Song Stories: Wendy Rollins on the impact of Garbage's "Stupid Girl" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Voting is open on WXPN’s 2023 fall countdown: the 885 Greatest Songs By Women (As chosen by YOU). As we comb over our music libraries and refine our personal top-ten lists, we’ve turned to WXPN’s on-air hosts for inspiration. Today, Saturday afternoon host Wendy Rollins tells us about the impact of Garbage’s 1995 hit “Stupid Girl.”

“So, this hit in the 90s. I’m in high school round about that time is when you would start to see a lot of girls editing themselves — what they’re saying, what they’re doing — in order to fit in. So lyrically, this song really hit me. And then I saw their frontwoman Shirley Manson, and I saw a woman who was confident, a little bit angry, and kind of threatening. And I found that very endearing. And I think back to that era, and I think of women like Shirly Manson, and Tori Amos, and Courtney Love, and Sinead O’Connor, all those others, and I realize how much I learn from them. You know, you didn’t have to be cute, you didn’t have to be nice, you didn’t have to be quiet. These are all still values that I hold very dear.”

Is “Stupid Girl” by Garbage one of your top ten greatest songs by women? You have until November 6th to get us your list, and you can VOTE HERE.

WATCH: Wendy Rollins’s Song Story on the impact of Garbage’s “Stupid Girl”

Song Stories: WXPN Host Wendy Rollins on the impact of Garbage’s “Stupid Girl”
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