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
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
Other birthdays: Neville Staples (Specials), 43; Stuart Adamson (Big Country), 41; and
Lisa Stansfield, 33.