In 1999...

On Monday, November 1, Garbage performed "The World Is Not Enough" -- theme to the new James Bond film -- for the first time ever on national television when they performed on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS).

Garbage was nominated for the 1999 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards in the category of Visionary Video for SPECIAL. Other artists nominated in this category include: Lauryn Hill, Jamiroquai, Fatboy Slim and Alanis Morissette. The fifth annual awards presentation will be telecast live on Sunday, December 5 from the 26th Street Armory in New York City.

The band presented an award at the Australian Aria Awards for The Best Dance Artist on Tuesday, October 12. The program was broadcast on Channel 10 and was broadcast 24 hours later on cable's Channel V.

MTV's program "Making Of" took viewers behind-the-scenes with Garbage as the band created the video for "The World Is Not Enough," the first single from the James Bond soundtrack of the same title. The show culminated with the world premiere of the video, which went into rotation on the network immediately. MTV also aired an introductory spot that provided information about the video and the new Bond movie, which will precede the video each time it airs. This was a small part of MTV's "first-ever" global marketing campaign. The video made it's debut on Tuesday, October 19.

In August Garbage completed the recording and co-production of the theme song to the next James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough." The single of the same title impacts at radio on October 11. The film, starring Pierce Brosnan as 007, is due for release in the US on November 19 and internationally on November 25.

On October 9, Garbage performed "When I Grow Up" on the hit TV program Hey Hey It's Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.

Garbage and Star Crazy have just announced the NEW Garbage lip gloss! The sixth color in the Star Crazy lip gloss line, its proceeds will be donated to the Grampian Children's Cancer Research Fund (Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Scotland) and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Cancer Center (New York) -- foundations that are close to the Garbage band members' hearts. The gloss can be purchased on or via phone by calling (888) 528-STAR.

"Special" received an MTV music video for "Best Special Effects" on September 9, 1999!

Garbage completed their last European tour leg for Version 2.0 after performing 80 shows between May '98 and August '99 in 23 countries that include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

On August 8, Garbage made their "Version 2.0" orange nailpolish available via their online merch store. The polish was created by Hardware Cosmetics. Within the first week, the band sold 111 bottles of the polish!

Shirley Manson is interviewed on VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll" special to air July 31, 1999.

Garbage headlined the Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 1 to celebrate the new Scottish Parliament.

After the official platinum certification of Version 2.0 in Spain the week of June 20, Version 2.0 is the fifth album with the longest chart run on the Spanish Album Chart!!!

"When I Grow Up" is serviced to Top 40 radio in the US on June 15. The song is featured in the Adam Sandler film "Big Daddy" (Universal Pictures) and also appears on the accompanying soundtrack due in July. Shirley received an a very unexpected call from Adam Sandler on June 15 while the band was on tour in Tel Aviv, Israel. Adam phoned to thank her and Garbage for doing the video for "When I Grow Up" with clips from his film. He wanted the band to know he really liked the clip. The film opened the weekend of June 19 as the top grossing film of the weekend with a box office take of $41 million.

Garbage performed at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Amsterdam at RAI Parkhal on June 13 along with Ben Harper, Rage Against The Machine, Joe Strummer & the Mascaleros, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Alanis Morissette. "Garbage followed [Holland-based rap/metal/electronic fandango Urban Dance Squad] with a set of raw precision posturing and irony-noir attitude -- earnest, ecstatic, and driven. Singer Shirley Manson's athletic exuberance had the house dancing, and she punctuated the set with the most cogent soundbite of th e day: 'I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the cruelty we all have inside ourselves.' Added bonus: getting to watch guitarist Steve Marker giddily strum with a broken arm." Proceeds went to the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of universal compassion and nonviolence. For more information, check out their website at

The band will perform "You Look So Fine" for GALA RAGAZZA (TELE 5) in Madrid, Spain on June 3. Approximately 6 million people are expected to watch this TV special.

