Everything Zen

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"Everything Zen"
Single by Bush
from the album Sixteen Stone
Released 28 January 1995 (1995-01-28)


B side = bud, monkey
Recorded 1994
Genre Grunge
Length 4:38 (Album version)
4:02 (Edit)
Label Trauma
Songwriter(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Bush
Bush singles chronology
"Everything Zen"
"Little Things"
"Everything Zen"
"Little Things"

"Everything Zen" is the debut single by British alternative rock band Bush, released on 28 January 1995. The single comes from their 1994 debut album, Sixteen Stone.

Music video[edit]

The video was the first video Bush had ever made, the video was directed by Matt Mahurin, who also makes an appearance in the video wearing a mask, and was shot on 12 and 13 November 1994. Scenes from the video were recreated in the opening credits of the TV series Millennium.

Gavin Rossdale on the making of the video:

"I hadn't even seen that many videos before making this because I never had MTV. I just remember that it felt weird miming with all those people standing around, but you soon get over that. Obviously, this video was hugely important in breaking us in America."[1]

Parody and lyrics[edit]

The song was parodied on Bill Nye the Science Guy in the episode "Animal Locomotion", the lyrics "Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow" quotes David Bowie's 1971 song "Life on Mars."

Commercial performance[edit]

Although it did not achieve immediate success, it eventually reached number two on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart, number 5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Canadian Rock/Alternative chart and number 40 on the Hot 100 Airplay since it failed to hit the Hot 100 that year.

Track listing[edit]

European CD single (6544-95794-2) and 12-inch vinyl (A8196T)
  1. "Everything Zen" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Bud"
  3. "Monkey"
  4. "Everything Zen"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Australia ARIA Charts Singles Chart[2] 41
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[citation needed] 5
Netherlands MegaCharts Singles Chart[2] 45
UK Singles Chart[3] 99
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[4] 2
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[5] 5
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[6] 40


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Bush - Everything Zen - swisscharts.com". 
  3. ^ "BUSH - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". 
  4. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Bush. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Bush. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Bush. Retrieved March 11, 2017.

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