Shirley Manson has revealed how seeing Nick Cave play with The Birthday Party in Edinburgh as a teenager inspired her to become a musician.
“I saw Nick Cave play with The Birthday Party in Edinburgh and my friends who were in a Scottish band were opening up for them, so we got free tickets to see him play,” explains the Garbage frontwoman in a new feature for Forbes.
“Liz Fraser from the Cocteau Twins was there and that’s when I was like, ‘This is what I want to do. I want to be with these people, I want to be in this world. I want to be telling stories like him’.
“Something inherently changed inside me at that point,” continues the Stockbridge-raised singer. “It’s like, ‘Nothing else matters, just this’.
“It wasn’t a very good show actually. He was really out of it and incoherent and not his usual great self. But I still remember feeling the visceral tie to his physicality and being around all these people and thinking…Liz Fraser is another one who is just a huge touchstone for me.
“Those Cocteau Twins records I just felt transported out of my Edinburgh existence and into the world,” adds Shirley.
Elsewhere in the piece, part of a series titled Who Am I?, Shirley speaks about her love of ABBA, Winnie The Pooh and Blade Runner.
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Garbage are due to release a 20th anniversary of Version 2.0 on June 22 ahead of a tour that sees them visit Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on September 4.
The tracklist for the reissue of ‘Version 2.0’ is:
1. Temptation Waits
2. I Think I’m Paranoid
3. When I Grow Up
6. Hammering in My Head
7. Push It
8. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
10. Sleep Together
11. Wicked Ways
12. You Look So Fine
B-sides (deluxe formats only):
1. Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
2. 13x Forever
4. Get Busy With The Fizzy
5. Soldier Through This
7. Lick The Pavement
8. Medication (Acoustic)
Garbage tour dates:
4 – Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival Theatre
5 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
7 – Bristol, St. Phillips Gate Arena
8 – Birmingham, Digbeth Arena
9 – Manchester, Academy 1 Manchester
11 – Nottingham, Rock City
12 – Newcastle, Northumbria SU Institute
14 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
15 – London, O2 Academy Brixton