New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Garbage

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Garbage What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood

What's the secret to keeping a band alive and running for 20+ years? Being on the same wavelength helps, which could certainly be said of alternative rock legends Garbage. The band visited Amoeba Hollywood recently to sign their new book, This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, and did some record shopping while they were here. Lead singer Shirley Manson and drummer Butch Vig both found things related to cult / horror director Dario Argento. Manson grabbed a vinyl copy of the original soundtrack to Argento's Opera. Having never seen the film, Dario Argento's involvement was reason enough to grab it. "I'm always looking for good intro music," Manson explained, "and this might be a hidden gem." Vig picked up a DVD copy of Argento's The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, which features a soundtrack by the legendary composer Ennio Morricone. "I love his films," he told us, before going on to recount the time he saw his first Argento film, Four Flies on Grey Velvet. All four members shared old stories and found a wide-range of albums, books, t-shirts, and movies in this What's In My Bag? episode.

Garbage first rose to prominence in the mid-'90s by fusing underground genres like trip-hop, grunge, and industrial with radio-friendly pop sensibilities. The band was founded in 1993 by Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig, who had achieved considerable celebrity as a result of his production work on Nirvana's 1991 LP Nevermind. The group hired Shirley Manson a year later, after seeing her band Angelfish on MTV. With their lineup in place, Garbage recorded their debut album in late 1994. Their self-titled LP was released in 1995 and debuted at #193 on the Billboard Top 200 on the strength of singles "Queer," "Only Happy When It Rains," and "Stupid Girl." The album went platinum in 1996.

The band began work on their sophomore album, Version 2.0, in 1997. The album debuted at #1 in the UK and at #13 in the US. It was nominated for two Grammys: Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Single "Special" was nominated for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo This is the Noise That Keeps Me Awakeor Group. Garbage's third album, Beautiful Garbage, landed in 2001, selling 1.2 million records within its first three months on sale. In 2004, the band joined the Dust Brothers' John King, in Los Angeles, to begin working on Bleed Like Me. Although a guest appearance by Dave Grohl on "Bad Boyfriend" was acknowledged as a highlight for the band, the members found themselves frequently in disagreement and decided to take a hiatus.

After eighteen months apart, the members agreed to give the band another go in 2007 and teamed up once again for Absolute Garbage. Not Your Kind of People (2012) followed several years later. In 2013, Garbage started work on the acclaimed Strange Little Birds. Prior to the album's release in 2016, two songs from the album sessions, "The Chemicals" and "On Fire" received a special Record Store Day release. Garbage released their first book, the band biography This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, in summer 2017. 

There were more commonalities between the bandmates, as both Shirley Manson and Steve Marker talked about L.A. punk heroes, X. "These guys are like The Beatles to me," Marker said, calling their shows "incredibly intense, dangerous (and) exciting." Manson found a copy of Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by X bassist and singer John Doe. "Everybody's talking about this and saying it's absolutely incredible." Duke Erikson recounted the time he first saw David Lynch's revolutionary cult film Eraserhead in the late '70s. Afterwards he grabbed Butch Vig at the bar across the street and made him watch it. "One of the strangest movies I'd ever seen in my life," said Erikson. "It was frightening and funny, and amazing." Vig and Manson both grabbed the self-titled debut album by Cigarettes After Sex, having recently toured with the group. Manson described it as "great to have sex to and it's great to cry your eyes out to," while Vig endorsed it for its ability to create a happy, bummed out mood.

Also in their bags: The Zombies, Kraftwerk, and Mac DeMarco, of whom Vig was a fan. "I just like his sensibility and production," he said. High praise coming from the guy who produced Nevermind and Siamese Dream.

Can you guess who is Steve Marker's favorite band of all time? And which record did Butch Vig have to bring home for his daughter? You'll have to watch the video below to find out!

Garbage - What's In My Bag?
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