I Hate Love

Album: Not Your Kind of People (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This tale of unrequited love finds frontwoman Shirley Manson trying to untangle herself from a complicated relationship. She told Artist Direct: "I think that's a really beautiful song. It's funny. The title is obviously quite provocative, but the sentiment behind the song is really beautiful, gentle, and vulnerable. It's a universal feeling that we all endure at some points in our lives. It's that horrible feeling when you love someone and they don't love you back."
  • Guitarist Duke Erikson told MusicRadar.com: "I Hate Love started out as a ballad. I think Butch (Vig) and Shirley put their heads together and brought it in, and then we rewrote the chorus chords a bit and reworked the arrangement. For a time, it was a slow, moody ballad – and could still serve as that – but we decided that the album had too many slow songs, so we sped it up."
  • In February 2012, Garbage requested their fans send them "love-hating artistic creations – paintings, drawings, photos inspired" by Valentine's Day. On the 14th, the band released a sneak-peak video of the song showcasing some of the art.

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