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Garbage: Absolute Garbage

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Four albums and seven Grammy® nominations later, Garbage has its first best of DVD collection -Absolute Garbage. Among the 15 Garbage music videos on DVD for the first time--including Vow, Only Happy When It Rains, Stupid Girl and Milk directed by Samuel Bayer (Nirvana s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Hole s Doll Parts, The Cranberries Zombie ) and Queer by Stephane Sednaoui (Red Hot Chili Peppers Give It Away )--are two previously unreleased in the U.S.: You Look So Fine and Shut Your Mouth. Also included is almost
an hour of never-before-seen footage backstage and behind-the-scenes, live performances and interviews, spanning the band s entire career.

Absolute Garbage offers the best of a band that, to quote a lyric from Queer, has been the strangest of the strange, the coolest of the cool.

DVD track listing:



Only Happy When it Rains

Stupid Girl


Push It

I Think I m Paranoid


When I Grow Up

You Look So Fine

The World is Not Enough

Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)

Shut Your Mouth

Why Do You Love Me

Bleed Like Me

Thanks for your UUuuhhhh Support

Released in conjunction with a CD of the same name, Absolute Garbage is a collection of 15 music videos from the rock band Garbage. Fronted by Shirley Manson, whose smooth and distinctive voice is equally adept at purring as it is growling, the group also includes drummer Butch Vig, guitarist Steve Marker, and bassist Duke Erikson. But make no mistake about it: The visuals are all about the photogenic Manson. It was their breakthrough single "Only Happy When It Rains" that made an impact on both radio and MTV in 1995. Manson, who at the time resembled a fierce, red-headed version of supermodel Kate Moss, appears on screen in a blue minidress that matches her eye shadow and nail polish, and knee-length Doc Martens. Interspersed between random shots of extras dressed like Teletubbies, deconstructed bathrooms, and her bandmates (who are musically gifted but not particularly video friendly), Manson pleads her case for being happy when things "are complicated." That her dress changes in color to pink is almost incidental in the vignette, and "Only Happy When It Rains" manages to marry both arty intentions with a rock 'n' roll cool vibe that doesn't come across as either clichéd or lofty. Between 1995 and 2007, when Absolute Garbage was released, the band broke up and got back together a handful of times. But there is a cohesiveness to their look and sound, even as it evolves, that makes them distinctively Garbage. They worked with some of the era's most popular video directors. Fashion photographer Matthew Rolston succinctly captures the mood of "I Think I'm Paranoid," while Samuel Bayer (best known for his work with Nirvana) helmed "Vow," a simple performance piece that captures the band's raw energy. Actually, it's the concert style videos ("When I Grow Up") where the band seems most at home--commanding a stage. While some of the videos are widescreen, the majority are full screen, But all of them pop on the TV screen with their vivid imagery and vibrant colors. The DVD also includes a documentary called "Thanks for Your Uhhh, Support," that weaves in home videos, news clips, and concert footage. While the band's music indicates that Garbage formed organically, it wasn't quite that simple. The three men--all music producers living in Wisconsin at the time--saw a video of Manson performing in a different band and sought out the Scottish singer to front their group. They were smart enough to know that no matter how talented they were, they needed a voice--and face--to define them. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Garbage
  • Directors: Garbage
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Almo Sounds
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R9J3XO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Garbage: Absolute Garbage" on IMDb

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT W. SAINT JOHN VINE VOICE on July 27, 2007
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I've waited soooo long for this DVD. The only reason I hold onto my VCR is my old Garbage msuic video VHS tape! And now, it's here. I hate to complain, but I must admit I'm bummed that "Run Baby Run", "Androgyny" and (especially) "Breaking Up the Girl" aren't on here, and it feels a bit incomplete as a result. Those choices and elements of the documentary itself seem to reflect how the band itself feels about albums 3 and 4, which is kind of sad. STILL, what IS on here is still more than I hoped for, specifically because of the very high AV quality, and the aforementioned documentary itself. Watching it is bittersweet, making a fan like me feel young and old at the same time as I relived the past 12 years, but saw it for the first time through their eyes. Thanks, Garbage. If this is goodbye, it is a wonderful gift!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dogville on August 9, 2007
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Garbage's second video collection (first of which was the Garbage VHS in 96) puts together 15 of their best videos, according to the record company, that span their long career.

Not a boring band that puts out lame amateurish videos, Garbage videos are highly stylistic and visual due to the personality of its lead singer Shirley Manson.

Favorites here include the seminal Queer, Stupid Girl, Push It (where headless people are found), Special (where Manson becomes a pilot in a video game), The World Is Not Enough (with its 007 espionage clone drama).

