27 August 2021
Shirley Manson was born on 26 August 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland .
Happy 55 to the fabulous frontwoman/lyricist of glowing rockers Garbage.
She was the first ever artist to receive the NME Icon Award. This says
it all about Shirley‘s outstanding career, but it was also an appreciation of
who she is as human being. A caring and combative feminist. And, yes,
she’s gorgeously beautiful and sexy. Genuine coolness.
To celebrate here are 3 fantastic Shirly Manson moments…
– I THINK I’M PARANOID –
– BLEED LIKE ME –
– NO GODS NO MASTERS –
GARBAGE: Facebook – Discography
(From a 2019 interview with NME)
18 August 2021
Active: 1993–2005, 2007, 2010–present
Albums: 7 studio LPs so far, including the
excellent new one No Gods No Masters
20 years ago – 1 October 2001 – ardent rockers Garbage, led by the charismatic
lady Shirley Manson, released their third triumphant LP BEAUTIFUL GARBAGE.
AllMusic wrote back then: “It’s unlikely to storm the charts like their first two records, especially since there aren’t standout singles like on the earlier albums, but overall the
record works better, perhaps their best album.”
Sorry, AllMusic, it was actually a huge commercial success. The LP topped the
UK’s independent charts, the US Dance/Electronic charts, and the Australian
charts. Rolling Stone Mag named it one of its top 10 albums of the year.
The splendid video for 2nd single ‘Cherry Lips’
On 1 October a 20th Anniversary Reissue is coming our way,
featuring B-sides, demos, and remixes. Order info here.
Shirley Manson: “We wanted to celebrate the release of our third album in the same manner as we have celebrated the 20th anniversaries of our previous two records, as we cherish this third child of ours just as much as its predecessors. Over time it has garnered more and more respect from our fans, with many of the songs remaining in rotation in our live sets to this day. We’ve always felt incredibly proud of this record and felt it was in many ways very much ahead of its time. Twenty years down the line, we are all exceedingly grateful to have such well-crafted songs in our discography and are very proud that against all the odds we are still standing and can give our beloved album the tribute it so very much deserves.”
First taster is a previously unreleased alternate
rough mix of the album’s lead single Androgyny…
Full original album…
Order info here.
Garbage drummer and Nirvana producer Butch Vig about the
lead single The Men Who Rule The World of their new album…
Check it out…
5 July 2021
Song: ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS
Where: Glastonbury Festival (UK)
I’m actually only happy when the sun shines,
but I’m always happy when I hear/see Shirley …
(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
I still haven’t washed my hand, Shirley…
Full NME interview with Garbage right here
15 June 2021
Power rockers GARBAGE unleashed their seventh
LP titled NO GODS NO MASTERS. Order info: here.
In a press statement, the band said: “This is our seventh record,
the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content:
the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins. It was
our way of trying to make sense of how fucking nuts the world is and
the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that
we had to make at this time.”
NME says: “On the alt-rock veterans’ seventh album, Shirley Manson and
co. layer sounds of the past with a futuristic sheen to reveal today’s horrors…
nearly 30 years into their career, these veterans have pulled off a record that’s
seductive in its sound and resonant in its message, as well as proving a triumph
in showcasing not only the lineage that led to Garbage but also their mastery
of alt-tinged dark-pop that led us the likes of Chvrches and Lana Del Rey.”
Turn Up The Volume: 26 years after making walloping waves with their rad
self-titled debut album Garbage still rock, still knock, still shock with towering
tunes and NME’s Godlike Genius Shirley Manson still writing lyrics with a sharp pen
drenched in vitriol. Her fervent fight against all kinds of human injustice will never
ever stop. She never ever will be a not caring, settled rock star. Check these lines
of lead-single ‘The Men Who Rule The World’ and you’ll get the fuck you picture…
The men who rule the world
Have made a fucking mess
The history of power
The worship of success
The king is in the counting house
He’s chairman of the board
The women who crowd the courtrooms
All accused of being whores
Money, money, money
Singles/clips: No Gods No Masters / The Men Who Rule The World / Wolves
– NO GODS NO MASTERS –
– THE MEN WHO RULE THE WORLD –
– WOLVES –
11/12/13 June 2021
5 new firecrackers to boost your weekend…
‘Smile’ by WOLF ALICE (London, UK)
The hottest track on their brand new
flabbergasting album Blue Weekend.
Go for it, Ellie…
‘Those Are The Days’ by THE HACIENDAS
The Mancs nail it again with this jagged jackhammer. The Haciendas prove
once more that guitar rock is alive and bloody kicking. An irresistible pace,
a head-over-heels drive, impassioned vocals, a blazing chorus and a
frantic-as-fuck guitar solo. Hail hail!
Tom Smith (frontman) “It’s a celebration of those days at music festival, which will
soon be returning. We all cannot wait for the return of live music, the music scene is
going to go absolutely nuts, like one massive party and like the chorus states, ‘nothing
will ever beat this feeling’.”
Start the party here…
‘No Gods No Masters’ by GARBAGE (US/Scotland)
Flashing glam title track from
their new album out today.
Still love you, Shirley…
‘Miss Those Days’ by TRAVIS JAMES feat. Esteva
A vocal beauty. A sepia-colored musing. Lovesick, pondering and tender.
Romantic melancholia at its emotive best. “It’s the nostalgic story of two
people that have moved on but both still feel a sense of attachment to each
‘Heavy’ by SUG DANIELS (Delaware, US)
For some reason, this up-and-coming artist reminded me of ‘Little’ Stevie Wonder when this song reached my sensitive ears for the first time while watching his video. I guess because he’s young and black with an inspiring voice and an HQ talent for songwriting.
This debut single is about “the horrible awkwardness of having romantic desires for a friend but not being sure if the feeling is mutual.” A very promising start.
Listen/watch right here…
See/hear you next week, music junkies…
7 June 2021
August / September / October – 2021
All dates right here.
New GARBAGE album NO MASTERS NO GODS out 11 June (this Friday).
GARBAGE / ALANIS MORISSETTE – World Tour 2021
All dates (so far) here.
2 June 2021
The smashing lead-single – title track – of Garbage‘s upcoming new album…
New album NO GODS NO MASTERS out 11 June – order info here
Ps: Although used here in another context/meaning No Gods No Masters was an
anarchist and labour slogan, used by anarchists in England since the late 19th century.