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Garbage are an American AlternativeRock group from Madison, Wisconsin. They basically play [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly alternative rock with heavy pop, electronic, and industrial influences]].

Garbage was formed in 1994 by famous RecordProducer Butch Vig, known for his work on with famous alternative rock acts like Music/{{Nirvana}} (''Music/{{Nevermind}}''), Music/SonicYouth, Music/TheSmashingPumpkins and Music/{{L7}}. Vig took up the position of drummer and brought in some old bandmates and fellow producers, guitarist/keyboardist Steve Marker and bassist Duke Erikson. The lineup was completed with the recruitment of Scottish vocalist Shirley Manson, formerly of alt-rock bands Angelfish and Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Their bandname comes from somebody commenting that Vig's remix work sounded "[[ItWillNeverCatchOn like garbage]]", a quote frequently attributed to [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] for some reason.

After gaining a bit of attention through demo tapes, the band signed to Mushroom Records and began to work on its debut, the self-produced ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Garbage]]''. Released in 1995, its hybrid electronic-alternative-industrial-rock sound was favourably received and quickly gained a large audience, managing to come up with a few hits in the process such as the StealthParody (or open parody, really) of grunge angst "Only Happy When It Rains", "Vow" and the [[Music/TheClash Clash]]-{{sampling}} "Stupid Girl" (not the Music/{{Pink}} song, though lyrically similar).

For their follow-up, ''Version 2.0'', Garbage continued with the same electro-rock sound but added a denser production, more techno and trip-hop influences and more EarWorm melodies. ''2.0'' became another well-received success and gave them a few more hit singles as well, such as the technoey "Push It", the super-heavy EpicRiff-driven "I Think I'm Paranoid", and the [[SurprisinglyGentleSong ballad]] "You Look So Fine". Around this time, they were recruited to perform the theme to ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', on which they worked alongside composer DavidArnold.

The band's gravy train slowed down somewhat after TheNineties ended, thanks to record label problems and a mixed reception towards ''beautifulgarbage'' that frequently included charges of both TheyChangedItNowItSucks and ItsTheSameNowItSucks, reception that translated into poor sales. During the TroubledProduction of their next album, they nearly broke up due to intra-band tensions in 2003, but managed to regroup and finish ''Bleed Like Me'' in 2005, which once again suffered a mixed reception but did slightly better on the charts. They went on a hiatus for five years afterwards. Manson announced in October of 2010 that the group had reformed and was working on a fifth album, which was released in 2012 as ''Not Your Kind of People''. The title track was used in the trailer for ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V]]'', so the group has at least [[Creator/HideoKojima one Japanese fan]].

Their discography as of 2012:

* ''Garbage'' (1995)
* ''Version 2.0'' (1998)
* ''beautifulgarbage'' (2001)
* ''Bleed Like Me'' (2005)
* ''Absolute Garbage'' (GreatestHitsAlbum, 2007)
* ''Not Your Kind Of People'' (2012)

Videos:
* ''Garbage Video'' (VHS, 1996)
* ''Absolute Garbage'' (DVD, 2007)
* ''One Mile High...Live'' (DVD/BD, 2013)

!!! "I'm only happy when it tropes":
* AntiLoveSong: "I Hate Love" surprisingly enough.
* AppropriatedAppellation: Someone told Vig that their new songs were garbage.
* AscendedGlitch: The tape where they recorded "Supervixen" kept skipping, [[ThrowItIn and the band decided to keep it as they felt it worked]]. (and apparently lots of fans complained that their albums were broken, given it's the opening track...)
* AwesomeMcCoolName: "I read that I'd made it up as a mixture of ShirleyTemple and UsefulNotes/CharlesManson - and I wish I had - but, yes, it is my name." (three guesses on [[Music/MarilynManson how]] this is HilariousInHindsight)
* AxCrazy: "Vow".
