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MEMBERS: Shirley Manson ~ Butch Vig ~ Steve Marker ~ Duke Erikson
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BIRTHDAYS: Shirley Manson (August 26, 1966)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Stupid Girl" (1996)
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BIGGEST LP: Garbage (1995)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) "There's a certain feminine thing to the idea of a man wearing a skirt which I find sexy. I don't like men that aren't able to accept there's a side of them that isn't all macho, and if a man is willing to wear a kilt, he's halfway there." - Shirley Manson, Garbage, 1998

 
TIMELINE

Garbagebutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage consists of Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar), Steve Marker (guitar, bass), Duke Erikson (guitar, keyboards), Butch Vig (drums), and new member, Daniel Shulman (bass). Garbage developed back in the 80s in Wisconsin even though the band name nor its members knew it. Marker, Vig, and Erikson had played together in various bands for many years. Vig had even become musically important by producing LPs for Nirvana (Nevermind) and Smashing Pumpkins (Gish).

1994...

button.gif (123 bytes) It wasn't until 1994 that Shirley Manson joined the band and work on the first LP continued. Marker had seen Manson on MTV's 120 Minutes (singing "Suffocate Me" with Angelfish) and contacted her about trying out for the group. Manson grew up in Scotland, and after singing with a few Scottish bands including Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie and Angelfish, she came to the U.S. and hooked up with Garbage. Vig has said of Manson, "...(she) sometimes sounds scary, sometimes dreamy, sometimes sexy, sometimes psychotic... what more could you ask for?" Erikson said, "when Shirley arrived, Garbage became a band rather than just an idea."

1995... # 175 Singles Artist of the Year

August
Garbage - Garbagebutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage's debut LP, Garbage, hit the stores and it took about year for the group to gain some notice on the alternative charts and eventually on the video screens. The single "Only Happy When It Rains" made the band increasingly popular, and the follow-up single "Stupid Girl" helped Garbage break out even more.

1996... # 48 Singles Artist of the Year

Garbage - "Stupid Girl" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) "Stupid Girl" went Top 10 on the pop charts and Garbage went on to sell over 4 million copies world-wide. Additional tracks from the LP "Queer" and "Milk" were also modest hits and continued the groups talent for moody vocals with rich rhythms.

May
Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage was certified gold.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage hit the Top 40 with "
Stupid Girl."

August
Sweet Relief II compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage contributed the track "Kick My Ass" to the Sweet Relief II compilation to benefit the rainforests.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Stupid Girl" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and the video for "Queer" was nominated for Best Breakthrough Video.
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage hit the
Top 10 with "Stupid Girl."

December
Romeo And Juliet soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage could be heard on a track to the soundtrack to Romeo And Juliet with #1 Crush" which hit the Top 40.

1997... # 65 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage hit the Top 40 with "Milk."
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 4 weeks with "#1 Crush."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage were nominated for 3 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Stupid Girl").

1998... # 169 Singles Artist of the Year

May
Garbage - Version 2.0button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage's sophomore LP, Version 2.0, was released. Steve Marker said of the LP: "We're much more confident in what we're doing. Shirley is at the top of her game. She's really confident, more so even than on the first album."
button.gif (123 bytes) The first single release was a track called "Push It."
button.gif (123 bytes) Version 2.0 topped the UK Albums chart for a week.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage, the band and their video (for "Push It"), were nominated for 8 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, Best Alternative Video, Best Art Direction, Breakthrough Video, Best Special Effects, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction - but went home empty-handed.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Butch Vig talked with CNN and said the band never anticipated "being a full-time band" or touring when they hit it big with their first LP, "...we just thought, let's make a cool, interesting record..."

December
Faculty soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Version 2.0 was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage could be found on the
Faculty soundtrack with "Medication."

1999... # 34 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage spent most of the beginning of the year as the opening act for Alanis Morissette's tour.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage were nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album (Version 2.0). Steve Marker told Sacbeat: "I don't think any of us in the band even considered (being nominated for a Grammy) might happen. It was total shock the morning nominations came out, especially the Album of the Year one. It's almost funny..."
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage was certified 2x platinum and Version 2.0 was certified platinum.

March
Garbagebutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage hit the Top 40 with "Special."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) After multiple Grammy and MTV Video Music Award nominations but no wins, Garbage did receive their due with 3 top Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards for Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year ("Special").

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage hit the Top 10 with "Special."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage hit the Top 40 with "When I Grow Up."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video "Special" won a MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects (Sebasten Caudron) and was also nominated for Best Art Direction.

November
The World Is Not Enough soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage could be heard with the theme song to the next James Bond film (The World Is Not Enough), "The World Is Not Enough."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage won for a VH1 Fashion Award for the Visionary Video Award. Garbage hit the Top 40 with "The World Is Not Enough."

button.gif (123 bytes) MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "Stupid Girl" at # 65.

2000...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage were nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Special").

