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Bryan David "Butch" Vig (born August 2, 1955), nicknamed the Nevermind Man, is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and remixer, best known as the drummer and co-producer of the alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of diamond-selling album Nevermind
Nevermind
by Nirvana.[1] A native of Wisconsin, Vig had been based in Madison for much of his career, from studying at the University of Wisconsin, to performing in local bands Spooner and Fire Town, and then to setting up his own recording studio, Smart Studios, with bandmate Steve Marker
Steve Marker
in the town.[2] After becoming well known as a producer, he formed and played drums with Garbage, who sold 17 million records over a ten-year period. Vig returned to producing full-time once Garbage went on hiatus in 2005. The band reconvened in 2010 to record material for their fifth album. In 2012, Vig ranked number nine in NME's Top 50 Greatest Producers Ever.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early musical career 2.2 Production career 2.3 Garbage 2.4 5 Billion in Diamonds

3 Personal life 4 Discography 5 Production career

5.1 Remix work

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Butch Vig
Butch Vig
was born Bryan David Vig to Dr. DeVerne and Betty Vig,[4] a music teacher,[5] in Viroqua, Wisconsin.[2] Vig has two siblings, Chris and Lisa.[5] Vig acquired the nickname Butch as a child, due to the severe crew cut his father gave him.[2] Vig studied piano for six years. After seeing The Who
The Who
perform on The Smothers Brothers, he swapped his piano for a $60 drum kit.[2] Moving to Madison, Vig enrolled at the University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
to study film direction.[citation needed] Career[edit] Early musical career[edit] While a student at the University of Wisconsin, Vig met his eventual Garbage bandmate Steve Marker. Vig contributed several electronic music soundtrack pieces to low-budget films, including one song on Slumber Party Massacre, a Hollywood B-movie. This soundtrack work stirred Vig's interest in the manipulation of sound. Vig joined a number of garage pop bands, including Eclipse, and in 1978 formed Spooner with Duke Erikson, Dave Benton, Jeff Walker and Joel Tappero. The following year, Vig helped Marker to build a home studio in Marker's basement. Marker and Vig also started a small label, Boat Records, to release records of both Spooner – which included their 1979 debut EP, "Cruel School" – and other bands they liked, which led to around twenty local acts. The self-producing was later described by Vig as "kind of a trial by fire".[2][6][7][8] In 1984, Vig and Marker founded Smart Studios
Smart Studios
in Madison, while still performing drums in Spooner at night and driving a taxi cab during the day. When Spooner lost momentum, Vig formed a band called First Person with Marker and Phil Davis and a side-project called Fire Town featuring Davis and Erikson. Fire Town quickly became Vig's priority, and after their first album were signed to Atlantic Records. Atlantic hired producer Michael Frondelli to work with Fire Town on their second album. While the sessions did not do well, and the resulting record sank, Vig learned a lot of production techniques from the process. Fire Town split, and Vig reformed Spooner for a final album before Vig's production work became a full-time career for him.[2] Production career[edit]

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Vig's first high-profile production work was in 1991, when he produced albums by two grunge bands, The Smashing Pumpkins' Gish
Gish
and Nirvana's Nevermind. Vig incorporated overdubs and vocal doubletracking, whereas Nirvana's previous album, Bleach (produced by Jack Endino) had a more "lo-fi" sound. Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
originally refused to double-track his vocals and guitars but Vig reportedly got him to comply by saying " John Lennon
John Lennon
double-tracked". Cobain would later criticize Vig for the album's slickness, although this might be due to Andy Wallace's mixing of the album.[9] Cobain said that "Butch Vig...recorded the album perfectly," in a 1993 MTV
MTV
interview. Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
welcomed Vig's elaborate production on The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. This album met with positive commercial and critical reception, also breaking another indie band into the mainstream. Vig also produced two critically praised Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
albums, 1992's Dirty[10] and 1994's Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. In 2003, Vig worked with AFI to produce their first major label album with DreamWorks, Sing the Sorrow. Vig worked with Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World
on their sixth album, Chase This Light, released in October 2007. He is also working on soundtracks for two new movies. His first production for an English band was 2008's All or Nothing by The Subways. He also worked with Against Me!, producing their two Sire Records releases, New Wave and White Crosses, as well as working with singer Laura Jane Grace on her solo EP, Heart Burns. Vig produced the eighth studio album by Green Day, 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, which won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Rock Album. Recently, Vig has been partnered in duties by his engineer and mixer Billy Bush who also worked on Garbage's albums and live tours. Vig composed and produced the soundtrack for the film The Other Side. In 2009 Vig recorded two new tracks for the long-awaited greatest hits release by the Foo Fighters, most notably the single "Wheels" and ultimately produced their April 2011 follow-up, Wasting Light. In 2010, Vig produced Muse's single, "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)," which was featured on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. Garbage[edit]

