The Absolute Collection

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The Absolute Collection
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)
Madison, Wisconsin,
Los Angeles, and Silverlake, California
Garbage chronology
Not Your Kind of People
The Absolute Collection
Strange Little Birds

The Absolute Collection is the second greatest hits album by American-Scottish alternative rock band Garbage. It was released in Australia and New Zealand on November 2, 2012 on their own label Stunvolume, via Liberation Music,[1] and supersedes the band's previous major label compilation, Absolute Garbage.[2] The album was released in advance of the band's 2013 tourdates throughout both countries.[3]

The collection compiles a run of singles from throughout the band's career, including the band's three Australian top twenty hits "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)", "Breaking Up the Girl" and "Why Do You Love Me", and follows the release of the band's fifth studio album, Not Your Kind of People, which reached the top ten earlier in 2012.[4] The Absolute Collection charted at #88[5] for a single week on the ARIA Charts.[6]

In 2015, The Absolute Collection was remastered for iTunes. On this re-release, "#1 Crush" was replaced with the original version from Garbage: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition.[7]

Album package[edit]

The Absolute Collection track listing differs from 2007's worldwide release Absolute Garbage: it is not chronologically sequenced and the single inclusions favour towards the latter half of the band's career.[1] Unlike the earlier compilation, The Absolute Collection includes both "Androgyny" and "Breaking Up the Girl", which reached #21 and #19[8] on the Australian singles chart respectively; inversely, it omits both "You Look So Fine" and the band's James Bond theme, "The World Is Not Enough".[1] Both singles failed to chart in either Australia[9] or New Zealand.[10] The Absolute Collection also includes "Supervixen", a cut from the band's debut album, and their most recent single releases, "Blood for Poppies" and "Big Bright World", both from 2012's Not Your Kind of People.

In place of an extended bio, the band compiled a thanks list for the album booklet, while the album artwork was designed by Ryan Corey for Smog Design, from artwork created for the Not Your Kind of People booklet with a group shot image photographed by Paul Scala. The booklet also compiled a number of promotional photographs of the group taken over the course of their career by Stéphane Sednaoui, Ellen von Unwerth, Rankin, Autumn de Wilde, Warwick Saint and Joseph Cultice.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Garbage, except where noted.

1."Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)" (from Beautiful Garbage)3:13
2."Stupid Girl" (from Garbage)4:18
3."Androgyny" (from Beautiful Garbage)3:11
4."I Think I'm Paranoid" (from Version 2.0)3:39
5."Vow" (from Garbage)4:32
6."Bleed Like Me" (from Bleed Like Me)4:01
7."Supervixen" (from Garbage)3:56
8."Blood for Poppies" (from Not Your Kind of People)3:24
9."When I Grow Up" (from Version 2.0)3:24
10."Why Do You Love Me" (from Bleed Like Me)3:53
11."Big Bright World" (from Not Your Kind of People)3:24
12."Special" (from Version 2.0)3:47
13."Only Happy When It Rains" (from Garbage)3:47
14."Shut Your Mouth" (from Beautiful Garbage)3:27
15."Queer" (from Garbage)4:37
16."Tell Me Where It Hurts" (from Absolute Garbage)4:10
17."Breaking Up the Girl" (from Beautiful Garbage)3:33
18."Milk" (from Garbage)3:50
19."Push It" (from Version 2.0)4:03
20."#1 Crush" (from the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack)4:45

Release history[edit]

Date Territory Label Format(s)
November 2, 2012 Australia[11]
New Zealand[12]
October 2, 2015 Australia and New Zealand Digital download (remastered)[7]


Chart (2012) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 88


  1. ^ a b c "ALBUM BIO: Garbage – The Absolute Collection (out 2 November 2012) Liberator". Mushroom Group Promotions. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  2. ^ "Greatest Hits Album coming soon!". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  3. ^ "Garbage announce NEW ZEALAND tour February 2013!". Mushroom Group Promotions. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  4. ^ "The ARIA Report (May 21, 2012)" (PDF). ARIA. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  5. ^ "The ARIA Report (Nov 19, 2012)" (PDF). ARIA. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  6. ^ a b "The ARIA Report (Nov 12, 2012)" (PDF). ARIA. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  7. ^ a b "The Absolute Collection (Remastered)". iTunes (Australian store). Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  8. ^ ARIA Report; Issue #636 (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 2002-05-06. Archived from the original on 2002-05-15.
  9. ^ ""Androgyny" - Garbage". Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  10. ^ ""Androgyny" - Garbage". Charts.Org.Nz. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  11. ^ "The Absolute Collection". iTunes (Australian store). Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  12. ^ "The Absolute Collection". iTunes (New Zealand store). Retrieved 2012-12-03.

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