Guitars, keyboards, six-string and fuzz bass
Guitars, bass, samples and loops
Drums, loops, noise and efx
This Madison, Wisconsin, USA group,
founded in 1994, was immediately heralded in the press as a producers'
supergroup. In addition to several other notable groups (Smashing Pumpkins,
U2), Butch Vig had previously produced Nirvana's influential Nevermind.
He formed Garbage with the help of his long-standing remixing partners
Steve Marker and Duke Erikson, with whom he had been involved in the bands
Spooner and Firetown. To this core trio was added singer Shirley Manson
(b. Edinburgh, Scotland), recruited after the members saw her fronting
her former band, Angel Fish, on a video shown on MTV.
Garbage's self-titled debut LP was
released towards the end of 1995 and after a slow start has gone on to
sell over 3 million copies world-wide. This level of success came as a
complete surprise to the band members who, with the exception of Vig, had
found little fame in spite of many years as musicians.
A string of singles (in the UK)
were released, reaching progressively higher chart positions. The fourth
and most popular, "Stupid Girl", went top 5 and was accompanied by the
entry of "Garbage" into the top ten of the album chart. For it's follow
up Garbage collaborated with British trip-hop artist Tricky on a remix
of their album track "Milk", on which he shared lead vocals with Shirley.
It was released on November 11th 1996 and charted at number 10. Limited
editions of Milk have since been released, featuring numerous remixes by
Massive Attack, Rabbit in the Moon and Goldie. This was the last output
from the band before sessions started for a second LP.
The band's unexpected global success
(especially in America) delayed the recording of their follow-up as they
committed themselves to a relentless touring schedule. When Version 2.0
finally appeared the band gained further praise for their compelling blend
of slick electronic pop with Manson's increasingly emotive vocals.