Hounds of Love (song)

"Hounds of Love" is a song written, produced and performed by English art rock singer Kate Bush. It is the title track and the third single released from her No. 1 studio album of the same name. The single was released on 24 February 1986, and reached No. 18 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

"Hounds of Love"
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love.png
Single by Kate Bush
from the album Hounds of Love
B-side
  • "The Handsome Cabin Boy"
  • "Jig of Life"
  • "Burning Bridge"
  • "My Lagan Love"
Released24 February 1986 (1986-02-24)
Recorded1984
Genre
Length3:02
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Cloudbusting"
(1985)
"Hounds of Love"
(1986)
"The Big Sky"
(1986)
Music video
"Hounds of Love" on YouTube
Audio sample

OverviewEdit

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 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 mouthed by an actor from the film, Reginald Beckwith,[2][3] who plays a medium channelling a character played by Maurice Denham, who provides the voice.[4][5]

In October 2004, Q magazine placed this song at No. 21 in its list of the 50 greatest British songs of all-time.[6]

The song was performed live for the first time as part of the 2014 Before the Dawn residency, where the lyrics were slightly altered.

English post-punk band the Futureheads covered the song in 2005, scoring a UK Top 10 hit with it. Faroese singer Eivør also covered the song in 2010 in her album Larva.

Music videoEdit

A music video was given to the song, which Bush herself directed. It was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's thriller film The 39 Steps (1935) and a Hitchcock lookalike also features in the video (a nod to the director's famous cameo appearances in his movies).

Track listingsEdit

All songs written and composed by Kate Bush, except "The Handsome Cabin Boy," which is a traditional composition. Alternative Hounds of Love is not a remix, but an early version, with slightly different lyrics.

7-inch single (UK)

No.TitleLength
1."Hounds of Love"3:05
2."The Handsome Cabin Boy"3:10

7-inch single (US)

No.TitleLength
1."Hounds of Love"3:01
2."Burning Bridge"4:38

12-inch single (UK)

No.TitleLength
1."Alternative Hounds of Love"3:44
2."Jig of Life"4:06
3."The Handsome Cabin Boy"3:10

12-inch single (US)

No.TitleLength
1."Alternative Hounds of Love"3:44
2."Burning Bridge"4:38
3."My Lagan Love"2:31

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[7] 84
German Singles Chart[8] 68
Irish Singles Chart[9] 12
UK Singles Chart[1] 18
Chart (2022) Peak
position
UK Download Chart[10] 91
UK Sales Chart[11] 89

The Futureheads versionEdit

"Hounds of Love"
 
Single by the Futureheads
from the album The Futureheads
B-side
Released21 February 2005 (2005-02-21)[12]
GenreIndie rock
Length3:05
Label679 Recordings
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Paul Epworth
The Futureheads singles chronology
"Meantime"
(2004)
"Hounds of Love"
(2005)
"Area"
(2005)
Music video
"Hounds of Love" on YouTube

"Hounds of Love" was covered by English post-punk band the Futureheads for their self-titled debut album and was released as a single in February 2005. The single peaked at No. 8 on the UK charts in its first week[13] and was named Best Single of 2005 by NME.[14] In October 2011, NME placed it at No. 89 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[15]

Music videoEdit

The music video for the Futureheads version was filmed at a public park in Los Angeles at night. Various Dog breeds run around the band throughout the video. The video was finished by Sunrise.

Track listingsEdit

7-inch vinyl single

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hounds of Love"Kate Bush3:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Man Made (A Mistake)"The Futureheads2:37

CD single No. 1

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hounds of Love"Kate Bush3:05
2."Hounds of Love" (Phones' Wolves at the Door Remix)Kate Bush5:18

CD single No. 2

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hounds of Love"Kate Bush3:05
2."Decent Days and Nights" (acoustic)The Futureheads2:39
3."Hounds of Love" (Mystery Jets' Pirate Invasion mix)Kate Bush4:24
4."Man Made (A Mistake)"The Futureheads5:13
5."Hounds of Love" (music video (data track))Kate Bush 

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[9] 26
UK Singles Chart[13] 8

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2005) Position
UK Singles (OCC)[16] 200

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Kate Bush - Hounds of Love". Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  2. ^ Cozzoli, John M. "Movie Review: Night of the Demon (1957) It's Coming for You!". Zombos' Closet. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. ^ "It's in the Trees". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Classic Albums, The Hounds of Love - Kate Bush, Kate Bush talks about her album 'Hounds of Love'". BBC Radio 6 Music. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Kate Bush quotations at Gaffaweb". Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Rocklist.net...Q magazine Recordings of the Year". www.rocklistmusic.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  9. ^ a b "irishcharts.ie search results". Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100 - 10 June 2022 - 16 June 2022". Official Charts. 10 June 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Sales Chart Top 100 - 10 June 2022 - 16 June 2022". Official Charts. 10 June 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  12. ^ "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. 19 February 2005. p. 27.
  13. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - The Futureheads - Hounds of Love". Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  14. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year 2005". NME. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  15. ^ "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". NME. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  16. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2005" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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