Garbage is one of the most popular, critically acclaimed and commercially successful alternative rock groups of the mid-to-late 1990s. Originally formed in 1993 in Madison, Wisconsin, the group currently consists of Scottish vocalist Shirley Manson, guitarist and keyboardist Steve Marker, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist Duke Erikson and drummer Butch Vig; when Garbage tours, Eric Avery also joins them on bass. The band is known for creating what essentially amounts to pop music with a grittier edge, adding elements of techno and grunge to round out the characteristically darker, grimier and more futuristic texture of many of their songs. Shirley Manson's voice is a crucial factor in producing this sound as well, being at times sultry, at times aggressive, at times dark and haunting; all of these qualities emerge on songs like "#1 Crush" and "Only Happy When it Rains."
Garbage's eponymous 1995 debut studio album took the world of alternative music by storm immediately upon its release, earning enthusiastic acclaim from critics, shooting the band up to stardom, selling more than four million copies worldwide and reaching No. 20 on the Billboard 200. The band's follow-up, 1998's Version 2.0, was noticeably darker in tone and lyrical content but was even more successful, eventually selling more than four million copies worldwide, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and spawning a world tour. In 2011, the band released two studio albums - 2012's Not Your Kind of People and 2016's Strange Little Birds - on their own independent record label while performing concerts all over the world at venues like New York's Beacon Theatre and the Alhambra Theatre in Manson's native Scotland.
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What are some of the songs included on a typical Garbage setlist?
Just about every one of the most popularly acclaimed Garbage songs will make an appearance at the typical concert, including "I Think I'm Paranoid," "Push It," "Empty," "Vow," "Bad Boyfriend," "#1 Crush" and "Stupid Girl." It's common for one of the group's major songs - like "#1 Crush" or "Stupid Girl" - to be played near the beginning of each set while another major song - usually "Only Happy When it Rains" - is played near the end.
How long do Garbage concerts typically last?
Depending on the show, the venue and the occasion, a Garbage concert can have anywhere from 10 to 20 songs after including the encore. That means that a live performance can range anywhere from an hour long to over two hours long.
What sort of awards has Garbage won?
Over the course of its existence, Garbage has received a total of 27 music award nominations from all over the world and has won eight awards. Among these are seven Grammy nominations - three in 1997, two in 1999 and two in 2000 - for things like Best Rock Song, Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. They've also been nominated for two BRIT Awards in 1996 and have won GAFFA Awards, D&AD Awards and other international musical accolades.