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absinthe bunny
07-14-2009, 12:06 PM
I'm sure there are more of these 'amputeed arm' references:

Image from the Mechanical Animals artwork (indicated is a '15' reference):
Painting 'Hand Of Glory':
Outfit of Ginger Fish I got (Dope Show video / Video Music awards performance / Drum! Magazine and I-D photoshoots):

08-29-2009, 02:05 PM
From Drawing Restraint 7 (1993, dir Matthew Barney)


08-30-2009, 02:49 AM
Wow good find aren't there other things that Manson used from him?

08-30-2009, 03:22 AM
Lauren, good find! I also found these:

http://www.uo-online.at/dateien/2284_i_Matthew-Barney_1.jpg http://custardsurgery.com/images/mechanical_animals_cover.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/25/63791442_84e669313c.jpg?v=0 http://www.imagehost.ro/pict/301328374a9a54553577f.jpg

02-17-2010, 01:54 PM
Lilly Allen last night at the Brit Awards @ 2.20


MM The Dope Show MTV awards @ 3.10


I saw the pink army men last night on the brit awards and it reminded me of the pink police men for the Dope Show.

04-19-2010, 08:48 AM
Drugs are evil. Elvis is evil. Evil is good. Get your name in lights.


Elvis Presley on stage during his 1968 "Comeback", and Marilyn Manson thirty years later during the Rock Is Dead Mechanical Animals live tour. Not the first time Manson has evoked or been compared with Elvis of course, there are numerous parallels, not only the shoot with Manson dressed as The King of Rock N' Roll, or David Lynch's quote comparing the two in The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell. Obviously he is close friends with Elvis's daughter, Lisa Marie, I believe she once described him as the most exciting live performer of this generation. High praise when your dad was Elvis.
I always thought the Helnwein shoot for The Golden Age Of Grotesque with the rifle was similar to images of Elvis in the military:-

Right photo courtesy of helnwein.com

05-10-2010, 08:46 AM
Marilyn Manson - S.D.


08-06-2010, 02:11 AM
I haven't visited one of my favourite topics for a while, there's been some great ideas on the last few pages, thank you for sharing everyone.

I got a book of Polaroid photography, flicking through it I saw this pic of Andy Warhol.

This is interesting, not only because the picture comparison is cool, but also because it made me think about Warhol's influence on Mechanical Animals. There's the commonly known appropriation of "15 minutes", but I also thought about Manson referring to Coma White as a "Just bleeding like a polaroid". A polaroid picture develops automatically within seconds of being taken. The lyrical metaphor was written prior to the mass-influx of digital photography commercially, and so perhaps it was being used to describe how "stars" seem to develop so quickly, reflecting Warhol's sentiment, and the "Disposable" nature of such easily found fame. A fairly simple metaphor I guess, but there's still more to know about Mechanical Animals, and the commentaries within are probably even more applicable to the entertainment world today than when it was recorded, so I like to think further about what Manson was trying to say with it.

Also, focusing on the same period of expression, I love this picture of Marilyn Manson, my father found a copy of it for me years ago and I had it on the wall for ages. It reminds me of another favourite image, the cover art for Iggy Pop's The Idiot:-


I guess it's another slight overlap with the Bowie & Manson topic this week, given it was Bowie who produced and co-wrote The Idiot. In his Bowie biography, Christopher Sandford explains that the cover for The Idiot and Heroes were both inspired by artwork Bowie had seen at Berlin's Brücke-Museum whilst living there.
Also, Twiggy Ramirez has mentioned in interviews that the drums and bass for The Dope Show were basically lifted from Pop's Nightclubbing (also The Idiot), both of which feature as the second track on their respective albums. Oh, and unrelated to this visual parallel, but Manson also said the band tried to evoke the "Heroin Rock" atmosphere of the album whilst recording WOW. I'd say they were successful, it certainly wouldn't sound out of place on The Idiot.

10-25-2010, 03:08 PM
This screenshot from Blood and Roses (Roger Vadim, 1960) reminds me of one the scenes in the Dope Show music video.

Screenshot via Obscure Hollow (http://obscurehollow.blogspot.com/2008/12/blood-and-roses-dream-sequence-1960.html).

