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Marker, Manson, Erikson 2005 (in the background: guest musician Eric Avery)
Marker, Manson, Erikson 2005
(in the background: guest musician Eric Avery )
General information
origin Madison , United States
Genre (s) Alternative , rock , hard rock
founding 1993
Founding members
Shirley Manson
Guitar, keyboard
Duke Erikson
Butch Vig
Steve Marker
Live members and substitute musicians
Daniel Shulman
Eric Avery
Drums, percussion
Matt Chamberlain

Garbage is a rock band from Madison (Wisconsin) in the United States .

Garbage consists of drummer Butch Vig , guitarist and keyboardist Duke Erikson, guitarist Steve Marker and singer Shirley Manson . In addition, the group has been accompanied by bassist Daniel Shulman since their second album (1998), but who is not an official member.

Band history

The idea for garbage (dt. Waste or garbage) was from the music group Rectal Drip born whose members Butch Vig, Steve Marker and Duke Erikson were. In 1994, Shirley Manson joined at the suggestion of Steve Marker, who, together with Butch Vig, became aware of the keyboardist and lead singer through a video clip by Manson's former group Angelfish on MTV's 120 Minutes .

Garbage (1995)

At a time when grunge was dying with Kurt Cobain and rock was generally considered dead, Garbag's self-titled debut album caused quite a stir, which was released in Germany via Mushroom Records . Initially, the album reached gold status in New Zealand - in the end Garbage sold over five million copies. The titles Stupid Girl, Only Happy When It Rains, Queer and Milk , which were decoupled from the album after the unsuccessful first single Vow , developed into internationally successful titles . The most successful was Stupid Girl, who made it to number 4 in the British singles charts and number 24 in the US Billboard charts . After public interest initially focused on Butch Vig, who was already extremely successful as a producer (including for Nirvana ), Shirley Manson finally appeared as a red-haired vamp with provocative remarks (“I want a man who will let me pee in his belly button. I want a man to accept the beast in me. "German:" I want a man who lets me pee in his belly button. I want a man who accepts the animal in me. ") More and more in the foreground. In Germany, Garbag's debut album was indeed a respectable success, but in the context of the prevailing Euro-Pop at the time, the group was considered an insider tip.

Version 2.0 (1998)

In 1998 Garbage released her second album Version 2.0 , which reached number 4 in the album charts in Germany. With numerous single hits like Push it, I Think I'm Paranoid (ranked 10th in the European charts) and The Trick is to keep breathing , Garbage was successful in both the European and the US charts. When I Grow Up was even able to position itself at number 1 in Israel. In addition, Garbage received various awards, including a. the MTV Music Award. Garbage toured with groups like the Smashing Pumpkins , the Fun Lovin 'Criminals and Radiohead . In December 1999 Garbage released the single The World Is Not Enough , the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name (German film title: James Bond 007 - The world is not enough ). There is also a music video for this song in which the singer Shirley Manson is portrayed as a killer robot, regardless of the plot of the James Bond film. Due to legal disputes with the record company Mushroom , the single appeared on Radioactive Records. It reached number 35 in the national sales charts in Germany, Garbag's highest ranking in Germany so far. In the United States and Great Britain, the single made it into the top 20. Garbage's tracks can also be found on the film music albums of numerous television series ( The X-Files , Buffy, etc.) and films ( Romeo + Juliet , The Faculty , Every fucking Sunday , Big Daddy and others) as well as in video games (NHL 2000, Gran Turismo ).

Beautifulgarbage (2001)

After suffering from breast cancer , from which front woman Shirley Manson recovered well, Garbage released her third studio album, Beautifulgarbage, in 2001 . The album entered the German album charts at number 8. Garbage presented an unfamiliar sound on their third album, borrowed from the 1960s. The Belgian record company Play It Again Sam (PIAS Records) was responsible for the European distribution . Despite a lot of advertising and some appearances as the opening act for U2 , the success of version 2.0 could not be repeated. Large parts of the tour to Beautifulgarbage took place without Butch Vig, who was replaced by Matt Chamberlain due to illness (studio musician for Tori Amos and Pearl Jam and also present on Beautifulgarbage ).

Bleed Like Me (2005)

Garbag's fourth album, Bleed Like Me , was released in April 2005 and was promoted with solo appearances in the United States and Europe. The first single of the new work, Why Do You Love Me, was released at the end of March. Both album and single were able to place in the top 10 of the British charts. Musically, a direction that is significantly more guitar-heavy than its predecessor has been taken; however, the approval of the critics and the buyers was largely absent, as with Beautifulgarbage before it was often spoken of as an album that was too calculated and sounding smoothly.

