Shirley Manson
Musician, lyricist, songwriter, actress, and model
Shirley Manson
Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish recording artist and actress, best known internationally as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh to the United States to record with Garbage but now lives and works in Los Angeles. Manson gained media attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude, and distinctive contralto voice.
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The Wet Darlings Set to Celebrate Columbus Daze With the Rest of America
Huffington Post - over 1 year
What happens when a band emerges as a hometown favorite smack dab in the middle of Ohio before finding mainstream success? If you're Columbus and they're the Wet Darlings, you might try to keep it to yourself.  In the city named for that Italian explorer who let the word out about the New World, the supportive rock residents have kept a tight grip on their little Darlings since the explosive quartet emerged in 2008. With the national release of Beautiful Things on Oct. 23, it'll be time to let go and share them with everyone else.  Of course, that's as long as these four Ohioans who celebrate a spirit of fierce independence decide they really want to break out of their protective cocoon and spread their wings.  Guitarist Bill Patterson, a Columbus native, founded the band seven years ago with bass-playing younger brother Joe after finding their future front-woman, goaded by peer pressure and liquid encouragement, bravely belting out Beyonce in a local karaoke bar.  The group ...
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10 Trans Names You Should Know in 2015
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
With headlines left and right that churn my stomach, it's rare to find good seeds in the madness of the world. Especially when you are born transgender. To me that word hardly describes who I am, or what I want to be. It is limiting in the sense that we are humans, capable of reaching the stars and back, not just the labels we wear. I think that resonates for many of us, and it's why I felt compelled to create this list in the first place. The people on this list are in no particular order, and this is in no way a competition or a comparison. There are countless other names out there, simply too many to count. Thousands of trans and queer artists, singers, writers, poets and revolutionaries. With a slowly accepting and ever changing tone of perception in the media, many trans and queer people are on the rise to building stronger communities, while still fighting for their truth in the public eye. These trans trailblazers are setting the tone for 2015, and I got a chance to chat with ...
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Garbage Photographer Writes Open Letter To Band About Respecting Artistry
Idolator - almost 2 years
Lily Allen Drags TIDAL Lily Allen thinks Jay Z's new streaming service will "set emerging artists back". MORE >> This current musical situation is what we’d refer to the pot calling the kettle black. Back in February, Garbage’s Shirley Manson penned an open letter to Kanye West after the Beck fiasco at the 2015 Grammys. The rock band frontwoman told the rapper to grow up and said he was “disrespecting artistry.” Fast forward to now, and Garbage has received an open letter from their photographer — Pat Pope. He wrote the statement on Facebook in regards to the band wanting to reuse his work in a coffee table book without paying him extra. “The email says that you really like some of the photos I took ...
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Shirley Manson slams Kanye West over Grammys rant
CBS News - about 2 years
The Garbage singer called the rapper "petty" and "small" after his comments about Beck and Beyonce at the Grammy Awards
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: <em>Pepper</em> Return with New Flavor; Toy Soldiers March On
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Whether it's to drive their name home even further or simply the effects of coming up empty after agonizing over a catchy or meaningful title, many recording artists name first release after themselves. In the case of Pepper, however, they've decided to self-title their sixth studio album. The logic is simple. The Hawaiian reggae, rock band is rebooting after being on hiatus - for the most part - over the last five years. As Bret Bollinger, Kaleo Wassman and Yesod Williams said in an A-Sides interview last week, this album marks a new everything - a new start, a new sound, a new outlook, and even a new logo! From their tour bus parked outside of the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, the trio chatted about the evolution of the band, the much needed time off they had, and the secret to keeping their friendship intact for decades. Watch the video below, and marvel at the work ethic and deep appreciation the band have for themselves, making music, and their fanbase. Ma ...
