Sixteen Stone is the debut album of British rock band Bush, released in December 1994.
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 Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
“Comedown”, “Machinehead”, and “Glycerine” were the three songs from the album to enter the Billboard Hot 100. To mark its 20th anniversary, a remastered edition of the album’s original recordings was released in 2004.
In the UK, a stone is a unit of weight that equals 14 pounds. Therefore, sixteen stone means 224 pounds. 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…”
Sixteen Stone received mostly positive feedback from music critics for a debut album. AllMusic rated it three out of five stars, Rolling Stone placed the album on their 1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year list.
And, Guitar World placed the album on its “50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994” list.
Years later Bush would distance themselves from the familiar grunge sounds of 1994 with experimental releases such as Deconstructed and The Science of Things.
This month is the 23rd anniversary of a great 90s rock album. One that is considered a classic of the decade.
Join PodCloud1 as we rock hard this month, and revisit a classic ”Sixteen Stone” by Bush ~
(click player to revisit a classic)
1. Everything Zen
4. Little Things
*note the 44 sec final & reptitive track ”X-Girlriend” has been ommited here
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 who is a breed of dog with dreadlock like cords called a Puli.
A different album is featured every month on PodCloud1’s “Revisiting The Classics”