“I came to cut you up/I came to knock you down/I came around to tear your little world apart,” devilishly coos Shirley Manson on “Vow,” the ’95 tune starring her alongside her alt-rock group, Garbage. Boy, do those lyrics hold their relevance today as Ms. Shirley has been quite vocal in tearing down everyone’s favorite award show hater, Kanye West. Last night on her Facebook page, Ms. M. wrote an open letter to Kim K’s jackass stating, “In attempting to reduce the importance of one great over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own. Grow up and stop throwing your toys around. You are making yourself look like a complete twat.” If that wasn’t enough delightful music shade for you, Shirley closed the letter by stating, “Ps, I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly on her own.” You better work, Shirley.
Now, as delighted as I am to be reading how my rock goddess put that dick in his place, a horrible fear came over me, much like it did when Missy Elliot played the Super Bowl a few weeks ago-a lot of these kids are probably not going to know exactly who Shirley Manson and Garbage are. While the band has been on the touring front as of late, their music (sadly) isn’t on mainstream radio these days, so there may just be some confusion as to their importance in the music industry. That’s why today, music school is in session as we are going to dive headfirst into 10 Garbage tracks that you most certainly need to be rocking out to right now. If there is anyone who is going to be put that ungrateful punani West in his place, it’s certainly a gal who’s only happy when that misery is pouring down. We live for her, so dive in.
The one that started it all, off of their from their phenominal self-titled ’95 debut, which is turning twenty this year. A delicious revenge romp awaits you.
“Only Happy When It Rains”
The bounciest all of their tunes, the fourth and final single off their killer debut.
I would die for this song from the soundtrack to a little Leo DeCaprio/Claire Danes film called, ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
“The World Is Not Enough”
Before Daniel Craig was Bond, there was Pierce Brosnan in the tux, and before Adele was singing, “Skyfall,” Shirley and the gang delivered this delish ‘007’ tune in ’99.
Looking for a great workout jam from Garbage? Play this…
The most pop friendly of all their tracks.
“Why Do You Love Me”
A groovy gem off of their highly underrated ’05 set, ‘Bleed Like Me’
“Blood For Poppies”
Their most recent charting hit. Turn it up.