Garbage – In Concert at Parc des Princes, Paris – June 5, 2005 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –Garbage in concert from Paris this weekend – recorded on June 5, 2005.
For those of you just getting acquainted (stalwarts can skip this and just hit play) – thanks Wikipedia:
Garbage is an American rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The band consists of Scottish musician and lead singer Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig. All four members are involved in songwriting and production. Garbage has sold over 17 million albums worldwide.
The band’s eponymous debut album was critically acclaimed upon its release, selling over four million copies and acheiving double platinum certification in the UK, US and Australia. It was accompanied by a string of increasingly successful singles from 1995 to 1996, including “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains”. Follow-up Version 2.0, released in 1998 after a year in production, was equally successful, topping the UK Albums Chart and receiving two Grammy Award nominations. Garbage followed this by performing and co-producing the theme song to the nineteenth James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999).
Despite critical acclaim, Garbage’s third album Beautiful Garbage failed to match the commercial success achieved by its predecessors. Garbage quietly disbanded amidst the troubled production of their fourth album Bleed Like Me, but regrouped to complete the album, which was released in 2005 and peaked at a career-high number four in the US. The band cut short their concert tour of Bleed Like Me, announcing an “indefinite hiatus”, emphasizing that they had not broken up, but wished to pursue personal interests. The hiatus was briefly interrupted in 2007, when Garbage recorded new tracks for their greatest hits retrospective Absolute Garbage. They ultimately reunited in 2011, and self-released 2012’s Not Your Kind of People to positive reviews via their label Stunvolume. Their sixth album Strange Little Birds was released in 2016.
Garbage’s intention is to make pop-like songs which mix a variety of genres, with Steve Marker saying that the band wanted to “take pop music and make it as horrible sounding as we can.”These genres include trip hop, grunge, 1980s rock music, techno, power pop and shoegazing. Shirley Manson has stated that the band itself “used to describe [their sound] as sci-fi pop, because we felt it was taking a futuristic approach.” Vig has said the crossover-heavy sound was inspired by the band’s background with remixes, where songs would be rearranged to every musical style to which they held interest, and also that he “grew up listening to everything from pop radio and opera to country music and polka, so I really thought that Garbage would be an interesting and eclectic thing to do.” Lindsay Zoladz of Pitchfork notes Garbage prevailed in the glory days of alternative-rock “probably because their sound was a hectic amalgamation of almost everything that mingled on the format’s airwaves: electronica, punk, industrial rock, grunge, and the occasional trip-hop”. Likewise, Vice wrote that from their singular concoctions of styles like trip hop, grunge, rock, techno, and shoegaze, they “has forged a kind of queasy originality” in the search of “a kind of perverse beauty”.
Garbage has been inspired by The Velvet Underground, Iggy & The Stooges, T. Rex, Roxy Music, The Pretenders, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie, Curve, Cocteau Twins,Patti Smith, The Smashing Pumpkins and David Bowie.
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