The People That We Love

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"The People That We Love"
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Single by Bush
from the album Golden State
Released 18 September 2001
Format CD
Recorded 2001
Genre Post-grunge[1]
Length 4:03
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Dave Sardy
Bush singles chronology
"Letting the Cables Sleep"
"The People That We Love"
"Headful of Ghosts"
"Letting the Cables Sleep"
"The People That We Love"
"Headful of Ghosts"
Alternate cover
Early covers of the single, showing the original title of the song, "Speed Kills".
Early covers of the single, showing the original title of the song, "Speed Kills".

"The People That We Love" is a song by the British band Bush. It was released on 18 September 2001 as the lead single from the band's fourth studio album, Golden State (2001).

Working title[edit]

The song was initially titled "Speed Kills," which can be found on early promotional copies, but it was changed to "The People That We Love" out of sensitivity for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States;[2] this title was borrowed from the first line of the chorus.

Lyrics and style[edit]

The song's lyrical theme revolves around global acts of violence and the destruction they cause, although it was also rumored to be inspired by the Clinton/Gore US presidential campaign documentary, The War Room.[3] Gavin Rossdale noted that the title has "nothing to do with war and nothing to do with aggression -- it was the speed of thought."[4] Stylistically, "The People That We Love" saw a return to form after the experimental sounds of Deconstructed and The Science of Things. Described once as "stop-start grunge heroics",[1] the song also found significant radio play within the early weeks of release but was unable to persevere like early Bush singles.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Ulf Buddensieck in the summer of 2001 at a London studio, the music video was a big success on television outlets such as MTV2 and MMUSA. Gavin Rossdale expressed his thoughts on the video, stating:

"He (Ulf) came up with a treatment that was exactly what I was looking for.....It was as if I wrote a list and ticked off boxes, he wanted to do something that was edgy and vibrant and alive, and that's exactly what I wanted. Too many videos today are just too dark and moody, they all look like they were shot in a garage. We wanted to be unmoody and undark."


Track listing[edit]

  • AUS CD Single 7567851622
    1. "The People That We Love" - 4:03
    2. "American Eyes" - 3:36
    3. "The People That We Love [Golden Dub Mix]" - 5:42
  • UK Promo CD Single PRO2782
    1. "Speed Kills [Album Version]" - 4:03

Appearances in the media[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
German Singles Chart[6] 92
UK Singles Chart[7] 81
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 11
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 10


  1. ^ a b Saraceno, Christina (November 14, 2001). "Bush's Golden Boy". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ HENDRICKSON, MATT [1] Rolling Stone (26 September 2001)
  3. ^ BUSH -New Single, "The People That We Love" (15 November 2001). Retrieved on 11-24-08.
  4. ^ Saraceno, Christina "Bush's Golden Boy" Rolling Stone (2 November 2001). 11-26-2008.
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  8. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Bush. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Bush. Retrieved March 11, 2017.