See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Lest We Forget

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Marilyn Manson has always appeared to squares as a black-winged serpent clad in ’30s business attire. To them, he’s the purest form of culture’s unspeakable evils. But did you know he’s still making albums? They’re quite elaborate things, shot full of concept but still sounding generally like a Vegas-show KMFDM. His dual existence as rocker and nihilistic roustabout perches him on a ledge between talent and celebrity; and if you look up, you’ll see him laughing uproariously. Lest We Forget celebrates both the man and his bleating, sometimes compelling music. It’s a dark catchphrase abstract of his career’s highest points, which are also convenient touchstones to what his persona represents. “Do you love your guns, God, and government?!” he screams over the stuttering hyper-industrial of the 2000 single “Love Song,” baiting his detractors in no uncertain terms. “mOBSCENE” endorses hedonism and reworked thrash metal; “Dope Show” — from ‘98’s astro-glam experiment Mechanical Animals — still has some trashy strut. Manson’s black lipstick versions of “Tainted Love” and “Sweet Dreams” are here, as is his new and decent take on “Personal Jesus,” and “Beautiful People” buzzes with skuzzy nostalgia for the mid-’90s reign of all things Nine Inch Nails. Lest We Forget — all chiller, no filler!

Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail letters@metrotimes.com.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

More by Johnny Loftus

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 28, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit