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|Single by Marilyn Manson|
|from the album Portrait of an American Family|
|B-side||"Down in the Park"|
|Released||February 6, 1995|
|Format||CD single / Digital download|
|Songwriter(s)||Marilyn Manson, Berkowitz, Gidget Gein|
|Marilyn Manson singles chronology|
Manson discussed the inspiration behind "Lunchbox" in a 1999 article in Rolling Stone, saying "some journalists have interpreted it as a song about guns. Ironically, the song is about being picked on and fighting back with my Kiss lunch box, which I used as a weapon on the playground. In 1979, metal lunch boxes were banned because they were considered dangerous weapons in the hands of delinquents." Commenting on both "Lunchbox" and "Get Your Gunn", Manson added that "The somewhat positive messages of these songs are usually the ones that sensationalists misinterpret as promoting the very things I am decrying."
Bloody Disgusting's Brad Miska said that the "dirty, edgy, and uninhibited" song "was part of my musical awakening and self-discovery as a teenager." He added that after hearing the track, "Marilyn Manson quickly became my favorite band." Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that "With its relentless but danceable industrial beat and death metal guitars, 'Lunchbox' was one of the standouts on Marilyn Manson's debut album, Portrait of an American Family."
A music video was made for the song, directed by Richard Kern. This music video is one of two that displays Manson without makeup. It features the band playing in a skating rink, intertwined with footage of a boy (Robert Pierce) being picked on by other kids until he snaps and becomes a rebel, cutting his hair and dreaming of being a rock star. The boy takes his lunchbox to the skating rink in the end of the video and gives it to Manson, who lights it on fire.
Formats and track listings
- U.S. CD single
- "Lunchbox" - 4:34
- "Next Motherfucker" (Remix) - 4:48
- "Down in the Park" (Gary Numan cover) - 5:01
- "Brown Bag" (Remix) - 6:19
- "Metal" (Remix) - 5:25
- "Lunchbox" (Highschool Drop-outs) - 4:35
- U.S. promotional CD single
- "Lunchbox" (High School Dropouts) - 4:39
- "Lunchbox" - 4:34
- "Down in the Park" - 5:01
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- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lunchbox – Marilyn Manson". AllMusic. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
- Miska, Brad (October 5, 2017). "[Interview] Marilyn Manson's Fire Burns Again on Emotional 'Heaven Upside Down'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
- Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- "Canadian Singles Chart | May 17, 1997". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. May 17, 1997. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
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