Absolute Garbage

Absolute Garbage

Infobox Album
Name = Absolute Garbage
Type = Greatest Hits
Artist = Garbage

Released = flagicon|World July 23, 2007 flagicon|USA July 24, 2007 flagicon|Europe July 27, 2007 flagicon|Canada July 31, 2007 flagicon|Japan September 5, 2007
Genre = Alternative rock / Electronica
Length = 72:43 63:15 (Remix disc)
Label = A&E Records Geffen/UMe (North America)
Producer = Garbage (Except "The World Is Not Enough": Garbage & David Arnold)
Recorded = 19942007
Reviews =
*"Allmusic" Rating|3.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fnfrxzr5ldte link]
*BBC (favourable) [http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/pc3n/ link]
*"Digital Spy" Rating|4|5 [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a66779/garbage-absolute-garbage.html link]
*"Heat" Rating|5|5 08/2007 [http://a632.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/107/l_c478252f3a4a269b1aa932c7c4f3bd87.jpglink]
*"Mojo" Rating|3|5 07/01/2007
*Pitchfork Media (5.3/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/44265-absolute-garbage link]
*"Q" Rating|3|5 07/01/2007
*"Rock Sound" rating-10|7 07/01/2007
*"Slant" Rating|4|5 07/19/2007 [http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=1160 link]
*"Uncut" Rating|3|5 07/01/2007
Last album = "Bleed Like Me" (2005)
This album = "Absolute Garbage" (2007)
Next album =Singles
Name = Absolute Garbage
Type = Greatest Hits
single 1 = Tell Me Where It Hurts
single 1 date = July 16, 2007

Misc = Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate covers
Type = Greatest Hits

Lower caption = Limited edition cover
Extra album cover 2
Type = Greatest Hits

Lower caption = Promotional edition cover

"Absolute Garbage" is the 2007 greatest hits album from Garbage. Remastered and chronologically running through sixteen of the band's singles, including the successful Billboard Hot 100 hits "Stupid Girl", "Special" and "Why Do You Love Me", their Hot Modern Rock Tracks topping "#1 Crush" and Bond theme "The World Is Not Enough". The album also included a brand new track, specially recorded for the compilation, "Tell Me Where It Hurts" and a brand new remix of non-single "It's All Over But the Crying".

"Absolute Garbage" was first released on July 23, 2007 on CD and a limited edition which included a second disc of remixes. A DVD format rounded out the package; among the fifteen Garbage music videos included is an hour-long documentary film titled "Thanks For Your, Uhhh Support" featuring footage filmed backstage and behind-the-scenes, and archive live performances and interviews spanning the band's entire career. cite web|url=http://www.garbage.com/news/news.php?uid=336| title="New Best Of Album"|publisher="Garbage.com"|accessdate=2007-05-22]

The new song "Tell Me Where It Hurts" preceded the album at radio across the world, with a July 16 physical single release in the United Kingdom. [cite web|url=http://www.garbage.com/news/news.php?uid=335|title="Tell Me Where It Hurts|publisher="Garbage.com"|accessdate=2007-06-05] A second single release, for "It's All Over but the Crying" on September 10 was cancelled. [cite web|url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hpfyxzw5ldse | title="All Over But The Crying: Overview"|publisher="Allmusic.com"|accessdate=2007-05-23]

Compiling the album

Butch Vig was the first band member to confirm that Garbage was going to work on new tracks for the project, including recording new songs, telling MTV "We've been working on "Absolute Garbage" for a while". [cite web|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1550106/20070117/index.jhtml| title="Butch Vig Says Garbage Hiatus Is Over"|publisher="MTV.com"|accessdate=2007-05-12] Garbage had been sharing song ideas via the internet and were keen on getting into the recording studio to complete them [cite web| url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003529208/| title="Garbage, Raitt Lead Benefit For Veteran Drummer"|publisher="Billboard.com"|accessdate=2007-05-12] Garbage had ended their eighteen-month hiatus on January 31, 2007, at a benefit show in Glendale, California, organised by Vig to help pay musician Wally Ingram's medical care following treatment for throat cancer. [cite web|url=http://music.aol.com/popeater/2007/01/05/garbage-end-sabbatical-for-benefit-show/| title="Garbage End Sabbatical for Benefit Show"|publisher="Music.AOL.com"|accessdate=2007-05-12]

