What does Rolling zigzags think about Marilyn Manson?
The rise of Marilyn Manson marks the end of the reign of punk realism in rock & roll. This ill-behaved Florida-based quintet, a visual and aural shake 'n' bake of mutilation theatrics, Alice Cooperesque camp and metal-scraping-metal tonality, is a volatile reaction to five years of earnest, post-Nirvana rock. As ghoulishly animated as the Tales From the Crypt comic strip and gory enough for today's discriminating ambulance chaser, Marilyn Manson offer total escapism as a true alternative, complete with carefully crafted gloom wear (no baggy shorts allowed), a frontman who blatantly begs to be in the spotlight and lyric imagery rivaling that of the best slasher movies.
our father, thou art in
The suspense-filled "Beautiful People" offers enough ooh's and ah's to fuel an entire Hammer horror film. The song has a zombielike, repetitive quality, with ghostly electronic sounds that whoosh by like stale air blowing through ancient catacombs. Manson, in turn, hisses his lines, punctuating certain words with a shrill, insane pitch, others with a retching scream. In the morose death march "Cryptorchid," the even gets a little sentimental, recalling the sweet days of his youth: "When the boy is still a worm, it's hard to/Learn to count to the number seven." Still, Marilyn Manson pack all the right ingredients – offensive antics, a groovy image and musical sensory overload – into Antichrist Superstar, the album that could make the group rock's next billion dollar babies. These self-proclaimed superstars may soon be as inescapable as a recurring nightmare. ~ [Source: LORRAINE ALI RS 748 - November 28, 1996]
Rolling Stone deemed "Boys Are Back In Town
" by Thin Lizzy as their 499th best song of all time. Thin Lizzy
has not appered in The Definitive 1000 Songs of All Time.
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Now you know why..) and the Album ranked at Number (don't work for us!)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 75.2 out of 108