Garbage - This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake

Garbage - This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake


Side A tracks were recorded live at the band's 20 Years Queer tour at Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 15, 2015 ("Milk"); and at two Not Your Kind of People World Tour concerts, at the House of Blues in Houston on October 9, 2012 ("You Look So Fine"), and at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels ("Cup of Coffee") on November 25, 2012. The tracks on side B were all recorded at the band's show at Revention Music Center in Houston on September 6, 2016, as part of the Strange Little Birds tour.

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Notes by Scott Hull


I love this band.

A lot of my personal mastering history is chronicled by this band’s releases, and Butch Vig’s engineering and record production. Does anyone need to be reminded of Nirvana, Smells like Teen Spirit, or Smashing Pumpkin's Siamese Dream? They were both Butch's studio work.

If someone asks me if i remember where I was mastering during the 90's or 2000's, I only have to think, which Garbage album did I do there? Garbage 1 and Garbage 2.0, Beautiful Garbage—each one was mastered in a different studio. It's like they timed the albums to coincide with my moves :)

Really it's been a great ride. Way back in some dark past life I mastered a project called Angelfish. That was Shirley's project before Garbage. Later, as I got to know Butch when he was an owner of Smart Studios in Madison, we even co-mixed a college punk rock band called Big Trouble House.

My mixes didn't quite stand up to his. But, fortunately, I was mastering that record, too. So I got a chance to even out before cutting the record. I also mastered a really friendly and sweet record for Freedy Johnston called This Perfect World that Butch produced. And the list goes on and on.

One day, I find myself working on Garbage 1. I was editing the final mixes and masters together to make the vinyl and CD masters. And the boys from Almo records were in the studio with me. They told me an absolutely hilarious story of how they first met the band Garbage.

They were invited to Madison to meet with the band and watch a showcase performance. They fly in to “Wisconsin Airport” and were greeted at the gate by a "limo driver" holding a dirty piece of cardboard with their names on it. He dryly told them to follow him, and they walked out of the terminal. They were a little taken aback by his "uniform" which looked more like a mechanic’s jumpsuit (stains and all) than it did a limo driver's suit. They joked that that must be how they do it here in the heartland.

I can only imagine the look on their faces when the driver led them to a commercial refuse hauler and told them to get in. Turns out he was a for-real garbage truck driver, hired to drive these label execs to the gig.

They laughed as the climbed into the smelly cab. They tried in vain for the whole ride to the studio to get the driver to respond—to share anything—or to help them understand why. But all he gave them were sort-of-pissed-off, one-word answers the whole trip. The connection to the band name wasn't the surprise. It was that the band who was auditioning for the label—and who really respected the people at the label—who put them through this experience just so they would have a story to tell about the day they first met the band Garbage.

I couldn't erase that story from my mind if i wanted to.

This project is a record that accompanies the documentary about Garbage... This is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake came to me a littel differerntly than others. The band knew my work as I had mastered many projects for them—albums and singles from this time time frame. I was happy to help them get the best vinyl they could get given the live recordings and the sometimes unforgiving accoustics. But it stands up to their studio records and is a fun to listen to a grouping of some of their most popular songs. Engineering team Butch and Billy Bush trusted me to get the cut just right, and the results are really solid. Old school 2000-era Garbage… on vinyl.

I love this band.

The Masterdisk Review


From humble beginnings in a Madison, Wisconsin studio, Garbage grew to become one of the top-selling alternative acts of the nineties. Their approach to production was a conscious step away from the guitar-bass-drums format (Nivana and Smashing Pumpkins being the most notable) that so dominated co-founder and producer Butch Vig’s earlier work. Taking their cues from the remixes on which they’d been collaborating, Vig, Duke Erickson and Steve Marker embraced new and emerging technologies to merge a certain amount of burgeoning grunge aesthetic with elements of hip-hop, synth, and dance. Originally envisioned with a rotating cast of singers, the arrival of Scottish musician Shirley Manson ultimately catalyzed the lineup, resulting in 1995’s bombshell self-titled debut. The road since has not always been smooth--the band has occasionally taken time off--but Garbage has endured with the same four core members for over two decades.

In 2017, to mark this journey, the band released their autobiography This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake. The title of this coffee-table compendium of photos, anecdotes, and history, is a lyric from the single “Push It,” from 1998’s Version 2.0. A limited edition pre-order came with an exclusive 12” vinyl featuring six previously unreleased live tracks: ”Milk,” “You Look So Fine,” “Cup of Coffee,” “Bleed Like Me,” “Beloved Freak,” and “Even Though Our Love Is Doomed”--one from each of the band’s six studio albums.

“I hope that all this garbage becomes something beautiful,” is how Butch Vig described both the creative process and the origin of the name of the band. Clearly it has.  


About This Record

1. "Milk" (original version on Garbage (1995))

2. "You Look So Fine" (original version on Version 2.0 (1998))

3. "Cup of Coffee" (original version on Beautiful Garbage (2001))

4. "Bleed Like Me" (original version on Bleed Like Me (2005))

5. "Beloved Freak" (original version on Not Your Kind of People (2012))

6. "Even Though Our Love Is Doomed" (original version on Strange Little Birds (2016))



Shirley Manson

Duke Erikson

Steve Marker

Butch Vig

About The Book

Garbage’s gorgeous new coffee-table autobiography, This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, which chronicles the span of their 22-year career, is available as part of a limited edition package, featuring an EXCLUSIVE 12" record and a copy of the book. The first 1000 copies are signed by the band. Pre-orders have been shipped at least two weeks ahead of official release.

Limited Edition Contents: The beautifully designed, 9.25″ x 11.5″, 208-page coffee-table book contains a selection of photographs from the band’s personal collection with original text, bound with an embossed, textured hardcover and finished with a dust jacket. The edges of the text pages, printed on luxurious matte art paper in six colors, are finished with a stunning pink spot color. The exclusive record is available as part of this limited edition package ONLY, and is comprised of never-before-released live tracks—”Milk,” “You Look So Fine,” “Cup of Coffee,” “Bleed Like Me,” “Beloved Freak,” and “Even Though Our Love Is Doomed”—one from each of the Garbage’s six studio albums. It is pressed on transparent vinyl and inserted in a five-color record sleeve. The book and record are packaged together in a custom-made, collectible Kraft display box, imprinted with the book jacket imagery, perfect for displaying alongside your finest possessions.