Glycerine (song)

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Single by Bush
from the album Sixteen Stone
Released 14 November 1995 (1995-11-14)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded January 1994
Genre Grunge, post-grunge
Length 4:26
4:18 (U.S. Radio Edit)
Label Trauma, Interscope, Atlantic
Writer(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Bush singles chronology

"Glycerine" is the fourth single from British grunge/post-grunge band Bush from their debut album Sixteen Stone. The power ballad is notable for featuring the cello.


The song is in the key of F major. The chord progression is F5, C5, D5, and B♭5 throughout the whole song with some exceptions.

Solomon's Bones was recorded on 7 November 1995 at River Studios, London. Engineered by Joel Monger.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Glycerine" was notable for being shot in a very short time period when the band was on tour in the United States. The video was shot so quickly because the band's visas had expired. Though simple and unadorned, the video was highly acclaimed and won several awards, including the MTV Video Music Award - Viewer's Choice as well nominated for Best Alternative Video at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. The music video was directed by Kevin Kerslake and shot in Atlanta, Georgia on 2 October 1995.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Glycerine"
  2. "Solomon's Bones"
  3. "Alien" [LP Version]

Commercial performance[edit]

With the album's third single "Comedown," "Glycerine" shared equal success as their prior single where "Comedown" has reached number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for two weeks in September while "Glycerine" also reached number one for two weeks in December. It was also their biggest pop hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 24 February 1996 and the Hot 100 Airplay on 27 January 1996 beating "Comedown" by 2 spots that also hit the Top 40 but "Glycerine" was not as successful as "Comedown" on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart where it peaked at number 4 while "Comedown" peaked number 2 on the same chart. The song won the Viewer's Choice Award at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards. The song was voted number 5 on the Australian annual music poll Triple J Hottest 100 in 1996. "Glycerine" was the band's second crossover hit to Top 40 radio after "Comedown" did the same and was a pop music hit earlier.

MTV performance[edit]

The song is also known for being performed live and solo by Gavin Rossdale, during a heavy storm at the 1996 MTV Spring Break performance stage at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, Florida. Though thunderstorms threatened to cancel the show, Rossdale insisted on performing for a crowd that had waited to see Bush. Footage of the performance was put into video rotation by MTV.

Live Duet Performance[edit]

The band performed the song on KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on 8 December 2012 live as a duet with Rossdale's wife, Gwen Stefani. Not only Stefani's vocals has made a change to the song, but when the song is about to end ends to segue into their next song on the band's setlist, Comedown, the song adds drums and bass guitar which the original song lacked with only Rossdale playing guitar and the cello being played. This version was also released as a digital non-album single. There are already rumors that Bush is planning to record and release a studio version with Stefani as a duet.

Appearances in the media[edit]

  • Featured on Cold Case in the episode "Rampage".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995–96) Peak
Australia ARIA Charts[4] 5
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 38
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 3
Netherlands MegaCharts[5] 41
New Zealand Recorded Music NZ[6] 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 28
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 28
Preceded by
"My Friends" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
16–23 December 1995
Succeeded by
"Wonderwall" by Oasis


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