Garbage's "Driving Lesson" was nominated for "Best Internet Only Single" by Yahoo! For their upcoming Yahoo! Internet Online Awards being held at Studio 54 in NYC on July 19th. The awards ceremony will be cybercast on

Version 2.0 is certified Platinum in Spain while the band's self-titled debut album is certified Gold in the Philippines.

Garbage will be performing their fifth single ñ "You Look So Fine" ñ in the UK on the following TV and radio programs during the months of May and June: Later with Jools (May 12), Top of the Pops (June 4), Radio One Live Session and TFI (June 11).

Garbage's debut (released August 1995) was named on of Rolling Stone magazine's top alternative albums of the decade!

People spotted at Garbage gigs around the world include: Bono, Fran Drescher, Jenna Elfman, Esthero, Hanson, Chrissie Hynde, Val Kilmer, Courtney Love, Kylie Minogue, No Doubt, Sporty Spice and Michael Stipe.

Wednesday, April 7 marked the last night Garbage opened for Alanis Morissette. Just before the band took the stage at Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California, Garbage's North American record label ñ Almo Sounds ñ presented each member of the band with a platinum plaque commemorating the sales of more than 1 million copies of their album Version 2.0.

Craig Kilborn, new host of The Late Late Show and a fan for Shirley Manson's, had the chance to interview her when she stopped by the show on Monday, April 5.

Garbage was invited back to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for an encore performance of "Special" on Friday, April 2.

On Saturday, March 20 Garbage performed their hit single "Special" on Saturday Night Live. They closed the show with a performance of their next US alternative single, "When I Grow Up."

Version 2.0 was officially awarded the European Platinum Award by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) for 1 million sales across Europe the week of March 8.

"Push It" was nominated for best alternative record at this year's Winter Music Conference which will be held March 13 - 17 in Miami. The WMC is for electronic artists, remixers, producers, radio-mix show people, DJs and anybody else associated with the dance music scene around the world.

Yahoo! announces Garbage's recent webchat one of their Top 10 chats of all time!

Version 2.0 goes platinum in Ireland at the beginning of March. Current album certifications is: Platinum in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, US and double platinum the UK. Gold in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and double gold in France.

Garbage's debut self-titled LP has achieved platinum sales in the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia (double platinum) and Gold sales in Canada, Denmark, France and Ireland.

Surf champion/musician Kelly Slater, whose band the Surfers had their Songs >From the Pipe released on Epic last year, stars as Shirley's love interest in Garbage's music video for "You Look So Fine". Noted photographer/videographer Stephane Sednaoui (U2, Hole, Tricky, among countless others) directed the clip in Los Angeles. The single and video is scheduled for release internationally at the end of May.

Shirley Manson presented the award for Best Female Rock Vocalist with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards. The awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, February 24th. The event was broadcast on CBS-TV (8:00 - 11:00 pm EST/PST) in the US.

Garbage supported Alanis Morissette on her US tour beginning February 16 in Cincinnati, OH. The tour finished in Los Angeles, CA on April 7.

Garbage was overwhelmed and surprised by the fantastic and fanatical response they received at their first concert ever played in Russia on February 3. The show sold out and 5000+ kids were in attendance!

At the end of January, "Push It" and "I Think I'm Paranoid" will be featured in Apple Computer's online promotion demo for their new QuickTime software which supports live streaming and RTP streaming.

"Special" was the #1 most added single at Top 40 radio in the US on January 26 with 53 adds, beating out Whitney Houston who received 49 adds.

Chrissie Hynde joined Garbage on stage at the band's sold-out Wembley Arena gig on January 20 to sing "Only Happy When It Rains."

The band kicked off their 1999 tour on January 14 in Dublin, Ireland with Moloko supporting all UK and Irish dates.

UGO Network, and Electric Artists have teamed up to award one lucky winner and a guest an all-expense-paid trip to London, from January 17-21, to see Garbage perform live on January 20 at Wembley Stadium. To enter the sweepstakes, contestants must answer in an essay of no more than one hundred words "why they should be chosen" by and Garbage to fly to London on the UGO network, including a new site dedicated to this contest, ( and Garbage will select the winning essay on January 8.

