Despite the project being aborted it was, she says, an amazing experience.
Despite that she's not been persuaded to join the likes of Rod Stewart and Billy Connolly in a Los Angeles Celtic supporters' club.
"I don't like to pretend that I'm still in Scotland," she says. It's who I am and where I came from and it's where my core beliefs are from, but I don't want to be part of a fake Scotland. It has a tight musical community, it's very supportive and everybody is busy doing something." She's spent most of the past seven years away from music, although there was an attempt to write and record with Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile.
Martin had a unique voice and was the real thing – a bona-fide rock star – but he couldn't muster his forces for long enough to navigate a tricky business. I listened carefully to what he had to teach me about music and its relationship with books, film, style – he taught me everything I needed to know.
When I went to meet the boys in Garbage they related to what I had to say about music.
She learned her trade in Scotland, being mentored by front man Martin Metcalfe, with whom she had a brief relationship and who possessed lashings of what rock writer Nick Kent described as "the dark stuff".
"It was a fascinating period, he was a fascinating individual; arguably the most talented person I have ever been in a room with.We shared the same aesthetic, moral compass and sense of humour, and we loved the same bands.It was just a different geographical location." A number of Scottish acts have recently found a new lease of life.Their first record is a masterpiece." As a result of the Coldplay effect, mainstream rock has entered a corporate era, not dissimilar to the one the likes of The Stone Roses and The Jesus And Mary Chain rebelled against.Surely in this spirit the time is ripe for a return to the dark poetry of Metcalfe and the rockabilly punk riffs of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie?Elsewhere in the UK, indie pioneers are capitalising on their legacies, none more so than The Stone Roses, whom Manson is itching to join at festivals in Germany and Denmark next month.