Posts Tagged ‘Garbage’

We’ve all been there, it’s happened to each and everyone of us: the good old heartbreak. Whether from a significant other, a family member, even a friend, we’ve all been down the treacherous self-loathing path of why is this happening to me? I’m the misery-likes-company type of person, so when I’m down in the dumps, I need some friends to help me feel it all; here are some I’ve found along the way. (Note: in an attempt to broaden horizons, I’ve distanced this list from well-known artists, so don’t freak out.)

10. “I Hope Your Heart Runs Empty” by Neverending White Lights feat. Scott Anderson

Okay, so this track dates quite a few years back, but still has a way of getting under my skin. NWL is actually a one-man band of Daniel Victor who writes, performs and produces all his music, then gets quasi-known singers to provide vocals. In this case it’s Canadian punk band Finger Eleven’s lead singer. He has such a harrowing voice, it just crawls all over you.

Best line: “Stole a look away from your eyes, stole a look and finally paid your price”

9. “Cup of Coffee” by Garbage

Although it’s one of the lesser known tracks from this fantastic rock band, it’s also one of their most moving ones. It’s frustrating and angering, and so disheartening. Shirley Manson’s voice is heavy but tender; the music is both harsh and eerie. When someone ends things with you and you feel blindsided, this is probably how you’d feel.

Best line: “It took a cup of coffee, to prove that you don’t love me”

8. “Run” by Snow Patrol

From the initial guitar hook, to the aura of defeated in the vocals, this track had me instantly. This band has put out a lot of great tracks, but this one just has something special about it. It’s tragic, but it’s also heartfelt. It’s about two people who need to separate (geographically, it seems) and are having a tough time with it. Who can’t relate to what’s happening here?

Best line: “To think I might not see those eyes, it makes it so hard not to cry”

7. “Walk Away” by Ben Harper

The classic tale of knowing when to let go, even if you’re not ready to. If a relationship has ended due to circumstances or timing (and not because the love has faded), this is your jam. Harper has this insanely telling voice, full of so much expression and each and every intonation possible. His words cut deep, hit hard and make you want to cry all over. It’s a true lesson in doing the right thing, even though it hurts. A lot.

Best line: “But I would rather be locked to you, than live in this pain and misery”

6. “Personal” by Stars

One of the best ways to truly depict troubles in a relationship is to use both male and female vocals. You get to see/hear both sides of the story and feel even more immersed in the emotions. This track actually makes you feel like you got punched in the gut. Girl likes online version of boy, boy likes online version of girl. They decide to meet in person, but one of them decides they don’t like the real-version of the other. It shatters your heart in so many ways, addressing all our insecurities and how we think others see us.

Best line: “I was sure you saw me, but it wasn’t meant to be”


5. “Lost & Found” by Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas needs more credit: she’s phenomenal. She’s part R&B, part singer-songwriter and all soul. There’s a bit of a naiveté and innocence to her voice, which makes her sound even more relevant. It’s like she’s experiencing all these things for the first time. She’s exploring the world and finding out that sometimes it’s painful and it sucks and it’s confusing. This tune is part introspection, part crushing, and all therapy.

Best line: “You broke me and taught me to truly hate myself”

4. “Angels” by The xx

The xx are one of those bands that understand music and sounds so incredibly well, they know exactly how to bring all elements of a song – instruments, vocals, production – in perfect harmony, so that the track is felt from every direction. When Romy isn’t singing, the instruments and music do it for her, taking the listener on a continuous journey. This track is all about finding that elusive connection we all seek, and how overwhelming it can be we it’s found.

Best line: “You move through the room, like breathing was easy”

3. “9 Crimes” by Damien Rice

Damien Rice has such a delicately refined voice, able to hit all the lows and reach all the highs. What makes this track so engaging is it’s hard to know exactly what’s going on. It’s dramatic and heavy and ominous. There seems to be some sort of adulterous situation going on, there are guns involved, and the male and female vocals both talk about bad timing and being horrible people. I have yet to identify 9 actual crimes, but man, this is a good one.

Best line: “Leave me out with the waste, this is not what I do”

2. “About Today” by The National 

I’ve written/spoken about this track time and time again. It should be a staple go-to track in everyone’s life. It’s one of the most real and honest tracks about the dissolution of a relationship. It’s awkward and tense, and you feel the constant knot in your stomach growing and growing, until you find yourself audibly sighing, because you know where this is headed. It even sounds like the violins are crying. If you don’t find yourself crawled up in the a fetal position by the end of it, you have no soul.

Best line: “You just walked away, and I just watched you; what could I say?”

1. “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars

This song pulls at each and every heart string one by one, and letting every single one echo for what seems like eons. It’s so full of pain and hurt and despair. It’s melancholic but folky, and sung with so much precision and sadness, you can’t help but feel all the dread in the air. This couple is on 2 completely different pages, and take turns expressing their inner monologue. Every line is full of contradictions, just like so many relationships. Ugh.

Best line: “I don’t have a choice but I’d still choose you” 


My original idea for this post was the Top 5 Movie Soundtracks. Then I realized, I barely watch movies these days, so my list would have had plenty of holes in it. Instead I opted to focus on an era of movies with which I am a lot more familiar. Soundtracks I continue to listen to well past their release dates. So here we go.

5. Trainspotting (1996). Director: Danny Boyle.

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle.

