The Nobodies (song)

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"The Nobodies"
Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
Released October 6, 2001
Format CD
Recorded 2000
Genre Industrial metal, alternative metal
Length 3:40
Label Interscope
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"The Fight Song"
(2001)
"The Nobodies"
(2001)
"Tainted Love"
(2002)
Music sample

"The Nobodies" is a song by American industrial rock band Marilyn Manson. It is the third and final single from their fourth studio album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), released in 2001. The song addresses Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.

As early as February 10, 2001, Manson had made indications that the song would be chosen as the album's third single.[1][2] The third single was released in physical format, on September 3, 2001, in the UK and, on October 6, 2001, in the US.[3][4][5]

A remixed version of the song would later appear in the 2001 Johnny Depp film From Hell.[6] Also, despite its usage of harsh vocals, the band has performed an acoustic version of the song.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Nobodies" (Album Version) 3:36
2. "The Nobodies" (Live Version) 3:57
3. "The Death Song" (with Bible Speech, Live in Colorado)  
4. "The Nobodies" (Video) 3:40

Release dates[edit]

  • Ireland - August 27, 2001
  • UK - September 2001
  • Germany - September 24, 2001

Music video[edit]

The music video for "The Nobodies" was directed by Paul Fedor.[7] It premiered on MTV in June 2001.[7] Technical presentation of the video uses shaking camera techniques, varying perspective shots, closeups, and fast scene shot changes.

Originally, the frontman expressed desire to film the music video in Russia "because the atmosphere, the desolation, the coldness, and the architecture would really suit the song."[1] Another concept called for the incorporation of the MTV stunt and prank reality TV series, Jackass, due to the song's inclusion in the Jackass soundtrack.[7] However, this idea was abandoned after the show began drawing the ire of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), who was among the politicians who targeted Marilyn Manson for blame after the Columbine High School massacre.[7][8] Marilyn Manson explained the idea for the music video:

The Columbine connection[edit]

The lyrics refer to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the shooters of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Manson references the media coverage in the aftermath of the killings, singing "You should have seen the ratings that day."

After the shootings, the media widely reported that listening to Manson's music drove the boys to kill, though in fact they didn't appear to be fans of the band. An interview with him about the Columbine shootings was featured in the 2002 Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine. When Moore asked what he would say to the students at Columbine, Manson replied, "I wouldn't say a single word. I would listen to what they have to say and that's what no one did."[9] Also in the film, an acoustic instrumental version of the song is played during a montage of security camera footage and emergency phone calls.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[10] 34
Italian Singles Charts[11] 17
French Singles Chart[11] 94
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 56
German Singles Chart[12] 65
Spanish Singles Chart[11] 8

Against All Gods Mix[edit]

The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix
EP by Marilyn Manson
Released May 9, 2005 (2005-05-09)
Genre Industrial metal
Label
Producer Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson chronology
"Personal Jesus"
(2004)
"The Nobodies: Against All Gods Mix"
(2005)
"Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)"
(2007)

"The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix" was released in Europe as a stand-alone single and in Asia as an EP in conjunction with Marilyn Manson's Against All Gods world tour, and to radio in the United States in conjunction with the compilation album, Lest We Forget: The Best Of; only the original album version is present on the compilation.

Track listing[edit]

German CD single and mini CD single
No. Title Length
1. "The Nobodies" (2005 Against All Gods Mix) 3:37
2. "The Nobodies" (Burn 36 Mix) 5:38
Europe enhanced CD single
No. Title Length
1. "The Nobodies"   3:37
2. "The Nobodies" (Burn 36 Mix) 5:38
3. "The Nobodies" (Stephane K Rock Dub Mix) 4:45
4. "The Nobodies" (2005 Against All Gods Mix video)  
Korea tour limited edition
No. Title Length
1. "The Nobodies" (2005 Against All Gods Mix) 3:37
2. "The Nobodies" (Burn 36 Mix) (German Mix) 5:41
3. "The Nobodies" (Stephane K Rock Dub Mix) 4:45
4. "Personal Jesus" (Rude Photo Motor Remix) 5:55
5. "mOBSCENE Replet" (MEA Culpa Mix by Bitteren Ende) 4:41
6. "New *hit Invective" (= Orbiter Lictum Mix by Bitteren Bnde) 4:29
7. "This Is the New *hit" (Sergio Galoyan Mix) 4:33
8. "The Not So Beautiful People" (from Japan bonus disc) 6:15
9. "The Fight Song" (Slipknot Remix) (from Japan bonus disc) 3:51
10. "The Tourniquet" (Prosthetic Dance Mix) 7:24
11. "Personal Jesus" (enhanced video)  
12. "The Nobodies" (2005 Against All Gods Mix) (enhanced video)  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Guns, God & Government Tour". Kerrang! (Bauer Media Group) (839). 2001-02-10. 
  2. ^ "It's Goth To Talk". NME. 2001-04-30. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  3. ^ "'Nobodies' Here!". NME. IPC Media. 2001-08-21. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Nobodies (Import, Single)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  5. ^ "The Nobodies". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  6. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (2001-11-01). "Marilyn Manson Cover 'Tainted Love,' Record Live DVD". MTV News. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Chirazi, Steffan (June 2001). "Marilyn Manson: Moral Minority". Metal Edge (Zenbu Media). 
  8. ^ Senator Joe Lieberman: News Release.
  9. ^ "Marilyn Manson Interview on Bowling for Columbine". Bowling for Columbine Official Website. 2002-10-11. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  10. ^ UK charts Search "The Nobodies"
  11. ^ a b c d The Nobodies Chart positions
  12. ^ "German singles chart". musicline.de. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 

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