Almost goth and electronica-lite, when Garbage formed in 1993, they took the pop-sensibility of Nirvana to the darker side of the music world and who better to do it than the founder Butch Vig, who has produced Never mind. Originally conceived as a jam project between three music producers, Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, the band became a full-time project with the addition of former Angelfish singer Shirley Manson. All members of the band had a fair amount of musical success before coming together as Garbage. With Vig, Erikson and Marker had played in the band Spooner and later Vig and Marker set up Smart Studios, where they soon made a name for themselves recording punk and alternative bands for indie labels such as Sub Pop and Twin/Tone. After the success of Nevermind, Smart became one of the hottest studios in America and made Vig a full-out producing star. Garbage's eponymous debut album hit shelves in the fall of 1995, quickly climbing the charts and achieving platinum status thanks to singles such as "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid Girl." The group's follow-up album, Version 2.0, came out in spring of 1998. Since then, the group has released two more albums, 2002's Beautiful Garbage and 2005's Bleed Like Me.
Garbage conglomerates an eclectic set of genres to create their unique sound, and it's what makes them appealing to such a wide audience. They take the pop dance beats of Madonna, the dark sound and electronica of Curve and KMFDM, and the alternative sensibilities of Nirvana to create a post-grunge sound unlike anything that had come before. Adding in the producing sensibilities of Vig, Erikson and Marker helps make each song on every album a pleasure to listen to as you can hear how they've each been meticulously crafted to perfection. Adding in the addictive, enthralling sound of Shirley Manson's siren voice and it's not wonder the band has continued to produce consistent revolutionary and exemplary music. Most of all I've got to say the name GARBAGE fit's the band well, their music is Trash....couldn't have said it better myself.