Garbage – Alternative Rock Band
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...More
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 or 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.Less