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Golden State (2001)
Science Of Things (1999)
Deconstructed (1997)
Razorblade Suitcase (1996)
Sixteen Stone (1994)
Gavin Rossdale, Vocals
Nigel Pulsford (1992-Present), guitar
Dave Parsons (1992-Present), bass
Robin Goodridge (1992-Present), drums
Though Americans and Brits share an unwillingness to convert entirely to the metric system, there are certain units of measure that don’t really weigh in the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Pints, cups, miles and inches translate relatively well, but "stone" is a British unit of weight that has been long obsolete in the U.S.

In the past, stone (no "s" added for the plural) varied from place to place and according to the nature of the item being weighed, according to the University of North Carolina’s online dictionary of weights and measures. A stone of sugar was traditionally eight pounds, while a stone of wool could be as much as 24 pounds.

Eventually a stone was standardized at 14 pounds, and today is chiefly used to state the weight of animals and people -- as in this passage from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (the inspiration behind Francis Ford Coppola’s celebrated film, Apocalypse Now):

"Then he got fever, and had to be carried in a hammock slung over a pole. As he weighed sixteen stone I had no end of rows with carriers. They jibbed, ran away, sneaked off with their loads in the night -- quite a mutiny."

The sick man weighed 224 pounds --considerably more than a CD but about as heavy as the music on Bush’s debut album.

Formed in late 1992, Bush seemed to blossom with success overnight. With toothsome Gavin Rossdale fronting the band the London quartet landed an American record contract with Interscope before it signed a deal in the UK. By the following year the band was insinuating itself into the U.S. rock landscape with a slickly produced album (thanks to studio wizards Clive Langer and Alan Wistanley, who had worked with Madness and Elvis Costello in the early ’80s) of gritty rock called Sixteen Stone.

The bristling track "Everything Zen" with its relentless riffage and insidiously catchy lyric about Rossdale’s fictional asshole brother in Los Angeles, was an omnipresent hit at rock radio, and by 1995 Bush’s debut had gone gold.

As with a host of other bands including mega-sellers Creed and STP, Bush’s commercial triumph was especially sweet in light of the perpertually negative reviews critics spouted about the band. Rossdale became an alternative rock pin-up darling and was linked (erroneously and otherwise) with various suitable alternative rock divas, most visibly Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, to whom eventually proposed. At a gig in Manchester, England in March of 2000, Stefani leapt on stage to join her main squeeze singing "Space Travel."

Bush’s second album, Razorblade Suitcase produced by Steve Albini) garnered more positive critical response and entered the US charts at number one, though it only spawned one major hit, "Swallowed." In 1997, Bush made a foray into electronic terrain with a remix album (Deconstructed) featuring the talents of Tricky, Goldie and Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto. 1999 saw the release of Bush’s third album, The Science of Things. Two years later, Golden State followed.
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