Them Heavy People

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"Them Heavy People"
Kate Bush - Them Heavy People.png
Japanese single cover
Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Kick Inside
B-side "The Man with the Child in His Eyes"
Released 5 May 1978 (1978-05-05)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1977/79
Genre Art rock
Length 3:05
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Andrew Powell
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Them Heavy People"
"The Man with the Child in His Eyes"
"Them Heavy People"
"The Man with the Child in His Eyes"
Audio sample

"Them Heavy People" is a song written and recorded by Kate Bush, from her debut album The Kick Inside. It was issued as a single in Japan only with the title "Rolling the Ball" reaching number 3, its only release worldwide as an A-side.

The song is about religion, and the teachings of Jesus, Gurdjieff, among others. The song expresses an insistent desire to learn as much as possible, while she is still young.

A Seiko logo appears on the insert's back side, which makes it Bush's only commercial release featuring any kind of product endorsement. Kate also appeared in TV commercials and print ads for the brand in Japan.

A live recording of this song was the lead track on the On Stage EP which reached number 10 in the UK singles chart in 1979.[1] In the Netherlands, the EP was listed as Them Heavy People in the Top 40 chart, making it basically an A-side. It peaked at No. 17 in 1979.[2]

Bush performed "Them Heavy People" on several TV programmes including her only appearance on Saturday Night Live in the US.


Chart (1978–1979) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 10
Dutch Single Top 100[4] 17
Dutch Top 40[5] 21
Japanese Singles Chart 3


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