I have realized that I have not posted a Marylin Manson song here for awhile. This is a big problem. Especially when I need some heavy, hard-core shock rock to get lost in…or at least to escape the world of papers, tests, and stress.
Yes, I am a Marylin fan. I know he is pretty controversial, perhaps not so much now since he has kind-of dropped off the mainstream music scene. But his songs are raw, real, and full of meaning, something I think is missing from today’s music. I talked about my feelings about Marylin and his band in an earlier post. You should check it out!
My favorite album of his is actually his greatest hits album, since some of his songs can get just plain loud and not really full of good lyrics and meaning. Thus, his Lest We Forget album gives me all the favorites and none of the bad ones. “The Dope Show” is one of the songs that is just the right amount of anarchy, catchy but powerful lyrics, and a rhythm that just pounds into you.
The music video is pretty weird, but that is expected of MM. It also really embodies the message of the song, at least how I interpret it. Basically, it is speaking about how an anomaly, a freak of nature can catch the public’s attention (for good or bad) for a only a short amount of time until the next scandalous event or person comes along. As seen in the video, Marylin plays a character that is seen as odd by the public—somewhat male and somewhat female. He is shown off, making his “owners” rich when he makes it onto the front of magazines and appears in front of crowds. Even though the public seems infatuated by him and wants to know everything about him, the media only portrays the glamorous parts of his life, not how Marylin’s character is mistreated. This is demonstrating how subjective the media is, not only when it discusses people but also when it discusses events.
“The Dope Show” is originally from the album Mechanical Animals, which is one of three concept album MM produced. I might have to feature a post on MM overarching themes in his music since it is pure genius in some ways.
And here is the same question from the last Marylin Manson post. Love him or hate him?