Short Bus (album)

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Short Bus
Filter shortbus.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 8, 1995
GenreIndustrial metal
Filter chronology
Short Bus
Title of Record
Singles from Short Bus
  1. "Hey Man Nice Shot"
    Released: July 18, 1995
  2. "Dose"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Under"
    Released: 1995 (promo)[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

Short Bus is the debut studio album by American rock band Filter, released on May 8, 1995 by Reprise Records. Lead singer Richard Patrick said in an interview that Trent Reznor had told him he should make his own record while he went off to work on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral.[3] Patrick, while still retaining industrial elements in the music, chose to focus on the guitars, which he felt was something missing when he played with Nine Inch Nails; he also chose not to go with the standard industrial rock look, which he felt would set them apart.

Short Bus has sold over one million copies in the United States, and is best known for the hit single "Hey Man Nice Shot".

Background and recording[edit]

Filter formed in 1993 by musicians Richard Patrick, Brian Liesegang, and Stuart Zechman, who left the group early on. Zechman came up with the guitar line in the chorus of "Hey Man Nice Shot"; after departing, he showed it to Stabbing Westward who ended up using it as well for the title track of Ungod in 1994.[4] Patrick and Liesegang originally conceived the idea of forming their own band after hiking at the Grand Canyon. The album was recorded between the years 1994 and 1995 at various locations, with the two musicians sharing various roles; Patrick acted as the primary songwriter, bassist, and vocalist, while Liesegang mostly worked on the production and programmed the drum machine. The two shared guitar duties.[3]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

Richard Patrick has gone on to name bands such as Pantera, Skinny Puppy, Helmet and Big Black as influences for the album's sound,[5] which is guitar-heavy and features the use of a drum machine for percussion.[3]

Lyrical themes include religion and suicide, with the album's opening track and lead single "Hey Man Nice Shot" being written as a response to Budd Dwyer's televised suicide. The track was, at one point, rumored to be about the death of musician Kurt Cobain; however, the band has denied said rumor in the past.[6] Similarly, "Gerbil" was written about a mutual friend of the band who died by suicide, and was one of the first few songs written by the group.[7]


The album was released with artwork similar to that of a package, with the tracklist and barcode being part of the front cover. Some pressings included a photo on the back tray, while others simply featured a tracklist against a bare background.

An expanded edition was released by Concord Music on November 2, 2018. This version replaces the Reprise Records logo with that of Craft Recordings, which is Concord's reissue label. This version adds six new mixes: two of "Dose", three of "Hey Man Nice Shot", and one of "White Like That".[8]

Promotion and touring[edit]

The album spawned three singles ("Hey Man Nice Shot", "Dose", and "Under") with the first two receiving music videos that featured an expanded line-up. The line-up included guitarist Geno Lenardo, bassist Frank Cavanagh, and drummer Matt Walker, who were all hired to back up Patrick and Liesegang for live shows. To promote Short Bus, the band would tour the United States, with footage taken during this time period later being released used for the 1996 Filter documentary Phenomenology.

Although originally intended to be touring members, Lenardo and Cavanagh would eventually join the band as full-time members to work on their 1999 follow-up album Title of Record.

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Richard Patrick[2].

1."Hey Man Nice Shot"5:14
5."Take Another"4:23
6."Stuck in Here"3:34
7."It's Over"3:36
9."White Like That"4:17
10."Consider This"4:18
11."So Cool"4:26
Total length:45:57

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (1995) Peak
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[9] 65
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[2] 3
U.S. Billboard 200[2] 59
U.S. Billboard 200 (Year End)[2] 195


Year Song Peak positions



1995 "Hey Man Nice Shot" 76 19 10 14
"Dose" 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  • Richard Patrick – vocals, guitars, bass, programming, drums, producer, engineer
  • Brian Liesegang – programming, keyboards, guitars, drums, producer, engineer
Additional personnel
  • Scott Kern – additional live drums, answering machine vocals
  • Matt Drvenkar – answering machine vocals
  • Jeff "Critter" Newell - additional engineering on "Dose"
  • Kevin Hanley – additional guitar noise
  • Mike Peffer – additional live drums
  • Ben Grosse – mixing
  • Deborah Norcross – art direction & design
  • Chris Beirne – photography
  • Richard Bishop and Gail Perry for 3 A.M. - management


  1. ^ "Under" (single). Filter. Reprise Records. 1995. PRO-CD-7917.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h
  3. ^ a b c "Interview - Richard Patrick of Filter tells all - Cryptic Rock". Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  4. ^ Stabbing Westward FAQ Version 2.0,
  5. ^ Brooks, Nev (2010-06-08). "Interview with Richard Patrick of Filter". Uber Rock. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  6. ^ "Richard Patrick of Filter Talks About ‘Hey Man Nice Shot’ and Kurt Cobain". KLAQ, June 29, 2012.
  7. ^ As mentioned in the 1996 documentary Phenomenology
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 62, No. 8, September 25 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  10. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 61, No. 27, August 07 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  11. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 62, No. 11, October 16 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-20.