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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PHOTOS: Garbage Play Uptown's Riviera Theatre
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The fiery singer Shirley Manson and her band -- Garbage -- returned to Chicago on Wednesday evening for a sold-out gig at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown. Garbage first came to prominence in the '90s with hits like "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid Girl" but reunited and released their fifth studio album -- titled "Not Your Kind of People" -- and returned to touring last year after a lengthy hiatus. The Midwest plays an important role in the band's formation -- they first got together in Madison, Wis. in 1994 -- and Manson credited a boozy encounter with her future bandmates in Chicago as a precursor to their coming together, Manson told HuffPost last summer. Photographer Joshua Mellin was at the Wednesday show and shared some shots:
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Xaque Gruber: The Top 20 Best James Bond Theme Songs
Huffington Post - over 4 years
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond's cinematic debut, and is proving to be a banner year for the iconic franchise with the highly anticipated feature, Skyfall (November 9) as well as the release of Best of Bond, Capitol's expansive CD set spanning a half-century of remastered 007 music. As a Bond music fanatic, I've chosen to celebrate this anniversary by carefully re-listening to each showstopper. Here are my picks of the top 20 most compelling vocal productions in the James Bond pantheon of anthems... 1. "Goldfinger" -- Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger, 1964) When it comes to 007 themes, Goldfinger is the gold standard, setting the stage for every epic musical notion in the franchise to follow, and accomplishing this all in under two minutes and 50 seconds. Unlike most Bond themes, this is the antagonist's anthem, and it couldn't conquer in grander style. Opening with an inpenetrable wall of blaring horns to the ultimate climax: six glass smashing seconds of ...
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Sky Ferreira, Loreen + Girls Aloud: 5 Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week
MTV News - over 4 years
It's Tuesday! Time for another round of "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week"! This week's roundup includes a moody cut from an alt-pop princess, a Knowles family-approved remix, a killer cut from this year's Eurovision winner, and at last, the return of the Almighty Aloud. Go girls, g-g-go, go, go!   1.) Girls Aloud, "Something New" Three years after announcing a "yearlong hiatus" (the math there is a bit dodgy), the flawless fivesome known as Girls Aloud -- the Almighty Aloud, if you will -- have at long last returned to reclaim their position on the throne as one of the U.K.'s most successful girl groups ever. How so? With something new, of course. While the mammoth, synth-infused beats of their new single recall Calvin Harris and Lady Gaga, the Xenomania-penned track remains classic Aloud, like a mix between 10 of their hits. All the signature traits of the Aloud are there: Queen Nadine Coyle's major diva-size pipes, Cheryl Cole's aggressive "street" tude, and Sarah Hardin ...
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Tonight in Music: Foghorn Stringband, Garbage, Kimbra and more!
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
FOGHORN STRINGBAND, CAROLINE OAKLEY (Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd) Read our article on Foghorn Stringband. GARBAGE, SCREAMING FEMALES (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) In the pantheon of female icons, I'd say Shirley Manson ranks somewhere below Nico, Edie Sedgwick, and Karen O, but only because Garbage took a wee break in the 2000s. The band's bigger and poppier than ever with stylish ice queen Manson &amp; Co. touring on their new album Not Your Kind of People. COURTNEY FERGUSON KIMBRA, THE STEPKIDS (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Kimbra is best known for her counterpoint vocal in "Somebody That I Used to Know"—I'm sorry for bringing it up, just when you got it out of your head for the first time in months—but it's not a stretch to think that Kimbra's star will soon outshine Gotye's. The New Zealand-born singer has a fine album of adventurous pop, Vows, plus a remarkable stage presence and that prodigious voice. Meanwhile, the Stepkids make sticky vintage soul that's uncannily good; l ...
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Celeb birthdays for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Aug. 26: Singer Vic Dana is 70. Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 66. Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 63. Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 52. Guitarist Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 51. Actor Chris Burke ("Life Goes On") is 47. Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage is 46. Guitarist Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows is 46. Drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt is 43. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 42. Singer Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman is 37. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 32. Singer-actress Cassie is 26. Actress Keke Palmer ("Akeelah and the Bee") is 19.