In late March 2005, Garbage went on tour to promote Bleed Like Me . At the end of August, the official website surprisingly announced the cancellation of the tour dates scheduled for October in France, Great Britain and Belgium without replacement. The tour ended on October 1st, 2005 in Perth .

Dissolution rumors

The reason given for the cancellation was that one was exhausted by the strenuous tour life. After only six months with a total of 65 concerts, this seemed strange in view of the tours of other groups, which led to rumors of dissolution about Garbage, especially since producer and drummer Butch Vig left the tour as soon as it was announced. Singer Shirley Manson admitted in interviews a brief breakup during the recording of Bleed Like Me and thought it was unlikely that Garbage would produce another four albums.

To counter the rumors of dissolution, she published a clarification on her official website at the end of September 2006: “We are NOT breaking up. However, we ARE taking some much-deserved time off to spend with our families and friends. How much time? We don't know. "(" We will NOT dissolve. Anyway, we TAKE more time for our families and friends. How much time? We don't know. ")

Absolute Garbage (2007)

In July 2007 the best-of album Absolute Garbage was released, which contained a new song with Tell Me Where It Hurts . The title was released worldwide as a limited edition with various remixes.

The longer break from Garbage used Shirley Manson to complete material for a first solo album, which was not released, however, as it came as a result of artistic discrepancies between Manson and their record company Geffen Records for the termination of the contract. She finally published three titles from it on her own Facebook page.

Not Your Kind of People (2012)

The album Not Your Kind of People was released on May 11, 2012 in different versions - a standard and a deluxe CD edition, as a download and on vinyl - on the band's own label Stunvolume Records . The album was presented with tours of America and Europe. In Germany, Garbage performed at the Hurricane Festival in 2012 .

Strange Little Birds (2016)

On June 10, 2016, the sixth studio album Strange Little Birds was released.


Shirley Manson

Shirley Ann Manson was born on August 26, 1966 in Edinburgh , Scotland, the middle of three daughters to a big band singer and professor of animal breeding. Through her mother, she began to be interested in music at an early age, but a musical career seemed anything but predetermined to her. Rather, traumatic events overshadowed the later star's younger years. After interludes in various Scottish music groups (most recently Angelfish ), she found Garbage via an MTV broadcast of a video with her.

She used the creative break of Garbage in early 2007 to work on her first solo album, on which u. a. Billy Corgan and Jack White collaborate.

Butch Vig was born in Viroqua , Vernon County , Wisconsin, the United States on August 2, 1957 (his real name is Brian Viggerson) and is widely recognized as the mastermind garbages.

In addition to the Garbage recordings, he also produced the 1991 album Nevermind by Nirvana as well as the first two albums by Smashing Pumpkins and albums by many other well-known rock groups from the early 1990s, including Sonic Youth , Helmet and Soul Asylum . As a result, he had a not inconsiderable influence on the music scene, which continues to this day. Butch Vig founded Smart Studios with Steve Marker .

Douglas "Duke" Erikson was born on January 15, 1953 in Nebraska , United States. At the age of 16 he founded his first music group, "The British". Erikson studied art history and financed his studies through numerous sideline jobs such as a carpenter or truck driver. Duke is single and has a daughter who is now of legal age. In 1987 Duke and Butch founded the group "Firetown", again with Phil Davis as singer. Firetown released two albums and six singles in a very short space of time, and there is even a music video for Carry the Torch . But in 1989 they separated and Spooner reunited . Another album (Fugitive Dance) and an accompanying single were released before the group finally split in 1993.

Steve Marker was born on March 12, 1960 in Mamaroneck , Westchester County , New York, United States and also studied arts and communication. Steve is married and has one daughter. Before joining "First Person" he played in a group called "The Flying Saucers". Steve also did his job as a producer. a. for Public Enemy . Vig, Marker and Erikson quickly established a reputation for themselves as sought-after producers and remixers (including for Depeche Mode , Nine Inch Nails , House of Pain and U2 ) and also ran a punk group called Rectal Drip, which was nothing more than a kind of hobby. Nevertheless, a ten-track tape was recorded (of which only about 500 copies exist), on which Butch Vig tried his hand at singing.



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