Shirley Manson: ‘Greta Thunberg is a brightly coloured little bird in a coalmine sounding the alarm for others’

The Garbage singer on open-air wees, wanting to be a ballerina and eating Terry’s Chocolate Orange for breakfast

Born in Edinburgh, Shirley Manson, 55, was in the bands Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and Angelfish before she relocated to the United States to become lead singer of Garbage. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1995 and went multi-platinum, and in 1999 they recorded the theme tune for the Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Last year, they released their seventh album, No Gods No Masters. Manson is also an actor and hosts The Jump podcast. She lives in Los Angeles with her second husband, the sound engineer Billy Bush.

What is your greatest fear?
Dying of the same awful disease that took my mother – a particularly aggressive form of dementia called Pick’s disease.

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