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modern anthem014 Charting The Songs We Love So Well

20 years ago Garbage were a pop culture sensation at the peak of their commercial powers. One of their early singles, ‘Queer’, set out their stall as a bold, forward-thinking band which would go on to build a huge LGBT+ following. Words by Conor Behan.

Butch Vig was one of rock’s most in-demand producers having worked on albums like Nirvana’s megahit, Nevermind. By the mid-’90s, Vig was burned out from an exhausting schedule. Working with fellow musicians and producers Steve Marker and Duke Erikson, the trio begin remixing rock songs before hitting on the idea of forming a band to try making similar material of their own. After Vig tried his hand at recording vocals, the group realised they wanted a female vocalist to bring a new sensibility. They stumbled upon Scottish singer Shirley Manson in a video for her band Angelfish and reached out to her. There followed a series of meetings and auditions before Manson was brought into the fold.

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In this travel-themed issue of GCN, we profile LGBT+ Irish people who have made new lives abroad and at the same time welcome the new members to our queer family who have travelled from around the globe to make Ireland their home. Inside you’ll find tips from travellers with ideas on where you could plan that next trip. With relationships with other countries forefront in our minds, we also take a look at Brexit, how it affects us currently and what it could mean for the future.