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Garbage Biography

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Birth Place: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Years Active: 1994–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Electronic, Post-grunge, Trip-hop, Grunge

Garbage is an alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994. The group consists of Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar) and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion). All four members are involved in songwriting and production. The band have counted worldwide album sales of over 17 million units.

Garbage released a string of increasingly successful singles in 1995 and 1996, including “Queer,” “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains.” Their debut album, “Garbage,” was an unexpected smash, selling over four million copies and certifying double platinum in the U.K., U.S. and Australia.

Garbage spent two years working on follow-up album, “Version 2.0,” which topped the charts in the U.K. upon its 1998 release and the following year was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. “Version 2.0” went on to match the sales of its predecessor. Garbage followed this up by performing and co-producing the theme song to the 19th James Bond film, 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough.”

Garbage's 2001 third album “Beautiful Garbage” failed to match the commercial success achieved by its predecessors. Garbage quietly disbanded in late 2003, but regrouped to complete a fourth album, “Bleed Like Me,” in 2005, which peaked at a career-high #4 in the U.S.

The band cut short its concert tour in support of “Bleed Like Me” announcing an “indefinite hiatus,” emphasizing that they had not broken up, but wished to pursue personal interests. Garbage ended their hiatus in 2007, and released a greatest hits retrospective “Absolute Garbage.”

The band began work on their fifth studio album in October 2010. "Not Your Kind of People" was released in 2012 via the band's own independent label, Stunvolume Records.