Version 2.0

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Version 2.0
Studio album by Garbage
Released May 11, 1998
Recorded March 1997 – February 1998 Smart Studios,
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Genre Alternative rock, electronica
Length 49:34
Label Mushroom Records UK
Almo Sounds (North America)
Producer Garbage
Garbage chronology
Garbage
(1995)
Version 2.0
(1998)
Beautiful Garbage
(2001)
Singles from Version 2.0
  1. "Push It"
    Released: April 27, 1998
  2. "I Think I'm Paranoid"
    Released: July 6, 1998
  3. "Special"
    Released: October 5, 1998
  4. "When I Grow Up"
    Released: January 25, 1999
  5. "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing"
    Released: February 15, 1999
  6. "You Look So Fine"
    Released: May 24, 1999

Version 2.0 is the second album by alternative rock group Garbage. It was released worldwide in May 1998 by Mushroom Records UK and in North America by Almo Sounds. Version 2.0 was the follow-up to the band's multi-platinum debut album Garbage. Despite a slow start, Version 2.0 went on to equal its predecessor, becoming platinum-certified in many territories.[1] Like their first record, Garbage promoted Version 2.0 with a year-long tour, and by releasing a string of hit singles backed with boundary-pushing music videos.

In 1999, Version 2.0 was nominated for Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album.[2] The album's third single "Special" was further nominated the following year for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.[3]

Recording[edit]

Garbage began writing their second album, which would go under the working title of Sad Alcoholic Clowns, in March 1997 in the band's label-head Jerry Moss' Friday Harbor, Washington, vacation house. The group demoed and made rough outlines for new songs. When they felt they had made a good start, Garbage took the work they made in Washington back to their Madison, Wisconsin base at Smart Studios and begin fleshing out the ideas and rough sketches over the following year. The group recorded all of their work for the second album through a 48-track digital system digitally, direct to hard drives utilizing a 24bit Pro Tools rig.

Much of the percussion was recorded in a disused candy factory located in Madison; Butch Vig, Marker and sound engineer Billy Bush set up a drum kit within the factory and recorded various fills, utilising the acoustics of the dilapidated building. Forced to stop after local police officers responded to complaints about the noise, some of the percussion was later incorporated into "Temptation Waits", "I Think I'm Paranoid" and "Hammering in My Head".[4]

Garbage completed recording, producing and mixing of their second album in mid-February 1998, and the album was given the title Version 2.0.

Composition[edit]

Building on framework sound and style Garbage established on their debut set, Version 2.0 featured musical references to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, songs featuring live strings, over 100 recorded tracks and interpolations of both the Beach Boys and The Pretenders.[5] The band claimed that the goal of Version 2.0 was to create a rapprochement between the "high-tech and low-down, the now sound and of golden memories". Manson declared that "we didn't want to totally embrace the world of electronica", so Version 2.0 was a juxtaposition of "the super-hi-fi with the super-organic", echoing bands they like "and that means not just Björk and Portishead and Radiohead but the Beatles and Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra".[6]

The lyrics, according to Manson, "tried to let the darker undercurrents come through to offset some of the pop melodies", adding that "like human people, songs shouldn't be one-dimensional".[6] The singer declared that the introspective nature of Version 2.0 served to "reassure myself while I'm going crazy" due to her experiences during production, as she was "living by myself in a hotel, and I had no one to really talk to" and every day coming back by herself really late after working on the studio.[7]

Promotion[edit]

The entire visual campaign for Version 2.0 was tailored to play off the album cover artwork, the icons designed to represent each single release, provided point-of-sale and the band's videogenic sensibility.[6] Garbage spent three weeks in Europe providing interviews with music journalists from a multitude of territories, while Manson continued on her own to Australia and Asia.[6]

Version 2.0 was released in Japan on May 4, a week ahead of the international street date, to counteract parallel imports. The album was released in two editions, a standard album with a bonus remix of "Push It" by Boom Boom Satellites and a limited edition run of 20,000 copies featuring two international b-sides, "Lick the Pavement" and a cover version of Big Star's "Thirteen".[6] Version 2.0 debuted at #4 in the Japanese international album chart.[8]

On May 11, Version 2.0 was released worldwide, with the North American street date a day later.[6] Mushroom Records released the album in the United Kingdom on CD, LP and cassette. Version 2.0 debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart,[9] selling 31,476 copies.[10] In North America, Version 2.0 was released on CD and cassette by Almo Sounds in partnership with Interscope who ship 500,000 copies to stores in the first week.[8] The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #13[11] selling 88,000 units.[12] In Canada, where the album is licensed by Almo to Universal Music, the album debuted at #2.[13]

