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Manson’s Arms

first_imgEver since Marilyn Manson donned Aladdin Sane-style hair and make-up for the cover of Mechanical Animals, the world has suspected that wanted to be David Bowie. The Golden Age of Grotesque shows America’s most reviled fetishistic faux-goth adopting Bowie’s most impressive characteristic, the ability reinvent his persona for every album. Manson has cast off the cartoon horror of his debut, the grubby black metal chic of Antichrist Superstar and the religious parody of Holy Wood. This time, the man, the band, the legend, emerges as bizarre amalgamation of tarty burlesque hedonist and sleazy industrial rock star. Taking more than just leaf out of Nine Inch Nails’ book in terms of sharp beats and angsty lyrics, Manson has produced fusion of pervy grindcore and melodramatic groaning, ‘The Bright Young Things’ being a prime example, adding a dash of explosive rock ‘This Is The New Shit’. Oddly, Manson’s friendship with Eminem seems to have rubbed off on his music; the lyrics often turn towards hip hop posturing, with mentions of big cars, bitches and casual sex. And this isn’t the only ludicrous thing about the lyrics. We’ve always known Manson was no poet, but Grotesque has some really awful lines: “I memorise the words to the porno movies, this is a new religion to me” and “I won’t pull out, I just came”. Manson’s deadpan seriousness in wailing these corkers out, banshee style, detracts from the album’s good points, namely its well-mixed beats and darkly atmospheric sounds. Stranger still, there is a curious singalong feel to a couple of tracks, notably ‘Slutgarden’ and ‘mOBSCENE’, the latter being a shameless rip-off of Faith No More’s ‘Be Aggressive’, which Manson is clearly hoping his Kindergoth fans are too young to remember. But Manson isn’t just for the kids in Slipknot hoodies; if you can get past the pseudo-artistic pretentiousness of the frontman whose egocentricity is embarrassingly evident from the album’s artwork, you will be rewarded with some guaranteed rock nite favourites and some quality music-to-shag-to for goths.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more

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No podium protest during Tokyo Games, IOC insists

first_img The IOC and President Thomas Bach have come under heavy criticism for their repeated warnings to athletes about staging podium protests at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Rule 50 states that “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” American footballer Megan Rapinoe was one of many athletes to criticise the rule and insinuate freedom of speech was being curtailed.Advertisement International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Richard Pound has rejected claims the organisation is restricting athletes’ freedom of speech through Rule 50. “So much being done about the protests,” she said on Instagram. “So little being done about what we are protesting about. “We will not be silenced.” Read Also:Osaka selects Japanese citizenship ahead of 2020 Tokyo Games Pound has responded to the criticism in a column for the Canadian newspaper The Star, defending the use of Rule 50. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

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On the beat: Beat writers preview Syracuse-Maryland matchup

first_imgComments Published on September 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm Related Stories Syracuse preps for Maryland’s offensive speed, toughtest test yetTime Machine: Then-Daily Orange sports editor writes poem after 1935 0-0 tieSyracuse’s secondary prepares to face Maryland threats Diggs, Longcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img