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Shirley Manson: The last album Michael Gudinski listened to before he died


‘He listened to our new album the day he died’: Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson reflects on her friendship with music industry icon Michael Gudinski

Garbage’s Shirley Manson has revealed the band’s latest album was heard by the late industry legend Michael Gudinski on the day he died.

The Scottish singer, 54, reflected on her relationship with the Australian music icon, who died in early March, in an interview with Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph.

Shirley explained that a pre-release copy of the band’s new LP, No Gods No Masters, was provided to Michael shortly before his death.

Comforted: Garbage’s Shirley Manson has revealed she was happy that the band’s latest album was heard by the late industry legend Michael Gudinski

‘I’m told by the staff at his record label that he listened to our new album the day that he died’ Shirley said.

‘That gives me great comfort that this will be the last record Michael ever heard from us’ she continued.

Shirley also said that Michael listened to ‘every single one’ of Garbage’s albums.

'He listened to our new album the day that he died': Shirley explained the backstory of Michael receiving their latest album and her relationship with the music icon

‘He listened to our new album the day that he died’: Shirley explained the backstory of Michael receiving their latest album and her relationship with the music icon

Michael Gudinski has a long history and prosperous relationship with Garbage.

In 1995 he signed the then-unknown American band to his Mushroom Records label in the UK and Australia.        

With his reach and influence, Michael helped book the band’s tours around Australia. They first performed in the country in October 1996.

Origins: In 1995 Michael signed the then unknown American band 'Garbage' to his 'Mushroom' label in the UK and Australia

Origins: In 1995 Michael signed the then unknown American band ‘Garbage’ to his ‘Mushroom’ label in the UK and Australia

After Michael’s death, Shirley said she woke up in the middle of the night to watch the livestream of his state funeral memorial online.

She even made a video tribute in remembrance of her friend and industry partner.

‘He was an extraordinary person’ she said. ‘He was our leader. But he lived a f**king great life, what an incredible spirit. He’ll be with me forever, and I hardly like anyone!’ 

'He'll be with me forever': When news came of Michael's passing, Shirley woke up in the middle of the night to watch the memorial online and created a video tribute

‘He’ll be with me forever’: When news came of Michael’s passing, Shirley woke up in the middle of the night to watch the memorial online and created a video tribute

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