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“Androgyny” is a song by Garbage, the first single from their third album, Beautiful Garbage, released worldwide in September 2001.

The song, which was a dramatic change in sound for Garbage, was the lead-in promotional single for the band’s third record. The single was untimely released in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and like many singles at that time was not able to be promoted. This, coupled with negative fan reaction and poor reviews from the likes of the NME and Allmusic led the single to promptly sink in many countries, including the UK and US. The resulting low sales and lack of airplay severely crippled the performance of the beautifulgarbage record.

“Androgyny” was written and recorded at Smart Studios during the early 2001 sessions for beautifulgarbage.

“Androgyny” was treated to single release in late September 2001. It was backed with the exclusive track “Begging Bone” and a collection of remixes of the song.

While not being a massive success in major markets, the song reached the #1 spot in Mexico, then Greece upon release, as well as the top tens of many South American and smaller European countries. It is also the second-highest charting Garbage single in New Zealand (after Push It).

The promotional video for “Androgyny” was shot in London in late August 2001 and was directed by Donald Cameron for Tsunami Productions. The video featured Shirley and the boys mingling with various androgynous twenty-somethings in a posh toilet room.


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When everything is going wrong and you can't see the point of going on
Nothing in life is set in stone there's nothing that can't be turned around
Nobody wants to be alone, everybody wants to love someone
Out of the tree go pick a plum, why can't we all just get along?

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