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Shirley [[http://web.archive.org/web/19991007235640/http://www.cafemomo.com/inprint/9604details.shtml may]] or [[http://absolutegarbage.net/articles/litter-from-america/ may not]] believe in this.
* {{Bifauxnen}}/ {{Bishonen}}: The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I2S_29IbuM Androgyny]]" video, which was kind of the point.
* BreakupSong: A few, most notably "Special" and "It's All Over But the Crying".
* TheCameo: DaveGrohl plays drums in "Bad Boyfriend".
** For "Queer", Butch was considering a drum sample from Music/JamesBrown's "Funky Drummer". Then he discovered [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Stubblefield the drummer]] lived nearby and asked him to play on the song.
* ConceptVideo: They had a few very well publicized concept videos in the Nineties; "Queer", "Push It", "Special" and "The World Is Not Enough". Later in their career they made "Bleed Like Me" and "Tell Me Where it Hurts"
* CoverVersion: One of their B-sides is an electronic cover of "Thirteen" by Music/BigStar.
** They've also done [[Music/VelvetUnderground the Velvet Underground]]'s "Candy Says", The Seeds' "Can't Seem to Make You Mine", Music/TheJam's "Butterfly Collector" and Vic Chesnutt's "Kick My Ass".
** They also covered Music/{{U2}}'s "Pride (In the Name of Love)" at a 2003 event to honour Bono's chairty work; and in studio form "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" for an ''Achtung Baby'' compilation in 2011.
** They covered Music/TheRamones' "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do" for the WE'RE A HAPPY FAMILY tribute album.
** Near the end of their 2012 tour with opening act Music/ScreamingFemales, Shirley Manson invited guitarist Marissa Paternoster onstage with her to duet on Music/PattiSmith's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKQTHwkT9JU "Because the Night."]] The two bands later recorded a studio version, released as a single in 2013. Shirley Manson had recorded a cover version of Patti Smith's "Kimberley" twenty years prior with her old band Angelfish.
** Talking of live covers, the band has also performed Music/TheBeatles's "Don't Let Me Down", Vic Chesnutt's "Supernatural", Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces", Music/JoanJett's "Bad Reputation" and the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting For the Man". Occasionally they would also break out into parts of Music/FleetwoodMac's "The Chain", The Beatles "Day Tripper" and Music/BlackSabbath's "Black Sabbath".
* CreatorBreakdown: ''beautifulgarbage'' (Shirley got divorced) and ''Bleed Like Me'' (whose TroubledProduction had plenty of intra-band conflict) have many shades of this in the lyrics.
* CreepyChild: Shirley's persona is the grown-up version of this.
** When it's not [[WildChild something]] [[FemmeFatale else]] [[BrokenBird entirely]]...
** See in particular her role as an especially icy T-1000 in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles''.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: A large proportion of their videos are at least partially done in black and white. Such videos include "Queer", "Push It", "I Think I'm Paranoid", "Why Do You Love Me", "Blood for Poppies" and "Big Bright World". Part of the video for "Tell Me Where It Hurts" is done in black and green due to the usage of NightVisionGoggles.
* DisposableSexWorker: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in "Tell Me Where It Hurts". Shirley is injured by one of her clients, but recovers. The client on the other hand...
* DownerEnding: [[OncePerEpisode Every album they ever made]] throws a depressing ballad at the end: "Milk", "You Look So Fine", "So Like a Rose" and a few others.
** "Happy Home", the final song on ''Bleed Like Me'', is especially depressing, as the lyrics seem to imply that the song is the narrator's suicide note. The [[PlayingTheHeartStrings strings]] don't help either.
*** Or the band breaking up, as the group were quite open about how, at the time, they didn't know if the band would continue.
** Now we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8QrmVWH-sk "Beloved Freak"]] (which brings TearsOfJoy, as despite the melody is a message for the listener to be themselves and not to give up) closing ''Not Your Kind of People''. (except for the deluxe edition, where closer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm99WBQY3eA "Show Me"]] is far from depressing).
