From The Desk Of Garbage’s Steve Marker: Stand-Up Comedy

Garbage is back. And the band’s sound is the same—but different. Not Your Kind Of People (StunVolume) is the quartet’s first album since 2005, and the distance has got Garbage’s creative juices flowing in exciting ways. First single “Blood For Poppies” has the same driving drums, ripping guitars and biting lyrics as earlier LPs but a poppier hook, while “Battle In Me” is much angrier and, well, Garbage-ier. Not Your Kind Of People is a great fusion of the old and the new—and after seven years of waiting, we are pretty psyched the band is back. The quartet will be guest editing for two weeks, but for those of you who need more Garbage, read our 20 Questions feature with Shirley Manson and Butch Vig.

Marker: Stand-up totally mystifies me. How do they do that? I’m not a great writer, but I can vaguely understand how someone like me or the monkeys with the typewriters could go up upstairs for a few weeks and eventually come back down with something like “To The Lighthouse” or some Oprah’s pick of the week or a USA Today Lifestyle feature. But how people like Chris Rock, Craig Ferguson, Margaret Cho, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor or all of those other freakazoids can stand up there completely naked and think so goddamned fast, without notes or pauses, and be just so blindingly brilliant, is beyond my comprehension of what a human is capable of. That’s why I love it so much, because I could never do that in a million years. Genius.

Video after the jump.