This Day In Music. GARBAGE
Happy birthday Shirley Manson, Garbage frontwoman, 50 today!
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 26, 1966 Shirley Manson never had a very happy childhood. Teased and singled-out by other children based on her looks, Shirley went through emtional torment. Her green eyes and red hair inspired such cruel names as "bloodhound", and "frog-eyed," and the taunting left her reluctant to go anywhere without some form of make-up on.'The truth is, I've always been wracked with self-loathing and terrible, paralysing depression,'Shirley stated in an interview.
It was when Shirley was lead singer of an up-and-coming band named Angelfish, however, that she garnered the attention of an individual who would shape her future. Butch Vig, one of the top album producers of the '90's (having worked with Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, and NIN), was looking for a female lead to front a group that he and music veterans Steve Marker, Duke Erikson, Daniel Shulman were forming. Struck by Shirley's mix of beauty, intelligence, and vocal talent, he offered her a position in the band. Shirley quickly accepted, and Garbage was formed.