Garbage were "miserable" at the height of their success.
The 'Stupid girl' group - who went on a brief hiatus in 2003 followed by a longer break in 2005 - felt "engulfed" by their record company and hated being pushed to selling as many records as possible as they found it detrimental to their creativity.
Singer Shirley Manson recalled: "It was miserable.
"We got engulfed. When we first started out, we were signed to an indie label. We had a lot of freedom. Then we got sold like a commodity to a record label that did not give a flying f**k about our music or our career or us as people. And it was a nightmare.
"We didn't care if we weren't the biggest band in the world! But to this record label, if you're not the biggest band in the world, then you're worthless."
The group, also comprising Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig, eventually began fighting among themselves as the pressure grew.
Shirley added to The Guardian newspaper: "We got caught up in that corporate expectation, and it was sickening.
"t robbed us all of joy, and as a result we all turned in on each other. And our disappointments and our frustrations we foisted upon ourselves."