Marilyn Manson’s new music video for the song ‘Hey, Cruel World…’ – the latest track from his new album, Born Villain - is being released in conjunction with Amp Rock TV and features footage from his recent tour, which we reviewed when it came to Brixton, London.
This monochromatic exploration of what goes on behind the closed stage-door, beautifully rendered and put together from venues all over the world, really spins out the message from the song. It’s also pretty cool to see Marilyn Manson putting on his make-up.
But isn’t this what DVD extras are for?
Don’t get us wrong, it is a fantastic way of showing what was happening on stage and an excellent excuse to say to your friends, ‘I’m in a music video’ if you were at any of the gigs, but we know about Manson’s exploits from the numerous interviews he has done over the years.
This video is meant to be the precursor to his Twins of Evil tour, which we have already announced, but with the likes of Rob Zombie in your phonebook, why would you go for a non-conceptual tour video, when you have a horror genius to play with?
We love this video because it is cool, and arty, and we get to see on-stage shenanigans, but that is what we go to gigs for. Music videos are meant to be the visual interpretations of the song, and whilst technically this is achieved in a big way (what better method to employ a song saying ‘Hey, Cruel World’ than to do a video performed all over the globe?), it is missing a gigantic piece. Whether you would call it heart, soul or just the plain shock tactics Manson usually employs, there is something lacking.