Fireside Chat

Shirley Manson

60 minsFirst aired 23 Apr 2018
Joseph Cultice

With her distinctive voice and radical character, the Garbage singer and songwriter inspired a whole generation of young women to rip it up.

As the lead singer of the band Garbage, Scottish songwriter and musician Shirley Manson became one of the most recognizable and exciting frontwomen in indie music. With her distinctive voice, taut lyrics and rock & roll fashion style, she inspired a whole generation of female musicians to do it on their own terms. Garbage’s 1995 self-titled debut album sold four million copies, and the band went on to release six albums to date. At the same time Shirley Manson wrote and sang a James Bond theme song besides putting out several records that further explore her influences — trip-hop, grunge, shoegaze and industrial — working along the way with punk rockers like Brody Dalle of the Distillers, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and soundtrack legend Brian Reitzell, among many others.


Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Written and engineered by Marc Übel
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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