19.11.07

Absolute Greatness



When it came to music, I've always been a bit of a find-one-band-and-wear-out-the-tape/CD listening to it kind of girl. And the mid-90s were a great time for bands that ended up being not only every bit worth the time it took for me to listen to them, but are also capable of blowing me away twelve years after I first heard them. I believe it's called aging well.
And perceived coolness (by other people) or lack thereof can go to blazes, I firmly believe Garbage should be up there with the great bands of that time- not least because Shirley Manson (for those who don't know- and there can't be too many of those, she's the redhead in the pictures above) is a kick-ass frontwoman. She's also a long-standing girl crush of mine from the moment she and her red hair showed up in the video for Stupid Girl, but she'd probably be one even if I had no idea what she looked like, because the woman just sounds that good (though it must be said, no one works the hair and fishnets like her). I mean, all these years and Garbage was never boring- that's got to say something for it and her (they even managed to make a Bond movie theme sound good...which was better than Madonna could do). And I'm all kinds of thrilled to learn that she'll be out with a solo album next year, which I fully intend to get hold of and listen to. Even if it does, sadly for me, mean the end of the band...




10 comments:

ambika said...

Oo, very agreed. 'Push It' was always one of my faves.

Katie Rosemary said...

Love Shirley aussi... though usually I hate those with that natural coolness I so long to be blessed with!
Hadn't heard she was bringing out a solo alb though, how exciting indeed

susie_bubble said...

Oh my god...I loved Garbage.... they were so great live too...!

Blue Floppy Hat said...

You saw them live? That must have been quite something...they do make some great music videos, though- I loved Androgyny, Push It and Cherry Lips most of all. Oh, and Stupid Girl, of course.
The solo album is the best music news I've had this year since hearing that The Verve were re-forming.

indi said...

'i would die for you' tops my romantic song list, so extreme and passionate. i had no idea shirley was going solo or that the verve coming back together. yay for both!

Meg said...

Y'know, Garbage were on Daria in cartoon form, for the movie. It was pretty awesome. Cherry Lips and Androgyny were my favourites.

Meg said...

...Apparently I'm more than a little obsessed by Daria apparently. sorry.

Young Thos. said...

"Stupid Girl" was a hit with me even though I wasn't really into rock at the time (I was only just beginning to be convinced by Jagged Little Pill at the time).

Do you remember me sneaking the Victor Calderone mix of "Push It" into our fifth year fashion show? The things I'll do to impose my taste in music on law school. :)

Blue Floppy Hat said...

I remember that all right, that show was brilliant. Even the cheesy stuff worked, dog collars and all.

www.vintagefilm.typepad.com said...

Wow, this song reminds me of lost youth!

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