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Marilyn Manson - Lest We Forget
Label: Interscope Records
Release: 2004

The Love Song
Personal Jesus
The Fight Song
Tainted Love
The Dope Show
This Is The New Shit
Disposable Teens
Sweet Dreams
Rock Is Dead
Get Your Gunn
The Nobodies
Long Hard Road Out OF Hell
The Beautiful People
The Reflecting God

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Newcomers to rock music, mainly the shock-rock, Goth variety, these days might underestimate the importance that Brian Warner once had. Once, Marilyn Manson was a band that seemed to be stapled to the headlines. These days the collective would be hard-pressed to spook anyone.

It all started in the early 90’s. A band named Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids began playing small clubs, gaining recognition, before being scooped up by NIN’s Trent Reznor and put on a major label. Reznor had already made himself a living making bizarre electronic-fused Goth rock, which was selling records, and raising eyebrows all across America, Manson was the prince to his throne.

Portrait of An American Family and Smells Like Children soon hit record stores but failed to garner much attention (in comparison to the explosion of it which the band would receive in later years). However, though worldwide attention was still far off, the band has drawn attention from various religious sects around the country which spawned the baiting title to their third album, the one that made them stars, Antichrist Superstar.

Three albums later and we arrive at the bands first collection. Losing scores of band members, fans, and supporters along the way, they still somehow stand strong in each different incarnation.

The first thing any core Manson fan will notice about this album is the false advertising. Dubbed as a “best of,” the album serves as what it really is, a greatest hits, albeit with a brand “new” song on it, a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”

The first indication that this is indeed a greatest hits album and not a best of is that, arguably Manson’s best album, Mechanical Animals, is only represented by two measly songs (both singles). So anyone looking for songs such as “Coma White,” “The Last Day on Earth,” “Fundamentally Lonesome,” “The Speed of Pain,” or “Mechanical Animals,” among which serve among Manson’s best offerings, look elsewhere, you won’t find them here.

What you will find here are all of Manson’s songs that have been constantly overplayed to the max over the years such as “Mobscene,” “Fight Song,” “The Beautiful People,” and the two 80’s covers “Sweet Dreams,” and “Tainted Love.”

Thankfully the brilliant “Tourniquet,” made the cut, as it is one of Manson’s finest moments and the best song featured on this disc. The intense ride of “The Reflecting God,” is also thrown in for extra measure, showing the awe-inspiring rock collective the band used to be before they threw down the guitars and brought up keyboards and other synth-wankery.

When it’s all said and done, this album serves not the fans, but the wide-eyed youngsters who will buy it and listen to “Tainted Love,” and disregard the rest of the compilation. If you want to get a real grip on this bands music, look for anything Mechanical Animals and before, and steer clear of the direction this band has taken.

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