Nominees for the 41st annual Grammy Awards were announced on January 5. Vers ion 2.0 received nominations for ALBUM OF THE YEAR and BEST ROCK ALBUM.

Spin magazine features Shirley Manson on the cover of the January 1999 issue which is also the publication's "Year In Music" wrap-up for '98. Version 2.0 makes it onto Spin's Top 20 albums of the year charting at #9!

In 1998...

The year-end polls are in and Version 2.0 makes the grade for albums of the year 1998!

Alternative Press #4 Best Video for "Push It"; #6 Best Album; #9 Best Artist
Daily Mail (UK) #1 Album of the Year
Edge 102 Radio #1 Album. The Edge is the largest modern rock station in Canada.
The Guardian (UK) #7 Album of the Year
JJJ Radio (Oz) Three tracks in JJJ Hottest 100: #57 "Special," #87 "Push It," and #89 "I Think I'm Paranoid"
Kerrang! (UK) #7 Critic's Album of the Year
Melody Maker (UK) #30 Best album of the year
Mojo (UK) #19 Best album of the year
NME (UK) #45 Best album of the year
People Best of Song
Q (UK) #7 "I Think I'm Paranoid" Best track from one of the best 50 albums of the year
Select (UK) #22 Best album of the year
Sky (UK) #9 Best album of the year
Spin #9 Best album of the year; Shirley Manson voted Cutest Girl Artist

On December 14, Garbage performed a 6-song set at the Hard Rock Live in Mexico City which will air in 1999 on the Televisa network throughout Latin America.

Garbage cut the red ribbon at the grand opening of Tower Records in Mexico City on December 13. This marked the opening of the largest Tower Records store in Latin America. Over 3000 fans came out to Garbage.

On Friday, December 11, Garbage performed "Special" on The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno.

The band performed at twelve US radio shows in the month of December to promote Version 2.0 : WBCN (Boston); WMRQ (Hartford); WPLY (Philadelphia); WHFS (Washington, DC); WXDX (Pittsburgh); KNRK (Portland, OR); KNDD (Seattle); Live 105 (San Jose); KROQ (Los Angeles); Q101 (Chicago); KZNZ (Minneapolis) and CIMX (Detroit).

Garbage gave a 90 minute live interview for Modern Rock Live on November 29 from WMAD in Madison, Wisconsin. The interview was carried on over 50 modern rock stations across the US.

Sophie Muller directed a live version of Garbage's fourth single, When I Grow Up, during the band's US tour through Madison, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana and St. Louis, Missouri. The single and video will be released internationally in January 1999.

2000 fans registered at the Rolling Stone Network and JamTV sites for the opportunity to win an autographed Guild guitar. The lucky winner was Peter Marinari from Philadelphia, PA.

Rolling Stone Network and JamTV completed a webchat and webcast of Garbage's gig from The Riviera in Chicago, Illinois on November 25. JamTV maxed out their chat room capacity for the first time ever! Over 500 people tried to chat with Garbage which crashed JamTV's chat server!!

Congratulations to Linda Bisogno, winner of Canada's music channel Much Music "Roadie for a Day" contest. Linda and her guest were flown to Chicago on November 25 to see the band's live show and meet Garbage back stage.

First there was Hotmail, then Yahoo! Mail. As of November 13, and in a joint initiative between Electric Artists and OneSoft, music fans were able to sign up to receive free custom branded email services from Garbage at The free custom branded email is serviced directly from the band's website at When fans send or receive their email messages, they also receive the latest news, updates and offers from the band.

AOL Australia launched on October 7 and quickly launched the AOL Live service with their "Sweeps Week" series. Shirley Manson participated in a 30 minute chat fest on November 2 which was promoted around the Melbourne Cup, one of Australia's globally recognized and enjoyed events.

US radio "shock jock" Howard Stern has Garbage visit the studio on October 30. The band performs a semi-acoustic version of their hit song "#1 Crush" from their debut album and talk to Howard about Version 2.0 and their world tour.

