Rock Is Dead (Marilyn Manson song)

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This article is about the Marilyn Manson song. For the tour, see Rock Is Dead (tour). For the Who album, see Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock!. For the Lenny Kravitz song, see Rock and Roll Is Dead.
"Rock Is Dead"
Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Mechanical Animals
Released June 14, 1999
Format CD single
Genre Glam rock, alternative rock, industrial rock
Length 3:09
Label Nothing/Interscope
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)"
"Rock Is Dead"
"Coma White"
Music sample

"Rock Is Dead" is a single from Marilyn Manson's third studio album, Mechanical Animals. It is also featured on The Matrix Soundtrack and Midnight Club 3.


The song's title itself seems to further allude to Manson's ongoing interest in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche; in this particular case, at least for the title, his concept of God is dead. It could also be referring to the incumbent Western culture that has been widely accepted, and therefore "Rock is dead" could be used in the same thinking that Nietzsche was using "God is dead": to break the accepted mainstream consciousness. However, the title may be perceived as a spin on the "Punk is dead" idea.

Music video[edit]

The video of the song (directed by Samuel Bayer) features Manson in costume (as Omega) and his band (perhaps as the "Mechanical Animals" band) performing onstage. This is the only video to feature Marilyn Manson's back up singer, who sings on several other songs. She is most notably heard on the live version of "The Dope Show" on The Last Tour On Earth. They are later shown destroying their instruments, an allusion to Manson's destruction of the life-size statuettes of himself (as Omega) in The Dope Show video.

Another version of the video contains the same performance footage edited with footage from The Matrix for which the song was featured as a promotional single.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Rock Is Dead"   3:10
2. "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" (Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder Remix) 5:29
3. "I Can't See Why" (performed by Baxter) 4:50
No. Title Length
1. "Rock Is Dead"   3:10
2. "Man That You Fear" (Acoustic Requiem For Antichrist Superstar) 5:21
3. "Television" (Radio Edit performed by Baxter) 3:09
UK 10" VINYL Picture Disc /
No. Title Length
1. "Rock Is Dead"    
2. "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" (Every Day Mix)