Marilyn Manson has pulled out all the stops for his latest track, bringing Johnny Depp on board to star in his slickly-produced video for new track ‘Say10’, which sees the pair playing a very dirty version of biblical figures Cain and Abel.
The track title is a bit cringeworthy, as is watching Depp mime lyrics like “cocaine and Abel” (so edgy!), but the Bill Yukich-directed clip looks pretty/ugly enough, its creepiness a step or two above anything Depp has done throughout his long resume of Tim Burton flicks.
Masturbation, blood, and way too much makeup – it’s all here, and the track itself isn’t half bad, although the trite lyrics don’t quite live up to Manson’s colourful description of the track and its themes.
“After the balloons have all shriveled up and are swallowed in the puddles of puke and idealism, don’t look to Me for sympathy,” he says. “I am here to be all that I am accused of not being. And to be blamed for what you made Me.
“The shots you will hear are from a mouth disguised as a gun. Don’t call this art. This is a hard cock in a room full of vampires and the music, man. The music is My foul blood on your faces.”
It’s actually the second clip we’ve seen for this track so far, Rolling Stone notes, with the previous shorter version being released on the same day as the 2016 election and featuring what resembled a decapitated Donald Trump, so Manson is clearly very proud of this one.
Having perhaps tempted God one too many times with his divisive art, Marilyn Manson was injured recently when a stage prop fell and crushed him, causing him to be rushed from the stage and cancel the remainder of the show and several more U.S. tour dates, although he’ll be back in action this weekend.
While there’s plenty of creepiness to go around in this clip, we have to say that Die Antwoord still hold the mantle for strangest release of the year with their borderline-pornographic horror movie featuring an ejaculating, rat-faced Jack Black. Yes, that’s a thing that happened.