The People That We Love

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"The People That We Love"
Single by Bush
from the album Golden State
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2001
FormatCD
Recorded2001
GenrePost-grunge
Length4:03
LabelAtlantic
Writer(s)Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s)Dave Sardy
Bush singles chronology
"Letting the Cables Sleep"
(2000)
"The People That We Love"
(2001)
"Headful of Ghosts"
(2002)
Alternate cover
Early covers of the single, showing the original title of the song, "Speed Kills".
 
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"The People That We Love"
Single by Bush
from the album Golden State
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2001
FormatCD
Recorded2001
GenrePost-grunge
Length4:03
LabelAtlantic
Writer(s)Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s)Dave Sardy
Bush singles chronology
"Letting the Cables Sleep"
(2000)
"The People That We Love"
(2001)
"Headful of Ghosts"
(2002)
Alternate cover
Early covers of the single, showing the original title of the song, "Speed Kills".

"The People That We Love" is a song by post-grunge band Bush and the lead single from their fourth album Golden State. "The People That We Love" could not be included on future compilations such as The Best Of: 1994–1999 due to lack of licensing rights.[citation needed]

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; 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.[1] Gavin Rossdale noted that the title has "nothing to do with war and nothing to do with aggression -- it was the speed of thought."[2] 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," 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, he stated:

"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."

[3]

Track listing[edit]

Appearances in the media[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2002)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles14
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks10
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks11
German Singles Chart93

References[edit]

  1. ^ BUSH -New Single, "The People That We Love" 2-4-7-music.com (November 15, 2001). Retrieved on 11-24-08.
  2. ^ Saraceno, Christina "Bush's Golden Boy" Rolling Stone (November 2, 2001). 11-26-2008.
  3. ^ http://onesecondbush.com/bush/media/videos

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