Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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The American-Scottish rock band Garbage formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1994. The members of Garbage are: Duke Erikson, age 53. Shirley Manson, age 37, on vocals. Steve Marker, age 47. Butch Vig, age 48, on drums. Butch, producer of Nirvana's "Nevermind" and the Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream" decided…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Shirley Manson is 5'8" tall.

    • Shirley Manson appeared in the MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign for AIDS, alongside sir Elton John and Mary J. Blige.

    • Shirley Manson suffered from body dysmorphia and depression as a teenager. She often inflicted self harm upon herself, due to both of these mental disorders.

    • Shirley Manson appeared as a model for the 1999 Calvin Klein celebrity musician campaign. Several other musicians featured included Melissa Auf der Maur and Kim Gordon. Shirley appeared wearing no make-up.

    • When Shirley Manson plays guitar, she plays an orange Fender Stratocaster. It is named Rita.

    • September 1996, Shirley Manson married sculptor Eddie Farrell. They seperated in 2001, and are now divorced.

    • Two times, the band A.M. Vibe has been given work originally offered to Garbage. In both cases, Shirley Manson asked for too much money, leading the contractors to the less expensive band A.M. Vibe. An episode of Cold Case in January of 2006 featured A.M. Vibe's 'Tantrum', and the 2005 Ashton Kutcher film A Lot Like Love featured 'Strawberry Smell'.

    • Shirley Manson was in a crowd of celebrities at Gwen Stefani and Bush's Gavin Rossdale's baby shower, in April of 2006. Other attendees included actress Christina Applegate, actor David Arquette, and No Doubt's Tony Kanal.

    • Shirley Manson appears in She Wants Revenge's music video for 'These Things'. Shirley plays the part of a dominatrix who is involved in a love story with Justin Warfield of She Wants Revenge.

    • In 1998, Shirley Manson's technologically savviness became well-known, by being one of the first musical artists to keep a blog. To this day, Shirley still updates her blog.

    • Garbage has been featured on several movie soundtracks; 'Number 1 Crush' for the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, 'When I Grow Up' for 1999's Big Daddy, and the self-titled theme song for 1999's The World Is Not Enough.

    • Shirley Manson wrote all of the lyrics for 1998's "Version 2.0" single-handedly.

    • Early auditions for vocalist of Garbage saw former Pigface vocalists Meg Lee Chin and Lesley Rankine audition. After failing to join Garbage, Lesley started her own band called Ruby. Meg filled in the gap Lesley left, returning to Pigface.

    • In 1999, Garbage performed the theme song of the same name for the ninteenth James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough.

    • According to Butch Vig, the band picked the name Garbage prior to Shirley Manson joining them. At the time, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch were making some guitar riffs and electronics for the song 'Vow'. Supposedly, guest producer Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) called the noise 'Garbage' several times, which they decided to name their band.

  • Quotes

    • Butch Vig: (on doing James Bond film music) We're a bunch of geeks, ... We're not cool at all. We're the geekiest band out there, let me tell you, so it's an honor to do the theme song for such a cool international spy.

    • Shirley Manson: I want to hang out in Edinburgh with my friends and eat fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

    • Butch Vig: (to Kurt Cobain) John Lennon did overdubs!

    • Shirley Manson: I can't stand someone who can outdepress me.