Those crazy Garbage kids, who like to put out an album every decade or so, have filed suit against Universal Music Group in order to completely sever ties with the company. Garbage is charging UMG with holding frontwoman Shirley Manson for "ransom" and also for "wrongful, monopolistic, and strong-arm tactics" (hello? It is a record label for chrissakes) in order to keep the multiplatinum band on their roster. The rest of the band includes Doug Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig. Their case hinges on a "key man" clause, which states that the band's contract is void if Almo chairman Jerry Moss ever leftÖwhich he did in 1999.
However, the plot thickens from there - there's also a seven-year contract that Manson has with UMG subsidiary, Radioactive Records, which fell by the wayside after she released one poor selling album, and subsequently joined Garbage. Radioactive Records never tried to enforce it then, but is suddenly blowing the dust off the paperwork and demanding that she honor it. "By doing so," the suit reads, "UMG is effectively holding Shirley Manson as ransom for the band's continued performance for UMG against their will and without the benefit of Mr. Moss and an independent record label." There's been no comment so far from UMG.