Big Bright World

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"Big Bright World"
Single by Garbage
from the album Not Your Kind of People
Released June 1, 2012
Format Digital download, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2010–2011
Red Razor Sounds;
King Size North Studios
California, United States
Genre Alternative rock, new wave, synthpop
Length 3:35
Writer(s) Garbage
Producer(s) Garbage
Garbage singles chronology
"Battle in Me"
"Big Bright World"

"Big Bright World" is the second worldwide single released from alternative rock band Garbage's fifth studio album, Not Your Kind of People. The single was issued as a digital download in Australia and New Zealand in June 2012, and was sent to radio stations across United Kingdom and Europe the following month.

Garbage later pressed a limited edition 7" vinyl single for "Big Bright World" and released it through their website. It was backed with album opener "Automatic Systematic Habit", which had been released as a free digital single via iTunes earlier in the year.[1]


The genesis of "Big Bright World", came from a three-night bout of insomnia suffered by the band's guitarist, Steve Marker, while staying in an apartment on Hollywood and Vine. "[It] was probably about the noisiest place in the world that I've ever been. I couldn't sleep... and I grabbed an acoustic guitar and just did this little riff with some of the chorus of that song," Marker Later recalled. He played it back for vocalist Shirley Manson, who loved it. "To me, it's probably the most anthemic track on the record," remarked drummer Butch Vig later. "We were really excited as a band to get back together and that song captures the excitement of us playing together for the first time in a long time," Manson added.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Big Bright World" was directed by Julie Orser, and filmed in June 2012.[3] The video was premiered on Garbage's VEVO channel on August 19, 2012.[4] Garbage fans were asked to take part in the filming of the video's underwater scenes. These were shot in Los Angeles.[5]

"Big Bright World" was the first music video that Orser directed; she also edited the footage herself. Visuals presented in the clip included images of nature and people in motion, swimming underwater and running through a tunnel, interwoven with footage of Manson singing while shrouded in a black veil and gown, along with shots of a graveyard and religious icons. Orser had previously shot behind-the-scenes footage for a series of social media mini-films for Garbage, which led to her involvement with the video.[6] "Manson is an absolute pleasure to work with," Orser told CSU, "We really connected; I liked them, and they liked my work... It was really fun to do and a different way of working with a client. It's a very different process, but really rewarding." Orser also spoke of the blend of "their need and your creative desire and coming to a middle ground."[6]

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "Big Bright World" – 3:36
  2. "Automatic Systematic Habit" – 3:18

Release history[edit]

Release date Territory Record label Format
June 1, 2012 Australia STUNVOLUME Digital download (as an album cut)
July, 2012 United Kingdom Airplay
October 2012 Worldwide 7" vinyl, via band website


  1. ^ "Automatic Systematic Habit". Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  2. ^ "SINGLE BIO: Garbage – Big Bright World (Liberator)". Liberation Music. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  3. ^ Grow, Kory (2012-08-20). "Garbage Shirk Their Dark Side in 'Big Bright World' Video". Spin. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Garbage - Big Bright World (Official Video)". August 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Calling all dears, darklings, and little bones…". June 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Julie Orser’s Big Bright World". California State University. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 

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