GARBAGE star Shirley Manson's sanity was put to the test when she completely lost her voice, following an operation to help prolong her singing career.

The Scottish STUPID GIRL rocker grew frustrated in the days after the surgical procedure, because no one could understand her attempts at communication.

She says, "(The surgeons) went down my throat. They used this tiny scalpel, which they had to have specifically flown in from Germany. But the freakiest thing was that for one week I wasn't able to say one word.

"Honestly, I thought I would f**king lose my mind. You think you can write things down and you'll communicate that way, but it takes so long and it's so frustrating. I would be mouthing to people what I wanted to say but they wouldn't understand. It was absolutely infuriating."

23/03/2005 17:10