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Shirley Manson On Garbage's Midwest Roots, Pop Music Today
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In the seven years since Garbage last played Chicago, so much in the world has changed -- particularly within the music industry. But judging by the sound of the Shirley Manson-fronted band's latest album -- "Not Your Kind of People," released in May -- the excitement of it all is business as usual for the recently-reunited veteran alt-rockers, which is not to say that the record is any less fiery than the self-titled debut they released seventeen years ago. The band has maintained their signature dark, driving, trip-hoppy sound and news of their new world tour was met with pandemonium. In Chicago, their Aug. 7 concert at The Metro -- part of the venue's 30th anniversary series -- sold out in less than three minutes as a sleeper cell of fans jumped at the opportunity to see Manson and "her boys," as she calls them," play an intimate venue that played in an important role in their development over the years. Ahead of their appearance in Chicago, HuffPost spoke with Man ...
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Larry Womack: (Golden) Material Girl
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Did you hear that Madonna -- desperate for attention and clearly irrelevant -- waved guns on stage in Scotland, just hours after people were actually shot in Colorado? Shockingly insensitive, I know. Did you also hear that a major motion picture in which gun violence is a recurring theme proceeded with its opening in over four thousand theaters in the United States alone this weekend, and that it is also the movie people were actually killed at? Probably, but that story wasn't presented the same way. Nor should it be. If anything, changing these diversions would deepen their association with a form of horrific, real-life violence that clearly neither one endorses. Over 100 people were killed in a wave of bombings across Iraq yesterday, by the way. Anyone catch the shocker headline, "Michael Bay Not Retiring"? Neither did I. Hating Madonna has been an international sport for decades now, but I seem to remember a higher class of criticism in the past -- and that's s ...
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Garbage Singer Shirley Manson Contacts Police After Receiving Online Death Threats
MTV News - over 4 years
By Zachary Swickey Alt-rockers Garbage returned this year with their first album in seven years, Not Your Kind of People. While we couldn’t be more excited that the group has returned to the scene, it’s brought some creepers out of hiding … one of whom has reportedly been targeting frontwoman Shirley Manson with online death threats. The singer has been subjected to a barrage of abusive messages from a Twitter user named @Gunn2urhead, according to The Daily Beast, accusing her of (among other things) being a witch and cheating on her husband. It’s clear why Manson felt her life was in danger. All told, the band received 735 tweets for the user, most of which were directed at Manson. Manson’s manager Paul Kremen alerted the LAPD to the cyberstalking, and they have since issued a search warrant to Twitter requesting information about the account. As one would expect, the messages are full of crazy. Take for example, “EVERY NIGHT AND DAY SHE’S MESSING WITH ME!!!” or how about, “WH ...
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Music Review: Shirley Manson Leads Garbage at Webster Hall
NYTimes - almost 5 years
Shirley Manson’s many characters fronted for the band Garbage at Webster Hall, as it mixed old songs with those from a new album.
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Shirley Manson on Garbage
CNN - almost 5 years
Shirley Manson recalls how Garbage came to call their new album "Not Your Kind of People."
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Garbage: After An Absence, Always The Oddball
NPR - almost 5 years
"I wanted to make loud, guitar-driven rock again," lead singer Shirley Manson says of the band. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Garbage - Live At The Troxy, London
Clash - almost 5 years
Remember when albums were treats you saved up for, bought in actual shops and then listened to until you knew every last word? Well, it was back in those halcyon days of the mid-‘90s that Garbage were writing the soundtracks to our angst and documenting our perversions. Tonight’s crowd, ecstatically shouting the words to every song and air-punching every beat, are clearly right there from the beginning. With their pioneering blend of cleverly produced, electro pop-rock, Garbage were always ahead of their time. Nevertheless, it’s still astonishing how current the material sounds today – even ‘Supervixen’ sounds like some intriguing new oddity heard on 6Music last week. Shirley Manson, herself seemingly unaffected by the passage of time, is a postmodern bombshell. In red and black hot pants and vest, and with her trademark fiery hair waved 1940s style, she’s like a David Lynch pin-up – highly sexual and yet somehow once removed from reality. It could be the rosy specs o ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Manson
  • 2015
    Age 48
    In January 2015, Manson headlined Pablove 6, the sixth-annual fundraiser for the Pablove Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details She made a special appearance with Chicago-based David Bowie tribute band Sons of the Silent Age, featuring Matt Walker and Chris Connelly.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In 2010, Shirley Manson donated two hand-decorated T-shirts to Binki Shapiro's (of the band Little Joy) online charity auction "Crafts for a Cause" to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
    More Details Hide Details The two T-shirts raised a total of $1522.00, which was donated to the Artists for Peace and Justice organisation.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    In 2008, Manson became involved with The Pablove Foundation, a charity founded by Dangerbird Records head Jeff Castelaz, whose son Pablo succumbed to cancer the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Castelaz, whose family Manson had befriended in the 90s, had asked Manson to sing "Life on Mars? " at their sons' memorial. Funds raised for The Pablove Foundation fund pediatric cancer research and educational and quality of life programming for families dealing with childhood cancer. Manson reformed Garbage to contribute an exclusive track, "Witness to Your Love", to a charity album for the Foundation; signed off a Pablove poster for auction on eBay; Manson also hosted a fundraiser headlined by the Silversun Pickups, and performed acoustically on-stage at a second fundraiser with Butch Vig and Tom Gabel (for a rendition of "Witness ") and with Greg Kurstin (for a cover of Pablo's favourite song, David Bowie's "Life on Mars? ").
