spotlight has Garbage in it this week, thanks to the
latest single from their critically acclaimed latest
album "Beautifulgarbage," "Breaking
Up The Girl."
founded in 1993 by superproducer Butch Vig, and was
immediately heralded in the press as a producers'
supergroup. In addition to several other notable bands
(Smashing Pumpkins, U2), Butch had previously produced
Nirvana's influential and groundbreaking smash "Nevermind."
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. Scottish singer Shirley Manson was recruited
after the members saw her fronting her former unit,
Angel Fish, on MTV (Shirley had previously sung with
the unheralded Goodbye Mr Mackenzie). Garbage's debut
single, "Vow," issued in a metal sleeve,
was widely acclaimed, as was the follow-up, "Subhuman."
Both borrowed from an eclectic range of influences
including punk, glam rock and art rock, with Vig saying,
"We want to use all these different elements
like techno, punk and noise, ambient, jazz and rock,
and mix them all up around a pop song."
debut album was a dark collection of songs, exemplified
by "Only Happy When It Rains," which also
reached the charts when issued as a single. Further
chart success came with a remix of "Milk"
(featuring Tricky as guest vocalist) and "Stupid
Girl." The band's unexpected global success,
especially in the U.S., delayed the recording of their
follow-up as they toured the world relentlessly. When
"Version 2.0" finally appeared the band
gained further praise. The album topped the U.K. charts
in May 1998, and the following year the band was commissioned
to write the theme tune to the James Bond movie "The
World Is Not Enough."
their third offering, "Beautifulgarbage,"
in October 2001, and it debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard
albums chart. After opening several dates on U2s
tour, they planned to tour the world beginning in
November. But, they had to do it without Vig, who
has been sidelined and ordered to rest since being
diagnosed with hepatitis A. Hes expected to
fully recover, but for now, Matt Chamberlain is filling
in on the skins. Chamberlain has worked with Tori
Amos and Fiona Apple, and played on some of the tracks