Bush's Nigel Pulsford

Guitarist Nigel Pulsford's potent licks provide UK rock band Bush with a key part of their driving sound.

Pulsford was born on April 11, 1963, in London and learned guitar from his sister Jan, who now plays with Cyndi Lauper. While growing up, he admired the music of the Pixies, the Breeders and the Clash.

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 Robin Goodridge joined soon after. They renamed the band Bush, after the London suburb Shepherd's Bush.

With its debut LP, Sixteen Stone (1993), Bush became one of the first English bands to hit with a grunge-based sound in the wake of Nirvana's success. The LP 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.

Razorblade Suitcase (1996) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and yielded the modern-radio favorites "Swallowed" and "Greedy Fly."

After a hiatus caused by record label problems, Bush returned with last year's The Science of Things, featuring the new single "Warm Machine" (RealAudio excerpt).

Other birthdays Tuesday: Robert Fripp, 55; Stuart Adamson (Big Country), 42; Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground), 30; Douglas Hopkins (Gin Blossoms), 1961–1993.