Garbage began work on the new songs in earnest during February and March 2007 at Vig's home studio in Los Angeles, cite web|url=http://www.thescene.com.au/Music/Features/GARBAGE-INTERVIEW/| title="Garbage Interview"|publisher="TheScene.com.au"|accessdate=2008-02-02] completing four tracks - "Tell Me Where It Hurts", "Betcha", "All The Good In This Life" and "Girls Talk Shit". "Classic Rock" magazine, August 2007] Of the four songs, only "Tell Me Where It Hurts" made the album, while of the other three songs, one ended up a b-side, one an iTunes bonus Email from Warner UK, dated July 20, 2007, regarding the release of "Absolute Garbage": "You can also download the album from iTunes for the iTunes exclusive album featuring an exclusive new track, entitled 'All The Good In This Life'"] and one remaining unreleased respectively.

Track listing

All songs written by Garbage, except where noted.

#"Vow" – 4:32
#"Queer" – 4:37
#"Only Happy When It Rains" – 3:47
#"Stupid Girl" (Garbage, Strummer, Jones, Simonon, Headon) – 4:18
#"Milk" – 3:50
#"#1 Crush" - (Nellee Hooper Remix) - 4:45
#"Push It" – 4:03
#"I Think I'm Paranoid" – 3:39
#"Special" – 3:47
#"When I Grow Up" – 3:24
#"You Look So Fine" – 5:22
#"The World Is Not Enough" (Don Black / David Arnold) - 3:58
#"Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)" - 3:13
#"Shut Your Mouth" - 3:27
#"Why Do You Love Me" - 3:53
#"Bleed Like Me" - 4:01
#"Tell Me Where It Hurts" - 4:10
#"It's All Over but the Crying (Remix)" - 3:49

iTunes UK and Australia bonus track


  • "All The Good In This Life" - 4:20

    Special edition "Garbage Mixes" bonus disc
    #"The World Is Not Enough (UNKLE remix)" - 5:01
    #"When I Grow Up (Danny Tenaglia remix)" - 5:23
    #"Special (Brothers In Rhythm remix)" - 5:15
    #"Breaking Up The Girl (Timo Maas remix)" - 5:19
    #"Milk (Massive Attack remix)" - 4:31
    #"Cherry Lips (Roger Sanchez remix)" - 5:01
    #"Androgyny (Felix da Housecat remix)" - 5:29
    #"Queer (Rabbit in the Moon remix)" - 5:04
    #"I Think I'm Paranoid (Crystal Method remix)" - 4:25
    #"Stupid Girl (Todd Terry remix)" - 3:47
    #"You Look So Fine (Fun Lovin' Criminals remix)" - 3:38
    #"Push It (Boom Boom Satellites remix)" - 5:22
    #"Bad Boyfriend (Garbage remix)" - 5:04

    New songs and remixes

    Garbage completed two versions of "Tell Me Where It Hurts": an orchestral version and a "Guitars Up" mix with a rockier arrangement, the latter being used on "Absolute Garbage" and the "Tell Me Where It Hurts" music video and released on the single. "The Making of "Tell Me Where It Hurts" (DVD track)] The orchestral version of the song, titled "Un Belle du Jour mix", was released digitally in August on iTunes UK store. ["iTunes UK Store listing]

    Vig had "goofed around" with "Bleed Like Me" track "Bad Boyfriend" in 2006 while updating his home studio, and while putting the "Absolute Garbage" package together thought it could be included. Rather than soliciting an outside record producer to remix the song Vig finished it himself. When he presented it to the rest of Garbage, they agreed the remix should be included on the album. The new version was subtitled "Sting Like A Bee remix", and was first released on the 7" of "Tell Me Where It Hurts" as well as on the two-disc edition of "Absolute Garbage" (as "Garbage remix").

