The Nobodies (song)

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"The Nobodies"
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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
ReleasedOctober 6, 2001
GenreIndustrial rock
Songwriter(s)5, Manson
Producer(s)Dave Sardy, Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"The Fight Song"
"The Nobodies"
"Tainted Love"
Audio sample
"The Nobodies"

"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 2000. The song addresses Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. The song's title if from a quote by John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, who once lamented that he "felt like a nobody."[1]

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

A remixed version of the song would later appear in the 2001 Johnny Depp film From Hell.[7] Also, despite its usage of harsh vocals, the band has performed an acoustic version of the song.

In 2016 both the Holy Wood original and 2005 Against All Gods Mix versions of the song were used by TNA professional wrestling stable Decay (Abyss, Crazzy Steve, and Rosemary), the original version as arena entrance music and the Against All Gods Mix for taped music video vignettes.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Nobodies" (Album Version)Manson3:36
2."The Nobodies" (Live Version)Manson3:57
3."The Death Song" (with Bible Speech, Live in Colorado)Manson, 5 
4."The Nobodies" (Video)Manson3:40

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.[8] It premiered on MTV in June 2001.[8] Technical presentation of the video uses shaking camera techniques, varying perspective shots, closeups, and fast scene shot changes.[citation needed]

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."[2] 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.[8] 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.[8][9] Marilyn Manson explained the idea for the music video:

I already had a story for the video that I wanted to do, a sort of Marilyn Manson fairy tale about some children escaping from an orphanage and seeking refuge with me after fleeing from some terrible, evil nuns who abused them—as all nuns do, I guess. So I decided that they would be watching Jackass on television and the nuns would be upset with them, which is why they'd leave. But now I don't know what they'll be watching [...] Maybe Joseph Lieberman—That might be the most appropriate thing.

— Marilyn Manson

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 "Some children died the other day / We fed machines and then we prayed / Puked up and down in morbid faith / You should have seen the ratings that day."[1]

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 shooters Harris and Klebold, Manson replied, "I wouldn't say anything to them. I would listen to what they have to say and that's what no one did."[10] 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
UK Singles Chart[11] 34
Italian Singles Charts[12] 17
French Singles Chart[12] 94
Austrian Singles Chart[12] 56
German Singles Chart[13] 65
Spanish Singles Chart[12] 8

Against All Gods Mix[edit]

The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix (Korea Tour Limited Edition)
EP by
ReleasedMay 9, 2005 (2005-05-09)
ProducerMarilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson chronology
Lest We Forget: The Best Of
The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix (Korea Tour Limited Edition)
Eat Me, Drink Me
"The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix"
Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Lest We Forget: The Best Of
ReleasedMay 9, 2005 (2005-05-09)
Songwriter(s)5, Manson
Producer(s)Marilyn Manson

"The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix" was released in Europe as the second 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
1."The Nobodies" (2005 Against All Gods Mix)3:37
2."The Nobodies" (Burn 36 Mix)5:38
Europe enhanced CD single
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
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"4:10
11."Personal Jesus" (enhanced video) 
12."The Nobodies" (2005 Against All Gods Mix) (enhanced video) 


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  9. ^ Senator Joe Lieberman: News Release.
  10. ^ "Marilyn Manson Interview on Bowling for Columbine". Bowling for Columbine Official Website. 2002-10-11. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-11-15. External link in |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ UK charts Search "The Nobodies"
  12. ^ a b c d The Nobodies Chart positions
  13. ^ "German singles chart". Retrieved 2010-02-05.

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