Suicide: Selfish ‘Choice’ or Unconscious Act of Desperation?

Robin williams good morning As you all know by now, the world lost Robin Williams, one of the most versatile, funny men in the entertainment industry. A man with more great movies under his belt than any other I can name. He was a legend, one I grew up with. The Birdcage and Mrs. Doubtfire are two of my favorite comedies of all time and Aladdin was my all-time favorite, most-sung Disney movie as a grade schooler. That’s one of the two questions people seem to be answering on their own when confronting the loss of such an icon…. Their favorite work of his, and then their thoughts in general on suicide.

Many celebrities have weighed in, most leaning heavily toward one side or the other. On one end, we have people who believe suicide to be the ultimate selfish act, and on the other, those who feel that it’s not a choice at all, but an act so desperate it’s committed without thought.

Gene Simmons: 

No, I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: “The world is a harsh place.” My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear fuck all about “the world as a harsh place.” She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, “I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.” Fuck you, then kill yourself.

I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.”

Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.

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Video: Garbage & Screaming Females – “Because The Night”

Shirley Manson and Garbage joined forces with insane guitarist Marissa Paternoster and Screaming Females for the cover of “Because The Night” they’ve been peddling across the country since the beginning of their tour in a new semi impromptu video directed by Sophie Muller.

Two drums, two guitars, two powerful voices, one studio session. Butch Vig’s wisdom.
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Garbage Perform “I Hate Love” on Leno 12/7/2012

garbage-jay-leno-2012 2Shirley Manson and her “boys” (Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Eric Avery) rocked Jay Leno’s Tonight Show stage with “I Hate Love,” from Not Your Kind of People.

“For those who missed it, here is ‘I hate Love’ on US TV show The Tonight Show. We had so much fun playing for the 101th time this year for Mr Jay Leno. My boys killed it and no you CAN’T have my boots. Sx,” Manson wrote on Facebook with a link to the video.

I can’t get it to embed, so watch it over at Dailymotion. [Photo via]

Shirley Manson Recounts Intense Meeting With J-Lo

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson told Girl On Guy’s Aisha Tyler about an early encounter with a pop star she’d spoken ill of to the media earlier in her career in a podcast interview released Thursday.

When Tyler asked Manson if she ever had a public moment where she thought she was going to say something “explosive” or incendiary to the media, she responded with this anecdote:

“One really stupid thing I said was, I kind of went after J-Lo. Which I do regret actually because I then met her many years later and I respect her, she’s hardcore. She’s a hard worker. She’s fought tooth and nail to do what she does for a living.”  Continue reading “Shirley Manson Recounts Intense Meeting With J-Lo”

Video: Garbage – “Big Bright World”

Garbage’s second video effort from their fifth album, Not Your Kind Of People, is black and white like April’s “Blood For Poppies.”

It’s also full of the same random artistic Florence + The Machine-esque imagery but instead of being blindfolded and getting her eyeball cut open, Shirley Manson’s going for a swim.  Continue reading “Video: Garbage – “Big Bright World””

Shirley Manson For Nylon June/July 2012

Shirley Manson has been in the business of rock since the mid-80’s with Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie, then the side project Angelfish and then Garbage. Manson is hot on the promotion trail for the new album.

That trail includes appearing on the cover of Nylon Magazine, a publication best known for its emphasis on music and, if you ask me, excellent taste in celebrity cover choices.

Here are some highlights, including the real reason for the band’s hiatus…

On taking a break after Bleed Like Me: “When we first came off the road, I felt that we had worn out our welcome as a band. We had enjoyed such a zeitgeist moment with our first two records – people were excited by us – and then the music scene shifted so completely.”  Continue reading “Shirley Manson For Nylon June/July 2012”

Video: Garbage – “Blood For Poppies”

Yesterday I participated in the live Garbage UStream chat and premiere of their new video, the first since “Tell Me Where It Hurts” from their best-of, Absolute Garbage.

I didn’t learn much from my music idols, but it was thrilling to see them together. The video along with tracklist announcements and tour dates confirm that all of this is real. Garbage is back.

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Download The New Garbage Track, ‘Blood For Poppies’

Garbage’s first album in seven years has a release date (May 15th) an official tracklist, album art and now an official single.

Their new song “Blood For Poppies” off Not Your Kind Of People was played on KROQ and other radio stations yesterday. You can download it for free HERE.

I’ve already placed the song on my favorite iTunes playlist and have had it on repeat for a good portion of the day.

That is, when I wasn’t re-watching Young Adult (I like to emulate Mavis) devouring pizza and listening to Stern. I think I can even step away from my deep-rooted love for Garbage and say that this is a good song that could easily receive heavy alternative radio airplay. Continue reading “Download The New Garbage Track, ‘Blood For Poppies’”

New Garbage Album Tracklist And Cover Art

The official cover art and tracklisting for Garbage‘s first CD since 2005 has been revealed for my fanatic eyes to feast upon.

Not Your Kind Of People will be released on May 15th in standard edition, with eleven tracks.

The deluxe edition has simple red cover art with the band’s signature “G” instead of white, plus four bonus songs.

The lead single is “Blood For Poppies.”

Shirley, Butch and the gang are currently filming a video for it.
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Shirley Manson Shows Off Her Stylish Mind

I never thought I’d be posting pictures of my favorite female rock icon looking like a pasty, lace-covered Joan Pringle on my own personal gossip website, but here I am, and there she is.

“DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK, SHIRLEY MANSON IS A CLASSIC” is a tagline more to my liking than the usual “Garbage is still around?” Or “yeah I had their record when I was 15 and depressed. It was pretty good.”

2005’s Bleed Like Me was the last Garbage album but a fresh one is finally coming this year in the springtime. To me, she is ready to continue her reign, not resume it. In the latest issue of V Magazine she discusses music, her childhood and of course her own views on fashion.

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A New Garbage Album Is Expected In March, 2012!

New music from Garbage is finally becoming a realization, nearly seven years after 2005’s Bleed Like Me, not to mention rumors of a full on break-up then a Shirley Manson solo contribution and more whispers of new material as far back as 2007.

Butch Vig and Scottish frontwoman Shirley Manson, who took a break to pursue acting (she played a bot on Sarah Connor Chronicles) plus bassist Duke Erikson and guitarist Steve Marker are bringing us their fifth album, which Rolling Stone just revealed is due in March or April of 2012. (We may see a single in December or January)

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Garbage Album Done Recording In Three Weeks?

August 14, 2011 11:50 am Garbage posted a cryptic message on their Facebook page (above) a picture of Shirley Manson recording vocals, and the simple words,

“Three more weeks to go…”

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