The Beautiful People (3:43)

Cover of Antichrist Superstar

From Antichrist Superstar and 229 other releases

“The Beautiful People” is the first single off of Marilyn Manson’s controversial album “Antichrist Superstar”, released in 1996. It was the second track, after “Irresponsible Hate Anthem”.

Directly inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche, “The Beautiful People” critiques the master-slave morality in capitalistic societies. After “Hate Anthem”, which was a look into the character of the Antichrist’s future in 1997, “The Beautiful People” takes the listener back to his beginnings, witnessing the atrocities committed by the rich and beautiful who rule the world. Lines like “The weak ones are there to justify the strong” and “You live with apes, man, it’s hard to be clean” explain the sarcastic attitudes of the controlling forces and their disdain for the weak.

The song begins with some eerie guitar sounds and electronic noises, and breaks into an evil march-like quality complete with reckless drums and ominous bass guitar. The vocals range from violent whispers to anthemic shouts.

“The Beautiful People” music video shows the band playing in a room. This is interchanged with shots of what appears to be a political rally. Manson is propped up on stilts covered by a long white “skirt”, and dances with similar beings in black. There are also scenes of him wearing a deathly-looking dental contraption.

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