Sixteen Stone

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Sixteen Stone
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Studio album by
Released6 December 1994
RecordedJanuary 1994
StudioWestside Studios, London, England
Bush chronology
Sixteen Stone
Razorblade Suitcase
Singles from Sixteen Stone
  1. "Everything Zen"
    Released: 28 January 1995
  2. "Little Things"
    Released: 30 May 1995
  3. "Comedown"
    Released: 26 September 1995
  4. "Glycerine"
    Released: 14 November 1995
  5. "Machinehead"
    Released: 9 April 1996

Sixteen Stone is the debut studio album by English rock band Bush, released on 6 December 1994 by Trauma and Interscope Records. It became the band's most popular album, peaking at number four on the US Billboard 200 and boasting numerous successful singles. "Comedown" and "Glycerine" remain two of Bush's biggest hits to date, each reaching number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[8] "Comedown", "Machinehead", and "Glycerine" were the three songs from the album to enter the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number thirty, number forty-three, and number twenty-eight, respectively.[9]

To mark its twentieth anniversary, a remastered edition of the album was released on 14 October 2014.


In the UK, a stone is a unit of weight that equals 14 pounds. Therefore, sixteen stone means 224 pounds or about 102 kilograms. When asked why lead singer Gavin Rossdale chose the name "Sixteen Stone" for the name of their album, he said: "Once upon a time there was a lonely man... my friend, who called a phone number advertising a '21-year old Scandinavian beauty, new in town.' When she arrived, she was forty years old and sixteen stone..." In the booklet of Sixteen Stone, there is a heart and a dedication to "Rupert and Julie", two of Gavin's friends who died in a boating accident along the Thames in England. The cover insert has a picture of what looks like a bush or mop head flying through the air. This is actually Gavin's dog named Winston. A Puli, a breed of dog with dreadlock-like cords, that has been tossed in the air or is jumping. Beck used the same effect in 1996 with a Komondor, another Hungarian dog breed that has similar fur to the Puli, on his album Odelay which looks like a mop jumping a hurdle. The album cover and packaging were designed by David Carson.


Sixteen Stone was released on 6 December 1994, through Trauma Records. Around the album's 20th anniversary, a remastered edition of its original recordings was released.[10] When asked about also remixing the album for the anniversary edition, Rossdale stated "I did attempt to remix ... but it's really, like, you just can't do that. You can't mess with stuff. Those mixes, every single level of those songs is just ingrained in my DNA as it's probably in anybody's DNA who knows it. It just sounds really weird when you mess with it."[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[1]
Q3/5 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[13]
The Village VoiceB–[14]

Sixteen Stone received mostly positive feedback from music critics. In a four out of five star review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic calls their sound impressive, but states that the band sounds too much like Seattle rockers Nirvana and Pearl Jam.[2] Robert Christgau was more critical in The Village Voice, regarding it as a "not altogether unmusical howl of male pain" that glorified "despair".[14]

Retrospectively, Sixteen Stone has received critical acclaim. In April 2014, Rolling Stone placed the album at number thirty-nine on their 1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative's Greatest Year list.[3] A month later, Loudwire placed Sixteen Stone at number eight on its "10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 1994" list.[15] In July 2014 Guitar World placed the album on its "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gavin Rossdale.[17]

1."Everything Zen"4:38
4."Little Things"4:24
  • Early pressings of the album do not list "Alien" on the back cover (there is a blank space where the title should be). "Monkey" is also missing from the inside cover, but both songs have lyrics printed and appear on the album.
  • Subsequent pressings also include an acoustic version of "Comedown" and a second CD of live tracks, "Swim", "Alien", "Bomb", and "Little Things". Rather than actually being acoustic, the bonus "Comedown" track is actually Rossdale singing and playing guitar with more effects. This version is also slower paced, has violins added and has no drums.


Chart performance[edit]

Sixteen Stone first entered the Billboard 200 at number 187 for week ending 28 January 1995, and eventually peaked at number four.[18][19] In 2010 the album's US sales passed the six million mark.[20]


Billboard Music Charts (North America)

Year Song Chart Peak
1995 Everything Zen Modern Rock Tracks 2
1995 Everything Zen Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1995 Little Things Modern Rock Tracks 4
1995 Little Things Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1995 Comedown Modern Rock Tracks 1
1995 Comedown Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1995 Comedown Billboard Hot 100 30
1995 Glycerine Modern Rock Tracks 1
1995 Glycerine Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1995 Glycerine Billboard Hot 100 28
1995 Glycerine Top 40 Mainstream 28
1996 Machinehead Modern Rock Tracks 4
1996 Machinehead Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1996 Machinehead Billboard Hot 100 43

Weekly charts[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[35] 6× Platinum 600,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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