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Everything Zen by Bush
Album: Sixteen StoneReleased: 1994
This was the first single from Bush. The lyrics are about youth culture.
Lead singer Gavin Rossdale made reference to two of his favorite people in one of the lyrics: Tom Waits and Allan Ginsburg. The line "Rain Dogs howl for the century" refers to the Waits album Rain Dogs
(also a "song
), and the Ginsburg poem Howl
The line "Minnie Mouse has grown up a cow, Dave's on sale again" refers to David Bowie, whose song "Life On Mars
" contains the line: "Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow, Lennon's on sale again."
In an interview with Guitar World
, guitarist Nigel Pulsford said that the solo in the song was "Probably recorded after a few drinks."
This was the first song Bush made a video for. It was directed by Matt Mahurin, who had done videos for U2, Peter Gabriel, and Alice in Chains.
This song helped bring the word "asshole" into the mainstream. The first verse contains the line "Should I fly Los Angeles, find my asshole brother," which most radio stations left as is. This type of profanity would have been removed just a few years earlier, but standards of acceptable profanity were being lowered. The TV show NYPD Blue was using it on primetime US TV, something that had never been done before.
KROQ, an influential radio station in Los Angeles, started playing this in 1994. Their airplay helped break the song in the US.
Bush included two versions of this song on their 1997 album Deconstructed
: The Lhasa Fever Mix and the Derek DeLarge Mix. In the DeLarge Mix, you can hear Gavin Rossdale's ex-girlfriend Jasmine Lewis (subject of "Glycerine
"), singing "no sex in your violence."
In 1996, No Doubt was Bush's opening act for about three months on an American tour. During this tour, Rossdale took up with No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani, leading Rossdale's bandmates to refer to this song as "Everything Gwen." Stefani and Rossdale later married.