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Garbage: After An Absence, Always The Oddball
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Now, to a band making a comeback. The band Garbage first made a splash in the mid-1990s with its moody alternative rock and songs like this one.


GARBAGE: (Singing) I'm only happy when it rains. I'm only happy when it's complicated.

MONTAGNE: Jancee Dunn interviewed Garbage for Rolling Stone Magazine back then when they came out with their first album.

JANCEE DUNN: Their music was always really ahead of its time. I mean, their debut album sounds modern to me even now. Always very forward-thinking, intelligent.


GARBAGE: (Singing) Don't believe in anything that you can't break. You stupid girl. You stupid girl.

SHIRLEY MANSON: We used to describe it as sci-fi pop, because we felt it was sort of taking a futuristic approach.

MONTAGNE: That's Shirley Manson, the lead singer for Garbage. The band's debut album sold millions of copies. And Shirley Manson, a Scot in a band of Americans, became an alt-rock sex symbol. Here's music writer Jancee Dunn.

DUNN: Every guy who ever loved alternative music and had a gas station shirt in the '90s had a crush on Shirley. She was amphibiously pale and had this flaming carroty, beautiful hair.

MONTAGNE: She, along with Garbage, recorded three more albums, which yielded more hits. They even recorded this theme for a James Bond film.


GARBAGE: (Singing) The world is not enough, but it is such a perfect place to start, my love.

MONTAGNE: Then in 2005, after years of exhaustive touring and disagreements with their record label, Garbage said it was taking a break indefinitely. Drummer Butch Vig produced albums for various bands and won a Grammy. Shirley Manson played a role on a TV show. She also recorded as a solo artist.

MANSON: I made that record because I wanted to get really quiet and I wanted to get rid of all the loud guitars and I wanted to get away from all the pressures that I felt my band was under. And then, years passed, literally. And then all of a sudden I just wanted to make loud, guitar-driven rock again.


MONTAGNE: So Garbage reunited and has now recorded a new album. Its first in seven years.

MANSON: With this record, I think we just accepted, you know, we are who we are. We have outsider status. We're always going to be oddball and that's OK.


GARBAGE: (Singing) And you're so good at it, oh it comes automatic. Lies more lies, I can tell they're lies. I can see right through. You have see-through eyes.

MONTAGNE: Shirley Manson of Garbage. The band's new album is Not Your Kind of People. It's out today.


DUNN: (Singing) Not for you, not for me, not for your other lover. I won't be your...

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