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Sixteen Stone

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Sixteen Stone
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Studio album by Bush
ReleasedDecember 6, 1994
RecordedJanuary 1994 at Westside 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 album of British rock band Bush, released on 6 December 1994, through Trauma Records. Widely regarded as the band's most popular album, it peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and boasted numerous successful singles. "Comedown" and "Glycerine" remain two of the band's biggest hits to date, each reaching number one on the BillboardModern Rock Tracks chart.[8] "Comedown," "Machinehead," and "Glycerine" were the three songs from the album to enter the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number thirty, number forty-three, and number twenty-eight, respectively.[9] To mark its 20th anniversary, on 14 October 2014 a remastered edition of the album's original recordings was released.[10]




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.


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
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[3]
Q3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[12]
The Village VoiceB–[13]
Sixteen Stone received mostly positive feedback from music critics. In a three 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.[4] In later years Bush would distance themselves from the familiar grunge sounds with experimental releases such as Deconstructed and The Science of Things.
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.[5] A month later, Loudwire placed Sixteen Stoneat number eight on its "10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 1994" list.[14] In July 2014 Guitar World placed the album on its "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gavin Rossdale.[16]
1."Everything Zen"  4:38
2."Swim"  4:56
3."Bomb"  3:23
4."Little Things"  4:24
5."Comedown"  5:27
6."Body"  5:43
7."Machinehead"  4:16
8."Testosterone"  4:20
9."Monkey"  4:01
10."Glycerine"  4:27
11."Alien"  6:34
12."X-Girlfriend"  0:45
  • 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.


Credits adapted from AllMusic[16]

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.[17][18] In 2010 the album's US sales passed the six million mark.[19]


Billboard Music Charts (North America)
1995Everything ZenModern Rock Tracks2
1995Everything ZenMainstream Rock Tracks5
1995Little ThingsModern Rock Tracks4
1995Little ThingsMainstream Rock Tracks6
1995ComedownModern Rock Tracks1
1995ComedownMainstream Rock Tracks2
1995ComedownBillboard Hot 10030
1995GlycerineModern Rock Tracks1
1995GlycerineMainstream Rock Tracks4
1995GlycerineBillboard Hot 10028
1995GlycerineTop 40 Mainstream28
1996MachineheadModern Rock Tracks4
1996MachineheadMainstream Rock Tracks4
1996MachineheadBillboard Hot 10043

Weekly charts[edit]


RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[33]2× Platinum140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[34]6× Platinum600,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35]2× Platinum30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36]Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA)[37]6× Platinum6,000,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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