10 Best Marilyn Manson Videos
In 1993, Marilyn Manson hit the metal mainstream, sending kids to the record stores and scaring the crap out of parents. While the heavy sound and edgy lyrical content were a big part of the band’s appeal, the band’s videos certainly played a significant role in their huge success. From the early days of sloppy lipstick and ripped fishnets to the androgynous glam-rock image the band toyed with, they constantly worked to keep the fans on their toes and the parents complaining.
Under the guidance of Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor, the band really hit their stride visually with the videos from the 1996 album, ‘Antichrist Superstar.’ Since then, the group has continued to make dark yet vibrant videos that capture the essence of their songs. We decided to take a stroll through this twisted visual collection of work to find our favorites. This is our list of the 10 Best Marilyn Manson Videos.
Marilyn Manson has always been fairly clear on his opinions of organized religion. He isn’t a fan. The video for ‘Disposable Teens’ makes that crystal clear. While the flowery vestments and flowing red-teared makeup may not be obvious, the monkey swinging from the old wooden cross certainly is.
Next up on our list of the 10 best Marilyn Manson videos is the band’s cover of Depeche Mode‘s ‘Personal Jesus.’ Healthy doses of distortion and anger fit this tune perfectly. This video has a lot of “visual interest” from the girls riding mechanical bulls to Manson’s own cavorting.
The brightly-colored logo and flying Twinkies at the beginning of this video are a bit tricky, since everything that comes after them is dark and twisted. The band takes a group of children on a ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’-inspired boat ride, but before long, you’ll be wondering if what they’re floating in is actually chocolate, or something more sinister.
‘I Don’t Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)’
Marilyn Manson decided to go glam with 1998’s ‘Mechanical Animals’ and videos matched that aesthetic. The clip for ‘I Don’t Like the Drugs’ is full to the brim with strange, sometimes confusing visuals. Manson, pursued by headless police, runs through a world of odd, large-eyed weirdos.
‘Long Hard Road Out of Hell’
Following the success of ‘Antichrist Superstar,’ Marilyn Manson teamed up with ’90s electronic group Sneaker Pimps to record ‘Long Hard Road Out of Hell’ for the ‘Spawn’ soundtrack. The video employs many examples of “tableau vivant,” which are pictures made of living people holding poses. This is a technique seen throughout many of the band’s videos. It’s use is especially effective here, as it depicts androgynous models (along with an androgynous Manson) entwined in lustful poses, with one of the models eventually turning into a character greatly resembling Victorian magician Aleister Crowley.
‘The Beautiful People’
Halfway through our list of the 10 Best Marilyn Manson Videos, we come to the first single from ‘Antichrist Superstar.’ While the band gained attention from their previous album, it was their second that put them on the map. And ‘The Beautiful People’ was a big reason why. Manson shouts his satirical message of hate from a balcony to the teeming masses below. This is also the first video where we see Manson in an oddly disturbing leather motif.
In ‘mOBSCENE,’ Manson tells you to “put on your best suit,” and he certainly put on his — several of them, in fact. This might be the most fashionable video the band has ever made, with frontman Manson modeling a slew of snazzy getups. And the video features a group of sexy chorus girls who turn out to be ghoulish upon closer inspection.
‘The Dope Show’
Marilyn Manson have reinvented themselves with every new album, and ‘Mechanical Animals’ was no different. The debut video from this album, ‘The Dope Show,’ features Manson in his controversial sexless alien costume, complete with featureless prosthetic breasts. After being tracked down and captured, he is forced to perform for rabid, rioting fans.
‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’
While this is the second cover song on our list of the 10 Best Marilyn Manson Videos, it’s certainly the more famous of the two. If you were around for the band’s rise to stardom, there’s a good chance this is the first Marilyn Manson song you heard. The video set the band apart from other acts, with the members in drag, playing in a decrepit home. Along with a woman’s dress, Manson dons a retro-futuristic helmet while he creepily mouths the words to this ’80s Eurythmics hit.
By the time the video for ‘Tourniquet’ was released, the band was enjoying worldwide success. The video shows Manson’s affinity for old medical contraptions and prosthetic limbs. The frontman writhes on the floor in rusty leg braces and ruffled women’s panties. As giant beetles scuttle around, the object of his desire sits quarantined in a glass case. He caresses her through giant industrial rubber gloves to let her know he still cares.