garbage Jacks Song Of The Day: Garbage

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Jack FM would like to wish [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Garbage[/lastfm] singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Shirley Manson[/lastfm] a very happy birthday!!

Yep, she’s our #1 crush.

We can thank MTV for Garbage.

In 1994,  guitarist Steve Marker, bassist Duke Erikson and drummer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Butch Vig [/lastfm] were looking for a female singer when Marker saw a video from the band Angelfish on MTV’s 120 Minutes.  Intrigued by Shirley Manson’s voice and style, the trio immediately contacted the Scottish singer and invited her to join their band.  Shirley, who was unhappy in Angelfish, gladly accepted.

Calling themselves Garbage, the band released their first single, “Vow,” in March 1995, and their self-titled debut album followed five months later.  Garbage was slow to catch on with music fans, entering the Billboard 200 at #127.  But after supporting the album with a year-long tour, Garbage caught fire and blazed up the charts, landing at #20.  It became an unexpected smash for the band and sold over two million copies.  The album’s popularity was mainly due to the success of two singles, “Only Happy When It Rains” and “Stupid Girl.”  “Stupid Girl,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day, became a crossover hit, receiving airplay on both alternative rock and contemporary hit radio.

In 1996, Garbage recorded the single, “#1 Crush,” for the movie, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.  It peaked at #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and, to date, is the band’s only single to reach the top spot on any U.S. chart.

Feeling intense pressure to match the success of their debut, Garbage spent the next two years working on their follow-up album.  Version 2.0 was released in May 1998, and its success solidified the band’s status.  Version 2.0 went to #13 on the Billboard 200 and earned Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year.  Garbage again scored hits on the rock charts with “Push It,” “I Think I’m Paranoid” and “Special.”  It was also during this time that the band became known for their edgy, envelope-pushing music videos.

In 1999, Garbage was again asked to do a song for a movie soundtrack.  While on tour in Europe, the band recorded “The World is Not Enough,” the theme to the James Bond movie of the same name.  “The World is Not Enough” became an international sensation.

Garbage released two more albums, 2001’s electronic-inspired Beautiful Garbage and 2004’s Top 10-charting Bleed Like Me, before announcing their “indefinite hiatus” in 2005.

After a five-year break, it was officially confirmed in October 2010 that Garbage had reconvened and begun work on their fifth studio album.  According to Shirley Manson, the album won’t be out until 2012, but a new single could possibly be released before the end of this year.  In July, Garbage posted a teaser video on their Facebook page to celebrate their return to the  music world.

Check out this live performance of “I Think I’m Paranoid.”  Jack FM is paranoid and thinks someone is watching us…

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