes of "The Big Sky" and "Running Up That Hill", and the B-sides "Be Kind To My Mistakes" (which featured on the opening to the film "Castaway" starring Oliver Reed and Amanda Donohoe),[4] "Under The Ivy", "Burning Bridge" and "My Lagan Love".


In August 1985 the British music magazine NME featured Bush in a "Where Are They Now" article. Two days later, on The Wogan Show, the single "Running Up That Hill" was premiered for the first time. The single entered the UK singles chart at no.9 (a considerable feat at that time) and ultimately peaked in the top 3. The Hounds of Love album entered the UK album chart at no.1, knocking Madonna's Like a Virgin from the top position. [5]

The album marked her breakthrough into the American charts with the Top 40 hit "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)". The album also yielded a set of videos, the most famous of which is "Cloudbusting", directed by Julian Doyle, and co-starring movie star Donald Sutherland. The video - like the song - was inspired by the life of psychologist Wilhelm Reich.

In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Hounds of Love the 48th greatest album of all time, while in 2000 the same magazine placed it at number 20 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In January 2006, NME named it the 41st best British album of all time. The 19th edition of British Hit Singles & Albums, published by Guinness in May 2006, included a list of the Top 100 albums of all time, as voted by readers of the book and NME readers, which placed Hounds of Love at Number 70. In 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the album should be given consideration when listing albums released between 1978 and 1988 that have stood the test of time while remaining influential and enjoyable to this day.[6]

Track listing

All songs written by Kate Bush.

Side one: Hounds of Love

  1. "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" – 5:03
  2. "Hounds of Love" – 3:02
  3. "The Big Sky" – 4:41
  4. "Mother Stands for Comfort" – 3:07
  5. "Cloudbusting" – 5:10

Side two: The Ninth Wave

  1. "And Dream of Sheep" – 2:45
  2. "Under Ice" – 2:21
  3. "Waking the Witch" – 4:18
  4. "Watching You Without Me" – 4:06
  5. "Jig of Life" – 4:04
  6. "Hello Earth" – 6:13
  7. "The Morning Fog" – 2:34

Bonus tracks (1997 EMI edition)

  • "The Big Sky (Meteorological Mix)" (1986) – 7:44
  • "Running Up That Hill (12" Mix)" – 5:45
  • "Be Kind to My Mistakes" (1989) – 3:00
  • "Under the Ivy" (b-side to "Running Up That Hill" 7") – 2:08
  • "Burning Bridge" (b-side to "Cloudbusting" 7") – 4:38
  • "My Lagan Love" (b-side to "Cloudbusting" 7" and 12") – 2:30


The chorale in "Hello Earth" is a segment from the traditional Georgian song "Tsintskaro", performed by the Richard Hickox Singers.[7]

Swedish techno artist The Field sampled "Under Ice" extensively for his song "Over the Ice".

Be Kind to My Mistakes" was written for Nicolas Roeg's film Castaway and plays during the opening scene.

The Placebo cover was featured in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode A La Cart.

The cover was also used in the Bones second season episode Judas on a Pole and in the fourth season of the popular hit tv drama The OC

The lines "It's in the trees! It's coming!" from the beginning of the title track are taken from a seance scene from the 1957 British horror film Night of the Demon, spoken by actor Maurice Denham.


Additional personnel

Production personnel



Chart (1985) Peak
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 30
Australian albums chart 6
Germany Albums Chart 2
Netherlands Albums Chart 1
Norway's Albums Chart 12
Ireland Albums Chart 1
Sweden Albums Chart 9


Year Single Chart Peak
1985 "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" UK Singles Chart 3
1985 "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" Australian Singles Chart 6
1985 "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 30
1985 "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 13
1985 "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 34
1985 "Cloudbusting" UK Singles Chart 20
1986 "Hounds of Love" UK Singles Chart 18
1986 "The Big Sky" UK Singles Chart 37


Organization Level
BPI 2x Platinum
CRIA Platinum

The RIAA did not certify sales figures for this album. Listed below are the total certified sales of Hounds of Love in the United States from Soundscan, in November 2005 since 1991. Figures are unavailable for period 1985 to 1991, when bulk of sales would arguably have occurred.[1][2] [3].

Released year Title Total sales
1985 Hounds of Love 206,000

See also


  1. http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/qlistspage2.html#Women
  2. "Kate Bush". NNDB. http://www.nndb.com/people/504/000025429/. Retrieved on 2007-04-03. 
  3. "Kate Bush radio interview". Rock Over London with Paul Cooke. http://gaffa.org/reaching/ir85_rol.html. Retrieved on 2007-06-27. 
  4. "Kate Bush". IMDb. 1985. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0124165/. Retrieved on 2007-04-04. 
  5. Fitzgerald Morris, Peter. Hounds of Love lyrics booklet (1997). EMI. 
  6. Our expert names five albums that have best stood the test of time The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 27 August, 2008
  7. Berkeley, Michael (2005-10-11). "Kate Bush rules, OK?". The Guardian. http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1589379,00.html. Retrieved on 2008-03-30. 

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Like a Virgin by Madonna
Like a Virgin by Madonna
|width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|UK number one album
September 28, 1985October 11, 1985
October 19, 1985October 25, 1985 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Like a Virgin by Madonna
The Love Songs by George Benson
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