Photos by G.
I love Shirley Manson so much, I don’t even know where to begin. Perhaps in the mid 1990s when all I was interested in musically was New Wave, Classic Rock and Prince Bootlegs… The Alternative music scene which had become uber-popular did absolutely nothing for me and as a result, I lost out on seeing bands like Nirvana when there were many chances to check them out. But then I heard the voice of an angel (and formerly of Angelfish), Shirley Manson. Her lyrics talked about some of the insecurities we are too afraid to admit coupled with a “don’t fuck with me attitude,” and to me and legions of fans, this was a winning formula. So many of her lyrics are so raw, honest and brilliantly poetic, I definitely place Shirley Manson amongst my favorite lyricists of all time (2 quick examples: “You should see my scars” from ‘Bleed Like Me’ and “I’ll tell you something, I am a wolf but I like to wear sheep’s clothing” from ‘Temptation Waits’ are a couple of my personal favorites). In my pre-camera days, I’ve had so many great experiences with Shirley and Garbage (for example seeing the final show of the Version 2.0 tour where they played 7 encores!) but last night was my first time taking a photo with the rock goddess.
In advance of Garbage playing later on this week, Shirley Manson discussed one of her favorite movies, “In The Mood For Love” (which was released in 2000 and was directed by Wong Kar-Wai) at the IFC center in Manhattan. It was my first experience seeing the modern classic and I completely understand why everyone loves it so much. The dialogue was completely improvised and cinematically, every shot in the film is gorgeous. Shirley talked about her love of this film, some of her experiences acting, as well as discussing her all time favorite film (see video below to find out what it is).
After the discussion was over, hordes of Garbage fans descended upon Shirley and she was cool enough to sign autographs and take pictures. As Shirley has said in the first song on the first Garbage album (‘Supervixen’), “bow down to me,” I am doing so via the written word. Thanks again Shirley for so many kick ass songs that have rocked my world! See you Friday at the show!