Bush's Nigel Pulsford

British grunge-rock band Bush are being sued for $40 million by their

label, Trauma, for allegedly failing to deliver their new, as-yet-unreleased

album, The Science of Things.

According to Bush's U.S. spokesperson, the group's album -- its first in

three years -- is almost complete. Trauma's lawyers say the band has

been shopping the record to other labels.

Bush's guitarist, Nigel Pulsford, was born 36 years ago today in London.

He learned guitar from his sister Jan, who now plays with Cyndi Lauper.

While growing up Pulsford admired the music of the Pixies, the Breeders,

the Clash, Bob Marley and Neil Young.

Pulsford played in the band King's Blank before meeting singer Gavin

Rossdale backstage at a London concert in 1992. The two bonded over

similar musical interests and a love of painting. They formed Future

Primitive with bassist Dave Parsons.

Drummer Robbie Goodridge joined the band after telling the group at one

of its shows that its original drummer was terrible. The other three

agreed and hired Goodridge. They renamed the band Bush, after the London

suburb Shepherd's Bush.

DJ Gary Crowley sent Bush's demo tape to Trauma, which soon signed the

band. With its debut LP, Sixteen Stone, Bush became one of the

first English bands to hit with a grunge-based sound in the wake of

Nirvana's success with the flourishing genre. Rossdale's good looks and

guttural vocals, combined with Pulsford's loud guitars, proved to be a potent combination.

Sixteen Stone (1993) went multiplatinum and spawned the U.S.

radio hits "Everything Zen," "Little Things," "Comedown" and "Glycerine,"

quickly making the group more popular in the States than at home, a

situation that hasn't changed. The Steve Albini-helmed Razorblade

Suitcase (1996) debuted at #1 on the Billboard

200 albums chart and yielded the modern-radio favorites


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excerpt) and "Greedy Fly." Later the band issued Deconstructed,

a remix CD.

As Bush clear up the situation surrounding their upcoming LP -- which is

scheduled to include such titles as "Altered States" and "Ban the Bomb" -- they

are planning to play June 26 and 27 at the German Hurricane Festival

with such acts as Built to Spill, Hole, Everlast, Live, Placebo and

Massive Attack.

Other birthdays: Neville Staples (Specials), 43; Stuart Adamson (Big Country), 41; and

Lisa Stansfield, 33.