    Garbage did send at least two tracks for remixing: Jeremy Wheatley remixed "It's All Over But The Crying", [cite web|url=http://www.365artists.com/pages/producers.php?artistID=28| title="365 Artists: Producers (Jeremy Wheatley)"|publisher="365 Artists"|accessdate=2008-02-03] which became the final track on "Absolute Garbage" and Chris Sheldon completed a rockier version of "Push It" which was playlisted by XFM prior to the albums release. ["Music Week" magazine, July 15 chart issue]

    Besides the remix of "Bad Boyfriend", all of the remixes on the "Garbage Mixes" disc had been released previously on their respective singles, but all had been remastered and some edited for "Absolute Garbage". The remix of "When I Grow Up" is incorrectly credited to Kagz Kooner, but is actually by Danny Tenaglia.

    Release history

    Garbage disbanded for a temporary hiatus following their October 1, 2005, show in Perth, Australia, also the last commitment on the "Bleed Like Me" tour fulfilled; later European dates had been cancelled prior. [cite web|url=http://www.nme.com/news/garbage/20861| title="Garbage pull tour"|publisher="NME.com"|accessdate=2007-05-12] A month later on November 17, music retailer HMV's UK website listed an album compilation under the title of "Best Of" for release the following year. [cite web|url=http://www.garbage-discography.co.uk/index.php| title="Greatest Hits / Best Of Album planned for May 2006?"|publisher="Garbage-discography.co.uk"|accessdate=2007-05-12] A day later, the title was changed to "Greatest Hits" and by January 13, 2006 HMV yet again changed their listing for the album: a second title change to "Absolute Garbage". [cite web|url=http://www.garbage-discography.co.uk/index.php| title="Greatest Hits Renamed Absolute Garbage"|publisher="Garbage-discography.co.uk"|accessdate=2007-05-12]

    On November 10, a press release from Warner Music Group announced a March 19, 2007 UK release date and tracklist for the album. [cite web|url=http://www.garbage-discography.co.uk/index.php| title="CONFIRMED: Absolute Garbage: March 19, 2007"|publisher="Garbage-discography.co.uk"|accessdate=2007-05-12] NME reported that the album would be preempted by a release of a single on March 5. The title of the single was not confirmed - conflicting reports stated it was a brand new song; some said the single would be "It's All Over but the Crying", a "Bleed Like Me" track which had been considered as the third U.S. single from that album. [cite web|url=http://www.nme.com/news/garbage/25031| title="Garbage confirm Best Of plans"|publisher="NME.com"|accessdate=2007-05-12]

    On May 11, an official post at the band's website announced that "Absolute Garbage" would be released soon. This posting was the first official confirmation of the project following 18 months of rumour and conjecture. [cite web|url=http://www.garbage.com/news/news.php?uid=334|title="Greatest Hits Album coming soon!"|publisher="Garbage.com"|accessdate=2007-05-12] On May 22, "Absolute Garbage" and its tracklisting and format combinations were confirmed via their official website for a July 16/17 release. The album's release date was later changed to July 23/24 cite web|url=http://garbage.com/news/news.php?id=20070611|title="Absolute Garbage"|publisher="Garbage.com" |accessdate=2007-06-17] due to production issues with the North American DVD release. cite web|url=http://garbage.com/news/news.php?uid=338|title="Absolute Garbage - NEW INFO"|publisher="Garbage.com"|accessdate=2007-06-17]

    Credits and personnel

    "Vow", "Queer", "Only Happy When It Rains", and "Milk"
    *Taken from the album "Garbage"
    *Written, produced and engineered by Garbage
    *Copyright 1995 Irving Music, Inc./Vibecrusher Music (BMI), Deadarm Music (ASCAP)
    *Bass by Mike Kashou
    *Percussion on "Only Happy When It Rains" by Pauli Ryan
    *Clarinet on "Queer" by Les Thimming
    *Loop on "Queer" from "Man of Straw" by Single Gun Theory, appears courtesy of Nettwerk/IRS

    "Stupid Girl"
    *Taken from the album "Garbage"
    *Written by Garbage, Strummer, Jones, Simonon, Headon
    *samples "Train In Vain (Stand By Me)" by Strummer, Jones, Simonon, Headon used by permission with Sony Music
    *Copyright 1995 Irving Music, Inc./Vibecrusher Music (BMI), Universal/Polygram Int. Publ., Inc. (ASCAP)
    *Bass by Mike Kashou
    *Percussion by Pauli Ryan

