The Internet problem.
Bush Days — While it has revolutionized music and its delivery for close to fifteen years, the Internet has one major flaw in its evolution that is a major detractor against its users: it evolves too quickly, and with abandon.
I can explain; while everyone has seen and noted how the Internet has grown and changed over the past few decades, the amount of time it’s been user-centric is really relatively short. Upon it’s major meanstream-iation in the mid-1990s, it was a very static being. Impersonal and unmoving, a legion of engineers got good at putting things on display (and later on, got good at making it look decent), and slowly our entire world’s worth of information started digitizing.
These days, the Internet about-faces in phases of weeks and months, a digital snake shedding its skin and leaving it behind. In truth, the Internet itself moves without much regard to its users — when you think about it, the responsibility to update and grow and progress always falls into the hands of the active user, and not with, say… English bands that stop touring and developing content…
The problem is that when it comes to Bush, they picked an unfortunate time to disband and head home — by 2001, even Google was only a shadow of the creature it would become. As such, it’s not an easy thing to try to look up choice Bush material online; though old interview transcripts still exist in places if you’re willing to dig deeply for them, a wealth of wicked video and media clips (especially those collected by MTV, who were way wet for the band for years) are gone.
While it’s good to have the opportunity to start over, to construct a new history, there is a reason that Bush rank so highly among the legacy acts of the past twenty years: they gave the interviews, they logged all those hours of performance, all those chats online — and stoically, way before chatting online had evolved beyond the question-and-response structure we all sat and watched at the time.
Far from being completely gone, however, those clips are all now pretty deep underground… but that only makes finding the information that you want all the richer, more rewarding an experience. Check out this old interview with SPIN Magazine from the summer of 1995, back when Bush were still just regarded as deserters by the English, and carbon copies by the Americans.
“Francis Bacon, by about 5,000 miles. My favourite painting is the one of the screaming pope. I just love how he can display people by ripping away the flesh, peeling away the layers. My goal is to write songs like Francis Bacon paints.”
Even still, the part that makes me smile to this day is Gavin Rossdale talking about his favourite painter; even then, Gavin was showing much more substance and intrigue than anyone else at the time. A pity it went so largely unnoticed until it didn’t matter anymore.