The song, which was a dramatic change in sound for Garbage, was the lead-in promotional single for the band's third record. The single was untimely released in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and like many singles at that time was not able to be promoted. This, coupled with negative fan reaction and poor reviews from the likes of the NME and Allmusic led the single to promptly sink in many countries, including the UK and US. The resulting low sales and lack of airplay severely crippled the performance of the beautifulgarbage record.
The song is actually a hybrid of three other songs recorded during the sessions. None of those early songs seemed to be going really well, until the band mashed them all up and by surprise, it worked.
Starting out on a stop-start R'n'B riff, dirty bass and trip hop percussion, the song was a shock to the ears for many Garbage fans. However, the chorus arrives with the guitar-led sassiness of old-school Garbage songs still in abundance.
While not being a massive success in major markets, the song reached the #1 spot in Mexico, then Greece upon release, as well as the top tens of many South American and smaller European countries. It is also the second-highest charting Garbage single in New Zealand (after Push It).
UK 12" vinyl
Many fan remixes of this song exist due to an online contest run on Garbage's home page where fans could remix the song utilising Acid Pro software.
“Androgyny” came in at #44 in the 2001Triple J Hottest 100.
“Androgyny” was not included in the 2007 greatest hits compilation
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|2001||“Androgyny”||Mexican Singles Chart||#1|
|2001||“Androgyny”||Greek Singles Chart||#1|
|2001||“Androgyny”||Hong Kong singles chart||#5|
|2001||“Androgyny”||New Zealand Singles Chart||#11|
|2001||“Androgyny”||Canadian Singles Chart||#19|
|2001||“Androgyny”||Australian Singles Chart||#21|
|2001||“Androgyny”||Japanese Singles Chart||#22|
|2001||“Androgyny”||UK Singles Chart||#24|
|2001||“Androgyny”||Italian Singles Chart||#46|
|2001||“Androgyny”||Swedish Singles Chart||#54|
|2001||“Androgyny”||German Singles Chart||#93|