not stupid girl

A bit like buses, you wait a while for a Scottish singer to make the headlines – and then hot on the heels of Clare Grogan, Garbage’s Shirley Manson pops up on the radio.

The reason for her appearance on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ was promotional – after a 7 year gap, Garbage have a new album out called ‘Not Your Kind Of People.’

Far from a routine trot around past glories, her interview with presenter Jane Garvey is well worth a listen.

As I didn’t hear the very beginning, it took me a while to work out who was talking – the lilting Scottish tones were not ones that I instantly recognised.

That’s probably because in my musical world, Garbage and the name Shirley Manson are just names, and I’d struggle to give you any song titles – and I mean any.

Shirley was particularly engaging on the subject of being a 45 year-old woman in a rock band – and how her record company recently wanted to re-launch her as ‘Annie Lennox for this generation.’

Her views on how the media and the music industry wants to manipulate her image are also a real insight into what can often appear a fluffy glamorous world when it ain’t.

As it was morning radio, what she really thought was no doubt edited in her head before she spoke, but it’s a revealing chat.

She also told the fascinating story of how the late Donald Dewar, Scotland’s first First Minister, became a fan of Garbage and their song ‘Stupid Girl’.

Garbage are already touring the States in support of the new record, and reach the UK in early July.

If you’re a fan, you’ll already have your tickets booked – newbies like me might enjoy a night out where virtually all the music comes as a complete surprise.

Garbage – Stupid Girl – live

Garbage – official website

Woman’s Hour – BBC iPlayer

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