The flame-haired siren of '90s alt-rock, still fierce at 45, returns this week with the new Garbage album, ''Not Your Kind of People.'' Read on for her eclectic list of creative minds who've shaped her

By Ray Rahman
Updated May 18, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Patti Smith

”I was in a band called Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie when I was a kid, maybe 18 years old, and the lead singer brought me [Smith’s iconic 1975 debut] Horses. I played it over and over and over again and fell madly in love. She’s remained a touchstone throughout my career, and a beacon of light whenever I feel a little trepidatious about how a woman in music can, as she gets older, navigate the waters.”

Louise Bourgeois

”I stumbled into the Tate Modern in London and saw the retrospective of her career a couple years ago. Then I followed it to Paris and New York — I became a groupie! It amazed and delighted me that this rebellious, revolutionary woman was in her 90s. The spirit never dies if you’re determined.”

My Mom

”I was lucky in that she was a singer and she had really good taste in music, so I grew up on an incredible record collection of women like Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, and even Karen Carpenter.” (Manson’s mother Muriel, a homemaker, passed away in 2008.)

Stanley Kunitz

”He was America’s poet laureate. I saw him late one night on Charlie Rose and I went out and found this poem of his called ‘The Layers,’ which I’ve used a tiny little snippet of on our new record.”

Tracey Emin

”The last day I ever saw my mom alive, I went to see Tracey’s exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. She’s an acquired taste; you either love her or hate her. But I want to be an artist like her — brave and challenging and provocative.”