Glaring omissions include the stylish Androgyny, Breaking Up The Girl, Run Baby Run and Tell Me Where It Hurts (they even left the new video out). When I Grow Up is also the live version rather than the video version.

For a DVD which is able to hold much more, the record company acts like a miser here, providing an incomplete video track list. Guess we just have to wait for their 25th anniversary to get a complete one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Mcgaughy on July 26, 2007
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Don't get me wrong...I love Garbage to death, and am glad I have this collection. But why oh why isn't "Androgyny" and "Breaking Up The Girl" on here? And why couldn't they put the new video for "Tell Me Where It Hurts" on? Plus, the "When I Grow Up Video" is the "live" version, much less exciting than the video version most of us remember seeing (which I thought was the main one). The live version is kinda boring; and I love the song "Shut Your Mouth", but the video here--new to us Americans--is kinda just so-so. Overall, thankful I have this, but really missing those 4 videos...
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Evenstar on July 14, 2007
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Finally, what every Garbage fan has been waiting for... Although it does not have "Run Baby Run" on here, it has most all their other best songs and videos. I can't wait to have this. Garbage is one of the best bands of my generation in my opinion and I love their creative videos. "Queer" is great, "Milk", "You Look So Fine", "Special", and the others.

In my opinion, "I think I'm Paranoid", should have been swapped with "Run Baby Run." I can't complain though :) I've been waiting for this for quite some time!

Garbage please make another album!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Giddylicious on June 13, 2010
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does not include video's for 'Breaking up the Girl' 'Androgyny' 'Show Me Where It Hurts'(which was the single off the album version of Absolute Garbage but not included in the video anthology!) and the animated video for 'Shut Your Mouth'
It's entertaining none the less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Walsh on August 3, 2007
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Well... I have wanted the Garbage music videos for sooooooo long. That day is finally here (KINDA). And it is the KINDA that tarnishes it some. There are videos missing!!! The new single from the greatest hits cd, and a few others. WHY would they do that? It doesnt make any sense to me... many other bands have offered great examples of packing in ALL the videos... documentary parts... AND even some full live songs or sets. So... this ends up being more of decent Garbage DVD meal that is a few courses short. The videos that are on here are all good or great. BUT.. I agree that the When I Grow Up version on here is not right... fans want the real video. It's just another thing that is lacking here. The real highlight for this DVD, aside from enjoying the videos we do get, is the documentary. It is fun to watch and I for one could just sit back and listen to Shirley talk forever! BUT, as fun as the documentary is, it also leaves you slightly disappointed due to how much mint but sporadic live footage from the Bleed Like Me Tour they show. Stuff that you cant help but wish they would have included as at least a few of these songs in their entirety... OR... even more so, a full live concert DVD as part of this set! HOPEFULLY that is something that will be coming next. Anyway, dont get me wrong, what this DVD does provide is fun and good (certainly way better than watching MPEGs on your laptop)... but, it cannot legitimately be given a 5 star rating with all that is missing! I love Garbage, love Shirl... but they have been disappointing me too regularly in the last 5 years or so...Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garry Ford on August 6, 2007
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I watched this dvd over several times and never got tired of it! O.K. it is missing a few great songs but I'll take it for what it is. The videos were a real treat as I have not seen some in years. But was really great was the story of Garbage. It shows the early stages and interviews from 1995 all the way to a live show in 2005! Butch, Duke , Steve, and SHIRLEY! They seemed to have so much fun on the road and really did have a great bond and band!! I love Garbage music and hope they will make more of it. All of their cd collection is worth having. There music is in a class by itself. It is Garbage, but that is a compliment to their sound!! The band really rocks on all of their songs but hey guys is it just me or is Shirley Manson just one really great, Sexy in your face rocker?? Shirley looks different in almost every video and she carries it off well! Look at her in Queer, the kind of dirty look all the way to the glamour of the World is not Enough. Shirley really looks great in every video.
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Where The Hell Is "Breaking Up The Girl" , "Sleep", etc!?
While I am disappointed that the above mentioned videos are not part of this DVD (not to mention the video for the new single "Tell Me Where It Hurts" is being left off of the North American release for some reason... I've seen it online and it's way cool!), I'm not going to let that... Read More
Jun 25, 2007 by Raymond C. Ruether |  See all 6 posts
No Androgyny?
Pretty sad. I did notice it has been pushed to the July 24th release date. Doubt that is due to this. Oh well. Maybe a special feature? Would be kewl to have easter eggs, etc.
Jun 19, 2007 by Frederick A. Bristol |  See all 3 posts
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