Early Music career
Manson became a regular on Edinburgh's clubbing scene, and, equipped with free samples from Miss Selfridge, was well known as the hair stylist for a number of local bands. She sang with The Wild Indians and performed backing vocals with Autumn 1984, but had moved on by the time either act put out any work.
Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie
At a local theatre group, Manson was approached by Martin Metcalfe, of Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie, to join his band. Manson initially became romantically involved with Metcalfe, but remained in the group after their split and became a prominent member, playing keyboards, singing backing vocals and was very involved in the business side of the group. Manson's first release with the Mackenzies was a YTS release of Death of a Salesman in 1984.
Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie's distributor, MCA Records, expressed interest in putting out a record with Manson and signed her in February 1993 as a solo artist to circumvent the Mackenzie's existing deal (though MCA kept several members of the band as backing musicians). Her solo contract obligated Manson to deliver at least one album and, at the sole option of Radioactive, up to six additional albums.
Angelfish recorded their album Angelfish in Connecticut with Talking Heads' Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, with a single release of "Suffocate Me" in June 1993 on the Wasteland label. The album followed in February 1994 with second single "Heartbreak To Hate", and was well received on college radio. Angelfish toured the United States, Canada, Frace, Belgium, and co-supported Live on a tour of North America, along wioth Vic Chestnutt. Around the time of these dates MTV's 120 Minutes aired the band's video for "Suffocate Me". Producer and musician Steve Marker had seen the airing and thought Manson would be a great singer for his band, Garbage, which also featured producers Duke Erikson and Butch Vig but had no lead, but were set on having a woman as their singer.
All the bove were members of Scottish alternative rock band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie.
Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly are now in the band Isa & the Filthy Tongues,