And Now My Favorite Track From the New Garbage Album
Posted on May 30, 2012 Posted by John Scalzi 10 Comments
It’s “Big Bright World”:
The whole new album is pretty darn good, I have to say. I’m a Garbage fan since the first album, and there’s not really an album of theirs I don’t like. They pretty much hit all my “This is my music” triggers and always have. There’s something to be said for consistency.
In any event, the new album is called Not Your Kind of People, and I recommend it; if you like the song here, you’ll like the rest of the album too.
I saw them last Friday at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. They were awesome. They played a lot from the first album and the new album.
Had to get up and dance!
Ooohh! Garbage was definitely a part of my teenage soundtrack. I saw them open for Smashing Pumpkins at my very first arena concert and it was awesome. It makes my heart happy to hear her voice again.
Hmm. The beginning felt like them channeling Men without Hats, and then got Garbager, which I liked even more. Nice tune.
“That’s like Garbage” is high praise. ;p
Really good across the board; I get the vibe off Shirley Manson of “I suffered for my music, now it’s your turn!”
Hmmm. You made about the dozenth person I’ve seen highly recommend this album in the last 2 days or so, so I gave it a try. I have to admit I was unimpressed. Will have to give it another try in a different mood I guess – I have enjoyed previous Garbage albums. Shrug.
I have a shrine to Shirley Manson in my office. Because she is a dark, Goth goddess, damn you! Bow down to her now!
Seriously, though, “Man on a Wire” is my fave off this album. That it came out shortly after my birthday made me very, very happy. I spent Memorial Day listening to their whole catalog, even “The World Is Not Enough,” which was better than the movie the recorded it for. This album was very much overdue.
…John Scalzi likes Garbage? Well. I knew you had good taste, John, but I wasn’t expecting this. (“This” being one of those “you crossed the streams!” moments, like the first time you realize that your teachers *continue to exist* after the final bell, or that maybe your parents have–ew!–kissed people.)
The next time “Only Happy When It Rains” comes up on my playlist, I’m going to have a serious brainglitch.
Garbage’s self-titled album was my first ever CD purchase, a decision based on catching 15 seconds of the video for ‘Queer’ on TV long after my bedtime one school night, and is still one of my favourites.
After discovering the band’s website on our school’s newly installed internet connection I sent them a gushily appreciative teenage fan email. I wasn’t expecting to hear back, but I got a reply the next day from Steve Marker, asking for my address. A few weeks later, a large brown envelope arrived at home, addressed in pink in Shirley’s handwriting (YOU GUYS, SHIRLEY MANSON WROTE MY NAME, YOU GUYS), with band stickers, an autographed press photo, and a pink feather, which got turned into a pendant and worn until all that was left was a pink stick.
I had no idea that they were back together, but this is like a happy little chunk of my childhood getting resurrected. Can’t wait to get home and have a listen!