Listening Station: Marilyn Manson Comes Around

May 24th, 2007 // 8 Comments

mmanson.jpgA question for the music bloggers WTF-ing themselves into a tizzy over Marilyn Manson’s Justin Timberlake cover: Heh? Are you really that surprised by the notion of an “edgy” musician doing a semi-ironic cover of a pop song? This has pretty much been a go-to attention-getting ploy for years, which is exactly why Manson did it. In fact, the only thing shocking about this ca-razy cover is that Manson didn’t do it six months ago:

Marilyn Manson – What Comes Around Goes Around [MP3, link expired; via Whudahexup]

  1. Ned Raggett

    I’ll give him this much: I would have expected him to do “My Love” instead.

  2. chrisb

    Agreed. This is a well established trend, even in his own genre. Both Frontline Assembly and KMFDM have covered Madonna.

  3. beta.rogan

    It’s a well established trend for MM himself, considering the first song that got him airplay was his “sweet dreams” cover.

  4. proolst

    Eh, this is nothing earth-shattering. It’s from Jo Whiley’s Live Lounge program, whose raison d’etre seems to be “ironic” covers by the guests, like the Sugababes doing Hard-Fi and Franz Ferdinand covering Gwen Stefani.

  5. Jupiter8

    @chrisb: If I’m not mistaken Sonic Youth aka Ciccone Youth was the first to do that Madonna trick…

    Poor Marilyn Manson-still trying to outrage people with other people’s old ideas…

  6. nonce


    And who can forget BiGod 20′s classic cover of “Like a Prayer”? It was sincere, too.

    And not only did MM start off with “Sweet Dreams,” but his last attempt at career reclamation was a horrible industrial slow-jam cover of “Tainted Love” for a teen movie parody.

    (Okay, so the former is a happy childhood memory, and the latter I remember because of the nightmares.)

  7. Feng Jun

    It’s probably the most outlandish way he can think of to mourn Dita’s absence, now that he can’t “hold hands through hell” with her anymore.

    … Evan Rachel Wood will never be half the woman Dita von Teese is.

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