    Manson was cast in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in May 2008, after being asked to appear by series creator Josh Friedman and enduring a multiple audition process, beating out other actresses including Julie Ann Emery.
    More Details Hide Details She debuted in the season two premiere episode "Samson and Delilah" as Catherine Weaver, a CEO of a technology company, ZeiraCorp. At the conclusion of the episode, Weaver is revealed to be a liquid-metal T-1001 Terminator. Manson also performed and co-arranged a rock and blues version of the gospel song "Samson and Delilah" for the episode's score. Manson cites actress Glenn Close and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as her acting influences for the ambiguous character. Manson also played the human Weaver in archive footage viewed by the T-1001 in the episode "The Tower is Tall, But the Fall is Short". In 2009, Manson made her first venture into the videogame industry by becoming digitally mapped to create an avatar of herself for the Guitar Hero franchise. In the fifth game in the series, Manson is an unlockable character, while the game also features a licensed Garbage track.
    In 2008, Manson became engaged to record producer and Garbage sound engineer Billy Bush. They were married at a Los Angeles court house in May 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Manson is an atheist but has long been interested in spirituality. She recalls, "when I was very small, I was very besotted with the church, absolutely, I loved the theatre of it and I got very involved in all the stories we were taught." Her father was also her Sunday school teacher. When she was about 12, she had an argument with her father at the dinner table, screaming at him that "religion's a sham,... and I'm not going to church any more, it's just bullshit". She stopped going to church, but continued to have theological debates with her father every Sunday. She became disenchanted with organised religion and although she maintained an interest in spirituality she complained that she "brushed up against too many examples of 'hypocritical' spiritualists." On aging and the pressures of women resorting to plastic surgery, Manson has said that she doesn't feel frightened, stating that she feels "very opposed to plastic surgery and cheating myself in that regard too." "I've never tried surgery or Botox and I'd like to be able to stay unobsessed by that kind of stuff", adding that "it's hard for any woman, particularly in a city where there's even a remote sense of body and beauty consciousness, and this town definitely has that."
    In 2008, Manson contributed to a Dusty Springfield tribute album, with an unspecified release date.
    More Details Hide Details Upon her taking on the role of Catherine Weaver in Terminator and on the encouragement of series' composer Bear McCreary, Manson was asked by show runner Josh Friedman to perform and co-create a gospel arrangement of "Samson and Delilah" for the opening episode of the second season. After much interest, the track was released on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season one soundtrack at the end of 2008. Three years later Manson recorded vocals to a track composed by Serj Tankian and Steven Sater. The track, "The Hunger", which Sater describes as exploring "the hunger of the heart", features on their rock musical adaptation of Prometheus Bound, and was recreated with fresh instrumentation and new lyrics for the digital release, exclusively through iTunes worldwide. All proceeds made from sales of the single will benefit Amnesty International. Manson has also given two tracks to Sky Ferreira; the 2012 single "Red Lips" and "I'm on Top" in 2013.
