Stupid Girl (4:20)

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“Stupid Girl” is a song by Garbage, released as a single in 1996, taken from their 1995 self-titled debut album. It became Garbage’s highest charting single in many territories, including in the US Billboard Hot 100 and in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #4. Its success was driven by an innovative music video and cutting-edge remixes which gained massive airplay across the world.

The success of “Stupid Girl” propelled sales of its parent album Garbage into the top twenty of the Billboard 200 and into the UK Albums Chart top ten. In 1997 the song was nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group.

Written by Garbage members Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig, the song is based upon a drum sample from The Clash’s 1980 hit “Train in Vain”, whose writers Joe Strummer and Mick Jones were given a co-writing credit for the song. In 2007, “Stupid Girl” was remastered and included on Garbage’s greatest hits album Absolute Garbage.The remaining members of The Clash, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, were given a co-writing credit on the remastered version of the song.

“Stupid Girl” began as a rough demo in January 1994, during sessions among Vig, Erikson and Marker in Marker’s basement recording studio in Madison, Wisconsin.The band had been jamming with numerous instruments, an eight-track and samplers.


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  • kineticwaves

    Not a fan of all Garbage tunes, but this one makes me feel ALIVE! I remember...Twilight Princess days... usurper King Zant. <3

    22 Jul 12:39pm Reply
  • mzoep

    Remind me when i was.young and alive.

    14 Jul 11:30am Reply
  • Filthgrinder__

    One of their best songs of all time.

    8 Jul 3:07am Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX


    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MackSpane

    Absolutely one of the best songs on the album.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • pdc_canarias


    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • hermann497


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  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • ledzeppelinu2

    good tune

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • redmosquito1975

    Flashback 90's!!!

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • fowlhuman

    More like the Sisters of Mercy.

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Soof_96

    Sounds like Depeche Mode

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    This song reminded me a lot of Resident Evil 3 back in 2003 when I first hear it

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    This song sounds soooo good. Lovely production.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dazza333


    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MackSpane

    I was amazed the first time I heard not just this song, but pretty much every song on the album. I don't know how the band came up with that name, however, at least IMO, the only way I can think of it is as a word where the literal definition is reversed (such as "Bad", or "Sick", "Tight" et. al.), because the music put out by Shirley and the rest is anything BUT Garbage (most of today's music is really horrible--there's not respect for the "musicians" anymore. It seems as though, in today's Pop Music, it's all about computerized instruments and a dance show with the "artist" {HA! calling them "Artists is a joke!} either lip-syncing or using computerized pitch alteration) and the music they put out was anything BUT!

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Didulidudadu

    but stupid girls are so lovable...

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • G8Rbuttercups

    Loved Shirley in the 90's and I still love Garbage;)

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SasukeJJ

    stupid girl, stupid girl, can't believe you fake it, can't believe you fake it...

    10 May 2013 Reply
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