Garbage performs their third single, "Special" on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS-TV) on Thursday, October 29.

Version 2.0 is names one of Spin magazine's Top 20 albums for the year and is one of Gear magazine's Top 10 albums for the year!

On October 14, hosted a live Internet webchat with Garbage to promote their live Internet webcast from Dallas, TX at the Bronco Bowl on October 15. It drew the largest audience for a chat in's history. Total attendance was 5,268 people chatting simultaneously. The second largest chat for was the New York Yankees, which drew far less. As part of the webcast promotional campaign, Garbage and offered fans the opportunity to download a free copy of "Driving Lesson" (previously available only internationally). "Driving Lesson" has generated over 6,000 registrations and downloads.

On October 6, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV received a donated piece of Garbage memorabilia. The outfit Shirley Manson wore in the "Queer" video -- from the band's mutli-platinum debut album -- will be on display indefinitely.

On October 1, the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards were announced and Garbage were nominated for three awards: "Best Group," "Best Rock Act" and "Best Video" for their first single, "Push It."

Version 2.0 has been certified platinum in Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. The LP has been certified gold in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the US. The band's debut album is certified double platinum in the UK with sales of more than 600,000 units.

Garbage released their third single, "Special," from Version 2.0 in October. The video was shot in London at the end of August and was directed by Dawn Shadforth. Remixes for the UK commercial single were completed by Brothers In Rhythm. Rickidy Raw completed an Urban Radio remix for N. America.

The band's N. American tour kicked off on September 17 in Denver, Colorado with Girls Against Boys supporting.

In August, Garbage headlined both the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan on August 1 and the Reading Festival in Berks, UK on August 30.

Garbage was tapped to headline the Miller Blind Date series in Chicago, Illinois on July 24. Support acts included Red Hot Chili Peppers and Big Band Voodoo Daddy. The concert took place at the Aragon Ballroom in front of 1500 contest winners brought to Chicago from across the U.S.

"Push It" was nominated for 8 MTV Video Awards in July. The nominations were in the following categories: "Best Group Video," "Best Alternative Video," "Best Breakthrough Video," "Best Art Direction," "Best Editing," "Best Cinematography," "Best Direction" and "Best Special Effects."

The video for "I Think I'm Paranoid" was directed by acclaimed photographer Matthew Rolston. It debuted on MTV's 120 Minutes on Monday, July 13 in the U.S.

With the release of the second single "I Think I'm Paranoid" in July, Belgium was the first country in Europe to achieve a gold record (sales in excess of 25,000) following their #1 chart position. Hong Kong has also certified Versi on 2.0 Gold (sales in excess of 10,000) with sales being higher than the band's debut album.

Garbage made their first 1998 television appearance on June 2 with "Push It" on the French TV show Nuille Part Alliers. On June 5, they performed the first single on the UK hit television show TFI followed by a performance on June 25 of "I Think I'm Paranoid" for the UK top-rated variety show Top Of The Pops.

Version 2.0 received a HHHH lead album review in the May 28 issue of Rolling Stone while Entertainment Weekly rated it a B+ and People Magazine named the album "Pick Of Week" in the June 15 issue by noting "Bottom Line: Trashes the competition."

The first leg of the Version 2.0 world domination tour began in San Francisco, California at the Warfield Theater on May 20. Garbage played six N. American dates before embarking on a festival tour across Europe where they will visit 15 countries in six weeks.

Version 2.0 was released worldwide on May 11 (May 4 in Japan). The album debuts at the top of the charts worldwide: #1 in the UK, Belgium, France and New Zealand #2 in Canada, Hong Kong and Iceland #3 in Taiwan #4 in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway and Portugal #5 in Australia In the U.S., the album shipped gold (500,000) its first week out.

NME launched their updated full color glossy magazine in April with a national UK television and poster campaign that includes Garbage as their feature cover story with Shirley Manson on the cover.

