Peak UK Chart Position: #22 in February 2002.
American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Steve Marker (lead guitar), and Butch Vig (drums) got together with Scottish vocalist Shirley Manson in 1994 – and twenty-three years later, the line-up remains exactly the same. Manson had previously been with Goodbye Mr Mackenzie (who had a minor hit with “The Rattler” in 1989) and side project Angelfish, and was asked to join Garbage after Marker had seen a music video by Angelfish entitled “Suffocate Me” on MTV. They have sold over seventeen million albums worldwide.
- “Cherry Lips” was the second release from third studio album “Beautiful Garbage”, and was their most successful release in Australia, peaking at number seven.
- A percentage of the royalties generated from the sales of “Cherry Lips” was donated to the International Red Cross.
- In March 2003, the track featured on the PlayStation 2 game Amplitude. While playing the “Cherry Lips” level, the game shows footage taken from the “Breaking Up the Girl” music video.
- It entered the UK charts at number 22 on this day in 2002, becoming their twelfth top forty hit. Their biggest hit remains “Stupid Girl”, peaking at number four in 1996.
- Last June saw the release of their sixth studio album, “Strange Little Birds”, which coincided with a tour that started in Irvine, United States, on May 14th and concluded in Lima, Peru, on December 17th.
Here is “Cherry Lips” as performed on the MTV World Stage in Monterrey, Mexico, on September 12th 2012.
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