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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 22, 1998)
I should’ve known what to expect
when I opened the new Marilyn
Manson album and the disc was deco
rated to look like a pill with the word
“coma” on it.
“Mechanical Animals” is the lat
est offering from the always freshly
androgynous Manson camp, and it
has ail the makings of another hit
If I know kids these days - and I
think I do - they love reefer-smoking
aliens, so the spaced-out drug themes
of “Mechanical Animals” ought to
make the kids go crazy.
However, for those who don’t
shop at Gadzooks, this album will
probably come off just as it did for me
- boring and repetitive. The song
structures are largely the same
throughout the entire album as almost
every tune has a low-key moody verse
section that crescendos into an
aggressively violent chorus. While
the structure works for some of the
tunes, it completely fails with others,
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been more interesting had it been cut
Though Manson attempts to rein
vent himself as a breasted space
prophet on “Mechanical Animals,”
most of the lyrics are still based on his
woeful feelings of inadequacy and
resentment toward society and God.
“Mechanical Animals” splutters
to a start with the Ziggy Stardust-like
sounds of “Great Big White World”
and has the feel of a floating space
man going out of control, shunned by
earth and crying for a world to belong
to. Poor spaceman.
The second track, “The Dope
Show” is also the album’s first
release, and it combines a slow
groovy rhythm with — surprise --
more space noises. The lyrics are
about Manson’s inability to handle his
love-hate relationship with the media
and his feelings of alienation toward
society. The lyrics offer nothing new
to the subject and come off incredibly
shallow and whiny.
“They love you when you’re on all
the covers - when you’re not then they
love another,” cries Manson.
Most of the musical characteris
tics aren’t as aggressive as Manson’s
previous work, with the exception of a
few tunes. “Rock is Dead” is a pound
ing ride through screams, sex and
television. It sounds incredibly simi
lar to one of Manson’s previous
smashes, “Beautiful People” ... a little
too familiar, if you ask me.
“Posthuman” is another upbeat
stomper that injects a furious dose of
drumming into a catchy “hey, hey,
hey” chorus about God, heroin and
Manson seems to have taken a
new glam-rock approach to making
music on some sections of
“Mechanical Animals,” as songs like
“User Friendly” and “I Don’t Like the
Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)”
combine funky grooves reminiscent
of the guy we used to call Prince with
a hair-metal chorus reminiscent of
Slaughter (which for some reason
stuck with its name).
“I Don’t Like the Drugs (But the
Drugs Like Me)” has a fist-jabbing
chorus with all the hessian elements
of Slaughter’s “Up All Night, Sleep
All Day,” and even has some funky -
soul divas classing up the background
“User Friendly” is another funk
hessian combo with lyrics that prove
even Marilyn Manson has girl prob
Please see MARILYN on 9
1 he Big bix swing into town for second visit
By Sarah Baker
Senior staff writer
Swingers usually can be identified
by pinstriped pants, derby hats and the
flash of dangling wallet chains.
But The Big Six aren’t your run
Imported straight from England’s
swing scene, the rockabilly-swing
band plans to morph the Zoo Bar into
a rolling dance club tonight.
And they plan to wear baggy, not
to mention tacky, plaid suits while
they do it.
Ricky Brawn, the founding mem
ber and drummer for the sextet, said
the trademark attire, which members
have donned since the onset, does
more than just make the band look
“The swing kids dress up, so why
shouldn’t the band?” Brawn asked.
“We wanted to add a visual element to
our shows and look exciting on stage.
We want to seem larger than life.”
Brawn said the band’s first visit to
Lincoln was surprisingly successful.
“It was packed,” he said. “We did
n’t know what to expect, but it was
Tonight’s show marks The Big
Six’s second visit, and Brawn said he
hopes the band can claim success this
time around as well.
“We had a great time in Lincoln,”
Brawn said. “Our show is going to be
as wild as possible. We like to enter
tain and get some good dancing
The Big Six are in the midst of a
55-date tour of the United States, after
which they will go on tour with the
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, another
product of the recent swing revival.
Brawn said the band was excited
about having the chance to tour the
United States, especially with the
newfound popularity of the big band
“I think (the swing revival) is
great,” he said. “In the UK it’s hard to
get gigs because the scene is so
bogged down, but here it’s wonderful.
We are working hard and playing
loads of gigs.”
The band credits some of its inspi
ration to music greats such as James
Brown, Bill Haley and the Comets as
well as the Skatellites.
The group’s new album “We the
Boys Will Rock Ya” is its first on a
major label - Hepcat Records, based
out of Los Angeles.
Brawn attributed the group’s pop
ularity to more than just its outrageous
“The music connects with the
fans,” he said. “It’s not about religion
or politics. It’s escapism, and it lets
them have a good time.”
He said the band doesn’t like being
on the road, but the end product makes
the suffering worthwhile.
“We love the gigs,” he said. “It’s
definitely worth it, and we really don’t
know what else to do with ourselves if
The Big Six plays at the Zoo Bar,
136 N. 14l" St., at 9 tonight. Tickets
for the show are $5.
For more information, call the Zoo
Bar at (402) 435-8754.
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