May we all be as joyful as Big Boi shuffling in place to “Running Up That Hill”
The ATLien sound pulls from all corners of an expansive musical map. And while a love of funk, soul, jazz, and Tribe, are all readily apparent in the OutKast catalog, Big Boi has never missed an opportunity to profess his adoration of experimental pop queen, Kate Bush.
A recent appearance on Pitchfork’s new series Verses provided yet another platform to underscore her influence on a young Antwan André Patton, unpacking the impact of her 1984 single, “Running Up That Hill.” Describing the many 20-30 block bike rides to school it scored, and the uncle that cemented Bush as 1A of the Atlantian hero’s two musical pillars (1B: Bob Marley, 2: NWA,) a deep connection to Bush’s full-float melodies and “heavenly” voice is revealed.
Watch Big Boi break down Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” above. And bless any/all ’80s uncles that have enriched palettes with new wave and art rock morsels. We’re all better for it.