Hounds of Love (song)

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"Hounds of Love"
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love.png
Single by Kate Bush
from the album Hounds of Love
  • "The Handsome Cabin Boy"
  • "Jig of Life"
  • "Burning Bridge"
  • "My Lagan Love"
Released24 February 1986 (1986-02-24)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Hounds of Love"
"The Big Sky"
Audio sample
Hounds of Love

"Hounds of Love" is a song written, produced and performed by British singer Kate Bush. It is the title track and the third single released from her number one 1985 album Hounds of Love. The single was released on 24 February 1986, and reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] British band The Futureheads covered the song in 2005, scoring a UK top 10 hit with it.


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 music video (directed by Bush herself) was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's film The 39 Steps and Hitchcock also features in the video (a nod to the director's famous cameo appearances in his movies).

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.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kate Bush, except "The Handsome Cabin Boy," which is a traditional composition.

7" single (UK)
1."Hounds of Love"3:05
2."The Handsome Cabin Boy"3:10
7" single (US)
1."Hounds of Love"3:01
2."Burning Bridge"4:38
12" single (UK)
1."Alternative Hounds of Love"3:44
2."Jig of Life"4:06
3."The Handsome Cabin Boy"3:10
12" single (US)
1."Alternative Hounds of Love"3:44
2."Burning Bridge"4:38
3."My Lagan Love"2:31

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 18
German Singles Chart[7] 68
Irish Singles Chart[8] 12
Poland (LP3)[9] 18
Canadian Singles Chart[10] 84

The Futureheads version[edit]

"Hounds of Love"
The Futureheads Hounds of Love single cover.jpg
Single by The Futureheads
from the album The Futureheads
Released21 February 2005 (2005-02-21)
Format7" vinyl, CD
GenreIndie rock
Label679 Recordings
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Paul Epworth
The Futureheads singles chronology
"Hounds of Love"

"Hounds of Love" was recorded in 2004 by the English post-punk band The Futureheads for their self titled debut album, and was released as a single in 2005. The single peaked at #8 on the UK charts in its first week[11] and was named Best Single of 2005 by NME.[12] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 89 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[13]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single
Side one
1."Hounds of Love"Kate Bush3:05
Side two
1."Man Made (A Mistake)"The Futureheads2:37
CD single #1
1."Hounds of Love"Kate Bush3:05
2."Hounds of Love" (Phones' Wolves at the Door Remix)Kate Bush5:18
CD single #2
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 

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart[11] 8
Irish Singles Chart[8] 26

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 200

Other cover versions[edit]

"Hounds of Love" was covered in 1998 by the Australian band Bluebottle Kiss on their EP Tap Dancing on the Titanic. In 2005 the Australian pop band Frente! added the song to their Try To Think Less EP. Indie rockers Ra Ra Riot performed "Hounds of Love" as a WOXY.com Lounge Act in 2007. Australian band The Church released a cover version of the song on their Coffee Hounds single in 2009. Thirty Seconds to Mars covered the song in 2010. Beth Sorrentino covered the song on Hiding Out. Faroese singer Eivør covered the song in 2010 that appeared on her album Larva. Chicago Power-pop band, The Moviegoers covered the song in 1998 as part of the Kate Bush Tribute Album, I Wanna Be Kate. Patrick Wolf did a version of this single.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - 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. 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. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  8. ^ a b "irishcharts.ie search results". Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  9. ^ "HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush" (in Polish). LP3. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ a b "Chart Stats - The Futureheads - Hounds Of Love". Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year 2005". NME.com. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  13. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME.com. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  14. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2005" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Patrick Wolf "Hounds of Love" (Kate Bush Cover)". YouTube. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2014.

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