Version 2.0 world tour[edit]

Preempting the start of their world tour, Garbage played three shows in the Midwest under the alias 'Stupid Girl'.[14] The Version 2.0 tour officially kicked off with club dates starting at San Francisco's Warfield Theater on May 20, and took the band to a number of key media cities in the United States and Canada.[15] Garbage then travelled to Europe to play a number of rock festivals beginning June 1 at Netherland's Pinkpop and finishing up at Scotland's T in the Park on July 12. In between the festivals, Garbage performed some headlining shows in France and the United Kingdom, with support coming from The Crystal Method. In August, the band travelled to Japan to perform on the bill at the Fuji Rock Festival, and then back to Scotland to perform at two "warm up" shows at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom and then headlining the last night of the Reading Festival.[14]

Garbage returned to North America on September 17, to start a three-month tour. Support came from Girls Against Boys. The itinerary took the band from Denver, Colorado up the West Coast as north as Vancouver, BC before routing towards the Southern States. Following these dates, the tour moved up the Eastern Seaboard and into Quebec and Ontario, before finishing up in the Midwest on November 28 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. During December, Garbage performed at radio shows on both coasts, including KROQ-FM's Almost Acoustic Christmas, and made a visit to Mexico City before wrapping up on December 20 in Detroit, Michigan.[14]

Continuing their touring commitment into 1999, Garbage launched a European arena tour on January 14 at Dublin's Point Theatre. Local acts such as Laurent Garnier and Rasmus support continental dates; Moloko support Irish and UK shows. Concerts in Paris and St. Petersburg are filmed to be broadcast by MTV Europe and MTV Russia respectively. A show in Tallinn is cancelled on the day when the band's equipment is held up by customs officials at the Estonian border.[16] The European run ends in Madrid on February 11.[16] Garbage then returned to North America to support Alanis Morissette on two legs of The Junkie tour, starting on February 16 in Cincinnati, Ohio routing along the Midwest, Four Corners states and onto the West Coast, ending on April 8 in Los Angeles[17]

Garbage revisited Europe to play a second summer of rock festivals, beginning with Vienna's Libro on May 19. The shows included visits to Israel and Iceland, although four concerts in the Baltic States and Russia are cancelled on the advice of the American Embassy due to the USA's involvement in Kosovo. Garbage headlined a special show to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on July 1.[18] The European dates conclude in Duisburg on July 25. Garbage then travelled to South Africa to play four shows with Placebo.[14]

The final legs of the Version 2.0 tour see Garbage moving on to New Zealand and Australia to co-headline with Alanis Morissette, beginning in Auckland for sixteen days from October 1, and ending in Newcastle. During this time the band also performed at the Livid Festival. Garbage returned to North America to wind down the tour by headlining a series of shows organised by MTV on university campuses.[19] Titled the Campus Invasion Tour, and supported by Lit, the shows began on October 20 in Denver and is routed through the Midwest, North East and Southern States, Arizona and California.[20] The final date of the Version 2.0 tour is held in Irvine, California on November 24.[21]

Accolades and nominations[edit]

"I think the general consensus was that people feel our second record didn't do as well as the first one, but our second record did better. But I think in terms of our profile, I think our profile was probably quieter than on our first record."

Shirley Manson[22]

Version 2.0 received its first gold discs on May 22 in the UK,[23] Belgium, France and New Zealand.[8] On July 14, the video for "Push It" was nominated for eight MTV Video Music Awards (for 'Best Group Video', 'Best Alternative Video', 'Best Breakthrough Video', 'Best Art Direction', 'Best Editing', 'Best Cinematography', 'Best Direction' and 'Best Special Effects'[24]) coming second to Madonna's "Ray of Light" video which received nine.[25] On October 1, Garbage were nominated for three MTV Europe Music Awards: "Best Group," "Best Rock Act" and "Best Video" for "Push It". By this time, Version 2.0 has been certified platinum in Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK[23] and further been certified gold in Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United States.[8]

On January 5, 1999, Version 2.0 is nominated for Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album.[26] By this point in the tour, Version 2.0 has now been certified double gold in France, platinum in Ireland, US[27] and double platinum the UK. On the week of March 8, Version 2.0 was officially awarded the European Platinum Award by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for 1 million sales across Europe.[8] "Push It" was nominated for Best Alternative Record at Winter Music Conference.[8] Garbage perform "You Look So Fine" for Gala Ragazza in Madrid on June 3 as Version 2.0 is certified platinum in Spain.[8] On June 20, Version 2.0 claims the fifth longest chart run on the Spanish Album Charts, and an airplay-only single, "Temptation Waits" is released to Spanish radio.[28]

