In the 90s, it was big business being on a hit soundtrack. Ending up on a popular compilation could make an international career. One of the greatest soundtracks of the decade, launching multiple massive hits (including Lovefool by The Cardigans), was Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet. And one of the biggest tracks off that massive compilation was Garbage’s #1 Crush. For as big as they were, the band isn’t talked about that much anymore. It’s a surprise and not just because their music was everywhere. Shirley Manson was one of the great feminist icons of the era: tough, cool and stylish. She was what punk looked like in the waning years of the 20th century. Garbage was at its strongest when it played up these factors and #1 Crush was among the best tracks they ever recorded. Heavy, direct and demanding, it’s not the the type of song anyone was used to hearing a woman sing. The track is an industrial-tinged trudge, mechanical and unrelenting. Manson’s vocals begin almost seductively, but quickly her yearning becomes unhinged. What results is not a devoted ode, but a threat. The song was perfect for the film and for the time it was released, somehow sweeping together everything from girl power to goth. It’s a shame any track that achieves those feats could be largely forgotten.