This CD is essentially a collection of remixes and samples with a couple of new tracks thrown in for measure. Don't buy this album if it is your first Marilyn Manson CD as chances are that you will be put off and consequently miss out on his other releases which are generally fantastic. However if you do enjoy his music and want to hear the most amazing version of 'Sweet Dreams' ever then pick up this CD. How they managed to convert a piece of eighties pop into a tune conveying such menace is a true wonder. I do feel that the band missed out on an opportunity to turn 'I Put A Spell On You' into a rock classic too though as the version on here does no justice to a potentially great tune.
Made at a time when the band were heavily into drugs, self mutilation, make up, and smashing their intruments to pieces, this take it or leave it LP contains three cover versions of classics songs 'Sweet Dreams', 'I Put A Spell On You', and 'Rock n Roll Niggar' plus six industrial metal remixes of songs from their under produced debut album 'Portrait Of An American Family' based loosely on the occult and childrens literature, like The Cat In The Hat and Brian Warners stage persona pictured on the album cover of the child catcher from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Smells Like Childrem also pays homage to Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention hilarious classic album 'We're Only In It For The Money',(a satirical commentary on the 60's hippie culture). MM satire is aimed mostly at catholicism and trashy, american red neck culture most obvious in songs like 'Cake And Sodomy'. I prefer the funny less serious gothic playfulness in the early song releases, before the band started taking themselves seriously with their dark, gloomy, gothic album Antichrist Superstar and the albums that followed. MM would return to his mad hatter stage persona with the bands over produced 2003 release 'The Golden Age Of Grotesque' but the comedy element and wit of there early music wasn't there and fell flat. Smells Like Children was dismissed by its makers and wouldn't merrit the greatest rock albums list or any other rock albums I have in my collection, but its the MM album along with'Portrait' I find the most enjoyable because of the humour.
1.The Hands of Small Childrem: An intro of crying, screaming babies with the sound of a gothic church bell 2.Diary Of A Dope Fiend: slow, drug indused remix of The Dope Hat from their debut album 3.S***** chicken gang bang: hilarious cresendo intermittant 4.Kiddie Grinder(remix):remix of Organ Grinder 5.Sympathy For The Parents: Audio remix from a daytime chatshow Marilyn Manson and his bandmate Twiggy Ramerez attended discussing mosh pit violence 6.Sweet Dreams: cover version of the Eurythmics which became the bands first hit record 7.Everlasting C***sucker: another drug addeld remix of Cake and Sodomy 8.F*** Frankie: refering to the bands previous road manager who they fired 9.I Put A Spell On You: cover version of a Arthur Brown Song 10.May cause Discoloration of the urine or feces: a prank call to a medical self help radio station 11.Scabs, guns and peanut butter: hilarious chip munk spagetti western song 12.Dance Of The Dope Hats: faster remix of Dope Hat 13.White Trash: crude-funny accoustic version of Cake and Sodomy by their road manager 14.Dancing With The One-Legged: another talk show audio 15.Rock N Roll Niggar: controvercial cover of Patti Smiths Song about individualism
4/4/17 Several CDS and many movie DVDs, when the lyrics or content are challenged, take a dangerous backward step. It isn't remotely possible to change something, when parts of a movie, for instance the lecture by Ash robot head in Alien, or the little girl in red appears to paff away several rioters before going to hide under a bed. These disappear or are replaced, and so, necessary to burn nuclear fuel to forge the images on our DVDs as if it were always before. The cleanest example of what that brings lies in Sweet Dreams on this CD. Later I found most of the tape recording of the Moors Murderers' horror in progress, Brady made an audido taping of their acts on the victims. It didn't stop there, since eventually could be heard fun and games going back as far as Belsen concentration camp, the woman in throes. Marilyn Manson's lyrics in later albums became more cruel and ironic.
Even some of Mansons biggest fans(myself included) may find this EP a little hard to swallow- at first. However if you take the time to really listen to this EP you'll see that there is actually some damn fine songs on it. " Sweet Dreams" and "Rock n Roll Nigger" are both great, even though they are cover versions. "Diary of a Dope Fiend" is a dark re-working of "Dope Hat" that manages to be both origonal and a good song. The re-mixes are all good as far as re-mixes go but they are unneccesary as the origonals were great in the first place. However the joke recordings and dodgy instramentals become very annoying as the CD goes on and you end up wishing they would just go away. Still, fans of Manson should at least make the effort to apriciate the music on this EP because its actually pretty good.
This is complete rubbish! This man is just trying his best (or worst) to try and imitate Alice Cooper with a bit of jamiroquai mixed in for good measure. Sorry, but it doesn't work, the music is just a noise and has no meaning whatsoever- I suggest that all marylin manson fans buy a copy of Classicks by Alice Cooper so they can see how rock/heavy metal is REALLY supposed to sound like!