Garbage with John Doe and Exene Cervenka "Destroying Angels" (2018 Record Store Day Black Friday single)

For Record Store Day Black Friday 2018, the alternative rock band Garbage released a 7-inch, 33 1/3 RPM single titled "Destroying Angels", the A-side of which the band co-wrote, co-produced, and co-recorded with John Doe and Exene Cervenka of the veteran L.A. punk band X. The single was pressed in magenta and white vinyl, and was limited to 3,000 copies.

The A-side "Destroying Angels" is an eerie Gothic murder ballad done in the Garbage way, with heavy electronic textures added to the sounds of piano, violin, drums and accordion. Lead singer Shirley Mansion sings most of the verses, building tension with the gruesome storyline, until Doe and Cervenka join in on the bridges and the chorus to add an additional dimension of spookiness. (Doe also played the bass). It's a vivid piece of musical Grand Guignol.

The B-side is an equally intriguing cover of David Bowie's "Starman" by Garbage, without the duo from X. The band recorded this cover of the 1972 Ziggy Stardust classic for a Bowie tribute program which aired on Howard Stern's radio network in February of 2018. This rendition of the song is given an appropriately spacey aura by the band's electronic approach, with Manson crooning the lyrics in a seductive low-key manner. Well done.

Garbage - Destroying Angels / Starman

Garbage with John Doe and Exene Cervenka "Destroying Angels" (single) (Stun Volume STNVOL031) 2018

Track Listing:

a. Destroying Angels
b. Starman