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The God Of Fuck spares no mercy as he lays into 'Pop Idol' runner-up Gareth Gates...

MARILYN MANSON has lashed out at ‘POP IDOL’ runner-up and chart rival GARETH GATES.

Manson‘s cover of ‘Tainted Love’, which was Number One 21 years ago for Soft Cell, is out on March 18. On the same day, stuttering Gareth Gates releases his version of ‘Unchained Melody’.

“You think he’s going to win by default because he’s handicapped and people feel sorry for him?” Manson told NME.COM. “Well, I can assure you that I’m mentally handicapped in some ways from years of drugs and alcohol, so I deserve my fair shot.”

Manson added that he would “unfortunately” not be able to meet Gates on ‘Top Of The Pops’, as he will not be coming to the UK.

‘Tainted Love’ is taken from the soundtrack to ‘Not Another Teen Movie’. Manson says he knew his version was right when girls heard it and started undressing.

“There were some girls over at the house, some friends of my girlfriend (fetish model Dita Von Teese), who began writhing about on the floor and it became sort of a strip dance – a challenge – amongst all of them. So that seemed like it must be a success in the rhythmic department, if it got girls taking their clothes off.”

For more, including details of his new album, see this week’s NME, out nationwide now.