Song of the Day #4,887: ‘Can’t Cry These Tears’ – Garbage

After two excellent electronica-fueled alt-rock albums, the band Garbage released 2001’s Beautiful Garbage and evolved their sound in interesting ways. Today’s song is a great example.

‘Can’t Cry These Tears’ is the band’s stab at a Phil Spector-style production, marrying 60s pop with their own electro-grunge aesthetic.

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Song of the Day #3,781: ‘Automatic Systematic Habit’ – Garbage

‘Automatic Systemaitc Habit’ is the lead track on Garbage’s 2012 album Not Your Kind of People, their first record after a seven-year hiatus.

Garbage is very much a late 90s band, with their first three (and best three) albums coming out between 1995 and 2001. 2005’s Bleed Like Me was a misstep and for a while seemed like the end of the band. But this album showed a renewed spirit and a sound very much like the one they mastered back in the day.

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Song of the Day #3,354: ‘Not My Idea’ – Garbage

Ah, the summer of 1995. I was working as a production assistant at a video studio in Boca Raton and befriended a couple of hip employees who introduced me to Garbage’s debut album.

They were hard rock types, and this album was a little harder than I normally go for, but I fell for it entirely anyway. Credit goes to the sexy, Scottish Shirley Manson, with whom I remain smitten to this day.

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Song of the Day #3,158: ‘So Like a Rose’ – Garbage

beautiful_garbageGarbage has a muscular industrial sound that could be accurately described as hard rock with an electronic flavor. They’re not exactly balladeers.

But the band has a tradition of ending each album with a slow, usually sad, song. On 2001’s Beautiful Garbage, the band’s third album, that song was ‘So Like a Rose.’

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Song of the Day #2,934: ‘If I Lost You’ – Garbage

garbage_strange_little_birdsAlt-rock band Garbage was one of my favorite acts of the 90s, releasing three excellent albums between 1995 and 2001. Their blend of grunge and techno felt entirely new during the dawning of the new millennium.

The band waited four years to release their next album, 2005’s Bleed Like Me, and it felt like a step backward. The band must have sensed that, too, because they went on an indefinite hiatus that seemed a lot like a break-up.

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