|Studio album by Bush|
|Released||6 December 1994|
|Recorded||January 1994 at Westside Studios, London, England|
|Label||Trauma, Interscope, Atlantic, Kirtland Records (2004 reissue)|
|Producer||Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley & Bush|
|Singles from Sixteen Stone|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Sixteen Stone is the debut album of British rock band Bush. Released in 1994 through Trauma Records, it boasted numerous successful singles and is widely regarded as the band's most popular album. While all of the singles from the album were very successful, "Comedown" and "Glycerine" remain the band's two biggest hits to date. They both hit number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Comedown" and "Glycerine" were also the band's only crossover hits from the album crossing over to pop radio being the band's only U.S. Top 40 Hits to date along with "Swallowed" from the album's follow-up, Razorblade Suitcase.
In the UK, a stone is a unit of weight that equals 14 pounds. Therefore, sixteen stone means 224 pounds or about 102 kilograms. When asked why lead singer Gavin Rossdale chose the name "Sixteen Stone" for the name of their album, he said: "Once upon a time there was a lonely man... my friend, who called a phone number advertising a '21-year old Scandinavian beauty, new in town.' When she arrived, she was forty years old and sixteen stone..." In the booklet of Sixteen Stone, there is a heart and a dedication to "Rupert and Julie", two of Gavin's friends who died in a boating accident along the Thames in England. The cover insert has a picture of what looks like a bush or mop head flying through the air. This is actually Gavin's dog named Winston. A Puli, a breed of dog with dreadlock-like cords, that has been tossed in the air or is jumping. Beck used the same effect in 1996 with a Komondor, another Hungarian dog breed that has similar fur to the Puli, on his album Odelay which looks like a mop jumping a hurdle.
Release and reception
On the Billboard Music Charts (North America), Sixteen Stone peaked at No. 4 on the Heatseekers and Billboard 200 charts. The album spawned two Top 40 singles. After about 6 months of promotion for Sixteen Stone, the album began to sell wildly, once "Comedown" and "Glycerine" struck America. US sales for Sixteen Stone finally passed the six million mark in 2010.
The album overall had fairly good reception, although one critic mentions that the band sounds too much like Seattle rockers Nirvana and Pearl Jam. In later years Bush would distance themselves from the familiar grunge sounds with experimental releases such as Deconstructed and The Science of Things.
All songs written by Gavin Rossdale.
- Early pressings of the album do not list "Alien" on the back cover (there is a blank space where the title should be). "Monkey" is also missing from the inside cover, but both songs have lyrics printed and appear on the album.
- Subsequent pressings also include an acoustic version of "Comedown" and a second CD of live tracks, "Swim," "Alien," "Bomb," and "Little Things." Rather than actually being acoustic, the bonus "Comedown" track is actually Rossdale singing and playing guitar with more effects. This version is also slower paced, has violins added and has no drums or bass guitar.
- Gavin Rossdale – rhythm guitar, vocals
- Nigel Pulsford – lead guitar, string arrangements
- Dave Parsons – bass
- Robin Goodridge – drums
- Caroline Dale – cello
- Gavyn Wright – violin, viola
- Vincas Bundza – harmonica
- Jasmine Lewis – vocals
- Alessandro Vittorio Tateo – vocals
- Winston – vocals
- Bush – producer, engineer
- Clive Langer – producer, engineer, mixing
- David J. Holman – mixing
- Paul Palmer – mixing
- Danton Supple – assistant engineer
- Robert Vosgien – mastering
- Alan Winstanley – producer, engineer, mixing
- Debra Burley – co-ordination
- Jackie Holland – co-ordination
- Paul Cohen – photography, cover photo
- Mark Lebon – photography
- Gillian Spitchuk – paintings
Billboard Music Charts (North America)
|1995||Everything Zen||Modern Rock Tracks||No. 2|
|1995||Everything Zen||Mainstream Rock Tracks||No. 5|
|1995||Little Things||Modern Rock Tracks||No. 4|
|1995||Little Things||Mainstream Rock Tracks||No. 6|
|1995||Comedown||Modern Rock Tracks||No. 1|
|1995||Comedown||Mainstream Rock Tracks||No. 2|
|1995||Comedown||Billboard Hot 100||No. 30|
|1995||Glycerine||Modern Rock Tracks||No. 1|
|1995||Glycerine||Mainstream Rock Tracks||No. 4|
|1995||Glycerine||Billboard Hot 100||No. 28|
|1995||Glycerine||Top 40 Mainstream||No. 28|
|1996||Machinehead||Modern Rock Tracks||No. 4|
|1996||Machinehead||Mainstream Rock Tracks||No. 4|
|1996||Machinehead||Billboard Hot 100||No. 43|
|Top Pop Albums of the 90's||59|
|US Billboard 200||4|
|UK Albums (OCC)||42|
|Canadian Albums Chart||7|
|Media Control Charts||68|
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