    "#1 Crush"
    *Written, produced and engineered by Garbage
    *Additional production by Nellie Hooper
    *Copyright 1997 Irving Music, Inc./Vibecrusher Music (BMI), Deadarm Music/Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)

    "Push It", "I Think I'm Paranoid", "Special", "When I Grow Up" and "You Look So Fine"
    *Taken from the album "Version 2.0"
    *Written by Garbage
    *Copyright 1998 Irving Music, Inc./Vibecrusher Music (BMI), Deadarm Music/Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
    *"Push It" contains an interpolation of "Don't Worry Baby" written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian (Published by Irving Music, Inc (BMI) and Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc (BMI))
    *"Push It" also contains an interpolation of "Push It" written by Herbie Azor (Published by WB Music Corp (ASCAP)).
    *Engineered by Billy Bush
    *Bass by Daniel Shulman

    "The World Is Not Enough"
    *Taken from the motion picture "The World Is Not Enough"
    *Performed by Garbage
    *Produced by Garbage and David Arnold
    *Music by David Arnold
    *Lyrics by Don Black
    *Published by United Lion Muisc, Inc (BMI)
    *Copyright 1999 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music, Inc.
    *Mixed by Garbage at Metropolis Studios, London, and Armoury Studios, Vancouver
    *Engineered by Billy Bush
    *Bass by Daniel Shulman

    "Cherry Lips" and "Shut Your Mouth"
    *Taken from the album "Beautiful Garbage"
    *Written and produced by Garbage
    *Copyright 2001 Deadarm Music/Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP), Vibecrusher Music/Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
    *Engineered by Billy Bush
    *Bass by Daniel Shulman

    "Why Do You Love Me" and "Bleed Like Me"
    *Taken from the album "Bleed Like Me"
    *Written and produced by Garbage
    *Copyright 2005 Deadarm Music/Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP), Vibecrusher Music/Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
    *Engineered by Billy Bush
    *Drums on "Why Do You Love Me" by Matt Walker
    *Bass by Justin Meldal-Johnson

    "Its All Over But The Crying"
    *Written and produced by Garbage
    *Copyright 2005 Deadarm Music/Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP), Vibecrusher Music/Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
    *Remix and additional produced by Jeremy Wheatley for 365 Artists
    *Additional programming by Brio Taliaferro for 365 Artists
    *Mixed at twenty one studios, assisted by Richard Edgeler
    *Engineered by Billy Bus
    *Bass by Justin Meldal-Johnson

    "Tell Me Where It Hurts"
    *Written and produced by Garbage
    *Copyright 2007 Deadarm Music/Almo Music Corp (ASCAP), Vibecrusher Music / Irving Music, Inc (BMI)
    *Recorded at Kung Foo Sound, Los Angeles, & & GrungeIsDead, Silverlake, CA
    *Engineered by Billy Bush
    *Bass by Daniel Shulman

    "Bad Boyfriend (Sting Like A Bee remix)"
    *Written by Garbage
    *Produced by John King and Garbage
    *Mixed by Butch Vig at GrungeIsDead, Silverlake, CA

    "Absolute Garbage"
    *Mastered: Emily Lazar & Sarah Register (The Lodge)
    *Mastering Assistant: Joe LaPorta

    "Garbage Mixes"
    *Mastering by Emily Lazar and Joe LaPorta at The Lodge, NYC

    Other personnel
    *Art Direction and Design: Tom Hingston Studio.
    *Front cover photography by David Hughes.
    *Original silkscreen and foil blocking printed by Something Else.
    *Booklet photography by Stéphane Sednaoui, Rankin, Ellen von Unwerth, Pat Pope, Warwick Saint and Joseph Cultice

    Other credits
    *Management: Q Prime
    *Legal: William Berrol
    *Business Management: Flood, Bumstead, McCready and McCarthy, Inc.

    *Shirley Manson appears courtesy of Radioactive Records J.V..

