Shirley Manson talks 20 years of Garbage

On the 20th anniversary of Garbage's landmark debut, lead singer Shirley Manson swings through studio q to chat with Shad.
In 1995, Garbage emerged with a new form of rock music that was truly alternative. Songs like "Stupid Girl" hitched distorted electric guitars to seductive, shuffling dance rhythms. The band pointed the way toward the beat-driven pop landscape of today. Now, on the 20th anniversary of their landmark debut, lead singer Shirley Manson swings through studio q to chat with Shad. 24:52

Shirley Manson says it's dangerous to live in the past — but on the 20th anniversary of Garbage's landmark debut, the frontwoman is making an exception. 

In 1995, Garbage emerged with a new form of rock music that was truly alternative. Songs like Stupid Girl hitched distorted electric guitars to seductive dance rhythms.

Today, Manson joins Shad to talk about the self-titled album that shifted the course of pop music, and why she refused to listen to her own band's record for two decades. Describing herself as "a bit of a weirdo", Manson says her band's never quite fit into any scene. 

"We were all determined not to be a cliche of success," she says. 

Forget success — Garbage's Shirley Manson says failure fuelled surprising determination. (Ben Shannon/CBC)

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