Saturday, August 30, 2008
Garbage was comprised of three music producers and a young Scottish singer named Shirley Manson. Landing squarely in the middle of the 90's alternative music heyday, they managed to put a pop sheen on the harsher, more abrasive elements popular during the decade. Members like Butch Vig had been instrumental in shaping the sound of classic grunge-era albums like Nirvana's Nevermind and The Smashing Pumpkin's Siamese Dream.
It also didn't hurt that Manson was a redheaded beauty, capable of delivering lyrics with a sexually charged seductiveness.
"Queer" was the first single off of their self-titled album Garbage. Its modest success paved the way for the breakthrough singles "Only Happy When It Rain", and the biggest hit of them all, "Stupid Girl."