The Science of Things

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The Science Of Things
Bush the science of things.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 October 1999
RecordedMayfair Studios, Westside Studios, Whitfield St., Air Studios, Sarm Hook End & Nigel Pulsford's home
  • Gavin Rossdale
  • Clive Langer
  • Alan Winstanley
Bush chronology
The Science Of Things
Golden State
Singles from The Science Of Things
  1. "The Chemicals Between Us"
    Released: 14 September 1999
  2. "Warm Machine"
    Released: 11 February 2000
  3. "Letting the Cables Sleep"
    Released: 18 January 2001

The Science Of Things is the third studio album by British band Bush, released on 26 October 1999, through Trauma Records. It is the last Bush album released through Trauma and features many electronic music influences. The album peaked at number eleven on the US Billboard 200[2] and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyD[3]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gavin Rossdale.

1."Warm Machine"4:26
2."Jesus Online"3:44
3."The Chemicals Between Us"3:37
4."English Fire"3:31
6."40 Miles from the Sun"3:39
8."The Disease of the Dancing Cats"4:01
9."Altered States"4:10
10."Dead Meat"4:16
11."Letting the Cables Sleep"4:36


  • In an interview, Gavin Rossdale revealed that the song "Letting the Cables Sleep" was written for a friend who had contracted HIV.[5] This song appeared in a season six episode of ER entitled "Such Sweet Sorrow", which featured the final appearances of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies.
  • The second season of Charmed contained two songs from the album. In the episode "Awakened", the single "The Chemicals Between Us" plays in the background at P3 while "Letting the Cables Sleep" is heard at the end of the episode "Astral Monkey" where a distraught Piper cries over the loss of her doctor.
  • Apocalyptica has remixed the song "Letting the Cables Sleep".
  • "Spacetravel" features backing vocals by Rossdale's former wife, Gwen Stefani.
  • The song "Dead Meat" is referenced in the No Doubt song "Ex-Girlfriend".
  • In the 1938 novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, the protagonist and narrator states that his favorite subject in school is "The Science of Things," the title of this album.


Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
Australian Albums Chart (ARIA)[6] 70
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 49
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[9] 6
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[10] 48
European Albums Chart[11] 33
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 19
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 36
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 99
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 28
US Billboard 200[17] 11


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^

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


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  3. ^ Brunner, Rob (25 October 1999). "The Science of Things/No.4". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation.
  4. ^ Schoemer, Karen (11 November 1999). "The Science of Things". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media LLC.
  5. ^ "Bush, Back to the Future". Archived from the original on 3 February 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2007.
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ " – Bush – The Science of Things" (in German). Hung Medien.
  8. ^ " – Bush – The Science of Things" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Bush Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  10. ^ " – Bush – The Science of Things" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 13 November 1999. p. 49. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  13. ^ " – Bush – The Science of Things". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ . Official Charts Company Retrieved 17 February 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ " – Bush – The Science of Things". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Bush | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  17. ^ "Bush Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bush – The Science of Things". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Bush – The Science of Things". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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