On September 9, 1999, the video for "Special" won 'Best Special Effects' at the MTV Video Music Awards. "Special" received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. Version 2.0's sales continued into 2000, and was certified platinum in the UK for the second time on February 11, 2000,[23] before re-charting in the UK for the final time week-ending July 15, 2000.[29]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[30]
Entertainment Weekly B+[31]
Robert Christgau A−[32]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[33]
Spin (8/10)[34]

Version 2.0 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.Version 2.0 ends 1998 named Daily Mail's Album of the Year, and is in end-of-year lists in The Guardian, Q, Kerrang!, Melody Maker, NME, Select, Spin and Gear.[8] Canada's largest modern rock station, The Edge 102 named Version 2.0 #1 Album,[8] while three tracks make Australia's Triple J Hottest 100: "I Think I'm Paranoid" (at #57), "Push It" (#87) and "Special" (#89).[35] A rare negative review was from Newsweek, whose reviewer David Gates criticized the samples, "space-age wheeps" and "calculated showbiz shtik".[36]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Garbage, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Temptation Waits"   4:36
2. "I Think I'm Paranoid"   3:38
3. "When I Grow Up"   3:23
4. "Medication"   4:06
5. "Special"   3:43
6. "Hammering in My Head"   4:52
7. "Push It"   4:02
8. "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing"   4:11
9. "Dumb"   3:50
10. "Sleep Together"   4:03
11. "Wicked Ways"   3:43
12. "You Look So Fine"   5:25

Release history[edit]

Date Territory Label Format Edition(s)
May 4, 1998 Japan BMG Victor CD Standard edition, one bonus track
Limited edition, two bonus tracks
May 11, 1998 United Kingdom Mushroom Records UK CD, Cassette, LP Standard edition
Europe BMG CD, Cassette
(LP imported)
South Africa CD
South America
Hong Kong
Limited edition, with bonus Garbage Video V-CD
Taiwan Standard edition
Australia White Records
Limited edition, with bonus CD-ROM
Singapore
May 12, 1998 Canada Almo Sounds CD, cassette Standard edition
United States
CD bonus Independent Access disc, from retailer Newbury Comics
February 8, 1999 United Kingdom Mushroom Records UK Mini-Disc Standard edition
June 7, 1999 Double CD Version 2.0 Special Live Edition
c.July 1999 Europe BMG
July 7, 1999 Japan BMG Victor
c.September 1999 Australia Festival Mushroom Records
November 29, 1999 United Kingdom Simply Vinyl Double-LP Standard edition, pressed on 180gm heavyweight vinyl
France BMG France Double-CD boxset Packaged as Garbage: 2 Albums Originaux, with debut album
c.2000 Europe PIAS Recordings CD Standard edition, reissue
Australia Festival Mushroom Records
South Africa David Gresham Records
South America Universal Music
August 27, 2001 Japan Sony Music Int'l Standard edition, with one bonus track, reissue
October 1, 2001 Russia and CIS BMG Russia Standard edition (reissue)
November 23, 2003 United Kingdom A&E Records
Worldwide
(ex. North America)
WEA
February 28, 2005 United Kingdom A&E Records Digital download Standard edition
September 1, 2008 Australia Rhino Entertainment Double-CD Packaged as Garbage: 2 In 1, with the debut album

Credits and Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

#1 successions

Preceded by
International Velvet by Catatonia
UK Albums Chart number-one album
May 16, 1998 – May 23, 1998
Succeeded by
Blue by Simply Red
Preceded by
Live '98 by Pascal Obispo
France Albums Chart number-one album
May 16, 1998 – May 23, 1998
Succeeded by
Louise Attaque by Louise Attaque
Preceded by
Mezzanine by Massive Attack
European Top 100 Albums number-one album
May 30, 1998 – June 5, 1998
Succeeded by
Blue by Simply Red
Preceded by
Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture
by James Horner
Belgian national chart number-one album
June 6, 1998 – June 12, 1998
Succeeded by
L'un pour l'autre by Maurane
Preceded by
Let's Talk About Love by Céline Dion
New Zealand Albums Chart number-one album
May 24, 1998 – June 13, 1998
Succeeded by
Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins

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