Garbage announce new album for 2012: Welcome back, old envelope-pushing friends


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Now that Butch Vig has gotten all the stories from the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind out of his system, it’s apparently time to get back to work as a member of one of the greatest bands of the ’90s. Garbage, the quartet consisting of Vig, fellow producers Steve Marker and Duke Erikson as well as Scottish über-vixen Shirley Manson, announced that they will have a new album coming in 2012.

“Years-worth of pent-up music came out in some bizarre ways. Bleary cell phone memos became real songs, conversations turned into lyrics, and new computer gizmos inspired wicked tangents,” the band said in a cryptic press release announcing their return. “Ghosts came in, had their say. Everyone brought ideas, and everyone fought their corner.  At the end of the day it all gets shoved through the four-way brain filter that is Garbage and it ends up sounding like nobody else. Red feathers and black tar.”

Garbage first appeared on the rock scene in 1995 with their self-titled debut, which scored a handful of big hits including the Clash loop-borrowing “Stupid Girl” and the anthemic “Only Happy When It Rains.” They returned in 1998 with Version 2.0, perhaps the most successful marriage of electronic music and traditional rock during the ill-fated electronica boom of the late ’90s.

The band’s last release was 2005’s Bleed Like Me, which was recorded amidst internal band strife and led to the group’s seven year hiatus. In the interim, Manson worked on a never-released solo album, immersed herself in charitable causes, and acted (most notably in the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Vig kept his production schedule up, twiddling the knobs for the likes of Green Day (2009’s 21st Century Breakdown) and Foo Fighters (2011’s Wasting Light).

The contents, title, and release date of the new Garbage album are uncertain, but there is one thing we can count on: It’ll be loud, groovy, and sexy, just like their 1998 Beach Boys-biting smash “Push It.”

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  • Michael

    I’m excited for this! Love Garbage.

  • sarCC

    Actually, chances are it’ll suck. Much like their last two albums.

    • tdr

      Chances are you are an idiot.

    • BJ

      You are insane. Bleed like me was amazing, and Beautiful Garbage was a bit of a low point, but still offered some amazing music. Far better than anything else put out recently. If you don’t like Garbage, then you clearly haven’t given them a chance. They are one hell of an amazing rock/alternative band who is FAR underrated.

  • endo

    They are great… but they are quintessentially 90s. I can’t really imagine listening to them now.

    • Lisa

      I feel that way too! I only listen to things that are popular RIGHT NOW! I have to remain current and hip so I can keep up with my friends and not seem uncool and therefore right now I listen to Gaga and Katy Perry. Of course in five years I won’t listen to them anymore because in five years they won’t be considered cool anymore. It’s the same reason I don’t listen to old stuff like The Beatles and Stones. I mean, that stuff may be great but it’s not gonna win me any points with my status-happy friends, you know?

      • Matthew Miller

        I love you.

      • SoTrue

        Me too

      • Fernando

        OMG! Lisa really? Did you even hear yourself as you typed that sh*t? I see that all you really care about is being trendy and dont really care about the music you listen to. Garbage is the full package not saying Version 2.0 wasn’t their high point but all their work is genius. Beautiful Garbage was brilliant! try listing to the musical landscapes. I can’t wait to see what they have for us next!

      • Aaron

        Poor Fernando, you should see a doctor. The inability to detect sarcasm is a sign of dementia.

  • ^

    She sure was creepy on that Terminator series.

  • Mike

    Loved their 2005 Bleed Like Me album … can’t wait for more!!!!

  • A.Rae

    Hell yeah! Hopefully a return to the first two albums, I agree the last two were pretty weak…

  • Phil

    The report I read yesterday said it was an EP not a full album….anyone else hear the same? But either way i’m excited, and kinda ammused they were able to get a disc together quicker than No Doubt ! Ahh the Victore Calderone Mix of “Push It’ used to be what I couldn’t wait to hear in the wee hours in NYC at Arena…*Sigh*

    • ^

      At this point, they should just put out a couple of singles. Nobody buys full records anymore.

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  • Craig

    This is great news! I was a huge Garbage fan back in the ’90s so I’m surprised excited!

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