Machinehead (song)

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Single by Bush
from the album Sixteen Stone
Released 9 April 1996

CD single

Recorded 1994
Genre Post-grunge,[1] grunge[2]
Length 4:16
Label Trauma/Interscope
Songwriter(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Bush singles chronology

"Machinehead" is a hit single from rock band Bush, released on 9 April 1996 as the fifth and final single from their 1994 debut album, Sixteen Stone.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Shawn Mortensen on 21 November 1995 in London and Portsmouth. If you watch closely you can see sections of Shepherd's Bush, where the band members used to live. Gavin Rossdale's dog Winston is also in the video.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached the Top 5 of the Modern Rock Tracks as well as the Mainstream Rock Tracks, lifting the band to stardom in the 1990s. The song reached #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 4 May 1996 and #24 on the Hot 100 Airplay on 18 May 1996. The song was nominated for Best Video from a Film at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards but lost; however, it did win the MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  • US CD Single IND95505
    1. "Machinehead" - 4:20
    2. "Comedown [Acoustic]" - 4:24
    3. "X-Girlfriend" - 0:44
  • UK CD Limited Edition Single (Numbered Metal Insert - 7500 Made) INDX95505
    1. "Machinehead"
    2. "Bud"
    3. "Solomon's Bones"
  • UK 10" Vinyl (Numbered) INV95505
    1. "Machinehead"
    2. "Comedown [Acoustic]"
    3. "Solomon's Bones"

Appearances in the media[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 40
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
UK Singles Chart[9] 48
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 43
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[12] 4
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[13] 24
Preceded by
"Champagne Supernova" by Oasis
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
13 May 1996
Succeeded by
"Ahead by a Century" by The Tragically Hip


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