Butch Vig
Butch Vig
playing drums for Garbage.

Vig stated, "Part of the reason why I started Garbage was that by the time I'd done 'Nevermind,' I'd recorded – I swear to God – 1,000 bands that were just guitar-bass-drums. I was reading about all these other records that I was getting excited about – like Public Enemy using a sampler in the studio – and I just decided I wanted to do a bit of a U-turn."[11] Afterwards, they hired Scottish singer Shirley Manson and began composing together.[1] Garbage released a string of singles in 1995–1996, including "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains". Their debut album, Garbage, was an unexpected smash, selling over 4 million copies and certified double platinum in the UK, United States and Australia. Garbage won the Breakthrough Artist award at the 1996 MTV
MTV
Europe Music Awards.[12] The band then spent two years working on follow-up album, Version 2.0, which topped the charts in the UK upon its 1998 release and the following year was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Version 2.0
Version 2.0
went on to match the sales of its predecessor. Garbage followed this up by performing and co-producing the theme song to the nineteenth James Bond
James Bond
movie The World Is Not Enough.[13] Despite being named one of Rolling Stone's Top 10 Albums of The Year,[14] Garbage's 2001 third album Beautiful Garbage
Beautiful Garbage
failed to match the commercial success achieved by its predecessors.[15] Garbage quietly disbanded in late 2003, but regrouped to complete fourth album Bleed Like Me
Bleed Like Me
in 2005, peaking at a career-high #4 in the U.S.[16] The band cut short their concert tour in support of Bleed Like Me announcing an "indefinite hiatus",[17] emphasizing that they had not broken up, but wished to pursue personal interests.[18] In 2006, Vig returned to producing while Manson worked on a solo album (as yet unreleased). Garbage ended their hiatus in 2007,[19] and released greatest hits retrospective Absolute Garbage. Worldwide, the band have sold over 17 million albums.[20] The band got back together in 2010 and began recording their new album, Not Your Kind of People, which was released internationally on May 14, 2012. This was followed by Strange Little Birds, released on June 10, 2016. 5 Billion in Diamonds[edit] In 2017, Vig debuted a new musical project, the band 5 Billion in Diamonds. Their first album was released on August 11, 2017.[21][22][23] Personal life[edit] Vig is married to Beth Halper, a former DreamWorks
DreamWorks
A&R executive; they have a daughter, Bo Violet.[citation needed] They live in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.[citation needed] Discography[edit] Main articles: Butch Vig discography and Garbage discography Spooner

Every Corner Dance (1982) Wildest Dreams (1985) The Fugitive Dance (1990)

Fire Town

In the Heart of the Heart Country (1987) The Good Life (1989)

Garbage

Garbage (1995) Version 2.0
Version 2.0
(1998) Beautiful Garbage
Beautiful Garbage
(2001) Bleed Like Me
Bleed Like Me
(2005) Not Your Kind of People
Not Your Kind of People
(2012) Strange Little Birds
Strange Little Birds
(2016)

Production career[edit]

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Vig served as the record producer, or co-producer on the following records:

