Machinehead (song)

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Single by Bush
from the album Sixteen Stone
Released 9 April 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1994
Genre Grunge
Length 4:16
Label Trauma/Interscope
Writer(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Bush singles chronology

"Machinehead" is a hit single from rock band Bush, released in 1996 as the final single from their debut album Sixteen Stone.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Shawn Mortensen on 21 November 1995 in London and Portmouth. If you watch closely you can see sections of Shepherd's Bush, where the band members used to live. Gavin Rossdale's dog Winston is also in the video.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached the Top 5 of the Modern Rock Tracks as well as the Mainstream Rock Tracks, lifting the band to stardom in the 1990s. The song reached #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 4 May 1996 and #24 on the Hot 100 Airplay on 18 May 1996. The song was nominated for Best Video from a Film at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards but lost; however, it did win the MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  • US CD Single IND95505
    1. "Machinehead" - 4:20
    2. "Comedown [Acoustic]" - 4:24
    3. "X-Girlfriend" - 0:44
  • UK CD Limited Edition Single (Numbered Metal Insert - 7500 Made) INDX95505
    1. "Machinehead"
    2. "Bud"
    3. "Solomon's Bones"
  • UK 10" Vinyl (Numbered) INV95505
    1. "Machinehead"
    2. "Comedown [Acoustic]"
    3. "Solomon's Bones"

Appearances in the media[edit]

  • The song was played when the Columbus Blue Jackets exited the tunnel onto the ice at the start of periods during the 2007-2008 NHL season.
  • The song was featured on Cold Case in the episode "The Plan".
  • The song is one of two Bush songs that were featured in the film Fear, the other being "Comedown".
  • The song was made available to download on 7 February 2012 for play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards plus vocal harmonies.[5]
  • An instrumental version of the song was featured on WWE's Elimination Chamber DVDs.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 40
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
UK Singles Chart[6] 48
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 24
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
Preceded by
"Champagne Supernova" by Oasis
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
13 May 1996
Succeeded by
"Ahead by a Century" by The Tragically Hip


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