Greedy Fly

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"Greedy Fly"
Greedy Fly.jpg
Single by Bush
from the album Razorblade Suitcase
Released28 January 1997
FormatCD, 7"
Length4:29 (Album Version)
3:50 (Radio Edit)
Songwriter(s)Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s)Steve Albini
Bush singles chronology
"Greedy Fly"
Alternative Covers
UK CD 1 Cover
UK CD 1 Cover

"Greedy Fly" is a song by alternative rock band Bush, released on 28 January 1997 as the second single from their second studio album, Razorblade Suitcase (1996).

Music video[edit]

Bush were one of the early pioneers of the enhanced CD single, with the full video being available as a file on CD 2. The video was directed by Marcus Nispel in December 1996 in Los Angeles. The video was shot in the same building Se7en was shot in and cost nearly half a million pounds.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Greedy Fly" was released as the second single from the album, after "Swallowed". The song became a hit, possibly due to its well-known music video, which clocks in at over 7 minutes (although the song itself is only 4:29 long). The song reached the top 5 on both the US Alternative Songs chart and Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song is also the band's second biggest hit in their native Britain where it peaked at #22 (behind "Swallowed" which peaked at #7).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gavin Rossdale unless stated.
  • UK CD 1 Single IND95536 (Cardsleeve)
    1. "Greedy Fly [Radio Edit]" - 3:50
    2. "Old" - 2:51
    3. "Insect Kin [Live at the London Forum]" - 4:57
    4. "Personal Holloway [Live]" - 3:28
  • UK CD 2 Single INDX95536
    1. "Greedy Fly [Video]" - 7:09
    2. "Greedy Fly [LP Version]" - 4:27
    3. "Greedy Fly [Demo]" - 4:25
  • AUS CD Single IND95536 (Slidecase)
    1. "Greedy Fly" - 4:28
    2. "Swallowed [Toasted Both Sides Please - Goldie Remix]" - 5:49
    3. "Cold Contagious [16"oz Demo Version]" - 5:57
    4. "Greedy Fly [Video]" - 7:09

Appearances in the media[edit]

- Featured on Cold Case in the episode "Spiders".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Australia ARIA Charts[2] 78
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 38
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 6
UK Singles Chart[3] 22
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[4] 3
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[5] 5
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[6] 41

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Bush Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Bush Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bush Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017.