The Science of Things

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The Science Of Things
Studio album by Bush
Released 26 October 1999
Genre Post-grunge, alternative rock, electronic rock
Length 51:14
Label Trauma, Interscope
Producer Gavin Rossdale, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley
Bush chronology
The Science of Things
Golden State
Singles from The Science Of Things
  1. "The Chemicals Between Us"
    Released: 14 September 1999
  2. "Warm Machine"
    Released: 11 February 2000
  3. "Letting the Cables Sleep"
    Released: 18 January 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

The Science Of Things is the third studio album by British post-grunge band Bush, released on 26 October 1999, through Trauma Records. It was the last Bush album under Trauma and features many electronic influences and, while successful, sold less than its predecessors, reaching a platinum certification and No. 11 in the US.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gavin Rossdale.

No. Title Length
1. "Warm Machine"   4:26
2. "Jesus Online"   3:44
3. "The Chemicals Between Us"   3:37
4. "English Fire"   3:31
5. "Spacetravel"   4:45
6. "40 Miles from the Sun"   3:39
7. "Prizefighter"   5:41
8. "The Disease of the Dancing Cats"   4:01
9. "Altered States"   4:10
10. "Dead Meat"   4:16
11. "Letting the Cables Sleep"   4:36
12. "Mindchanger"   4:48


  • In an interview, Gavin Rossdale revealed that the song "Letting the Cables Sleep" was written for a friend who had contracted HIV.[5] This song appeared in a season six episode of ER entitled "Such Sweet Sorrow", which featured the final appearances of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies.
  • The second season of Charmed contained two songs from this album. In the episode "Awakened", the single "The Chemicals Between Us" plays in the background at P3. Later in the season, "Letting the Cables Sleep" is heard at the end of the episode "Astral Monkey" while a distraught Piper cries over the loss of her doctor.
  • Apocalyptica has remixed the song "Letting the Cables Sleep".
  • "Spacetravel" features backing vocals by Rossdale's wife, Gwen Stefani.
  • The song "Dead Meat" is referenced in the No Doubt song "Ex-Girlfriend".
  • In the 1938 novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, the protagonist and narrator states that his favorite subject in school is "The Science of Things," the title of this album.


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 49
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[8] 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 48
European Albums Chart[10] 33
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 19
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 99
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 28
US Billboard 200[15] 11


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "Bush - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bush, Back to the Future"
  6. ^ "Bush – The Science of Things" (in German). Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Bush – The Science of Things" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Bush Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Bush.
  9. ^ "Bush – The Science of Things" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 13 November 1999. p. 49. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Bush – The Science of Things". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Bush – The Science of Things". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Bush | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ "Bush Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Bush.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bush – The Science of Things". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Bush – The Science of Things". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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