Most iconic Marilyn Manson single: 'Sweet Dreams' or 'Beautiful People'? | The Tylt
People either love or hate Marilyn Manson, but the latter can kiss our worn-out cabooses. He’s an incredibly intelligent man that handles critics with classy aplomb, shooting down condescending folk who automatically assume he’s some brutish attention-seeker when he is, in fact, playing them like the fools they are. They are the people he says would use you in his cover of “Sweet Dreams” and whom he bitingly satirizes in his throbbing single, “Beautiful People.” Which song is more iconic?
Most iconic Marilyn Manson single: 'Sweet Dreams' or 'Beautiful People'?
The original “Sweet Dreams” is by the Eurythmics, a haunting tune that warns of the more insidious nature of people. Then Marilyn Manson got his hands on it, and basically turned the dark aspects of the song up to 11.
The singe was the first serious hit Marilyn Manson had, propelling him into stardom and international attention. Afterwards, his album “Antichrist Superstar,” solidified his status as a musician that was here to stay.
“Sweet Dreams” is the song that most people know Marilyn Manson for. Why? Well, for one thing, it’s one slow burn of a song that gets heavier and more manic up until the end when Marilyn Manson is pretty much screaming about how much he wants to use someone. Honestly, we’re kind of into it.
For another, it was a hard introduction to what Marilyn Manson is all about. He’s not just creepy and kooky and weird—he’s the type of creepy and kooky and weird that makes you extremely uncomfortable. He’s provocative in the way that it makes you think, confronting you with certain feelings that stay with you and keep you awake at night. Again, we’re kind of into it.
“Beautiful People” is also a song by Ed Sheeran, but do-inappropriate-things-gently to me with a chainsaw: We’re talking about real artistry here, m’kay, not songs some gnome-like boys sing around a campfire while crying. We don’t want no boys; we want a “Beautiful People” Marilyn MANson, son!
Unlike “Sweet Dreams,” “Beautiful People” is an original Marilyn Manson work that, when you get over how disturbing the actual audio of the song is, is a sharp satire. Honestly, though, were you under the impression that a song called “Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson would be nice?
Like “Sweet Dreams,” the single is about people using the disadvantaged to their own means. What is beauty, anyway, if not how much of what you have of something in accordance to what people think? Listen to the song, and you’ll see what we mean.