Hammer Horror (song)

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"Hammer Horror"
Kate Bush - Hammer Horror.png
Single by Kate Bush
from the album Lionheart
B-side "Coffee Homeground"
Released 27 October 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded July–September 1978
Genre Art rock
Length 4:39
4:25 (edit)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Andrew Powell
assisted by Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"The Man with the Child in His Eyes"
"Hammer Horror"
Music sample

"Hammer Horror" was Kate Bush's third single release and first single from her second album Lionheart. It was released on 27 October 1978. Following the top ten success of her first two singles, the song charted at a much lower No. 44 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The parent album released a few weeks later was unaffected however as it entered the top ten. "Hammer Horror" proved to be a temporary blip as Bush's next single returned her to the top 20. In other countries it fared better, such as Ireland, where it reached No. 10.[2]

The song is a tribute to Hammer Films, a company specialising in horror movies. The story of the song concerns an actor who gets thrust into the lead role of The Hunchback of Notre Dame after the original actor dies in an accident on the film set.[3] The guilt-ridden narrator of the song ends up being haunted by the ghost of the jealous original actor, who was a former friend. A promotional video was made for the single featuring Bush and a black-masked dancer performing the song against a black background.

The B-side of the song was "Coffee Homeground", which also featured on Lionheart.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Kate Bush.

7" vinyl

  1. "Hammer Horror" – 4:38
  2. "Coffee Homeground" – 3:39

7" vinyl (Japan)[4]

  1. "Hammer Horror" – 4:15
  2. "Coffee Homeground" – 3:39



Chart (1978–79) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 17
Dutch Single Top 100[6] 25
Irish Singles Chart[2] 10
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 21
Spain (Productores de Música de España)[8] 35
UK Singles Chart[1] 44


  1. ^ a b "Kate Bush - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The Irish Charts - All there is to know (Searchable database)". www.irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Cloudbusting / Music / Hammer Horror". Gaffa.org. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Kate Bush = ケイト・ブッシュ* - ハンマー・ホラー = Hammer Horror (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. 1978-01-20. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 50. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "Discografie Kate Bush" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Discography Kate Bush". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.