Garbage’s Shirley Manson: ‘The music industry has imploded’

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has labelled the music industry a «dinosaur».

The singer believes the system has fallen apart because it’s failed to keep up with how young people consume music. She told Metro: «It’s a shell of what it once was and the industry hasn’t got it’s head around the fact a lot of young people don’t listen to the radio or buy records – the industry has been slow to adapt and has become a dinosaur.»

Manson added: «When corporations become dinosaurs they get desperate and greedy and become involved in ugly practices. The good thing about the collapse is it’s got rid of characters who have no interest in music. The workers left at the companies are passionate and care about bands.»

Manson recently halted a gig on the band’s current US tour to throw out a male fan who’d allegedly punched a female member of the crowd. The drama, which unfolded at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City on May 25, saw Manson stop the band halfway through their 1995 hit ‘Stupid Girl’ to chastise the crowd-member. «Dude, never hit a fucking woman, what is wrong with you man,» she said.

As the man was ejected by security and apparently gave the excuse that he was acting in self-defence, Manson continued: «She started it? Oh, Jesus Christ – OK.» Before the gig continued, Manson concluded: «You’re fighting baby, you gotta leave now. You can’t fucking fight, man. You can’t fight. I’m sorry, that’s the rules, man. We just need to all simmer down.»

Garbage recently released their new album ‘Not Your Kind Of People’, their first since 2005’s ‘Bleed Like Me’ – you can read NME’s review of the record here.

The band are due to play a short UK tour in July, kicking off at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on July 1, before taking in dates in Wolverhampton, Manchester and Glasgow.