Smells Like Children

Universal Music Portugal SA
Release date
27 Jun 1996
Running length
16 tracks
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1 The Hands Of Small Children (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:34 145
2 Diary Of A Dope Fiend (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:55 163
3 S****y Chicken Gang Bang (Edit Version (Explicit)) 1:19 320
4 Kiddie Grinder (Remix Version (Explicit)) 4:23 318
5 Sympathy For The Parents (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:00 126
6 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Album Version (Explicit )) 4:52 1,696
7 Everlasting C***sucker (Remix Version (Explicit)) 5:13 264
8 F*** Frankie (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:48 89
9 I Put A Spell On You (Lost Highway/Soundtrack Version) 3:36 172
10 May Cause Discoloration Of The Urine Or Feces (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:59 70
11 Scabs, Guns and Peanut Butter (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:01 96
12 Dance Of The Dope Hats (Remix Version (Explicit)) 4:39 228
13 White Trash (Remix Version (Explicit)) 2:47 264
14 Dancing With The One Legged... (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:46 89
15 Rock 'N' Roll Nigger (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:31 127
16 S****y Chicken Gang Bang (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:28 57

About this album

Personnel: Reverend Marilyn Manson (vocals); Daisy Berkowitz (guitar); Twiggy Ramirez (bass); Ginger Fish (drums); Madonna Wayne Gacy, Tony F. Wiggins.
A year on from Portrait of an American Family, Marilyn Manson released the stopgap EP Smells Like Children. Where the full-length debut showed sparks of character and invention beneath industrial metal sludge, Smells Like Children is a smartly crafted horror show, filled with vulgarity, ugliness, goth freaks, and sideshow scares. Manson wisely chose to heighten his cartoonish personality with the EP. Most of the record is devoted to spoken words and samples, all designed to push to the outrage buttons of middle America. Between those sonic collages arrives one new song, retitled remixes of Portrait songs — “Kiddie Grinder,” “Everlasting C*********,” “Dance of the Dope Hats,” “White Trash” — and three covers (“Sweet Dreams,” “I Put a Spell on You,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger”), all given a trademark spooky makeover. Musically, it may not amount to much — it’s goth-metal-industrial, as good as the “Dope Hat,” “Lunch Box,” and “Cake and Sodomy” trilogy that distinguished the debut — but as a sonic sculpture, as an objet d’art, it’s effective and wickedly fascinating. It’s exactly what Brian Warner needed to do to establish Marilyn Manson as America’s bogeyman for the late ’90s. [And it also helped enhance his myth for his fans. Smells Like Children originally was released promotionally, complete with unauthorized Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory samples and other unapproved sound bites.

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