Area Man Admits to Liking a Marilyn Manson Song, Shames Parents and Former Youth Group

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Anti-Christ? Nah, just some dude.
Earlier today, an old friend of mine Tweeted, "Hey Marilyn Manson, 1995 called. They want their Metal Zone back." My friend is a guitar player and was referring to the eardrum-grating guitar pedal used by novice rockers to achieve a sort of '90s rock distortion.

He and I come from a similar background, one in which we were programmed by our parents and youth pastors to think that Marilyn Manson is bad. By now, both of us have adjusted well enough and know that the whole Manson Anti-Christ thing is just a bit, but it's hard to shake that original sentiment completely. I sensed a little bit of it in his tweet.

I replied, "You have to admit, 'The Beautiful People' was kind of a jam."

I hadn't heard the song in years, but I pulled it up on Spotify and checked just to be sure. Yep, it's still kind of a jam. Especially that breakdown part that comes right after the choruses. That was the part that hooked me years ago when I watched a live performance of Marilyn Manson on MTV (totally against the rules of my house) when I was in high school.

There was nothing else on TV that afternoon, so I just decided not to change the channel and watch the performance. Besides, there was something intriguing about Manson, even though his brand of commercial shock rock never really resonated with me, and still really hasn't. It was about the spectacle and little more. Probably why he's playing the club circuit now, rather than the arena tours he did a decade ago.

That huge breakdown part came up in the song and it caught me off guard. "This is awesome," I thought, though I would never actually admit it to anyone until just now. I went out to the garage and figured out the drum part on my beat up set of black Ludwigs, jumping the rhythm just like it does on the song.

Come to think of it, I've probably nicked that rhythm and used it on the drums during a church service. I wonder what my youth pastor would think.

Marilyn Manson will be at the Palladium Ballroom on Friday, May 11.

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Sean Anomie
Sean Anomie

Kind of silly commentary - Manson, frequently called "shock rock" by people who react to the things they see on TV, actually writes social satire, thinly veiled as rock spectacle.  Many of his songs contain quotes from Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, and other classical philosophers.  If you think MM is shocking, you may be one of the people he's making fun of.  Here are some good lyrics:  http://www.mansonwiki.com/wiki...

darkangelights
darkangelights

Hes is so forbidden in my house that if i even mention his name my whole family will throw the 

word of god at me then get me de possessed i mean its ridicules, he is so forbidden in my house that if my mom knew i 

was on this website right now she would probably destroy this computer and then ground me for eternity, he is so forbidden at my house 

that i have to lie to attend his concert and if i cant get a ride with friends then im shit out of luck he is so forbidden in my house that if my mom knew i talked to him on that website she 

would make me take holy communion everyday and then she would get me baptized over a million times when i have already been 4 and that is how obsessed my family is with Christianity funny how all that fell off me when god wasn't there when i needed him.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

How many of us now have kids about the same ages we were back then? Gives a new perspective to the line on the back of the t-shirt: "This is your world in which we grow. And we will grow to hate you."

zlowrie
zlowrie

"mom, come on, it's the beat that is so cool! i don't even listen to the lyrics" parents will never get it. this line can be used for every style, for every genre. man, parents are clueless!!! i think i even used the opening riff to beautiful people for sound check at church before.

Mervis
Mervis

Always a great live show.

zlowrie
zlowrie

and to be clear my tweet was in reference to listening to the previews on iTunes for his new cd. i was listening to see if it sounded cool and different...nope.

Raul Alfaro
Raul Alfaro

The whole record is different. Nothing sounds quite like it.

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