Glycerine (song)

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"Glycerine"
Single by Bush
from the album Sixteen Stone
Released 14 November 1995 (1995-11-14)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded January 1994
Genre Post-grunge[1]
Length 4:26
4:18 (U.S. Radio Edit)
Label
Writer(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s)
Bush singles chronology
"Comedown"
(1995)
"Glycerine"
(1995)
"Machinehead"
(1996)

"Glycerine" is the fourth single from British post-grunge band Bush from their debut album Sixteen Stone. The power ballad is notable for featuring the cello. The song was featured in the TV shows Reunion, Cold Case and Hindsight. The band performed the song on Saturday Night Live along with "Comedown".

Composition[edit]

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

Solomon's Bones was recorded on 7 November 1995 at River Studios, London. Engineered by Joel Monger.[2]

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.[3]

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.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995–96) Peak
Position
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

2012 re-release[edit]

"Glycerine (Live)"
Single by Bush featuring Gwen Stefani
Released 13 December 2012 (2012-12-13)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Post-grunge[7]
Length 4:38
Label
Writer(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s)
Bush singles chronology
"Baby Come Home"
(2012)
"Glycerine"
(2012)
"The Only Way Out"
(2014)
Gwen Stefani singles chronology
"Early Winter"
(2008)
"Glycerine"
(2012)
"Baby Don't Lie"
(2014)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Alternative Digital Singles (Billboard)[8] 16
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 38
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[10] 22
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Andrew. "Top Ten Mediocre Post-Grunge / Alternative Bands". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Bush-Glycerine/release/3318361
  3. ^ http://onesecondbush.com/bush/media/videos/
  4. ^ http://swisscharts.com/song/Bush/Glycerine-67590
  5. ^ http://swisscharts.com/song/Bush/Glycerine-67590
  6. ^ http://swisscharts.com/song/Bush/Glycerine-67590
  7. ^ Unterberger, Andrew. "Top Ten Mediocre Post-Grunge / Alternative Bands". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ [0=ts_chart_artistname%3AGwen%20stefani&f[1]=ss_bb_type%3Achart_item&type=2&artist=Gwen%20stefani "Chart Search"]. Billboard Rock Digital Songs for Gwen Stefani. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Bush. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  10. ^ [0=ts_chart_artistname%3AGwen%20Stefani&f[1]=ss_bb_type%3Achart_item&type=2&artist=Gwen%20Stefani "Chart Search"]. Billboard Rock Digital Songs for Gwen Stefani. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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