Madison Music - Garbage
When Viroqua native and Madison resident Butch Vig asked friends Steve Marker and Duke Erikson, whom he had performed with in Firetown and Spooner, to form a rock band, they were quick to say yes. What they needed was a lead singer, and they found her one night while watching MTV. Shirley Manson came to Madison from Scotland, auditioned, and was hired. Garbage's music is a bit hard to label. The band has mostly angry lyrics filled with frustrated love, but weaves those together with alternative music that is bouncy and dance-able. Garbage released a string of successful singles over a period of one year from 1995-1996, culminating in the massive hit "Stupid Girl." Seven Grammy nominations later, the band's greatest hits album, titled "Absolute Garbage," is set for release in May.