Don't let the (9,131) days go by: Bush's 'Sixteen Stone' turns 25
Despite Gavin Rossdale‘s protests, many days have gone by since Bush released their hit debut album, Sixteen Stone. Over 9,000 days, in fact.
Yes, Sixteen Stone celebrates its 25th anniversary today. Originally released December 6, 1994, the six-times platinum album spawned the hit singles “Glycerine,” “Comedown” and “Machinehead.”
Speaking to ABC Audio, frontman Rossdale recalls being surprised that Sixteen Stone was even released.
“I made the record and then went back to work,” he explains. “I thought it was never going to come out.”
Even when Sixteen Stone was released and Bush went on tour, Rossdale is still shocked that any of it happened.
“I’ve been in shock for over 25 years,” he laughs.
Twenty-five years later, one thing does irk Rossdale about Sixteen Stone.
“When I looked at the album sequence recently, I realized that the second song, I think, swims in 12/8 [time],” Rossdale explains. “It’s progressive, it worked for us. But imagine how successful it could’ve been if the album order had been slightly better.”
The sequencing doesn’t really bother Rossdale — or, at least, not enough to change it. He says he’s “thrilled” that the songs from Sixteen Stone continue to resonate, and that he “loves” playing them.
At the same time, Rossdale continues to look forward to new material, including the forthcoming Bush record The Mind Plays Tricks on You, due out in 2020.
“I feel like I have accomplished stuff and I have some kind of a legacy, but I just believe you’re as good as your last show, as good as your last song, as good your last record,” Rossdale says. “I think resting on your laurels will just make for weak work. I like my work to have an air of desperation about it.”
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