The Fight Song (Marilyn Manson song)

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"The Fight Song"
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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
B-side "Diamonds & Pollen", "Five to One"
Released February 2, 2001
Format Single
Recorded 2000
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 2:53
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Dave Sardy, Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"Disposable Teens"
(2000)
"The Fight Song"
(2001)
"The Nobodies"
(2001)
"Disposable Teens"
(2000)
"The Fight Song"
(2001)
"The Nobodies"
(2001)
Audio sample

"The Fight Song" is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released in 2001. It is the second single from their fourth full-length studio album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).[2]

It was released in two standalone physical formats. The first, titled "The Fight Song Pt.1", was released on January 29, 2001 in the US and on February 19, 2001 in the UK.[3][4][5] "The Fight Song Pt.1" was also released as a 12" picture disc vinyl LP on February 19, 2001 in the UK.[6] Both feature a remix by Joey Jordison of the nu metal band Slipknot.[4][7] The second, titled "The Fight Song Pt.2", was released on February 2, 2001 in the US and on March 6, 2001 in the UK.[8][9]

The title is a pun on high school and college football team anthems known as fight songs as the song is partly a post-Columbine statement disparaging mainstream America's own glorification of violence among its youth; football is simultaneously one of the most violent sports and one of America's greatest obsessions.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song, directed by W.I.Z. at an abandoned Los Angeles football field, depicts the band members performing the song at a violent game of high school football between two fictional teams, "Holy Wood" (composed of jocks in white football attire) and "Death Valley" (composed of goths and social outcasts in black football attire).[2][10] The video also features a few subliminal messages; at approximately 2:12, the video briefly replaces the scuffling football players with people fighting with police riot squads, and a Death Valley cheerleader is briefly seen throughout the video repeatedly hacking at a wooden pillar with an axe. Near the end of the video, it begins to rain, and a Death Valley player throws the football at the scoreboard, making it and the goalpost burst into flames. The video ends with the flaming goalpost collapsing forward.

Controversy[edit]

The music video generated minor controversy for its violent depiction of a football game between jocks and goths, which some sources have interpreted to be directly "echoing" Columbine.[2][3][4] Manson, for his part, has vehemently denied this, stating, "I'm trying to show that sports as well as music can be seen as violent, so I chose a traditional black vs white, good vs evil theme for the video."[3] He further dismissed the claims to MTV News at the American Music Awards on January 8, 2001, stating, "People will put into it what they want if it helps them sell newspapers or helps them write a headline. They're gonna want to turn it into something it isn't. Flak is my job."[4] More controversy was caused through the lyrics to the chorus: I'm not a slave to a god that doesn't exist/I'm not a slave to a world that doesn't give a shit.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD 1

  1. "The Fight Song"
  2. "The Fight Song" (Slipknot Remix)
  3. "Disposable Teens" (CD-Rom Video)
  • Also has:
  • Small Photo Gallery
  • Biography
  • Fight Song lyrics
  • GGG tour dates
  • 'wallpaper' art.
  • Disk 1 on its own should have 4 Tarot cards.

UK CD 2

  1. "The Fight Song"
  2. "Disposable Teens" (Remix)
  3. "The Love Song" (Remix) (Bon Harris & M.W.Gacy)
  • catalogue number: 497 491-2

Japan Special Edition - Rare Tracks CD

  1. "The Fight Song" (Live)
  2. "The Love Song" (Remix)
  3. "Disposable Teens" (Remix)
  4. "The Fight Song" (Slipknot Remix)
  5. "Diamonds & Pollen"
  6. "Working Class Hero" (John Lennon cover)
  7. "Five to One" (The Doors cover)
  8. "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes"(from The Last Tour on Earth/Guns, God and Government)

Accolades[edit]

In 2002, Kerrang! ranked "The Fight Song" 77th in their 100 Greatest Singles of All Time.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 59
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 67
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 47
Italy (FIMI)[16] 33
Spain (AFYVE)[17] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 24

Appearances in popular media[edit]

  • The music video for the song is shown briefly to introduce Marilyn Manson in the film Bowling for Columbine. The full video is included in the DVD special features.
  • The Slipknot remix appears on the Resident Evil soundtrack.
  • The song appears in the 2001 film Mean Machine for a short sequence when Jason Statham takes out several guards and a fellow inmate during the football match, although this sequence is shown in black and white and does not actually happen.
  • The Slipknot remix also appears in the WWE Invasion event in 2001, being the theme song of the event.
  • Deadlock (band) covered this song on their 2016 album Hybris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schafer, Joseph (April 8, 2015). "The 10 Best Marilyn Manson Songs". Stereogum. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Moss, Corey (2001-01-03). "Goths Battle Jocks In Upcoming Marilyn Manson Video". VH1. Retrieved 2011-04-02. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "See Stills From New Manson Video". NME. 2001-02-13. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Manson Comes Out Fighting". NME. 2001-01-11. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  5. ^ "The Fight Song Pt.1". MTV. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  6. ^ "The Fight Song Pt.1 Vinyl". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Manson Gets 'Knotted". NME. 2001-01-09. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  8. ^ "The Fight Song Pt.2". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  9. ^ "The Fight Song Pt.2 (Import, Single)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  10. ^ vanHorn, Teri (2001-01-10). "Marilyn Manson Denies Video Has Columbine Link". MTVNews.com. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Kerrang! 100 Greatest Singles of All Time". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Marilyn Manson – The Fight Song" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Marilyn Manson: The Fight Song" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Marilyn Manson – The Fight Song". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "Chart Track: Week 8, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Marilyn Manson – The Fight Song". Top Digital Download. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "LISTAS DE AFYVE - Singles 2001" (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Marilyn Manson: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 16, 2017.

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