    Manson said she thought about abandoning the music business as soon as 2008, when her mother got ill with dementia and later died, saying that "I didn't want to make music, didn't feel creative.
    More Details Hide Details I could barely function." Later that year she reconsidered her words and went back into performing after being asked by friends to sing David Bowie's "Life on Mars? " at their son's memorial. According to Manson, "we were all in so much pain, but it meant so much to them that I could sing that song and so much to me that I was able to do something. It made me realise how much music sustains people. I don't know why I'd turned my back on it." Manson also worked with a number of artists outside of her solo project, reciting a verse of a long poem for a Chris Connelly album, co-writing and recording a duet with Eric Avery for his solo debut recording with Debbie Harry and performing backing vocals on a Gavin Rossdale track. Although not recording material with them, Manson also performed on-stage with The Pretenders, Iggy Pop, Incubus and Kings of Leon in Atlantic City, with Gwen Stefani and twice with No Doubt in Universal City. Manson also performed in an uncredited role as a dominatrix in the music video for She Wants Revenge's single "These Things". Most recently Manson performed vocals on a track written by Serj Tankian entitled "The Hunger", a single from the rock musical Prometheus Bound.
    Manson presented some of her work to Geffen Records in 2008, who found it "too noir", prompting Manson and Geffen to mutually terminate her contract.
    More Details Hide Details Manson later elaborated, "Geffen wanted me to have international radio hits and "be the Annie Lennox of my generation". I kid you not; I am quoting directly." Manson continued to write material while without a record deal and had been in talks with David Byrne and Ray Davies about a potential collaboration. In 2009, Manson posted three demos on her Facebook profile, written by her and Kurstin, titled "In the Snow", "Pretty Horses" and "Lighten Up". In 2009, Manson announced she was stepping away from music, claiming she got sick of the music industry's new practices and had found more excitement in acting.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    In 2007, Manson collaborated with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.
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  • 2006
    Age 39
    Manson confirmed in March 2006 that she had begun work on a solo album, working with musician Paul Buchanan, producer Greg Kurstin, and film composer David Arnold, stating that she had "no timetable" for completing the project.
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  • 2005
    Age 38
    Manson's lyrics became more overtly political for Garbage's fourth record, 2005's Bleed Like Me, which after the surprise success of lead-in single "Why Do You Love Me", posted some of the band's highest chart positions upon release.
    More Details Hide Details Garbage began an extended hiatus in October 2005. During this period, in 2007, Garbage reformed to perform a short set at a benefit show to raise cash to pay for Wally Ingram's medical treatment, shared song ideas via the internet, recorded new material, and filmed a music video to promote the band's Absolute Garbage greatest hits compilation. Garbage returned to the studio in 2010 to write and record material for a fifth album, entitled Not Your Kind of People and subsequently released in May 2012, thus ending the band's seven-year hiatus from recording. Garbage's alternative musical style fuses various genres including electronic rock, industrial rock, punk, grunge, trip hop and shoegaze. They didn't really care for the direction I was moving in and I found it really disheartening. They wanted a pop hit, which I understand in terms of making money. I get that. But what they were going to ask of me was something I wasn't prepared to deliver and I felt kind of trapped. I just stopped writing. I just stopped.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    In 2003, the M•A•C AIDS Fund linked with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to produce the White Bedroom campaign, where both Elton John and Manson recorded PSAs promoting condom use and stating facts on AIDS.
    More Details Hide Details By 2007, the combined six VIVAMAC campaigns had raised over $100 million U.S. dollars, and as a former ambassador Manson accepted a cheque for £51,000 on behalf of HIV charity Waverley Care from the M•A•C AIDS Fund on 10 April 2008 at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh store. Manson had become a patron of Waverley Care in October 2002 and previously hosted a fund raiser auction to raise funds for the charity in January 2004 which raised £45,000. A Fender guitar owned by Manson raised £1,050, while other items auctioned included contributions sourced by Manson herself, from Elton John and Kylie Minogue. Manson is also a keen lover of animals. In 2007, Manson fronted an international poster campaign for PETA Europe, holding the carcass of a fox under the headline "Here's the rest of your fur coat". Manson has also adopted a rescue dog, a terrier-mix named Veela, named after the veelas from the Harry Potter books.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    For the recording of Garbage's third record throughout 2000, Manson became one of the first high-profile artists to write a blog online, while she decided to improve her guitar playing for the band's next tour.
