It’s common, in a music group of any genre, for a single member to emerge as its creative leader, but, in alt-poppers Garbage, all four members are truly forces to be reckoned with.
Once you get past chanteuse Shirley Manson, whose proven nothing short of a force to be reckoned with in her own right, you have a trio of masterminds in Butch Vig, whose behind-the-boards work include now-legendary sets such as Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siamese Dream,” and Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, who, individually and collectively, mixed tracks for the likes of U2 and Nine Inch Nails.
Garbage took their all-star lineup to the masses in 1995 with a self-titled set and found a hit off the bat with “Only Happy When It Rains.” They followed that up with “2.0,” three years later, which featured the hits trifecta “Push It,” “I Think I’m Paranoid” and “Special” and, 15 years after its release, holds up front to back and is arguably their finest work.
The hits continued with “Beautiful Garbage” in 2001, but behind the scenes, Garbage found themselves at loggerheads with their label prior to the album’s release, and a less-than-stellar experience supporting U2 on the road – Vig was forced off the road due to illness – probably didn’t help matters.
In 2005, Garbage imploded with and after the release of their fourth record, “Bleed Like Me.” Two years in the making, “Bleed” failed to resonate with the masses in the same manner as their first three sets and, come that fall, the foursome parted ways for the remainder of the decades.
Garbage’s return to active duty commenced in 2010 and the fruition of their efforts, “Not Your Kind of People,” came out last spring. The time apart paid off, as “People” holds up on par with the band’s first two sets, most notably the stellar singles “Battle In Me” and “Blood for Poppies.”
Garbage, ID Echo, 7:30 p.m. April 3, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $34 (18 and older). FYI: (773) 275-6800, JAMUSA.COM
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