We all knew at least a couple of kids who hung this movie poster on their bedroom wall. It was that cool. An honest tale, both comical and horribly dark, examining the life of heroin junkie Renton, trying to function in 80s Edinburgh. The soundtrack combines the energy of Britpop, with the moodiness of electronica. Tracks like “Lust for Life” go along with the highs; tracks like “Perfect Day” support the lows. Then there is Underworld’s “Born Slippy”: a trance extravaganza that embodies the entire film in just under ten minutes.


4. Pulp Fiction (1994). Director: Quentin Tarantino.

Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel.

Another first of its time, also a movie poster plastered on the cool kids’ walls. This flick took a nice hard look at crime, lust, and cocaine addiction from the comical, yet violent eye of writer/director Tarantino. As erratic as his film-making is, so is his music selection. Half the tracks are actual dialogue from the movie; the other half are old school soul and rock ‘n roll. “You Never Can Tell” participates in the famous twist contest; “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon” sets things up for the infamous OD scene. Then there was the opening scene and “Misirlou.”


3. Reality Bites (1994). Director: Ben Stiller.

Cast: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garafalo, Steve Zahn.

Your typical rom-com with shades of real-life drama – including a closeted homosexual and an AIDS scare – surrounding a group of twenty-somethings trying to find their place in the world. The music can be the soundtrack for anyone at that age. “All I Want is You” brought Lelaina and Troy back together. Sporting grunge band hair, Ethan Hawke performs the self-deprecating “I’m Nuthin.'” Did I mention the infectious riff on “My Sharona”? Then, Lisa Loeb picked up her acoustic guitar, put on those cat eye glasses, and said everything we’ve always wanted to say to a forlorn love on “Stay (I Missed You).”


2. Empire Records (1995). Director: Allan Moyle.

Cast: Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney.

Yet another rom-com, this time following the angst-ridden lives of a bunch of young employees working at an independent record store. Every stereotype is addressed in this flick: the good girl/speed freak, the promiscuous flirt, the brooding nice guy, the sexy jerk, even the troubled one. With bands like Better than Ezra and The Cranberries, the soundtrack is the epitome of everything 90s. Rex and Gina get frisky during “A Girl Like You”; the employees throw a party on the roof of the store with “Sugarhigh.”  Then A.J. and Corey have their long awaited first kiss, while The Gin Blossoms’ “‘Til I Hear it from You” whisks them away.


1. Romeo + Juliet (1996). Director: Baz Luhrmann.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes.

A massive production set in modern times, spoken in Old English, staying true to Shakespeare’s words. Two believable lovebirds you actually want to root for the entire time. The costume party scene where R and J catch each others’ eye through an over-sized fish tank, while Des’ree beautifully sings “Kissing You.” The soundtrack that is as eclectic as the film itself, using playful tracks like “Lovefool” and “Little Star”; adding intrigue from “Talk Show Host.” Then using the most absolutely perfect song to depict the intensity of their romance, and its tragic unfolding; with the most absolutely perfect band to accomplish the task. Garbage’s “#1 Crush.”

Day 2 began similarly to Day 1: crazy heat, masses of people and music everywhere. The grounds felt a little used, the air was full of a variety of fumes, a bottle of water was necessary at all times to prevent dehydrating and fainting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I made it my mission on this day very clear: see Garbage play live. A great band from the 90s, back together again after almost a decade. They weren’t playing until later on in the day, so I opted to plant myself around the stage where they would be performing and watch all the bands that came on before them, whilst moving my way forward in the crowd to get as close as possible. Normally, this wouldn’t be an ordeal or very taxing; however, I’m not very tall and my back was already aching from all the standing on the previous day. Oh and did I mention the blistering sun?                                                                                                                                                                                                                          First band to go on was Dumas – a  Quebecois rock band. That’s the beauty of a music festival in Montreal: sure you have all the big names, but interspersed is a large number of Canadian bands as well as French speaking bands. It caters to more people and broadens the musical experience for all fans. Dumas put on a good show, the lead singer seemed to be riding the coattails of how cool he may have been say ten years ago, which was fun to watch. Next alt-rockers Brand New played a nice loud set to get the blood pumping, then it was Garbage’s turn.To my surprise I had worked my way up as close as possible with only one unnecessarily tall guy in front of me. Then lead singer Shirley Manson came on stage and everyone went bananas. For those of you unfamiliar with their music, it’s rock, it’s loud, it’s angry and it’s perfect when you just want to go nuts. Which is exactly what happened. They played new music and every time they played an old track, there was mass hysteria, giddiness and excitement amongst the crowd because we never thought we would hear it live. They destroyed it, they nailed it. Shirley put on a fantastic performance, moving around the stage, lying on the ground, standing on the speakers; not to mention drummer Butch Vig, aka man behind Nirvana’s Nevermind album. Being in his presence was like being surrounded by history – what a great feeling. It was hands down the best performance of the entire weekend.

Feist was up next to sort of mellow everyone out then it was the big headliner: Snoop Dogg. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of his, but I was already front row so I decided to check him out it out. My back was essentially on fire at this point, my legs were sore and my voice was gone courtesy of overextending myself during Garbage’s set. It was so humid out, and everyone was right up against each other, one girl behind me started to have a panic attack and almost passed out. Snoop finally graced us with his presence, 45 minutes late. He had a Jamaican vibe to his set and outfit, in honour of his alter ego Snoop Lion, but his performance was nothing special, despite his efforts including smoking a joint on stage. Admittedly I couldn’t stop giggling the entire time because he really looks like a dog, plus any attempts he made to “dance” were just out of control hilarious.

Getting to the subway took forever as everyone was going to the same station, but once on the train, an impromptu a cappella version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” began – people just didn’t want the music to stop. An incredible Day 2, now all that was left was to make it through Day 3.

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