Them Heavy People

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

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 USA.


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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