Ode To Garbage

Garbage is my favorite band... since the Beatles? Now available on Facebook, too.
Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig are Garbage.

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Boston 2015-10-21 Opheum - Meet & Greet
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Steve, Gail, Shirley, YON, Butch, Duke

If you have ever paid way to much for really great seats and ended up loving it, you should consider doing a meet & greet. It was expensive, but, we got killer seats - front row, right in front of Duke doing some hard rocking. I stood up once and he practiaclly whacked me with his guitar. We got to hear the sound check, there was a 10-15 minute Q & A where they let their hard own a bit. And a photo-op!!! The photo matches my first impressions. Shirley was warm and magnanimous and glad to meet us. Duke was too cool for school. Butch was willing, worldly and conversational. And, Steve was genuine and unassuming. Check out Adventures in Wonderland

Steve and Butch started Smart Studios "in the mid 70s", Duke came to work there. When these three producers needed a singer, they found Shirley. The rest is history/chemistry/our blind luck!!! From Left to Right: Duke, Steve, Shirley and Butch. Each an essential part of the chemistry.

The key is emotional intensity. The words, music and delivery convey emotional intensity. Usually dark, but always strongly evocative.

The richness of the music is amazing! On the Absolute Garbage DVD it says they have some songs that have 120 tracks!!! The mixture of smoothness, chaos, new, old, slow, fast, fruity, yet dry! The early core has a very synthesized feel, especially Vow - not some GEEKy hollow sound, either. Lots of songs have a classic rock sound; Special is an example. The mix of dissonance and perfection is fun - it reminds me of the Beatles You Can't Do That. The new Tell Me Where it Hurts with a big band sound + classic sixties. I'd love to hear a good music critic go over some of the songs and point out counter points and key shifts and stuff like that. I'm sure they would have a field day.

Every song on every CD is a great song! This means you can listen to each CD over, and over, and over again and never get motivated to eject it. I listened to Version 2.0 in may car for my 50 minute commute for about a year!

Rushmore Rock Stars & profile 2013.08.13


The Albums:

Garbage (aka G)1995.08.15
Version 2.01998.05.12 Start with this one. If you buy this and don't like it, I owe you a beer or equivalent beverage.
Beautiful Garbage2001.10.02Released less that a month after 9/11, bringing some semblance of Reality back to reality.
Bleed Like Me2005.04.11
Not Your Kind of People2012.05.15CHECK THIS OUT: Awesome Analysis of Felt. (song)
G-Sides2015.09.XXReleased with a 20th aniversary edition of their first album. (b-sides)

See Also: Record store day releases in 2014: Girls Talk, Time Will Destroy Everything. And in 2015: The Chemicals, On Fire

Other collector media:

Absolute Garbage DVD with a tiny appearance by Kelly Slater, bodysurfer & surfing champion.

I have a CD titled Maximum Garbage with some history. Put out by Chrome Dreams in 2001 - not authorized by Garbage. Interesting.

More on why I like Garbage

The song Till The Day I Die from Beautiful Garbage is the quintessential Garbage song. Like all Garbage songs its beginning invites you in to the song. This time with a little bit of Portis Head spinning sampling. Their all time great beginning is Temptation Waits, which leads off Version 2.0 - first the bells, then the rhythm, then a few words, and then everything bursts in with the word wolf. Any way, back to the song at hand.


I will love you till the day that I die 
I will love you till the day that I die 
Classic beginning. Falsetto vocals, twanging guitar, cerebral, then BANG, the driving relentless guitar!

You walked into the room 
The sun hit my eyes 
The force you struck me down caught me by surprise 
You sprung the mojo and it worked like a charm 
I felt invincible with you in my arms 
Typical of the clarity of love, the strength of love. When Shirley is singing, there is no doubt it is real, and real strong. The chorus tries to get started, but peters out. Who knew!

I must confess it can feel good to feel pain 
Like breaking waves or getting caught in the rain 
Playing those games cause we had nothing to do 
I was oblivious I was losing to you 
Typical of the dark moods evoked by their music.

I will love you till the day that I die 
I will love you till the day that I die  
Relentless chorus!

Holy Jesus 
Holy rock'n'roll 
The more I gave to you the more you grew bored 
And making love became the waging of war 
No peace 
No tenderness 
No fun anymore 
Holy Jesus; Holy Rock'n'Roll - This sticks in my head. Delivered masterfully.

Ethereal transition into chorus.


I will love you till the day that I die 
I will love you till the day that I die 
I will love you till the day that I die 
I will love you till the day that I die 
Garbage songs often portray a clearly strong, even overpowering emotional commitment to a relationship. That is one of the things that attracts me.

I dreamt that I called out your name 
You turned your face to me and started to say 
Something so beautiful it hurt deep inside 
So I will love you till the day that I die 
These words are masterful, especially 'something so beautiful it hurt deep inside'. I'm not even sure I grok that, but it hurts deep inside.

Farewell 
Farewell 
I'm sure gonna leave you 
(I will love you till the day that I die) 
Farewell 
Farewell 
I'm sure gonna leave you 
(I will love you till the day that I die) 
Farewell 
Farewell 
(I will love you till the day that I die) 
I'm sure gonna leave you 
This is the dark, the ambiguity, the strong emotional bond, the flawed, sometime obsessive love that Garbage dishes out so well. Yes, it is hopeless, but, I will love you till the day I die.

respectfully submitted, on this day: 2007.09.03



Shirley At the Paradise

Live at the Paradise 2012.05.26

The NYKOP tour stop in Boston was Awesome!!! More words later.


Yesterday, I replied to a tweet about Champagne & making xmas dinner with a suggestion for a Garbage xmas album featuring "I'm only happy when it snows" and voila:
From: Twitter 
Date: December 27, 2011 4:00:34 PM EST
To: jch@jch.com
Subject: Garbage (@garbage) is now following you on Twitter!
Reply-To: noreply@postmaster.twitter.com
 
Garbage @garbage is now following you (@bodysurfinyon).

See also I Hate Love Contest and my MP3 Track Listing. It took me over and hour and 3 tries to get it to play the same way in the Scion and Honda. The Scion plays in alphabetical order; Honda in directory order.

jch.com/garbage 2012.06.01 this page moved from my OdeToGarbage page

YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh