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Taika Waititi Says He's Really Annoyed At Stranger Things Because He's A Kate Bush Fan

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Taika Waititi Says He's Really Annoyed At Stranger Things Because He's A Kate Bush Fan

The inclusion of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' in season four of Stranger Things has sparked criticism from filmmaker Taika Waititi.

Many Kate Bush fans were overjoyed with the song's prominent feature in the penultimate season of the hit Netflix series.

The song even rose to the top 10 of the UK charts for the first time in 10 years.

However, the director of Thor: Love and Thunder seemingly has a bone to pick over the use of Bush's music.

Filmmaker Taika Waititi wasn't very happy with Stranger Things' use of Kate Bush. Credit: Alamy
Filmmaker Taika Waititi wasn't very happy with Stranger Things' use of Kate Bush. Credit: Alamy

Waititi has even gone so far as to accuse the Netflix series of having 'ruined' Kate Bush for him.

In an interview with NME, the director was questioned if Love and Thunder would 'do for Guns N' Roses what Stranger Things did for Kate Bush'

Waititi: "I love that show, but as someone who feels a real ownership of Kate Bush music…

"I’m really annoyed! I’ve become one of those old a**eholes who’s like: ‘These kids never listened to Kate Bush, they’ve heard one song on a TV show! They don’t know Kate Bush! I know Kate Bush!"

Running Up That Hill is Max's favourite song in Stranger Things. Credit: Netflix
Running Up That Hill is Max's favourite song in Stranger Things. Credit: Netflix

The director so heavily disagreed with the inclusion of Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' in Stranger Things, he implied a planned 'Kate Bush dance scene' for Love and Thunder was cancelled because of it.

"Before Stranger Things! Yeah, there were a bunch of Kate Bush songs I wanted to have in there. We were gonna have ‘This Woman’s Work’, which was gonna be great for [a scene with] Natalie Portman’s character.

"There was actually gonna be a lot of ABBA in the film as well…" Waititi reflected.

Waititi may not have appreciated the repetitions of Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' in the last two episodes of season four as much as Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) did. But luckily for the director, Eddie's (Joseph Quinn) guitar solo may have stolen some of the limelight.

Bush songs were meant to feature in 'Thor: Love and Thunder' according to Waititi. Credit: Alamy
Bush songs were meant to feature in 'Thor: Love and Thunder' according to Waititi. Credit: Alamy

In one of his final – but hopefully not last ever – scenes before he is (spoiler alert!) brutally swarmed upon and munched alive by demo-bats, Eddie gives the performance of his life on top of his trailer in the land of the Upside Down.

Cheered on by best mate Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) Eddie brings out his electric guitar and blasts an epic rendition of 'Master of Puppets' by Metallica.

Calls have since been growing to try and get 'Master of Puppets' to the top of the UK charts, and subsequently to replace Bush's 'Running Up That Hill'.

Waititi will certainly be pleased.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/EMI

Topics: Stranger Things, Netflix, TV and Film, Music

Poppy Bilderbeck
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