One Track Mind: Garbage with Brody Dalle, “Girls Talk” (2014)

A kick directly into the ass, Garbage’s “Girls Talk” finds Shirley Manson building, with teeth-clinched menace, toward a furious howl. Brody Dalle attempts to keep up for a while, but in the end, it’s only Manson. And she makes you feel — viscerally, completely, scarifyingly — every single thrumming molecule of her rage.

“Girls Talk” was one of two new tracks Garbage released for Record Store Day, along with “Time Will Destroy Everything.” Dalle is frontwoman for the Distillers.

Producer Butch Vig provides the newly released black-and-white in-studio footage above and, in no small way, it’s perfect. Manson appears as you’d expect for a session, un-dolled up, hair pulled up — ready to rock. It also perfectly matches the song’s furious cry for empowerment in the face of same-gender bullying.

“Girls Talk” is an updated out take from 2012’s Not Your Kind of People, Garbage’s most recent No. 13 hit studio recording. Garbage also released a collaboration last Record Store Day, “Because the Night” with the Screaming Females. A new album is expected in 2014.

Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at