Cover #20 is “The Nobodies” by Marilyn Manson, from the 2000 album Holy Wood: In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death. It was written by M.Manson.
This is the 20th cover of the month – I had intended to post it on April 20th, the 10 year anniversary of the Columbine Massacre.
Eric and Dylan did not listen to Marilyn Manson. As Jello Biafra once pointed out, if they were such big fans of his (as several lazy journalists claimed), why didn’t they wait until after his show in Denver, CO later that month? Manson’s more a grand guignol-style artist of grotesque imagery and doesn’t really seem to advocate the sort of violence we saw that day in Colorado, but he sure looked scary to middle America back in 1999.
Eric and Dylan did play Doom, but so did I and I never killed anyone. They didn’t wear trenchcoats when they committed the murders. They weren’t members of any “Trenchcoat Mafia”. That expression was something a bunch of computer geeks and goths who went to the school jokingly called themselves. I understood this mentality – some of my best friends wore black trenchcoats.
There’s been so much writing about Columbine already. There’s a new book out that’s supposed to be pretty insightful. Most of what’s written, however, falls into two camps: the “oh, the killers liked the goth music and that’s why they did it and CASSIE SED YES!” camp, and the “no they didn’t and NO SHE DIDN’T!” camp. I’m not going to add to that.
All I’m gonna do is play a tune Marilyn Manson wrote about Columbine, and about a murder spree in the age of instant celebrities. We’re the nobodies who want to be somebodies. Some children died the other day. You should have seen the ratings that day. If you’ve seen Bowling For Columbine, you know he’s the most insightful person in it.
Next up…: He’s fifty and he could kick your ass without smearing his eyeliner.