King of the Mountain (song)

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"King of the Mountain"
Single by Kate Bush
from the album Aerial
B-side "Sexual Healing"
Released 24 October 2005
Format 7" single / CD single / Online Download Stores
Recorded 1996
Genre Art rock, trip hop
Length 4:26
Label EMI
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"And So Is Love"
(1994)
"King of the Mountain"
(2005)
"Deeper Understanding (Director's Cut)"
(2011)
Music sample

"King of the Mountain" is a song by British singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Taken from her album Aerial, it was released in 2005 and is the album's only single. The song was written and produced by Bush.

Overview[edit]

"King of the Mountain" was released as a single by EMI Records on 24 October 2005 - her first single since "And So Is Love," which had been released 12 years before. It was first played on BBC Radio 2 on 21 September 2005. Written about ten years before most of the songs on Aerial,[1] the lyrics enquire whether Elvis Presley might still be alive someplace, "...looking like a happy man..." and playing with "Rosebud", Kane's childhood's sledge, and comment on the pressures of extreme fame and wealth. In a November 2005 interview with BBC Four's "Front Row" Bush said, "I don't think human beings are really built to withstand that kind of fame."[2] Sung in a slightly slurred Elvis-type manner,[3] the track was produced by Bush; the recording was engineered by Del Palmer and mastered by James Guthrie. The cover art is a drawing by her son Bertie.

The B-side of the UK single is a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing", which features Irish musician Davy Spillane on uilleann pipes, originally recorded for his 1994 A Place Among the Stones album. The track was left off the Spillane album as it didn't fit with the sound of the rest of the record and before the 2005 release, Kate's version of "Sexual Healing" had only been heard publicly once, at the 1994 Kate Bush fan club convention in the Hippodrome, London.

Upon its release, the single was an immediate success by entering the UK charts at #4, thus becoming Bush's first top ten single in nearly 20 years (since "Don't Give Up", her duet with Peter Gabriel, reached #9 in 1986). The single also reached the Top 5 in Canada and charted well in many other countries. It is the only single from the album Aerial.

The music video received its first airing on the UK's Channel 4 on 15 October 2005. It was directed by Jimmy Murakami, produced by Michael Algar, edited at The Farm (Dublin) by Hugh Chaloner with flame and 3D effects by Niall O hOisin, Arron Inglis, Brian O'Durnin and Mark from Australia.

Track listing[edit]

7": EMI / EM 674 (United Kingdom)[edit]

'CD: EMI / CDEM 674' has the same track listing

No. Title Length
1. "King of the Mountain"   4:53
2. "Sexual Healing"   5:58

Charts[edit]

Chart Position
UK Singles Charts 4
Finland 3
Italian Singles Charts 4
Hot Canadian Digital Singles [4] 5
UK Downloads Chart 6
European Hot 100[5] 12
Dutch Single Top 100 13
Ireland 13
Germany 42
Switzerland 47
Austria 71

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