    Certifications, peaks and sales

    "Absolute Garbage" DVD

    Infobox music DVD
    Name = Absolute Garbage
    Type = Music DVD
    Artist = Garbage

    Released = July 23, 2007 (UK) July 24, 2007 (North America)
    Recorded = 1995 - 2007
    Rating = Exempt
    Genre = Alternative rock, Electronica
    Region = 1, 0
    Length = 2 hrs 08 mins (R1) 2 hrs 12 mins (R0)
    Label = Geffen/UMе (R1) A&E Records (R0)
    Director = Samuel Bayer, Stéphane Sednaoui, Andrea Giacobbe, Matthew Rolston, Dawn Shadforth, Sophie Muller, Philipp Stolzl, Joseph Kahn, Elliot Chaffer
    Producer = Greg Kaplan (Documentary)
    Last DVD =
    This DVD = "Absolute Garbage" (2007)
    Next DVD =

    Absolute Garbage is the title for Garbage's 2007 DVD compilation of fifteen music videos, released in North America, United Kingdom and Europe simultaneously alongside the greatest hits album of "Absolute Garbage". It is the band's first DVD album release, and their first commercial video compilation released since the 1996 VHS and Video-CD compilation "Garbage Video".

    Region 1 releases do not include the video for "Tell Me Where It Hurts". Region 0 pressings of "Absolute Garbage" contain all sixteen music videos to accompany the singles contained on the CD format (with the exception of "#1 Crush" for which there was no clip filmed [cite web | url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-4356556.html | title=`Romeo, Juliet' doth climbeth albums chart | publisher=Highbeam.com (original article from Chicago Sun-Times, December 27, 1996 issue | accessdate=2008-02-03] ).

    It also contains a bonus hour-long documentary titled "Thanks For Your Uhh, Support" featuring footage filmed backstage and behind-the-scenes, and archive live performances and interviews spanning the band's entire career. As well as interviews with Garbage, the documentary also features Duke Erikson's daughter Roxy, local club owner and friend Jay Moran, engineer Billy Bush, former bassist Daniel Shulman, touring bassist Eric Avery, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, White Stripes' Jack White and former "MTV News" anchor Kurt Loder. ["Thanks For Your Uhh, Support" documentary]

    In advance of 2008's 50th Grammy Awards, Geffen Records submitted "Absolute Garbage" for consideration for Best Long Form Music Video. [cite web|url=http://garbage.proboards60.com/index.cgi?board=talk&action=display&thread=1193704348| title="TMWIH & THE GRAMMYS"|publisher=National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (reproduced on "Garbage.Proboards60.com")|accessdate=2008-02-03] However it failed to pick up a nomination. [cite web|url=http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/| title="50th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List"|publisher=National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|accessdate=2008-02-03]

    #"Vow" (Director: Samuel Bayer)
    #"Queer" (Director: Stéphane Sednaoui)
    #"Only Happy When It Rains" (Director: Samuel Bayer)
    #"Stupid Girl" (Director: Samuel Bayer)
    #"Milk" (Director: Stéphane Sednaoui)
    #"Push It" (Director: Andrea Giacobbe)
    #"I Think I'm Paranoid" (Director: Matthew Rolston)
    #"Special" (Director: Dawn Shadforth)
    #"When I Grow Up" (Director: Sophie Muller)
    #"You Look So Fine" (Director: Stéphane Sednaoui)
    #"The World Is Not Enough" (Director: Philipp Stolzl)
    #"Cherry Lips" Director: Joseph Kahn
    #"Shut Your Mouth" (Director: Elliot Chaffer)
    #"Why Do You Love Me" (Director: Sophie Muller)
    #"Bleed Like Me" (Director: Sophie Muller)
    #"Tell Me Where It Hurts" (Director: Sophie Muller)

    Bonus documentary

  • "Thanks For Your Uhh Support"
    *Producer, Editor, Camera: Greg Kaplan
    *Co-producer, Assistant Editor: Rafaela Monfradini
    *Additional Footage: Garbage


    External links

    * [http://www.garbage.com/ Garbage official website]
    *imdb title|1075777|Absolute Garbage

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