Post-grunge band Garbage is coming to Křižíkova fontána in Výstaviště Holešovice on June 24. The band was last in Prague in 1999.
Garbage, together since 1993, consists of Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig, and Scottish singer Shirley Manson. The group has released six albums that have sold more than 17 million copies, and is working a new album expected out this year.
Their 1995 self-titled debut album went double platinum in the US and UK, as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The videos for “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains” brought the band early recognition, leading to them opening for Smashing Pumpkins.
Version 2.0, their second album, celebrated its 20th-anniversary last year, and it was reissued with bonus tracks. A tour called 20 Years Paranoid, named for the album’s single “I Think I'm Paranoid,” followed the reissue.
In 1999, the band had its biggest exposure in 1999 with the theme song to the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
Beautiful Garbage, the third album, came out in 2001, and the band toured with U2.
Garbage released three more albums after that. 2005’s Bleed Like Me reached No. 4 in both the US and UK. Some time passed before 2012’s Not Your Kind of People, but it managed to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart and No. 10 on the UK charts.
Their most recent new release is 2016’s Strange Little Birds. It again topped the Alternative Albums chart in the US. This album led to a tour with New Wave legends Blondie.
The band in 2017 released the book This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, written in cooperation with journalist Jason Cohen. The title comes from a lyric in their 1998 single “Push It.”
In addition to his work as Garbage’s drummer, Butch Vig is known as record producer with credits that include Nirvana's Nevermind as well as albums for Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Jimmy Eat World, and other bands.
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Author: Raymond Johnston