    More Details Hide Details Their third album, Beautiful Garbage, featured Manson's most forward and personal lyrics to date. The album did not sell as well as its predecessors, but Garbage performed a successful world tour in support of it. During a concert at the Roskilde Festival, Manson's voice gave out. She afterwards discovered a vocal fold cyst, and had to undergo corrective surgery.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    Manson became the band's chief songwriter for the follow-up record Version 2. which equalled the success of the band's debut record after its May 1998 release.
    More Details Hide Details During the two-year tour in support of the record, Manson modeled for Calvin Klein. Manson lived in hotels throughout the recording periods of the debut and Version 2.. The group recorded the theme song to the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough, and Manson became the third Scotswoman to sing a Bond theme after Lulu and Sheena Easton. In the accompanying video, she portrays an android assassin.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    Echo & the Bunnymen had asked Manson to sing on their 1997 comeback album.
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  • 1996
    Age 29
    Manson quickly became the public face of the band over the course of a tour that took the band through to the end of 1996.
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  • 1994
    Age 27
    In August 1994, Radioactive gave their permission for Manson to work with Garbage. The band's debut album Garbage was released in August 1995, and went on to sell over 4 million copies, buoyed by a run of high charting singles including "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid Girl."
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  • 1984
    Age 17
    Manson's first release with the Mackenzies was a YTS release of "Death of a Salesman" in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details The group signed a major label record deal with Capitol Records in 1987, and they released their first album Good Deeds and Dirty Rags, and their only UK Top 40 hit "The Rattler". In 1990, the group's contract was transferred to Parlophone, another EMI label, but after two singles failed to chart Parlophone declined to release the group's second album Hammer and Tongs. Gary Kurfirst, who managed Talking Heads and Deborah Harry, bought the Mackenzies contract and issued their second album through his own label Radioactive, a subsidiary of MCA. After another single failed to chart, the group were persuaded to leave Radioactive by their management. The Mackenzies continued to write material; Manson was also given the opportunity to record lead vocals on a number of tracks planned for the band's third album. Although MCA had no desire to further their commitments to Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie, the label expressed interest in recording an album with Manson, and after hearing several demos, Kurfirst signed Manson to Radioactive as a solo artist, with the remaining Mackenzies performing as her backing band to circumvent the band's existing deal with MCA. Manson's contract obligated her to deliver at least one album and, at the sole option of Radioactive, up to six additional albums.
    Manson's first musical experiences came from briefly singing with local Edinburgh acts The Wild Indians and performed backing vocals with Autumn 1984.
    More Details Hide Details While she was acting in her group, Manson was approached by Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie's lead Martin Metcalfe to join his band. Manson embarked on a relationship with Metcalfe initially, but remained involved after splitting from him and became a prominent member of the group, performing keyboards, backing vocals and becoming involved in the band's business side.
  • 1970
    Age 3
    Manson's first public performance was in 1970, at age four, with her older sister, in an amateur show held at the local Church Hill Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Enrolled at Flora Stevenson Primary School, Manson received instruction in recorder, clarinet and fiddle, and learned ballet and piano from extramural classes at age seven. Manson was a member of Girlguiding UK throughout this period of her youth as a Brownie and a Guide, Manson attended the City of Edinburgh Music School, the music department of Broughton High. While at Broughton, Manson became an active member of its drama group, performing in amateur dramatic and musical performances such as The American Dream and The Wizard of Oz, while also singing with the Waverley Singers, a local girl choir. Other notable members of the drama group included Hilary MacLean, Neil Bett, Rebecca Pigeon and Sara Stewart; while a production of Maurice the Minotaur (in which Manson played a prophet) during the 1981 Edinburgh Festival Fringe was awarded a Fringe First award by The Scotsman newspaper.
  • 1966
    Born on August 26, 1966.
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