This weekend, Garbage released their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds. While the band tends to take their time when it comes to releasing new material, they’ve been remarkably consistent throughout their decades-long career. Their reign in 90s alt-rock is unquestionable, but it unfairly casts an unfortunate shadow over the rest of their lengthy and sterling discography. Sure, tracks like “Stupid Girl,” “I Think I’m Paranoid,” “#1 Crush,” “Push It,” and “Only Happy When It Rains” will stick with us forever, but their rule of hard rock didn’t stop at the turn of the century. With that in mind, today, we’re looking at the best Garbage songs that were made after the ’90s.
“Bleed Like Me”
The title track from Garbage’s oft-overlooked 2005 album, this was Garbage at their gloriously darkest, as this song easily could have fit onto their debut. “Bleed Like Me” features tales from a number of of disturbed or generally down on their luck people, while repeatedly asking us “hey baby, can you bleed like me?”. Garbage always had a knack for forcing us to think about and empathize with the elements of society that would would otherwise dismiss, and this song is a perfect example.
“Sex Is Not The Enemy”
This song features one of the most provocative titles — and videos — in the Garbage catalog, but while the sex-positive lyrics are certainly worth listening to, what really makes this one special is that it’s just a freaking great rock ‘n roll track. With a killer chorus, and a generally power-popish sound, it’s a bit surprising this song didn’t become a massive hit. Did the title scare radio programmers away? Oh well, it’s still one of the best songs on Bleed Like Me, and one of the best songs of the band’s career.