Forgotten Jam: Garbage "#1 Crush"

Today's Forgotten Jam "#1 Crush" from Garbage comes from the William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet movie soundtrack, and was #1 on the charts 19 years ago today. -  Jason Rossi 

Reflecting on the lyrics, Manson felt, "All real love is a form of obsession. If you love someone more than anything else, that degree of exclusivity requires an abnormal amount of passion and care. And that can be positive," contrasting with the protagonist of "#1 Crush, "It's just that keeping it short of unhealthy, short of violence, really requires a bit of moderation. You can't let something like that take over all of your thought processes".Butch Vig later described "#1 Crush" as "disturbing".

In 1996, the track was remixed by Nellee Hooper and Marius de Vries for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's modernised William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet movie adaptation. The remix of "#1 Crush" peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks, where it stayed for four weeks, and as of 2014 is Garbage's sole #1 entry on any US chart. "#1 Crush" was the first of two hit singles from the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack; "Lovefool" by The Cardigans continued the success of the compilation. In 1997, "#1 Crush" was later nominated for Best Song from a Movie at the MTV Movie Awards.

 

 

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