Garbage! One of the best bands of the 90s is back and kicking even more ass than ever. They played a sold out show at New York’s Terminal 5 on March 22, 2013 and it was anything but garbage. The band played their first New York show in 7 years last May (which I went to and was so awesome), and they played 9 different songs last night than when they were last here!
Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson
The band experienced a few technical problems, but Shirley Manson used that time to tell funny stories like comparing technical glitches to being on a bad date, but in the end you have sex anyway! She also briefly addressed the recent scandal where 90s singer Michelle Shocked made on stage anti-gay remarks and Shirley simply said “Fuck Michelle Shocked!” Manson also thanked the legions of Garbage fans who have stuck with the band through thick and thin before playing “The Trick is To Keep Breathing.”
Steve Marker and Shirley Manson
There were so many highlights and the band has so many great songs that despite playing 22 songs, I left wanting them to keep playing for another 2 hours. But they did play “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Stupid Girl,” “#1 Crush,” Special,” “When I Grow Up,””Push It,” and not often played song such as “Hammering In My Head” from “Version 2.0” and “The One” which is a bonus track on their latest album “Not Your Kind of People.” They also played “Cup of Coffee” off “Beautiful Garbage” and Shirley Manson said it’s the saddest song Garbage has ever played and encouraged fans to weep openly during the song. For the encore (and a video will be coming soon), they brought out Screaming Females lead singer Marissa Paternoster to perform a cover of Patti Smith’s “Because the Night.” You can watch a video of “Queer” right now! (link will open in new window). I know it’s good for you. You can click it if you want. 🙂
Shirley Manson, Butch Vig
If you think Garbage is one of those nostalgia acts, I highly encourage you to listen to their entire catalog as they have so many rockin’ songs and continue to make great music over 15 years after their debut! Shirley Manson’s lyrics are fragile, biting, ironic and all of them are married with an attitude of “I can kick your ass at anytime, so don’t fuck with me” and like the name of their third album, that is beautiful garbage, according 2 G.
The setlist was: Push It / Queer / Automatic Systematic Habit / Hammering in my Head / Blood For Poppies / Special / Why Do You Love Me / #1 Crush / I Think I’m Paranoid / The One / The Trick Is To Keep Breathing / Control / Cherry Lips / Cup of Coffee / Stupid Girl / Only Happy When It Rains / Vow / Beloved Freak
Encore: Because The Night (with the Screaming Females’ Marissa P) / When I Grow Up / You Look So Fine
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!
In honor of Record Store Day 2013, which will take place around the globe on April 20 (insert your best 420 joke here), Garbage will be releasing an exclusive 10″ vinyl where they will cover Patti Smith’s “Because The Night.” The Record Store Day exclusive will also feature a previously unreleased track called “Love Like Suicide” and the “Automatic Systematic Habit Costa Cadeu Remix.” More info can be found on Garbage’s official website.
“To take seven years off and see all the bands who came up after us, I think there were times when I did sit at home and think: ‘I don’t understand why I never felt I was good enough because I could smoke 99.9% of this bunch.'” – Shirley Manson of Garbage.
I am so pleased to utter a sentence I’ve been waiting to say for seven years: Garbage is back! The alt-rock quartet made their return to the New York stage on May 22, 2012, with a way-sold out show at Webster Hall. In the mid-90s when Garbage first hit the scene, they were able to penetrate my ears when I was basically only listening to classic rock, 80s music and R&B/funk. Bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana did nothing for me at the time because I just couldn’t understand the usage of screeching guitars in the music, but Garbage brought me over to the “dark side,” if you will. Also, in the pre-mix CD/iPod era, our musical attention spans were much greater and I remember wearing out (and never skipping tracks on) Garbage’s self-titled debut as well as Version 2.0 (which would rank high on my top albums of all time list, should I ever get around to making one). I mention these two types of feelings because I heard them expressed over and over again at their show.
Shirley Manson of Garbage
At the stroke of 9 PM, the wait at last was over. Garbage hit the stage and for nearly 2 hours, they slayed the audience with a hit-packed set that was anything but garbage. Before the night was over, the band played the first track off each of their 5 records, generous selections from each album, including their new and independently released record “Not Your Kind of People,” their two soundtrack hits (“The World Is Not Enough” from the James Bond movie of the same name and “#1 Crush” from “Romeo and Juliet”) as well as a few non-single gems like “Metal Heart” and “Supervixen.”
Duke Erikson of Garbage
Garbage has so many hits that most bands would have saved tracks like “Stupid Girl,” “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Push It” or “Why Do You Love Me” for the encore, but instead, they were just peppered into the main set, which of course made the crowd go extra wild. Shirley Manson talked about how it was great to be back and in the 7 years that they’ve been away, they’ve gone through a lot personally with new additions to families and many losses as well. She also introduced the band, something very uncommon to see at a Garbage concert (and I know as I’ve seen them many times in many different sized venues).
Steve Marker of Garbage
The show, which will be on my top shows list of 2012 (out of hundreds of bands I will see before this year is up), had so many highlights that it’s hard to even think of all of them. However, the second song of the night “Temptation Waits” with its wonderful lyrics such as “I’ll tell you something/I am a wolf but I like to wear sheep’s clothing” got the crowd revved up and before launching into the lyrics of “#1 Crush,” Shirley sang the chorus of Madonna’s “Erotica.” It was also great to hear “Cherry Lips” from their last album “Bleed Like Me” and the new single “Blood For Poppies.”
Shirley Manson of Garbage
With a 21 song set list, there’s no way to complain about song omissions, but just to show how many great songs Garbage have, here’s s a few singles that were not played: When I Grow Up, Special, You Look So Fine, Androgyny, Breaking Up the Girl and Bleed Like Me. For the fans keeping track of what songs from what albums were played, here’s a break down:
Garbage: Supervixen, Vow, Queer, Stupid Girl, Only Happy When It Rains, Milk
Version 2.0: Temptation Waits, I Think I’m Paranoid, Push It, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing
Beautiful Garbage: Shut Your Mouth, Cherry Lips
Bleed Like Me: Bad Boyfriend, Metal Heart, Why Do You Love Me
Not Your Kind of People: Automatic Systematic Habit, Blood For Poppies, Battle In Me, Bright Big World
Non-Album Tracks: The World Is Not Enough, #1 Crush
Shirley Manson and Butch Vig
Welcome back Garbage! The show was anything but garbage. Although Shirley Manson said that New York crowds are very tough to please, I didn’t hear anyone say one bad thing about the show as I rocked away into the night.