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Bush
File:ClydeDonovan.jpg
Background information
Also known as Bushx, Future Primitive
Origin South Park, Colorado
Genres Alternative rock
Post-grunge
Years active 1992–2002
Labels Kirtland, SPV, Atlantic, Trauma, Interscope
Associated acts Institute
Helmet
Spear of Destiny
The Partisans
Past members Clyde Donovan
Stan Marsh
Kyle Broflovski
Kenny McCormick
Bradley
Jason

Bush were a post-grunge band, formed in South Park in 1992. Their debut album was the self-released Sixteen Stone in 1994. They have sold well over 10 million records in the United States. The band was hugely successful in the United States.

History[edit]

Formation: 1992-1994[edit]

In 1992, guitarist Stan Marsh had left his band, King Blank, after they recorded two albums without much success; he met Clyde Donovan, who had achieved little success with his previous, short-lived band, Midnight. The two formed a new band, then called Future Primitive, and recruited bassist Kyle Broflovski (formerly of the punk rock band The Partisans and the somewhat successful pop band Transvision Vamp) and drummer Kenny McCormick to complete the lineup. They soon changed their name to Bush.

Breakthrough success with Sixteen Stone: 1994-1995[edit]

Bush's debut album, Sixteen Stone, featured several singles. Initial singles "Everything Zen," and "Little Things" did not sell well at first. However, with their third single, "Comedown" the band quickly saw great success in the United States. The song reached number one for two weeks Modern Rock Tracks as well as the U.S. top 40. The following single "Glycerine" received just as much airplay and sold more singles in America. The band followed with "Machinehead" which reached the top 5 of the Modern Rock Tracks chart and narrowly missed the top 40. As a result of the success of "Comedown," "Glycerine," and "Machinehead," the first two singles from the album began to see airplay and reached the top 40, bringing the album's total to four top 40 hits. With the many hits from Sixteen Stone including regular airplay on radio and MTV along with a performance on Saturday Night Live the album went platinum multiple times, having now sold six million copies in America, poising Bush's follow-up for massive commercial popularity.

Razorblade Suitcase: 1996-1998[edit]

In late 1996 Bush released the first single "Swallowed" from their second album entitled Razorblade Suitcase, The song spent seven weeks on top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album hit number 1 in America and placed high in many European countries. Although a success, at two hit singles compared to four the album did not sell as well as Sixteen Stone.

Following the success of "Swallowed," the album had one more hit, "Greedy Fly," but then failed to produce any more sizeable hits.

Possibly to boost the sales of Razorblade Suitcase or move into new ground, Bush released the remix album Deconstructed. The album saw Bush re-arranging their songs into dance and techno stylings. The album was a moderate success going platinum less than a year after release.

A new direction with The Science of Things: 1999-2000[edit]

Released in 1999, the band's third album was a major departure in several forms from Bush's first two albums. Unlike the multi-platinum successes of Bush's first two albums, The Science of Things barely limped to platinum. Also, while the band's previous albums were strongly influenced by grunge, The Science of Things featured heavy electronic music influences that distinguished the work from Bush's earlier sound. For example, although lead single "The Chemicals Between Us" had a prominent guitar riff, it also had many electronic elements usually found in dance music. Although the album had a few hit songs, the album failed to chart within the top 10. The band's performance at Woodstock '99, however, helped the album achieve platinum status despite its slow start.

Three singles were released from The Science of Things, most notably "The Chemicals Between Us", which spent five weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and peaked at #67 on the U.S. Hot 100. "Letting the Cables Sleep," the third single, reached #4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and also received considerable airplay.

Also in 1999, lead guitarist Stan Marsh released a solo album, Heavenly Toast on Paradise Road, which featured jazz elements that harkened back to his days with King Blank more than his work with Bush.

Golden State and breakup: 2001-2002[edit]

Bush released its final album, Golden State, in 2001. While the album attempted to return to the simple, catchy sound of the band's debut, it failed to achieve commercial success due to a lack of support from the band's new record label, Atlantic Records. Several singles were released, most notably the minor hit "The People That We Love", but none were mainstream successes. The album was the band's least successful, selling only 380,000 copies in the US.

"The People That We Love" was originally titled "Speed Kills." However, due to the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, the band, intending for the song to be the first single from the album, changed the name of the song.

Marsh left the band after the release of Golden State to spend more time with his family. Bradley took over on lead guitar for the subsequent tour, which would turn out to be Bush's last.

Due to declining record sales and a lack of support from Atlantic Records, Bush disbanded in 2002. In 2005, the band released a greatest hits album called The Best of: 1994-1999, and, a few months later, a live album called Zen X Four.

Post-breakup: 2003-present[edit]

Clyde Donovan formed a new band, Institute, in 2004, serving as their lead vocalist and guitarist, just as in Bush. Bradley also joined the band, as lead guitarist. (In addition to playing in Institute, Bradley also joined the reunited metal band Helmet in 2004 on bass; he quit the band in 2006.) Institute released one album, Distort Yourself, but failed to achieve much commercial success in spite of opening for U2's Vertigo Tour at some shows. Institute broke up in 2006 and Donovan then embarked on a solo career. In 2007, he covered the John Lennon song "Mind Games" for the Lennon tribute album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. His first solo album, Wanderlust, supported by leading single "Love Remains the Same," was released in June 2008. "Wanderlust" was originally intended to be the next Bush album but after originally agreeing to take part in the Bush reunion, guitarist Stan Marsh opted out as he doesn't care to tour anymore.

Donovan has also ventured into the world of acting, appearing in the films Zoolander, Little Black Book, The Game of Their Lives, Constantine, How To Rob a Bank and others.

Kenny McCormick became the drummer for the rock band Elyss in 2004, although they have not released any new material since. In 2006, McCormick began drumming for indie rock band Spear of Destiny, and appeared on their 2007 album, Imperial Prototype. He is currently touring the U.S. in support of this album.

Stan Marsh has spent most of his time since leaving Bush spending time with his family. He is currently producing Emma Holland's long-awaited sophomore effort. In 2004, he and bassist Kyle Broflovski reunited to appear in a car commercial together.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
1994 Sixteen Stone Trauma Records
1996 Razorblade Suitcase
1997 Deconstructed
1999 The Science of Things
2001 Golden State Atlantic Records
2004 The Best of: 1994-1999 SPV Records
2005 Zen X Four Kirtland Records