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Marilyn Manson Interview on WXPN World Cafe 2.9.2015 [NPR Audio Stream]

Chris Tart

by Chris Tart

Published February 10, 2015

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SETLIST

 

<h5>MARILYN MANSON ON WXPN WORLD CAFE SETLIST 2.09.2015</h5>

<blockquote>"Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge"
"Odds Of Even"
"The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles"
"Killing Strangers"</blockquote>

Marilyn Manson, "the dark underlord of rock," stopped by WXPN's World Cafe in the midst of his 2015 Hell Not Hallelujah Tour for an interview with host David Dye and to spin a few songs from Manson's latest album, The Pale Emperor. Listen to the complete segment above.

Dye gives a brief intro about Marilyn Manson's background and rise to fame before asking him how long it's been since he's been on stage. Manson comments that performing felt more exciting back in the days when he had to prove himself. He shares his dissatisfaction with his life growing up, and talks about some pranks he used to pull while in Christian school.

After talking about two cover songs he worked on, one with Johnny Depp and the other with Shooter Jennings, Manson talks a little bit about the recording process for The Pale Emperor before we hear the track "Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge."

Manson explains that the album's title is inspired by the bible, and he wrote it in the middle of a "rough" week. They get into depth about Manson's family struggles and his mom's recent passing. He reveals that he went on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy to convince his father to move out to California. Manson comments that the song "Odds Of Even" could be related to his mothers passing. Also interesting is the opening noises we hear on the album, which is the sound of a group of coyotes attacking a small animal that Manson had recorded on his phone.

After the song, they continue on the topic of Manson's mom and their shaky relationship. Mentally, he feels like he's stuck in the persona he invented in his 20s, and he doesn't mind. He discusses the books that inspired him in the process of making the new album, and says he feels like he's paid his dues to the devil for the cost of being a rock star.

Manson talks about films and the relationship he shares with Tyler Bates, who produced the new album. The two touch on the Columbine school shooting incident and how the media twisted the facts and portrayed Marilyn in a negative light. He says he almost considered becoming an ex-patriot, and that America needs a villain like him. The interview wraps up with his experiences in Ohio, Florida, and New Orleans before segueing into the final song, "Killing Strangers."

Overall, Marilyn Manson gives an interesting interview with details about his upbringing, where he is now, mentally, and his new album. He tend's to go off on a tangent occasionally, but it's always related to the topic of discussion. This rare, personal interview is a must listen.

You can listen to The Pale Emperor and read our review here on Zumic. Pick up the album on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3) and iTunes.

For the latest music, news, and tour dates, check out Marilyn Manson's Zumic artist page.

Source: XPN.org World Cafe

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