We hope we aren't in the minority here at Rocks Off in saying that Marilyn Manson is the last living active rock star. True, Jagger and Bowie are still kicking around, but no one ignites tempers and soothes dark hearts like Brian Warner. Plus, the dude can't hide his pop sensibilities, no matter how many baby skeletons and hobo-skull goblets litter his kitchen. Looking back, 1996's "Beautiful People" was just as catchy as "Hey Ya!"
Manson reunited with longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez (aka Jeordie White) after a 2002 falling out and has been recording a follow-up to 2007's blandish Eat Me, Drink Me
. That album saw Manson stray dangerously close to conventionality with love songs and, sadly, power ballads.
But the grime and decay couldn't be swept away. This is the first single off Manson's forthcoming LP The High End of Low
, which should be hitting the public by late May. "We're From America" sounds like Gary Glitter circa 1974 snorting Adirol with the Bay City Rollers, and just a dash of LCD Soundsystem's "North American Scum" thrown into the mix.
Manson and family hit Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 15 with Slayer (Slayahh!
) for the "Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival."