A soundtrack for rainy days, washed out weekends and being huddled up indoors.
If there’s one thing that fundamentally defines the experience of living in Britain, it’s rain. Specifically, the curious ability to experience all four seasons in a day just by walking to the shops, but also the way in which rain – its absence, its imminence or its recent presence – constitutes such a significant topic of debate for the inhabitants of these dampened isles.
As the temperature drops and the days get shorter in the run-up to Christmas, we’ve listed ten songs about rainy days – but also about the autumn and winter, the cold and the wind, and being wrapped up in the warm as raindrops patter on the window. Some aren’t about weather at all, but simply about having to while away a day huddled in shelter from the elements.
The Doors – ‘Riders On The Storm’
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It's been over 20 years since the quartet who comprises Garbage released their eponymous debut, a record that got them noticed on both sides of the Atlantic. They are imminently bringing out their sixth album and are heavily promoting it on the live circuit, which currently sees them playing in Europe before heading to North America and then back for European festivals.
After the brooding (but not brilliant) 'Sometimes' provides an atmospheric start, 'Empty' shows Garbage are still capable of producing enjoyably rock anthems, something that littered their early catalogue. With rolling guitars and a big chorus, it's easily digested, while 'Blackout' aims for a similar effect but darker tone. The slow electro approach of 'If I lost You' doesn't suit the band so much, though displays Shirley Manson an apt turn at a more sultry performance, but the added stomp to 'Magnetized' results in a track that shows the pop nous that they've previously shown in the likes of 'Special' and 'When I Grow Up'. 'We Never Tell' takes this even further, with its "ah ah ah" backing vocals, but the momentum is halted as the band again return to sluggish ways on 'Teaching Little Fingers To Play'.
It's ultimately a mixed bag from Garbage, who certainly still have something to offer and in Manson have an alluring focal point. There are as many moments here to be engaged in as there are to lost interest.
Shirley Manson , Garbage - Garbage perform at Usher Hall on their '20 Years Queer' tour. This short concert tour by the American/Scottish alternative rock group is to mark the twentieth anniversary of their debut album 'Garbage.' at Usher Hall - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Saturday 14th November 2015
Smokestacks and Garbage - It's no secret that we are exploiting our planet and running out of resources at the speed of light, but many people refuse to take notice. These unbelievable photos of environmental damage, collected into a book by environmental awareness platform Global Population Speak Out, show the harsh realities of the ecological and social tragedies that Earth is suffering. Its title: "Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot." PRESS RELEASE: SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT - Population Media Center is giving away more than four thousand copies of a dramatic new coffee table book beginning February 16th, 2015. Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) features more than 300 pages of stunning, full-spread photography and is the centerpiece of the 2015 Global Population Speak Out ("Speak Out") created in partnership with Population Institute. Speak Out uses social media, word-of-mouth and direct action to engage opinion-leaders, scientists and citizens of the world to respond creatively to environmental degradation. Speak Out emphasizes elements of environmental protection that are rarely discussed: promoting human rights and human health as strong, indispensable solutions to preserving the rights of other species to exist and the health of the planet. "Speak Out works to equip those already engaged in addressing environmental concerns with strong materials and messages to help them raise awareness and catalyze change," says Joe Bish, Director of Issues Advocacy at Population Media Center, one of the organizations working on Speak Out. "We are really looking forward to crowd-sourced, creative ideas for how to put this amazing book to work as an agent of positive change." Speak Out organizers are granting the free copies of OVER to people and organizations around the world who can be ambassadors of information and inspiration, and promise personalized delivery to policymakers, opinion leaders, activists, allied organizations, and other audiences. OVER is - South Burlington, Vermont, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015
Two weeks worth of rain fell in Glasgow on Wednesday night as public transport struggled to cope with the weather as train lines were flooded forcing commuters to make alternate plans to get home. But come hell or high water, Garbage fans descended upon the Barrowlands for the return of their own Shirley Manson and her Wisconsin hailing bandmates.
Continue reading: Garbage, Glasgow Barrowlands 4 July 2012