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Manson announced on their website that the band was in the studio working on their next LP. It was also stated that plans for a compilation LP of b-sides and remixes had been scrapped.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs includes "Only Happy When It Rains" at # 68.

2001... # 162 Singles Artist of the Year

October
Garbage - Beautiful Garbagebutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage released Beautiful Garbage.
button.gif (123 bytes) Beautiful Garbage topped the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart for 8 weeks.
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage hit the Top 40 with "Androgyny."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Vig was diagnosed with Hepatitis A and wasn't able to join the band for their European tour starting in Norway.

2002...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage toured North America in April and May.

September
We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To The Ramones compilation button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage ranked # 60 on VH1: 100 Sexiest Artists.

2003...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage contributed the track "I Just Want To Have Something To Do" to
We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To The Ramones.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 300 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

April
Garbage - Bleed Like Mebutton.gif (123 bytes) Garbage released their next LP Bleed Like Me.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage cancelled plans to tour Europe. Manson said they band hadn't broken up, but did need a break from each other.

2007...

June
Garabge - Absolute Garbagebutton.gif (123 bytes) A best of collection, Absolute Garbage, was released with the new track "Tell Me Where It Hurts."

2008..

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage could be heard on the compilation Songs For Tibet - The Art Of Peace with the track "All The Good In This Life."

September
Garbage - 'Not Your Kind Of People'button.gif (123 bytes) Manson began appearing on the FOX series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

2012...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage released Not Your Kind Of People.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Garbage topped the Billboard Alternative Albums chart with
Not Your Kind Of People.



LPs
Garbage - Garbage Garbage
Released: August, 1995
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 20
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Supervixen" - "Queer" - "Only Happy When It Rains" - "As Heaven Is Wide" - "Not My Idea" - "A Stroke Of Luck" - "Vow" -'Stupid Girl" - "Dog New Tricks" - "My Lover's Box" - "Fix Me Now" - "Milk"
Garbage - Version 2.0 Version 2.0
Released: May, 1998
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 13
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Temptation Waits" - "I Think I'm Paranoid" - "When I Grow Up" - "Medication" - "Special" - "Hammering In My Head" - "Push It" - "Trick Is To Keep Breathing" - "Dumb" - "Sleep Together" - "Wicked Ways" - "You Look So Fine"
Garbage - Beautiful Garbage Beautiful Garbage
Released: October, 2001
Billboard peak: # 13
Tracks: "Shut Your Mouth" - "Androgyny" - "Can't Cry" - "Til The Day I Die" - "Cup Of Coffee" - "Silence Is Golden" - "Cherry Lips" - "Breaking Up The Girl" - "Drive You Home" - "Parade" - "Nobody Loves You" - "Untouchable" - "So Like A Rose"
Garbage - Bleed Like Me Bleed Like Me
Released: April, 2005
Billboard peak: # 4
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B+
Tracks: "Bad Boyfriend" - "Run Baby Run" - "Right Between The Eyes" - "Why Do You Love Me" - "Bleed Like Me" - "Metal Heart" - "Sex Is Not The Enemy" - "It's All Over But The Crying" - "Boys Wanna Fight" - "Why Don't You Come Over" - "Happy Home"
Garabge - Absolute Garbage Absolute Garbage
Released: July, 2007
Billboard peak: # 68
Tracks: "Vow" - "Queer" - "Only Happy When It Rains" - "Stupid Girl" - "Milk" - "#1 Crush" - "Push It" - "I Think I'm Paranoid" - "Special" - "When I Grow Up" - "You Look So Fine" - "The World Is Not Enough" - "Cherry Lips" - "Shut Your Mouth" - "Why Do You Love Me" - "Bleed Like Me" - "Tell Me Where It Hurts" - "It's All Over But The Crying"
Garbage - 'Not Your Kind Of People'
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Not Your Kind Of People
Released: May, 2012
Tracks: "Automatic Systematic Habit" - "Big Bright World" - "Blood For Poppies" - "Control" - "Not Your Kind Of People" - "Felt" - "I Hate Love" - "Sugar" - "Battle In Me" - "Man On A Wire" - "Beloved Freak"
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POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Garbage - "Stupid Girl" (Single)Stupid Girl
Garbage
10 13 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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2 Special
Version 2.0
8 13 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 #1 Crush
Romeo And Juliet soundtrack
11 11 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 When I Grow Up
Version 2.0
21 7 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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5 Milk
Garbage
27 5 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 The World Is Not Enough
The World Is Not Enough soundtrack
31 3 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Androgyny
Beautiful Garbage
37 2 2001 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Vow
Garbage
** ** 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Queer
Garbage
** ** 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains" (Single)Only Happy When It Rains
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** ** 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Push It
Version 2.0
** ** 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  I Think I'm Paranoid
Version 2.0
** ** 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Why Do You Love Me
Bleed Like Me
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Bleed Like Me
Bleed Like Me
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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