1982: Die Kreuzen – Internal 1984: Killdozer – Intellectuals Are the Shoeshine Boys of the Ruling Elite 1985: ivory library – 1st e.p. 1985: The Other Kids – Living in the Mirror 1985: Killdozer – Snake Boy 1985: Laughing Hyenas
Laughing Hyenas
– Come Down to the Merry Go Round 1986: Killdozer – Burl 1987: The Other Kids – Happy Home 1987: Killdozer – Little Baby Buntin' 1988: Die Kreuzen – Century Days 1988: The Cheeters – Sign of Fire 1988: Killdozer – For Ladies Only 1989: Killdozer – Twelve Point Buck 1989: Laughing Hyenas- You Can't Pray a Lie 1989: Stuart Stotts – Music in My Mother's House 1989: feedtime – Suction 1990: Urge Overkill
Urge Overkill
– Americruiser 1990: King Snake Roost – Ground into the Dirt 1990: Laughing Hyenas
Laughing Hyenas
– Life of Crime 1990: The Fluid
The Fluid
– Glue 1991: The Fluid
The Fluid
– Spot the Loon 1991: Gods of the Revolution 1991: Cosmic Psychos
Cosmic Psychos
– Blokes You Can Trust 1991: The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins
– Gish 1991: Nirvana – Nevermind 1991: Tad – 8-Way Santa 1991: Young Fresh Fellows – Electric Bird Digest 1991: Overwhelming Colorfast – Overwhelming Colorfast 1991: Die Kreuzen – Cement 1992: Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
– Dirty 1992: House of Pain
House of Pain
– Shamrocks and Shenanigans 1992: L7 – Bricks Are Heavy 1992: Chainsaw Kittens – Flipped Out in Singapore 1992: Drain – Pick Up Heaven 1992: Gumball – Wisconsin Hayride 1992: Sky Pilot – 'Chicago Illinois - Mike DeFoy" 1993: Gumball – Super Tasty 1993: Gumball – The Damage Done 1993: Crash Vegas
Crash Vegas
– Stone 1993: The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins
– Siamese Dream 1993: Gumball – Real Gone Deal 1994: Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
– Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star 1994: Helmet – Betty 1994: Freedy Johnston
Freedy Johnston
– This Perfect World 1995: Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum
– Let Your Dim Light Shine 1995: Garbage – Garbage 1997: The And – Day 1997: The And – And Night 1998: Garbage – Version 2.0 2001: Garbage – Beautiful Garbage 2003: AFI – Sing the Sorrow 2005: Garbage – Bleed Like Me 2006: Kilroy – LP 2007: Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World
– Chase This Light 2007: Against Me!
Against Me!
– New Wave 2008: The Subways
The Subways
– All or Nothing 2008: Laura Jane Grace
Laura Jane Grace
– Heart Burns 2009: Green Day
Green Day
– 21st Century Breakdown 2009: Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
– Greatest Hits 2010: Against Me!
Against Me!
– White Crosses 2010: Muse – "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" 2010: Never Shout Never
Never Shout Never
– Harmony 2010: Goo Goo Dolls – Something for the Rest of Us 2011: Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
– Wasting Light 2012: Garbage – Not Your Kind of People 2013: Sound City Players – Sound City: Real To Reel 2014: Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
– Sonic Highways[24]

