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30 DAY MUSIC CHALLENGE: Day 14 – A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love

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“Dope Show” ~ Marilyn Manson

SHOCKING! Normally, I don’t like Marilyn Manson though it’s not for any real religious or ‘moral outrage’ reason. I honestly just find the guy boring and a perfect example of Trying Too Hard. Oh dude, you totally ripped out the pages of the Bible while wearing a thong and torn fish nets? That, um, sure shows em’. So I’m sure you’re all surprised that I chose this song for today’s entry. But why?

Well, for starters,  I like what the song is about: the false, plastic, pseudo-idolatry that comes with being a celebrity.

“They love you when you’re on all the covers
When you’re not, then they love another.”

One moment you’re on top of the world, but all it takes is one bad review, one flawed performance or the public just gets bored with you and next thing you know, you’re crying in front of Dr. Drew about giving hand jobs for LSD behind the Roy Rogers at the truck stop on I-76.  (Which is why I hope Justin Bieber has a good resume that lists other things as qualifications besides ‘Looking like a lost Olsen Twin’)

Like any good ‘Behind the Music’, the price of celebrity usually comes together with a crippling drug addiction, a way of plowing through the wear and tear of extravagant glitz and glam.

“There’s a lot of pretty, pretty ones
That want to get you high
But all the pretty, pretty ones
Will leave you low and blow your mind”

But, in the end, who is to blame? The celebrity for just wanting the next step in life or us for buying into it? We are the ones who buy their CDs, who join their fan clubs, who watch tabloid gossip shows about them or revel in TMZ exploits. (“They’re eating Taco Bell! I eat Taco Bell! He/she is just like me!”) In a way, we play the biggest part of their downfall, because if it wasn’t for us, they wouldn’t be famous.

We’re all stars in the dope show.


Written by MrZissman

07/19/2011 at 11:16 AM

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  1. Funnily enough, this album was the beginning of the end for his “celebrity” status. His career peaked with ACSS and then quickly plummeted into the vast abyss of pseudo-celebrity obscurity after that. Does he even still make music? Last I’d heard pretty much every original member in the band had left, and he thought he was some kind of hot-shot painter, selling “art” to galleries.

    Erik Bosko

    07/19/2011 at 11:49 AM

    • Last song I remember hearing on the radio from him was his cover of “Tainted Love”, which we used to play all the time at Best Buy. After that he kept swearing up and down he was going to do a movie about Lewis Carroll and then sort of just faded away.


      07/19/2011 at 12:35 PM

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