Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has stated that the band “had the shit pounded out of them” by the media for their James Bond song “The World Is Not Enough,” and that their impending ‘Anthology’ album is proof of the band’s survival.
On Friday (October 28), the alt-rock veterans will release a new career-spanning 35-track compilation, including their now-legendary title tune from the soundtrack to the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. She said this about the music.
I just love the drama of it, the campness of it and the greediness of it. It amuses me. It’s an honour to be a part of one of cinema’s most successful and lasting franchises, as well as its legacy. There have only been roughly 25 Bond themes recorded so far, and being a part of that very limited class is still exciting 25 years later.
According to Manson, it was “unusual” for a band like Garbage to “still be here, captaining our ship” since “so many of our colleagues from the ’90s had their confidence broken, they lost members tragically, or they just burnt out or withered away.” The singer described the album as an opportunity to “bring all our babies together as one, look at the nursery and think, ‘Wow, we raised some really nice kids!’ arguing that it was not a “best hits” compilation but something “more scholarly.”
As a band that enjoyed this huge wave of popularity at the beginning of the ‘90s, and then were treated as though we had died, to manage to sustain a career where you’re still entering the British charts top 10 and getting to tour the world, you can pay your bills despite what anybody has to say because you’re connecting with enough people to make it something of importance and weight and joy; that just feels like an enormous fuck you to everyone.
Garbage, comprised of the Scottish Manson and her three American bandmates Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig, were dubbed “a band that doesn’t belong anywhere” and “the unwanted child that still manages to show up at every party” – heightening their surprise when their 2021 album ‘No Gods No Masters’ received widespread acclaim.
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