"Push It" is a song by Garbage, released as the first single from their second album Version 2.0 in 1998. It became a worldwide hit in the spring of 1998, preceding the long awaited second album from the group. It was accompanied by an acclaimed music video.
In 2007, "Push It" was remastered and included on Garbage's greatest hits album Absolute Garbage.
"Push It" was written and recorded at Smart Studios during the 1997 sessions for Version 2.0. Bass on "Push It" is performed by Daniel Shulman. "Push It" contains an interpolation of 60's Californian band the Beach Boys hit "Don't Worry Baby" which was written by members Brian Wilson & Roger Christian and 1990s act Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" written by Herbie Azor.
"On "Push It", it was how far can we go, to just get so intense. The verses are slow and dreamy and pull you in, and then, of course, it gets very confrontational. The Beach Boys thing was a conscious thing, Shirley just came up with the lyric don't worry baby, and we wanted to try having a vocal chorus answering her. I think it was Steve who sampled the Beach Boys right off the record. So we had Shirley Manson singing and the Beach Boys answering her. It was amazing."
Garbage originally sampled the actual Beach Boys vocal track, but it wouldn't work with the song, so Shirley re-sung the lyric. After debating whether to keep the line, they sent a tape to Brian Wilson, who gave them permission to use the sample, and also said he liked the song and asked if he could keep the tape.
The Version 2.0 campaign officially began on March 16, 1998 when "Push It" debuted on UK radio being A-listed at Radio One, Virgin, XFM and GLR, reaching #20 in the UK Airplay chart. "Push It" was released in the US on March 30 and became the #1 most added record at Alternative Radio. Modern rock outlet KROQ was one of several US stations to jump the add date for "Push It" despite cease and desist orders from Almo Sounds. On April 11, "Push It" debuted on the Hot 100 Airplay chart at #72.
On April 21, "Push It" was released as a limited edition single in the US , enabling it to debut at #52 on the May 9 Billboard Hot 100 chart.The UK saw a commercial release for "Push It" on April 27, when Mushroom issued the single on CD, cassette and for one week only a collectible 3"CD in a blister pack as a limited edition of 5,000. "Push It" shot into the UK top ten at #9 in its first week on sale.
"Push It" also appears on the Electronic Arts PlayStation ice hockey video game 'NHL 2000'.
In 2007, Chris Sheldon completed a rockier version of "Push It" which was playlisted by XFM prior to the release of Absolute Garbage.
The video clip for "Push It" was directed by Andrea Giacobbe in Los Angeles, shooting for four days in March, 1998. It cost over $400,000 to make; particularly in its use of "bullet-time" (a rotating camera that captures a subject in mid-motion).The "Push It" video premiered internationally on April 6.
The "Push It" video is the first Garbage video since 1995's "Queer" video to incorporate a narrative: Disguised as nuns, three antagonists arrive at a supermarket where Manson is shopping with her partner (a "fuzzy" being) and assassinate him. Another team of triplets are tracking Manson's next partner (with a "lightbulb-head") contacting Manson by telephone. Manson lets them into her home, where she takes possession of their brief-case (a MacGuffin device), while the triplets capture their target. After a series of shots showing Manson's maternal relationships with her children, a disguised figure brings a balloon to a cemetery to give to Manson and her family (child versions of both "fuzzy" and "lightbulb-head") to add to the two she already has. The disguised figure is later revealed to be Manson herself, who leaves her home with both of her now-adult children, and clutching the triplet's briefcase. The video ends on the word Fine.[
Giacobbe used many different film stock to create the different shots within the video. At points in the narrative, the video changes to sepia tone, black and white or false-color.
The "Push It" video was nominated for eight MTV Video Music Awards in Best Group Video, Best Alternative Video, Best Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Special Effects and one MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video.Garbage were the leading nominee for the 1999 MVPA Music Video Awards, with six nominations between the videos for "Push It" and "Special". Gina Monaci and Jeff Judd won an award for Best Make-Up in a Music Video for their work on "Push It".
The "Push It" video was first available on the Italian CD-ROM sampler All About Garbage. A remastered version of the video was included on Garbage's 2007 greatest hits DVD Absolute Garbage.
"Push It" was nominated for 'Best Alternative Record' at the Winter Music Conference in March 1999.
Since debuting in 1998, "Push It" has been staple live track on the Version 2.0, beautifulgarbage and Bleed Like Me tours.
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