* TheEeyore: Shirley admits that being Scottish, she likes dark themes. Gloriously celebrated in "Only Happy When It Rains".
* EyeScream: "Blood for Poppies" has Shirley's left eye being slit open in a shout out to the 1929 film ''Film/UnChienAndalou''. "The World Is Not Enough" has a particularly notable eye-scream from Shirley Manson when she sees her robotic double enter her dressing room to kill her.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The end of "Not My Idea" fades into the beginning of "A Stroke of Luck."
* {{Fanservice}}: Played straight most of the time but is zig zagged on occasion. Videos such as "Vow", "Queer", "Run Baby Run" and "Blood for Poppies" downplays this by have Shirley in normal attire while other videos feature her in short dresses. "I'm Think I'm Paranoid" (see PantyShot below), "Cherry Lips" (An invisible Shirley sees her [[DressHitsFloor clothes fall off]] and walks naked to the bathroom) and "Bleed Like Me" turn this UpToEleven.
** Also, the video for "Androgyny". Quoted from the FetishFuel Music page: "It has men who look like attractive women, women who look like attractive men, Shirley Manson wearing a rather sexy outfit that looks like a weird hybrid between suit and a dress, Shirley Manson wearing suspenders and the aforementioned androgynous people, in various states of undress, doing vaguely hinted at things with each other in a tightly-packed environment. Something for everyone, really."
* FieryRedhead: Shirley.
* FollowYourHeart: "Beloved Freak"
* GenreBlindness: "The World Is Not Enough" features the line, "No one ever died from wanting too much." No one apart from every ''Film/JamesBond'' villain ever!
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Absolute Garbage'', but it wasn't composed solely of their previous songs, as "Tell Me Where It Hurts" was released on it. Five year later, their Australian record company released a repackaged and resequenced version titled "The Absolute Collection" which omitted a few songs and added two of their singles from the ''Not Your Kind of People'' album, as well as "Supervixen" from their debut.
* HelloNurse/ HospitalHottie: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYQjR22Edow Bleed Like Me]]".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Shirley and GwenStefani.
* HighClassCallgirl: Shirley plays one in "Tell Me Where It Hurts".
* IAmWhatIAm: "Not Your Kind of People"
* ICallItVera
* ImportantHaircut: Around the time ''beautifulgarbage'' was released, Shirley cut her long red hair short, spiked it and dyed it platinum blonde. Watch the videos for "Cherry Lips" and "Breaking Up the Girl" compared to their others, the difference is quite striking. However, nowadays it's back to the way it was before.
* IndecipherableLyrics: The end of "Nobody Loves You".
* IntercourseWithYou: At least half of ''Version 2.0''[[note]]"I Think I'm Paranoid", "Hammering in My Head", "Push It", and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Sleep Together"]] are pretty blatantly about sex. "Temptation Waits" and "You Look So Fine" are about sexual attraction, and [[spoiler:"When I Grow Up" has references to unprotected sex and [[{{Squick}} "golden showers"]]]].[[/note]] "Alien Sex Fiend", "Bad Boyfriend", "Sex Never Goes Out of Fashion".
* TheInvisibleBand: The video for "Cherry Lips", but that's actually a literal example.
* KidsRock: Both Vig's and Marker's daughters both contributed to the final chorus of "Not Your Kind of People"
* KissOfDeath: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5vSyxzefRE The World Is Not Enough]]" - the android Shirley Manson kills people by kissing them. The real Shirley Manson [[ScrewYourself suffers the same fate]].
* LighterAndSofter: Subverted with ''beautifulgarbage''. Although musically lighter and softer with the incorporation of hip hop and electronica influences into the songs, the lyrics are more melancholic, with Manson having [[CreatorBreakdown just gone through a divorce]]
* LongRunnerLineUp: A very rare Type 1 and Type 3
* LoopedLyrics: "Felt"
-->What is real? Is real reason?
