After producing Nirvana's "Nevermind" and some other Alternative-Rock superstar outfits such as The Smashing Pumpkins and L7, Butch Vig assembled Garbage in 1993 with help of guitarist Duke Erikson and bass player Steve Marker; the trio based in Madison, Wisconsin USA, has been crafting their sound for just over two years; Vig took over the role of drummer and recruited Scottish vocalist Shirley Manson to complete the line-up.
In August 1995 the quartet released their eponymous debut album which was preceded by the Modern Rock top 30 hit "Vow"; the second single, "Queer", reached the #12 slot on the same chart and sent the album to #20 on The Billboard Top 200 chart. One year later the record went platinum while "Stupid Girl" hit #2 on The Modern Rock chart and peaked at #24 on The Billboard Hot 100; the fourth single, "Only Happy When It Rains", reached the #16 position on The Modern Rock Tracks.
Before the year's end, "#1 Crush", taken from the 1995's 3-song CD "Subhuman", was chosen for the soundtrack of the Baz Luhrmann's film "Romeo + Juliet ", the track rose to #1 on The Modern Rock chart.
The quartet issued their second full album, "Version 2.0", in May of 1998, it reached #13 on The Billboard 200, peaked at #2 in Canada and shot to #1 on the Official U.K. charts. In the U.S. the album spawned no less than four Modern Rock hit singles, including the #5 "Push It", the #6 "I Think I'm Paranoid", the #11 "Special" and the top 30 "When I Grow Up".
The following year, Garbage contributed the main song to the James Bond movie "The World Is Not Enough"; released as a single, the track went a bit beyond the top 10 in Great Britain.
The group charted again at #13 in U.S. Top 200 with their third full-length disc, "Beautifulgarbage", which arrived in October 2001; it also peaked at #6 on both Canadian and British Albums charts. The first single off of the CD, "Androgyny" was a moderate hit reaching the #19 spot on the Canadian chart and #24 in Britain where a second single cut, "Shut Your Mouth " climbed into the top 20. Two more singles, "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)" and "Breaking Up The Girl", stormed the Australian chart peaking at #7 and at #19, respectively.
Garbage returned to the spotlight in spring 2005 with its next offering, the 11-track set titled "Bleed Like Me"; it quickly catapulted into the top 5 in Australia, U.K. and U.S. where the lead single, "Why Do You Love Me", furiously penetrated the top 10 of The Modern Rock list. The title-track also spent nine weeks on the same chart, with a peak of #27.
Two years later, the band released a best-of compilation called "Absolute Garbage" which included all the U.S. radio hits, a selection of international singles and one new song: "Tell Me Where It Hurts".
In May 2012 Garbage released its comeback album, "Not Your Kind Of People", on the band's Stunvolume record label. It peaked at #13 on The Billboard 200 and the lead single, "Blood For Poppies", hit #17 on The Alternative Songs chart.