Plus - has the full tracklisting for the dark lord's new album...

Marilyn Manson is to cover John Lennon‘s ‘WORKING CLASS HERO’ as the b-side to his forthcoming single, the first from his eagerly-anticipated new album ‘HOLY WOOD’, due out through NOTHING/INTERSCOPE on October 24, can reveal.

In an exclusive interview with the controversial star in his Los Angeles studio, Manson, aka Brian Warner, said the first single would either be ‘Fight Song’ or ‘Disposable Teens’, which he previously revealed to was inspired by disgraced glam star Gary Glitter.

Manson also claimed that despite being a fan of Lennon‘s, he believed that former Beatle was responsible for his own death – the star was gunned down by crazed fan Mark Chapman in 1980.


Manson said: “While I’m not a communist, I’m the furthest from a communist, some of Lennon‘s communist sentiments in his music later in his life were very dangerous. I think he died because of it. I don’t think his death was any sort of accident. Aside from that, I think he’s one of my favourite songwriters of all time. I think the b-side for our first single may have a cover of ‘Working Class Hero’ on it.”

The singer, who was blamed by elements of the media for the Columbine tragedy on April 20 last year, also drew comparisons between ‘Holy Wood’ and The Beatles‘White Album’, which featured ‘Helter Skelter’, the track which Charles Manson said inspired the Sharon Tate murders. He also argued that The Beatles bore more responsibility for the Sharon Tate murder by Charles Manson‘s ‘Family’ than he did for the US school massacre.

As previously reported, ‘Holy Wood’ is split into four parts – ‘In The Shadow’, ‘The Androgyne’, ‘Of Red Earth’ and ‘The Fallen’ – each part corresponding to a letter which spells out the name Adam. Adam is thought to be the name of the central character in Manson‘s forthcoming book ‘Holy Wood’.

The tracklisting is confirmed as: ‘In the Shadow’, ‘Godeatgod’, ‘The Love Song’, ‘The Fight Song’, ‘Disposable Teens’, ‘The Androgyne’, ‘Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)’, “‘President Dead”‘, ‘In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death’, ‘Cruci-Fiction In Space’, ‘A Place In The Dirt’, ‘Of Red Earth’, ‘The Nobodies’, ‘The Death Song’, ‘Lamb Of God’, ‘Born Again’, ‘Burning Flag’, ‘The Fallen: ‘Coma Black a) Eden Eye b) The Apple Of Discord’, ‘Valentine’s Day’, ‘The Fall Of Adam’, ‘King Kill 33’, Count To Six And Die (The Vacuum Of Infinite Space Encompassing)’.

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