Remix work[edit] Butch Vig
Butch Vig
has remixed songs for the following artists: Against Me!, Ash, Beck, The Cult, Depeche Mode, EMF, Fun Lovin' Criminals, House of Pain, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Alanis Morissette, Nine Inch Nails, Michael Penn, M.O.P
M.O.P
and U2, as well as his own band Garbage.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ a b "Garbage: Behind The Music". Behind The Music. 2002-03-31.  ^ a b c d e f "Welcome to Spooner Town". Record Collector. February 1, 1997  ^ "50 Of The Greatest Producers Ever". Nme.com. 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2016-06-26.  ^ Burgess, Joan (August 23, 2005). "Obituaries". Madison.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012.  ^ a b "Obituaries (Tuesday August 23, 2005)". Wisconsin State Journal (reproduced on Madison.com). August 23, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-05  ^ Buskin, Richard (March 1997). "BUTCH VIG: Nevermind
Nevermind
The Garbage". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2012-01-15.  ^ Steve Marker
Steve Marker
of Garbage on his approach to production and the joys of living in Colorado ^ Punks: A Guide to an American Subculture. Sharon M. Hannon. p. 115 ^ Berkenstadt, J. (1998). Nevermind
Nevermind
Nirvana at pg. 96. New York: Schirmer Books. ISBN 0-02-864775-0 ^ 1992 THE BEST & WORST MUSIC, Entertainment Weekly. ^ Mapes, Jillian (October 19, 2011). "Butch Vig: Garbage's Hiatus Cleared Members' 'Baggage'". New York City: Billboard. Retrieved 2011-10-20.  ^ " Version 2.0
Version 2.0
press release" (Press release). Mushroom Records. March 30, 1998.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ " Beautiful Garbage
Beautiful Garbage
press release" (Press release). Mushroom Records. July 27, 2001.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ ""Breaking Up the Girl" Hits magazine trade ad". Retrieved 2008-02-24 ^ " Bleed Like Me
Bleed Like Me
press release, published by Geffen Records, dated February 21, 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-24 ^ Murphy, Peter S. (2008). Absolute Garbage
Absolute Garbage
biography.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ " Shirley Manson
Shirley Manson
on Garbage Hiatus: 'I'm Burnt, I'm Done, I'm Toast' says singer". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-02-24.  ^ "Dear worried and confused". Garbage.com. Archived from the original on February 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-24.  ^ "Garbage End Sabbatical for Benefit Show". Music.AOL.com. Retrieved 2008-02-24.  ^ "New Best of Album". Garbage.com. Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-24.  ^ [1] ^ [2] ^ [3] ^ Darren Levin (August 26, 2013). " Butch Vig
Butch Vig
teams up with Foo Fighters for "KILLER new songs"". Faster Louder. Faster Louder Pty Ltd. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 

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Butch Vig

Spooner Fire Town Garbage The Know-It All Boyfriends Emperors of Wyoming

Studio albums

Every Corner Dance Wildest Dreams In the Heart of the Heart Country The Good Life The Fugitive Dance Garbage Version 2.0 Beautiful Garbage Bleed Like Me Not Your Kind of People Strange Little Birds

Compilation albums

Absolute Garbage

Notable Production work

Nirvana Nevermind L7 Bricks Are Heavy Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
Dirty The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream Green Day
Green Day
21st Century Breakdown Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

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Garbage

Shirley Manson Steve Marker Duke Erikson Butch Vig

Studio albums

Garbage Version 2.0 Beautiful Garbage Bleed Like Me Not Your Kind of People Strange Little Birds

Compilation albums

Absolute Garbage The Absolute Collection

Extended plays

Special
Special
Collection

Singles

Garbage

"Vow" "Only Happy When It Rains" "Queer" "Stupid Girl" "Supervixen" "Milk"

Version 2.0

"Push It" "I Think I'm Paranoid" "Special" "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" "When I Grow Up" "You Look So Fine" "Temptation Waits"

Beautiful Garbage

"Androgyny" " Cherry Lips
Cherry Lips
(Go Baby Go!)" "Breaking Up the Girl" "Shut Your Mouth"

Bleed Like Me

"Why Do You Love Me" "Bleed Like Me" "Sex Is Not the Enemy" "Run Baby Run"

Absolute Garbage

"Tell Me Where It Hurts"

Not Your Kind of People

"Blood for Poppies" "Battle in Me" "Automatic Systematic Habit" "Big Bright World" "Control"

Strange Little Birds

"Empty"

Other singles

"Subhuman" "#1 Crush" "The World Is Not Enough" "Because the Night" "Girls Talk" "The Chemicals" "No Horses"

Home video

Garbage Video Absolute Garbage One Mile High... Live

Books

This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake

Concert tours

Garbage tour Version 2.0
Version 2.0
tour Beautiful Garbage
Beautiful Garbage
tour Bleed Like Me
Bleed Like Me
tour Not Your Kind of People
Not Your Kind of People
tour 20 Years Queer Strange Little Birds
Strange Little Birds
tour Rage and Rapture tour 20 Years Paranoid

Additional personnel

Billy Bush Daniel Shulman Eric Avery Justin Meldal-Johnsen Matt Chamberlain Matt Walker

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