"Push It," the first single from Version 2.0 , was released worldwide on March 30; the video was directed by Andrea Giacobbe. The single was the #1 most added record at Alternative Radio and the 3rd highest debut record on the Billboard Dance chart in the U.S.

Shirley Manson gets the cover of The Face (UK) February issue and the band is the featured cover story in anticipation of the new album.

In 1997...

The band's self-titled debut album sells over 4 million copies worldwide while they work on their follow-up record.

In 1996...

Garbage wins "Best Breakthrough Artist" at the MTV European Music Awards on November 14 in London and was nominated for "Best Group" and "Best Song" ("Stupid Girl").

US magazine names Garbage Breakthrough Artist.

Garbage appears on the cover of Spin magazine's June issue. The band was named one of 40 vital artists of today.

Garbage's debut CD went double platinum in Canada, Australia and New Zealand; platinum in the US and UK; and gold in France, Denmark, Ireland and Singapore.

Their debut album remained in the UK top 50 for a full year. The album reached Top 20 in over 10 countries.

Garbage played to audiences in 16 countries on four continents including headlining the Reading Festival in the UK.

Garbage was nominated as "Best New Artist" at the MTV Movie Awards for "#1 Crush" from the Romeo & Juliet motion picture soundtrack.

Garbage received three Grammy nominations: "Best New Artist," "Best Rock Song" ("Stupid Girl") and "Best Rock Song By A Duo Or Group" ("Stupid Girl").

Rolling Stone magazine's Critic's Poll voted Garbage the #1 "Best New Artist."

Garbage received two Danish Grammy nominations for "Best Newcomer" and "Best Song" ("Stupid Girl").

Garbage was nominated for a Hong Kong Hit Radio Award for "Best New Artist."

In 1995...

Garbage were formed in 1995 and their self-titled debut was released.

The History...

Garbage, and its self-titled debut album on Almo Sounds / Mushroom Records, grew out of collaborations begun more than a decade ago, involving remixes for the likes of U2, Depeche Mode, House of Pain and Nine Inch Nails. After hours of noise-making in Steve Marker's (guitars, bass, samples and loops) basement and the uncovering of weird sounds that might be music, Garbage was the organic by-product.

Butch Vig (drums, loops, noise & efx) dropped out of college and joined the band Spooner as its drummer. Duke Erikson (guitars, keyboards, six string & fuzz bass) was that band's guitarist and singer. Marker met Spooner while hanging out at clubs and, boasting a four-track reel-to-reel he'd bought, started recording their songs. It was Vig's interest in soundtracks that led to dabbling with synthesizers in the electronic music studio and catching the production bug. With Marker, he took out a loan to buy an eight-track and rent warehouse space, sticking egg cartons on the walls for better acoustics. They engineered, produced, tuned drums and made coffee for local punk bands.

After Spooner's three albums of garage rock, the band mutated into Firetown. Recording its first of two albums on Smart's meager eight-track, the studio's reputation accelerated, breaking through on the indie scene with Killdozer and other bands for labels such as Sub Pop, Touch and Go, Slash and Twin Tone.

Vig earned prominence by producing albums by Nirvana (whose demos were done at Smart), Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth, amongst others. Marker and Vig have played in bands together for years, and the latter two are partners in Smart Studios (where both Garbage albums were recorded), which was founded in 1984.

Scottish born Shirley Manson (vocals and guitar) joined her first rock band at 16 and the next year connected with Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie as backing vocalist and keyboard player. A handful of albums and tours of the continent later, she led Angelfish, whose self-titled debut album appeared in 1994.

Erikson, Marker and Vig first saw Manson in the "Suffocate Me" video from her band Angelfish on MTV's 120 Minutes and tracked her down. When Angelfish was on tour in the US, Manson flew to Madison for some introductory recording and the rest, they say, is history.

Upon hearing the innumerable loops and samples during playback, one of the band members inadvertently inspired the band's name when he said, "This sounds like garbage!" Replied Vig, "Exactly, and we're going to turn this garbage into a song." From out of chaos, there is music.

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