-->What is real? Is real reason?
-->What is real? Is real reason?
-->What is real?
* LoudnessWar:
** ''Bleed Like Me'''s been roundly bashed by audiophiles the world over for its lifeless, dynamic-deficient and horribly clipping sound. A real bad moment considering three of the band members are producers and their previous albums had dynamics despite all the distortion and loudness. It should be noted that this is done in the mixing and mastering phase of production, not the recording phase. It's out of the producer's hands by that point.
** ''NYKOP" hasn't fared much better in the war either.
* LyricalDissonance: Most of their songs are cheery, with gloomy lyrics about [[BreakupSong breakups]] ("Special", ), failed relationships ("Cherry Lips", "Breaking Up The Girl"), or "I'm a really screwed person" ("Bleed Like Me", "I Think I'm Paranoid").
** Subverted with "Only Happy When It Rains" - It's a upbeat, catchy song about ''liking'' being depressed (both as SelfDeprecation and to parody the angsty rock of the 90s).
* LyricsVideoMismatch: Garbage's "Special" looks like a clip out of CrimsonSkies and it has nothing to do with the song.
* MindScrew: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRsPpAWiFiw&feature=related Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)]]".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually ranges from 1 (such as "So Like a Rose" and "You Look so Fine") to 5 (such as "Why Do You Love Me" and "Subhuman"), with a couple songs being a 6 (such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb7fLA5ccWg "Vow"]] and "Battle in Me").
* NonAppearingTitle: "Supervixen", "Vow", "Temptation Waits", "Parade," "Blood For Poppies"
** B-sides: "#1 Crush," "Driving Lesson," "Subhuman," "Sex Never Goes Out of Fashion"
* NothingButSkinAndBones: ''Bleed Like Me''.
-->And the kick is so divine when she sees bones beneath her skin.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Supervixen". And "Queer". And, well, quite a lot of the first album.
* ObsessionSong: "#1 Crush", "You Look So Fine", "Cup of Coffee", "Vow".
* OlderThanTheyLook: This is what Shirley looks like at [[http://paranoid13xforever.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/screen-shot-2012-01-29-at-18-39-08.png age 45]].
* PaperThinDisguise: In the video for "Bleed Like Me", Shirley plays a nurse. In one scene, she breaks into a room, still wearing the uniform with a black mask serving as her only disguise.
* PantyShot: Parodied in "I Think I'm Paranoid". Shirley plays with her dress in the video and frequently lifts it up slightly or kneels down in front of the camera.
* PrimAndProperBun: Shirley frequently donned this look around the time NYKOP was released.
* RealSongThemeTune: "#1 Crush" was the ThematicThemeTune for the UK TV show ''Series/{{Hex}}''. Given that it's a downright creepy song about a [[Stalker with a Crush]], it fitted the show's premise quite well. Bonus points to the show for using the original B-side, and not the remixed chart-bothering version.
** "Control" is the theme for the video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/{{The Amazing Spider Man}}''. It was even used in the trailer.
* RecordProducer: The band is always credited for producing its own albums. (the only outside producers were David Arnold in "The World Is Not Enough", and [[Music/TheDustBrothers John King]] in "Bad Boyfriend" and B-side "Space Can Come Through Anyone" - the other ''Bleed Like Me'' songs they worked on with him were re-recorded)
* RefrainFromAssuming: It's "#1 Crush", not "I Would Die For You". Similarly "Only Happy When It Rains" does not start with "I'm".
* RefugeInAudacity: The videos for "Tell Me Where It Hurts" and "Cherry Lips".
* ReligionRantSong: "As Heaven is Wide" is a Type 1.