11-03-2010, 01:43 PM
By Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, 1993

12-04-2010, 02:18 PM
By Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, 1993
Thanks as ever for your posts here Lauren, they're always brilliant. It's interesting how often Feminist artwork bears similarity to Manson's visuals, whether accidentally or by design. There's some material included in the new stuff we're working on for the main site that the fans of Visual Parallels will hopefully enjoy. I'm still remaining tight-lipped though...

Anyway, I was watching live footage of The Prodigy on DVD last night, and I saw this jacket that Keith Flint had worn on the tour for Invaders Must Die. I think there was a picture like this on their MySpace or website around the time of the tour [2008-9], but obviously at that stage, we wouldn't have had The High End Of Low and its tour to make the comparison:-

Keith Flint Wears 'MY DOGS WILL KILL YOU'
Marilyn Manson Wears 'HELL ETC.'

Quite cool how those two clothing ideas are similar. Also, whether it was something we knew at the time or not, it's interesting that for both tours the name of either artist's Cooking Vinyl sub-label was adorned somewhere. In Manson's case HELL ETC. is obviously on his jacket, but Liam Howlett had Take Me To The Hospital on the back of his gear for the live shows:-


I'm still over the moon that two of my favourite bands are now label mates, and with the fact that Rob Holiday has been in both bands, and Flint is a friend of Manson's, it would be doubly amazing if they collaborated in any way again. I hope these observations are enjoyable.

09-13-2012, 06:09 AM
Manson in the Coma White video and a painting of Crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.



09-13-2012, 07:14 AM
^ That one was obviously intentional with Coma White.

01-17-2013, 03:22 AM
I thought this one was pretty good.



04-16-2013, 08:47 AM
*Uncrumples note thrown onstage. "Who is your favorite visual artist?"

Blah ....BLAH




Rock ...ROCK




01-05-2014, 02:49 PM
Ziggy Stardust was a alien who came to earth and transforms in a rockstar addicted to drugs. quite similar to omega.

http://johannasvisions.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/devidbowie-ziggy.jpghttp://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb223/andrevbs/MM/omega_stroje_01.jpghttp://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z300/JessicaWonka/Marilyn%20Manson%20Mechanical%20Animals/OmegaUFOs.jpghttp://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRXDCXL9T5MKHt6VOq_hIcvIaSRnRArq rT5emT8MEpXiHOECqut

ih the movie, the man who fell to earth...and the dope show video. both in the beginning i noticed the similarity.
and i doubt this explanation:


03-24-2015, 04:26 PM
Does everyone remember the series of short films made by AmpRockTV in 2012? Marilyn Manson was featured both in the music video they shot for Hey, Cruel World..., and in The Words series for Overneath The Path Of Misery. Anyway, they featured several artists for The Words, including Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless. You'll likely also remember both Manson and Momsen performing together for the Revolver Golden Gods that year.

Compare Manson's Mechanical Animals cover art with Momsen showing off her rather tasty self in Under The Water video:-


06-09-2015, 06:08 AM
Hey everyone, I haven't been on here for a while but something I found the other day re-sparked my interest in making these visual parallels.

Firstly, I found this interview from the summer of 1998 in which Marilyn Manson answers some pretty neat questions in regards to the concept and inspiration behind his then latest album, Mechanical Animals (for the newer fans).


At around the 7:00 minute mark, he goes on to talk about the film "Le Planete Sauvage" (translated as "Fantastic Planet"), a French sci-fi animation from 1973 dealing with the prospect of man becoming an enslaved race of pet like creatures studied and played with by a superior race of large-headed blue skinned and red eyed aliens (one could also draw the idea that the recurring use of red and blue colorings as opposing shades in Manson's makeup choices around this era reflect the duality of his persona).

I couldn't help but notice how the film's aesthetics may have rubbed off a little on the look Manson went for in the magazine shoot for RAYGUN.

Here is a still from the film depicting one of the characters:

http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag432/kk_151/fp1_zpscjjjtvul.jpg (http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/kk_151/media/fp1_zpscjjjtvul.jpg.html)

And here is the aforementioned photo:

http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag432/kk_151/mm1_zpsuuztvatv.jpg (http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/kk_151/media/mm1_zpsuuztvatv.jpg.html)

It might not seem like much but I think it's definitely on the cards.
Hope everyone is well.

06-09-2015, 07:21 AM
^Love this, kk_15

<3 Great interview!!!!!