Black Sheep Hit: "Androgyny". It posted desultory chart positions in UK and USA, but performed well in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and across South America and Europe. In Australia, it launched the parent album to their first #1 debut there. Good luck getting the band to play it. Admit to liking it online starts flame wars.
"Cherry Lips" is a subversion - the album version is notable for Shirley's uncharacteristically high-pitched vocals and a Mind Screw of a video. Despite this, it was massive in Australia and Italy, and the song has been played at almost every concert since its release - albeit in Shirley's normal singing voice.
Dye Hard: Shirley's cropped blonde look during the beautifulgarbage era. Steve also fell into this category before he went bald (compare his appearance in "Queer" and "Only Happy When It Rains" before his first video bald in "Push It").
Keep Circulating the Tapes: The B-sides (one was even a single in the UK). The band even wanted to compilate them in an album, but the sales of their former labels (Almo Sounds and Mushroom Records) prevented this.
Old Shame: Shirley Manson used to be extremely negative towards the music, image and reception of her first band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie, who, despite going for ten years and being very well known in Scotland at the time, only managed one Top 40 single in the UK ("The Rattler") before losing their major label deal. Shirley played keyboard, performed backing vocals, and did a lot of admin for the band, but she wasn't allowed to write any material. She used her first royalties from Garbage to pay off the Mackenzie's debts, and wasn't too happy when they ran off to the UK press to dish dirt on her later. The song "Not My Idea" references her time with them. The song "Cup of Coffee" references her break-up with the band's lead singer.
She hasn't mentioned them much in the last decade, though in 2012 she referred to the former lead singer as "the most talented person I have ever been in a room with... but he couldn't muster his forces for long enough to navigate a tricky business."
Screwed by the Network: Once they were directly under a major, Universal Music (first through Interscope, then Geffen), the label expected too much of the band commercially and even wanted some market-friendly actions such as guest rappers. Following their UK label forcing the Greatest Hits Album and then releasing it with Invisible Advertising - plus UMG refusing to release Shirley's solo album - the band became independent.
Throw It In: While singing "Push It", Shirley begun "Don't worry baby... it'll be alright". Soon after Butch sent a demo to Brian Wilson requesting permission for this Shout-Out to The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby" (he approved, and a sample of the song is even used live).
The constant use of Stop and Go in "Supervixen" was inspired by a faulty tape machine they were using while recording the song: The playback kept abruptly pausing in the middle of a guitar part that was supposed to play through smoothly, and the band thought the mistake sounded interesting enough that they worked deliberate silences into the song's structure.
Troubled Production: The band nearly broke up making Bleed Like Me, even taking a four-month hiatus after the first attempts.