Rust (song)

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Bunnymen rust1.jpg
CD#1 cover
Single by Echo & the Bunnymen
from the album What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?
Released March 1999
Format CD single, 7" single
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:26
Label London
Songwriter(s) Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch
Producer(s) Alan Douglas, Ian McCulloch, Paul Toogood
Echo & the Bunnymen singles chronology
"'World Tour E.P.'"
"Get in the Car"
CD#2 cover
Bunnymen rust2.jpg

"Rust" is a single by Echo & the Bunnymen which was released in March 1999. It was the first single to be released from their 1999 album, What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?. It reached number 22 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]


The single was released on London Records as a 7-inch single and as two separate CD versions – apart from the title track all three releases had different track listings. The two CD versions had different covers.

The title track was written by Will Sergeant and Ian McCullochLes Pattinson had left the band to look after his ailing mother by this time. The lyrics and melody for its chorus are borrowed from McCulloch's 1992 b-side song "Ribbons and Chains".[2] The release was jointly produced by Alan Douglas, McCulloch and Paul Toogood. The title track was mixed by Mark Stent while the other tracks were mixed by Mike Hunter.[3]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Will Sergeant and Ian McCulloch.

7-inch release (London LON424 and 570 394-7)
  1. "Rust" (radio edit)
  2. "The Fish Hook Girl"
CD No. 1 release (London LONCD424)
  1. "Rust" (radio edit) – 4:17
  2. "The Fish Hook Girl" – 4:39
  3. "See the Horizon" – 4:03
CD No. 2 release (London LOCDP424)
  1. "Rust" – 5:26
  2. "Sense of Life" – 4:18
  3. "Beyond the Green" – 2:43

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 22



  1. ^ a b Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). HIT Entertainment. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Villiers – What Are You Going To Do With Your Life Lyrics". Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Echo & The Bunnymen – Rust". Retrieved 6 May 2008. 

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