Swallowed (song)

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Single by Bush
from the album Razorblade Suitcase
Released 15 October 1996
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 1996
Genre Post-grunge
Length 4:51 (Album Version)
4:08 (UK Radio Edit)
4:22 (Australian Radio Edit)
Label Trauma/Interscope
Writer(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Steve Albini
Bush singles chronology
"Greedy Fly"
Alternative Covers
UK CD2 Cover

'Swallowed' is a song by British grunge/post-grunge band Bush. It was included on the 1996 album Razorblade Suitcase, which topped the Billboard 200 chart. It was later included on the remix album Deconstructed, the live album Zen X Four, and the Bush greatest hits compilation.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Swallowed" was released as the first single from the follow-up to their massively successful debut album, Sixteen Stone, which was released two years earlier. Upon release, the song topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for seven consecutive weeks and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. This is the longest Bush ever stayed at number one on any chart. It was also Bush's biggest hit in their native Britain, where it peaked at number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards, but lost to the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is the Beginning Is the End". This was the band's third crossover hit to Top 40 radio after "Comedown" and "Glycerine".

Song Information[edit]

The song is in A-flat major.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Jamie Morgan, was filmed in October 1996 and released later that month, is set in a retro apartment with myriad alternative youths.[1] A neon crucifix (which would later become the album cover for Deconstructed) is frequently interspersed amongst the antics of houseguests. The video was shot at Twickenham Studios England and in Florida[1]

The video was nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD 2 Single INDX95528
    1. "Swallowed" [LP Version] - 4:53
    2. "Swallowed [Toasted Both Sides Please Goldie Remix]" - 5:50
    3. "Insect Kin [Live on Saturday Night Live]" - 4:09
    4. "Cold Contagious [16"oz Demo Version]" - 5:57
  • AUS CD Single IND95519 (Cardsleeve)
    1. "Swallowed [Radio Edit]" - 4:22
    2. "Broken TV" - 4:28
    3. "Communicator" - 4:24
    4. "Glycerine [Live At Pinkpop, Holland]" - 4:42

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996-97) Peak
Australia ARIA Charts[2] 25
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 5
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
Irish Singles Chart[3] 22
Netherlands MegaCharts[4] 100
UK Singles Chart[5] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 27
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Preceded by
"What I Got" by Sublime
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
16 November – 28 December 1996
Succeeded by
"#1 Crush" by Garbage
Preceded by
Stinkfist by Tool
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
2 December 1996 – 13 January 1997
Succeeded by
"#1 Crush" by Garbage

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