* RhymingWithItself: "Drive You Home"
-->''Walk on shells tonight/Can't do right tonight''
** Also this couplet from "Bad Boyfriend:"
-->''Keep you on ice so I can show all my friends/C'mon baby be my bad boyfriend''
* {{Sampling}}:
** They used the beat from "Train in Vain" by TheClash for "Stupid Girl". "Don't Worry Baby" was originally sampled for "Push It", but the sample is not present in the final version of the track (although present in recent performances); Shirley sings the lyrics herself.
** "Special" samples {{Pretenders}}' "Talk of the Town". Chrissie Hynde's lawyers denied the band permission to use the sample, but Shirley got Chrissie on the phone and got Chrissie to write a letter giving the band permission to sample "my music, my lyrics; indeed, my very ass".
* SelfDeprecation: They admit "Only Happy When it Rains" is a dig at their own penchant for darker themes.
* ShoutOut: A lot
** "Cherry Lips" and "Bleed Like Me" have shout-outs to Laura Albert's alias "JT Leroy"
** "Bleed Like Me" also gives a shout-out to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".
** "The One":
-->''Call me a doctor. I cannot lose control. There must be someone. A robot, a [[TheSarahConnorChronicles terminator]]?''
** "Only Happy When It Rains", "Supervixen" and "Felt", amongst others, are homages to {{Shoegazing}} (TheJesusAndMaryChain for the former, who released a song called "Happy When It Rains" back in 1987, and Music/MyBloodyValentine for the latter two, with "Supervixen" going so far as to imitate the opening drum roll and riff from "Only Shallow").
** The line "beautiful garbage" was previously featured on {{Hole}}'s "Celebrity Skin". Shirley was also inspired by Courtney to write "Right Between the Eyes".
** Another shout out in "Supervixen" is the title itself, a nod to Russ Meyer's 70's ExploitationFilm ''Supervixens''.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Shirley's Scottish accent isn't so noticable when she sings.
** OohMeAccentsSlippin: Except in "Stupid Girl", where she pronounces the word "stupid" as "stju-pid" as opposed to the American pronunciation as "stoo-pid"; "Run Baby Run", where the TitleDrop sounds more like "rahn my baby rahn"; and "Not Your Kind of People", where she pronounces "cast" as "cahst" in line in British or Australian/New Zealand English.
* StalkerWithACrush: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0X8W6E5xeU #1 Crush]]".
* StupidStatementDanceMix: A very early example, "I'm Really Into Techno"
-->"[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I'm really into techno and that's about it.]]"
* SurrealMusicVideo: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-CHEnJ7gnc&feature=related Push It]]", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpRiSb_Ir-s "I Think I'm Paranoid"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OdTBCgqRt4 "Blood for Poppies"]].
* TakeThat/ SexIsLiberation: "Sex Is Not The Enemy" is very much aimed at MoralGuardians and GeorgeWBush criticizing their attitudes about love and sex. (Shirley declared that a major inspiration was the outcry following JanetJackson's WardrobeMalfunction)
** The album also has a ProtestSong against [[TheWarOnTerror Dubya and friends' foreign policies]], "Boys Wanna Fight".
* TeenageDeathSongs: "So Like a Rose".
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Why Don't You Come Over" and "I Hate Love".
* TomatoInTheMirror: The video for "Bleed Like Me".
* TruckDriversGearChange: Played straight in "Breaking Up The Girl", "Can't Cry These Tears", "Cup of Coffee" and "Run Baby Run". Inverted, however, with "Not My Idea". The song changes key directly after the second chorus but then reverts to the original key after the final one.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: "The World Is Not Enough" was remade into one of these (since it ''was'' made for [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough the James Bond movie of the same name)]]
* VillainSong: "The World Is Not Enough" is a memorable villain song for [[spoiler:Elektra King]]. Bond usually goes for TheVillainSucksSong, but this is definitely villain [=PoV=].
* WomanScorned: "Not My Idea", "Vow", "Automatic Systematic Habit".
* {{Yandere}}: Many, specially "Vow" and "#1 Crush".
* ZettaiRyouiki: The video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYQjR22Edow Bleed Like Me]]"
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