Bush Is Back

Machineheads, slam dancing and loneliness in this week's Forgotten Videos
  • Bush's Gavin Rossdale (center) in "Swallowed"
August 17, 2011 -- 3:02 pm PDT
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Welcome to Forgotten Videos. For some, these videos are forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or vice-versa…. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

Bush
"Swallowed"
1996

For teenagers and young adults spending Christmas vacation in 1996 in front of the tube with MTV turned on, it was likely hard to miss the music video for this single off post-Nirvana grunge rockers Bush's sophomore album, Razorblade Suitcase. While it may be nearly impossible to decipher any succinct meaning from the lyrics, the song is clearly charged with enough emotional energy (and slam dance at the end) to satisfy any angst-ridden individual.

The video opens with a red cross (the same cross that appears in the band's "Cold Contagious" video), and casts frontman Gavin Rossdale in the middle of a ramshackled room that's fallen victim to a raging house party. But in spite of a rotating cast of partygoers that surround Rossdale, he still experiences the pain of loneliness, evidenced by the lyrics "I'm with everyone and yet not." What we find at the conclusion of the song is that not only is Rossdale lonely, but he's experiencing the pain of longing as he wails on his guitar while singing, "I miss the one that I love a lot." Could this longing have been for No Doubt frontwoman/fashion designer Gwen Stefani, who he later married in 2002?

Love wasn't the only area Rossdale experienced success in. Formed in 1992 by Rossdale and guitarist/violinist Nigel Pulsford, Bush was one of the first post-Nirvana British bands to garner a successful following in the United States. Their debut album, 1994's Sixteen Stone, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, spawned the Top 40 hits "Comedown" and "Glycerine" as well as "Machinehead" — the latter climbing to No. 43 in May 1996 after appearing on the soundtrack to the film Fear — and was certified multiplatinum in 1997.

For 1996's Razorblade Suitcase, the band recruited producer Steve Albini, known for his work with PJ Harvey, Nirvana and Pixies, and the album shot to the top of the Billboard 200, with "Greedy Flie" and "Swallowed" cracking the Top 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Two studio albums followed, The Science Of Things (1999) and Golden State (2001), but the band officially disbanded in 2002. Rossdale was back on the music scene for a short period in 2005 with his new project, Institute, and three years later released his debut solo album, Wanderlust, which peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard 200.

If you still haven't come down from the cloud of Bush, there's no need to. The band reunited in September 2010 with a new lineup featuring Corey Britz (bass), Chris Traynor (guitar) and original drummer Robin Goodridge.You can keep up to date with the grunge rockers' happenings on their website, including upcoming tour dates across the United States and Europe and The Sea Of Memories, Bush's first album in a decade scheduled for release on Sept. 13.
 

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