She was not who I expected her to be.
I’m friendly with her publicist, Brian Bumbery, who’s always got a smile and a story and when they arrived at the studio I ignored her, maybe out of my fear of women, but mostly because you’ve got to be wary of leaving the best stuff in the green room. I wish you could have heard my conversation with John Dick BEFORE we got on the air. Which is why I don’t want to waste time, but I felt I was being unkind so I apologized to her, telling her just that, my green room theory, and she casually told me it was no problem but still… Do I know enough about Garbage? I bought the first album, was caught up the mania, but Shirley Manson was a cool ice queen, right?
She’s sassy and opinionated and smart…
That’s one of the problems with the war between the sexes, too often you don’t go down the pike far enough to find out who these people really are. You’re intimidated, they’re uncomfortable, hell, you often don’t even exchange words, you just imbue them with your preconceptions and go on your merry way.
So no one is less Hollywood than Shirley Manson. And although her hair color and cut would give you the impression she’s out there, she’s more rooted than most. She goes with the flow, is fearful of consequences, but at the same time tests limits. And when she was on the cover of all those fashion magazines she was sitting in her hotel room alone, perfectly fine, but if you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a star in the eye of the hurricane, in the midst of the maelstrom…
P.S. This is long and meandering but the studio people think this is the best podcast yet.