Video Review: Garbage "Milk"

A blinding white light circles over two red crimson lasers. A silhouette of a female figure appears in the light. The figure gets closer, out of focus and then solidifies into Shirley, the crimson laser shooting through her eyes.

Through teal light, she looks to the sky. The crimson light then covers her face, evaporating her image. From the left of the screen, she continues to sing out of focus.

Electric blue lights flash behind a silhouette of a man. Bathed in the teal light, Steve squints, his face outlined in black lines.  The crimson red lasers pierce Shirley’s eyes while out of focus. She turns to the left, the crimson red laser becoming a microphone.

The crimson red lasers criss crossing over his body, Butch stands in silhouette, out of focus in the aqua blue light. The crimson red laser covers Shirley’s face and she steps back.

In focus, she runs her finger across her chin and then turns left. A lone electric light flashes.

In the aqua blue light, Duke is out of focus. Kelly green laser light point towards her in the blinding white light. She holds a miniature disco ball underneath the kelly green laser light, out of focus.

Rating: 1/5

Shirley is an ethereal figure, created from the light. For several seconds, she is able to experience being human again before retreating back into the shadows. Her life was cut short, the crimson light indicating the blood shed. As as a spirit, she possess little power and has no control over when she can appear. She can only view the people she knew in life.

However, the other band members who are also cast as shadowy figures, albeit in brighter tones, dissipate Shirley in the process, taking away from her Olympian presence. She is no longer the only person caught between two worlds. There are other lost souls struggling to rise to the surface, willing to vaporize others in order to get there.

Duke, gaunt and grim, is akin to Shirley. Whereas, Shirley has embraced her afterlife, Duke strays from it, questioning his choice. Nonetheless, Butch and Steve keep their mouths straight and movements static, preferring to be blank faced statues.

Director: Stephane Sednaoui Year: 1996


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