Today in weirdsies: Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp have teamed up to do a duet of Carly Simon‘s iconic song, “You’re So Vain.” The track will be on Manson’s forthcoming new album, Born Villain, due May 1st and we’re interested to see how the quirky yet unlikely pairing interpret the track. Can we look forward to a hyper-goth, twisted-electro version of the track? Or maybe some pure rock and roll? Or perhaps they’ll stay true to the original and play it with Simon’s original style?
You might also be surprised to note that Deep has a rich history of musical collaborations with huge stars, including playing guitar on Oasis‘ “Fade In-Out” and “Fade Away; playing guitar for the soundtracks of his movies Chocolat and Once Upon a Time in Mexico; appearing on Shane MacGowan‘s first solo album; as part of a band called P; as well as starring in Tom Petty‘s video for “Into The Great Wide Open”, The Lemonheads “It’s a Shame About Ray” video and Avril Lavigne‘s “Alice” video. And as for his pairing up with Manson, the coupling apparently isn’t so unlikely, with Manson having attended 3 of Depp’s recent movie premiers and even contributed “The Nobodies” to the From Hell soundtrack. Huh. Who woulda thunk it?
Rest easy, friends. Apparently there was some confusion over what was/wasn’t said by Marilyn Manson in a restaurant bathroom after a screening of his girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood’s new movie. Manson did NOT: ask for coke, ask for Adderral, or go into a stall with another person to take either of the substances illegally. Or so says a publicist for the film. But obviously we believe everything those publicists say. It’s their job!
Besides – Manson’s not into illegal drugs, he’s into illegal booze. The singer is now selling his own brand of absinthe, appropriately called Mansithe. Yes, apparently even with a clear, drug-free brain he couldn’t think of anything more creative to name his brand of the mysterious drink. Sexin’ up young ladies in blood will do that to you. [Image: Getty]
Evan Rachel Wood was once so normal, so “regular ol’ boring blond actress,” before she ventured into the darkness and started dating a man twice her age. Wood spoke out recently to GQ about her love affair with Marilyn Manson, and she sounds just like every other rebellious nineteen year old who’s crazy in love – just that she’s doing it with an creepy rocker dude in tight pants, lipstick and weird contact lenses.
On making the music video for Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses,” which features the couple knocking boots – or pretending really well: “We made it for each other. I just wanted to show that it?s okay to have different, weird ideas about romance. At the end of the video, we?re kissing and it?s raining blood?and for me, that was one of the most romantic moments of my entire life.”
On the choices she’s making in her life: “I?m really just being me and growing up. And I?m sorry if I have blond hair and blue eyes and my boyfriend looks like a vampire. What do you want me to do about it?” [Us Weekly. Image: Getty]
Errrr…We don’t want you to do anything. Sorry to bug you, Miss Sassy Pants. We’re just gonna go wander outside now and wait for it to start raining blood.
Keyboard player Stephen Bier is laying a big-ass suit today on the shock rocker and his managers, accusing Manson of squandering away money owed to Bier and his band-mates on some bizarre buys. In an email to Page Six, Bier’s lawyer alleges that the millions of dollars the band earned together were instead spent by Manson on “sick and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl).” In addition, the rocker blew the money on a massive home, an enormous engagement ring for now ex-wife Dita Von Teese, and their extravagant wedding in Ireland. It makes sense that all those things would cost a ton, but what is the price tag on a skeleton? And is there any reason at all to buy it? Splurging makes a lot more sense when it’s on bling, not bones. [NY Post. Image: Getty]
After months of relative silence on her relationship with the man she refers to simply as "Manson," Evan Rachel Wood has finally revealed what caused the two to come together, ignore current relationships, multi-decade age differences and the court of public opinion: Eyeliner. While some women cite such fickle requirements as desiring their men to be gainfully employed or disease free, Wood explains in the August issue of British Elle that her men bring the kohl. "If you’ve ever dated me, then you would have ended up wearing eyeliner at some point. All my boyfriends have." Wood goes on to call Manson "crazy," the highest compliment the starlet could pay, and contrary to her being made into a doppelganger of Manson’s ex-wife Dita Von Teese, insists that she’s "finding herself."
Desperate shock rocker Marilyn Manson‘s latest stop on the Crazytrain? DissingMy Chemical Romance. Manson tells The London Paper his song "Mutilation Is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery," featuring the lyrics "f*ck you, f*ck you," is directed at the Jersey goth rockers. Manson takes issue with the "sad, pitiful, shallow version" of Manson the band has affected. He then entreats the band, "If they want to identify with me, then here’s a razor blade. Call me when you’re done and we’ll talk."
Unfortunately, it seems that Mr. Brian Warner owns a glass house: He’s constructed his stage persona by ripping off Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson, gotten his goth rock aesthetics from Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor and Ozzy Osbourne. Add to the list his stealing lengthy song titles from emo hearthrobs like Fall Out Boy, and Manson doesn’t have much room to speak. Most recently, he’s taken a page from recently divorced middle-aged men by dating someone half his age.
Marilyn Manson, King of the Goths, returns with a new record next Tuesday. In advance of its release he’s doing all sorts of funny promotion, like divorcing his stripper wife, humping his barely legal girlfriend and covering Justin Timberlake songs. Now he’s even doing stand-up. Just kidding. Sort of. In this bizarre video, Manson discusses Lindsay Lohan‘s vaginal grooming. Hmm. Is Marilyn someone you’d let near your swimsuit area with a razor?
News about American Idol wannabe Kelly Clarkson‘s feud with her label head, Clive Davis, continues to surface. The New York Post reports that the Grand Old Man of pop is furious that Clarkson isn’t listening to his suggestions about her music. We, on the other hand, have begun thinking that the lady doth protest too much. Frankly, if Clive Davis wanted to shut Kelly Clarkson down, he could. (To paraphrase Cliff Huxtable, he gave Kelly life . . . and he can take it away.) Since he hasn’t, we’re forced to assume that all this strife might all be a media stunt. In which case, it is you, dear public, who suffers.
Marilyn Manson is channeling his inner teenage girl. After covering pop pin-up Justin Timberlake during a live BBC performance last week, Manson told the venerable radio station that he has "a fascination with Justin Timberlake," and that he carries a picture of the pop star with him wherever he goes. This information goes far in explaining what he and 19-year-old girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood could possibly have to talk about.
And when he’s not canoodling with gorgeous movie stars or being toted around in creepy rock stars’ wallets? J-Timber’s starting his own record label, to be be distributed through Interscope Records. The label, named Tennman (an abbreviation of Tennessee Man, which he is) expects to announce new signings in the upcoming weeks.
Dating a teenager can make you do crazy things, as Marilyn Manson can attest to. For instance, Manson recently found himself at the center of a brouhaha over whether he and 19-year-old girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood simulated the sex scenes in his video for "Heart Shaped Glasses" (fingers crossed). Now, Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed God of F*ck, is covering everybody’s favorite recovering Mousketeer (no, not Britney) — Justin Timberlake. Manson doesn’t quite hit the high ones in this acoustic cut from a live BBC session, but the subject matter (all-consuming jealousy and rage) isn’t exactly a departure. Manson’s no stranger to covers though; his 1995 rendition of the Eurythmics‘ "Sweet Dreams" jump-started his career.
Another report from the department of Bizarre Covers: Rock lads Arctic Monkeys do a faithful cover of Amy Winehouse‘s "You Know I’m No Good," a woman whose buzz is officially bigger than her hair.