With the ‘Twins of Evil’ tour arriving in the UK next week, we’re turning our attention to the cover song that serial cover’ers Marilyn Manson have never released in an official form. And of course, Hugh Platt likes any excuse to waffle on about Manson.
Oh Manson. Manson, Manson, Manson. I’ve had some words about you in the past. Next week, I’ll have some more words about your current antics. But for the time being, let’s talk a little bit about your record of cover songs, shall we?
Marilyn Manson is – barring the usual issues of subjectivity – a “good” songwriter. Even if you actively despise Manson, if you’ve got even a passing interest in the heavier end of rock music then you’ll probably recognise ‘The Beautiful People’. There’s a better-than-average chance you know ‘The Dope Show’, ‘The Fight Song’, ‘Rock Is Dead’, or ‘Disposable Teens’. But I’ll bet my bottom dollar that even more people are familiar with his cover versions: ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘Tainted Love’, ‘Personal Jesus’, or maybe even ‘You’re So Vain’, ‘I Put A Spell On You’, and for the older fans, possibly even Patti Smith’s ‘Rock’n’Roll Nigger’. Which is why the subject of this week’s Midweek Bootleg is a cover version that Manson only ever performed once in public, and to this day has never received an official recorded release: Cheap Trick’s ‘Surrender’. Go on, have a listen…
This song was recorded live in front of an audience at MTV’s New Year’s Eve celebrations back in 2001. It was the first song MTV played in 2001, what with Manson and co. playing it just after midnight in New York, with the fireworks and celebrations . Look, you can see it on the video below (which, also features Manson’s then-beau, Rose McGowan, in the initial seconds. Do you reckon she looks a bit down in the dumps? Her and Manson “officially” split up less than three weeks after this performance, but then again, we’re not naive enough to believe everything when it comes to the reported ins-and-outs of relationship that’s sufficiently high-profile enough that you have to put out a press release to you announce to the wider world that it’s now over. Maybe they split up over Christmas that year because Manson bought Rose a dead crow pickled in a jar or something instead of a whatever it is millionaire movie actresses ask Santa for Christmas.
Whatever – download the song, watch the clip, and ponder why we’ve just filled up a paragraph of nonsense about nature of celebrity in relation to who Marilyn Manson is/isn’t banging at any one specific period of time.
Marilyn Manson returns to the UK next week as part of the Twins of Evil Tour, where he will be “dual-headlining” with/providing a slightly-beefier-than-average-support-slot to Rob Zombie. You want tickets? You can still pick them up if your bank balance is big enough and you head on over to Kilimanjaro’s website pretty sharpish.