Gavin Rossdale Reflects on 20th Anniversary of “Sixteen Stone,” Says “I Still Got Moves”

Image Courtesy of Round Hill RecordsBush's debut album, Sixteen Stone, will turn 20 years old on December 6. The record peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and launched Bush and frontman Gavin Rossdale's career, with hits like "Glycerine" and "Comedown."

"I just think we just came at a time, you know, the zeitgeist, we hit a nerve," Rossdale tells ABC News Radio. "I could pull together a few songs that just seemed to speak to people, or allow people to speak for themselves."

At the time, Rossdale wasn't trying to write Sixteen Stone as the massive record that it would become. He says that his main goal was "to have a good chorus that people would like."

"Basically, at that point, because I never made a record, a full record, I just wanted to have a legacy," he continues. "I didn't want to have been giving my life to making music and not have ever made a record."

Having made that album, Sixteen Stone catapulted Bush into the mainstream, allowing the band to make five more records, most recently 2014's Man on the Run.

"Most musicians don't even get record deals," says Rossdale. "And then most people who get record deals don't have a hit, and most people who have a hit don't even get more than one hit. So to be in that sort of other category is just a bit of a mind-bender."

Bush will be releasing a special 20th anniversary remastered vinyl edition of Sixteen Stone on December 9. The special release will feature newly interpreted artwork and never-before-seen photos of the band taken during the Sixteen Stone tour. But don't think Rossdale will be resting on his laurels and basking in past success -- he says there's still a lot of music left for him to write.

"It's like I'm in a dance competition, I just don't want anyone to tap me on the shoulder. That's it," he says. "Please don't tap me on the shoulder, I still got moves."

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