Marilyn Manson

Beautiful People

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Marilyn Manson had a couple of strong moments on their debut album, Portrait of an American Family, but they had not delivered an indelible single until "The Beautiful People," the first pulled from their second album, Antichrist Superstar. With its mock menace and pummeling metal triplets, it was the first Manson song with an oversized hook -- the kind of song that even the group's detractors couldn't get out of their heads. Also, since it had an actual swing (an alien concept in previous Manson recordings), it opened itself up to remixes. Unfortunately, Jim Thirlwell's mix, retitled "The Not So Beautiful People," is simply predictable industrial noise, instead of a fusion of industrial and dance. That mix is one of four tracks on this second part of a two-part British single, along with the album version of "The Beautiful People" and two adequate B-sides, "Snake Eyes and Sissies" and "Deformography."

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