Towards the end of last year, Marilyn Manson participated in BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show With Daniel P Carter in the Music ruined My Life segment. This excerpt has finally aired yesterday (10th), as the shock rocker discussed the importance of music is to his life and more. Later, he was asked which song he was most proud of that he wrote. While many of us would assume a track from 1996’s Antichrist Superstar or even 2000’s Holy Wood, Manson revealed “The Speed of Pain” from 1998’s Mechanical Animals.
“‘The Speed Of Pain‘. It was a poem I wrote. I was on an airplane, I was reading in Time magazine about the amount of time it takes for your brain to acknowledge pain from your body. And it inspired me to write about something else… For whatever reason I have some obsession that I can not explain, if you asked me, if you tortured me I couldn’t explain it; About flowers, Valentine’s Day—maybe I didn’t get enough Valentine’s when I was a kid, I’m not really sure what the obsession is, but it comes up a lot. Because I’m not someone who particularly likes flowers…”
This may have been the first time Manson has written about his obsession with the holiday but, it wasn’t his last. Back in 2000, he released the song “Valentine’s Day,” which was later featured on the 2001 film Valentine and let’s not forget, 2017’s Heaven Upside Down was originally going to be released on the hallmark occasion with the alternate title Say10.
Check out the full segment here.