Close-up of Marilyn Manson's face with a tech eyepatch darkly muted

Marilyn Manson ~ The Beautiful People [1999]

I write phrases constantly and I have about 15 different notebooks going at the same time. I’ll write lots of different things in each book. I have to lay them all out in the same place and pull things from each of them to write a song. I was on tour and I remember recording it on my four-track with Twiggy [Ramirez, bass] and my drummer Ginger [Fish] in a hotel room. It was somewhere in the South, which is ironic. I remember playing the drum beat on the floor and then having my drummer duplicate that on the drum machine. It happened in one day pretty much. It happened maybe two-and-a-half years before ‘Antichrist Superstar’ was released, and if I played you that four-track recording, it would sound identical.

Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed “God of Fuck”, began by interviewing a number of famous artists including Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. An impressed Reznor would end up listening to Manson’s demo tapes on repeat in his car, eventually signing the artist up to his own personal (now defunct) label Nothing Records, producing the band’s first three releases, and publishing all of their music until Lest We Forget in 2004. They would have a falling out leading to an ongoing feud with both accusing the other of lying.

Marilyn Mansun in dark blue and black photo and makeup


Brian Warner, guitarist Putesky and bassist Brian Tutunick recorded their first demo tape as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids in 1990, taking on the respective stage names of Marilyn Manson, Daisy Berkowitz, and Olivia Newton Bundy soon after replaced by Gidget Gein born Brad Stewart, later joined on keyboard by Stephen Bier going by Madonna Wayne Gacy and drummer Fred Streithorst under the guise of Sara Lee Lucas. The stage names adopted by each member were representative of a concept the band considered central: the dichotomy of good and evil, and the existence of both, together, in every whole. “Marilyn Monroe had a dark side“, explained Manson in his autobiography, “just as Charles Manson has a good, intelligent side.” Over the next six years, all of the band’s members would adopt names that combined the first name of a female sex symbol and the surname of a serial killer.

“The Beautiful People” is lyrically entwined with the Antichrist Superstar album’s overarching theme, a semi-narrative examination of the Nietzschean Übermensch. Within this context, it deals explicitly with the destructive manifestation of the Will to Power (“There’s no time to discriminate / Hate every motherfucker that’s in your way“), while also exploring Nietzsche’s view of master-slave morality (“It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong / The weak ones are there to justify the strong“), particularly the concept’s connection with Social Darwinism and its relation to various political and economic systems such as capitalism and fascism (“Capitalism has made it this way / Old-fashioned fascism will take it away“). []

“Fascist imagery, whether blatant or subversive, exists in everything. Rock’n’roll, sports, politics, they all carry an element of it. Totalitarianism fascinates me because I see it everywhere. You are told from birth to death that if you don’t participate in various capitalist rituals, ie consumption, good behavior, religious worship, you won’t be accepted, loved or beautiful. That underlying suppression affects you and it’s completely ignored … Look, why do people want to be beautiful? To be loved, accepted, conquer their fear of exclusion. I finally realized after years of not being accepted—why not create your own standard and let other people be accepted or rejected by you? We’ve reversed the whole idea of the fascism of beauty and replaced it with our own standard. We destroyed it to create a new way.”



 The final quote is played at the beginning of the song as a heavily distorted spoken sample by Charles Manson family member Tex Watson

2 thoughts on “Marilyn Manson ~ The Beautiful People [1999]

    1. He has several albums and there are a number of songs I really like of his, but this one is my favorite. “Disposable Teens”, “This is the New Shit”, and “mOBSCENE” are others. Thanks for sharing. 💀

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