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Garbage 🇬🇧 🇺🇸

15th August 1995

This is the opening track of their eponymous début album, and literally within 5 seconds it presents what is, to me, the finest intro hook of all time.

The drum sound hits you, then the guitars/bass come in with the main riff, then there's that gap. THAT GAP. I can't think of another case where the opening five seconds of the opening track of a band's début album hits this hard.

It's pointless to say it's downhill from here. Of course it is. But the rest of the song is still great. The production, the lyrics, the riffs, all add up to a very fine total piece. But the first five seconds might never be beaten.

Garbage was formed by Butch Vig, producer of Nirvana's massively successful Nevermind, and along with other US musicians they approached Scot singer Shirley Manson, who I had seen playing in Goodbye Mr McKenzie where she took keyboard and backing vocal duties. Vig and Co reportedly approached her after seeing her lead an Angelfish side-project.

I've only seen Garbage live a few times, and sadly I've not yet seen them nail this live. That doesn't diminish the value of the records though.

The one decent live version I found on YouTube has now been blocked by the record company, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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