Friday Loud: Marilyn Manson – Disposable Teens

Did you have a busy week at work? Mad at the world? Well, luckily it’s Friday Loud time on Running Wolf’s Rant. Today’s tune comes to you from Marilyn Manson. “Disposable Teens” has always been one of my favorite songs by this band. It always gets me bouncing in Aandklas (just ask my good friend @BaasDeBeer). The song was released in 2001 on their “Holy Wood” album.

Marilyn Manson

According to Wikipedia “Disposable Teens” is considered to be a “teenage anthem”. It echoes what Marilyn Manson sees as teenagers who act violently in retaliation against parental and social authority. The song’s chorus borrows lyrically from The Beatles’ song, “Revolution.” and also paraphrases George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four: “Rebel from the waist down” (the original line being “You’re only a rebel from the waist down”). This song gave it new meaning as a pop culture reference to Elvis Presley’s infamous swiveling hips, satirizing the assertion that they, and by extension rock ‘n’ roll, had caused the “decline of Western Civilization” and given rise to ‘disposable teens’. I think that sums up what the song is about.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge Marilyn Manson fan, but he’s definitely the king of Shock Rock. The “Disposable Teens” video starts out with Manson rising slowly from what appears to be a lake (symbolic of the third and final beast). The video cuts between him in several different environments and outfits including a Pope outfit, as the food in a Last Supper reenactment and Manson himself performing to a crowd, surrounded by fascist looking police with crucifix shaped batons. As the video climaxes the crowd is seen overthrowing the guards. So, if you are easily offended, you probably should not be watching this video…

So does “Disposable Teens” deserve to be the Friday Loud tune or not? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If you’ve enjoyed this tune, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone
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