Back in 1995, the Lollapalooza Nation was still going strong as Gen-Xers worked hard to keep the party going after the death of Kurt Cobain. Despite the depression that followed Kurt’s dramatic check-out from the scene, momentum was such that things were able to coast on for almost another two years.
Into that mix dropped Garbage with Nirvana’s Nevermind producer, Butch Vig, on drums and the thickly-accented ex-Angelfish and Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie singer Shirley Manson out front. Mainly the strength of Mr. Vig’s involvement, the group was accepted into the fold by the alternative kids, pushing the band’s debut album to platinum status.
Point of trivia: songwriting credits for this single from the album are shared with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash. Why? Gee, that opening drum sequence is “Train in Vain,” innit?
Twenty years later (and after a long hiatus) Garbage is back on the road pushing a 20th anniversary edition of that debut record that has been remastered from the original analogue tapes. There’s even some previously unreleased material like this one.
Of course, there will be plenty of configurations of this new edition. And if you’re up for seeing the band like, they’ll be at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 26. More tour dates can be found here.