(s)AINT

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"(s)AINT"
(s)AINT cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album The Golden Age of Grotesque
Released May 5, 2003
Recorded 2002–2003 at the Doppelherz Studio in Hollywood, California; The Mix Room in Burbank, California
Genre Industrial metal
Length 3:42
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer John 5, Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold
Producer Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold, Ben Grosse
Media

"(s)AINT" is the seventh track on Marilyn Manson's fifth studio album, The Golden Age of Grotesque. It was recorded in two California locations between 2002 and 2003: at Manson's own Doppelherz Studio in Hollywood and at The Mix Room in Burbank, and was released on May 5, 2003. A music video was produced for "(s)AINT" which caused controversy in several countries, causing it to be banned over its highly explicit subject matter.

Appearances[edit]

  • The Golden Age of Grotesque – "(s)AINT" made its first appearance on this 2003 album.
  • Lest We Forget – The Best Of – "(s)AINT" appears as the eighteenth track on all versions of this compilation released outside North America.

Versions[edit]

  • "(s)AINT" – The album version of this song remains the only version released to date.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "(s)AINT" is notorious for its extremely graphic nature. Directed by Asia Argento, it primarily features Marilyn Manson as a depraved hotel visitor, insufflating lines of cocaine on the front cover of a Bible, cutting his chest five times with a double-edged razor blade, receiving narcotic(s) intravenously while a rosary is used as a tourniquet, partaking in a series of bondage activities and masturbating in front of a woman who is later exposed as a man (portrayed by Tim Skold). This music video was banned by its parent label, Interscope Records, in the United States. In Japan and Germany, blurring techniques were applied to scenes depicting a woman's vagina and Manson performing cunnilingus. Coinciding with the release of Lest We Forget (The Best of) in 2004, a DVD containing the uncut music video, which had a limited run of 3000 copies, was released. When the music video was uploaded to MarilynManson.com in November 2005, a further 75 discs were offered with orders of Lest We Forget, most of which came with a page of the Bible autographed by Manson.


 
 


Eric Szmanda makes a cameo appearance in the music video, where he is seen licking Manson's neck. Szmanda is joined by former bassist Gidget Gein, marking the first collaboration between Manson and Gein in 11 years. Other participants included Tim Skold, Dita Von Teese, Asia Argento and Vanessa Hutton. The music video was shot at the Argyle Hotel (now known as The Sunset Tower) in a 2,000 square-foot, split-level townhouse suite comprised of a master bedroom and bathroom, sitting room and a powder room. Manson himself financed the production costs for the music video, which he described as "an uncompromised look at me at my absolute lowest point, the point where I have to look up to see shit, that I'm below that," and compared it to the novel-turned-film Leaving Las Vegas.[1]

Lyrics[edit]

    I don't care if your world is ending today
    I wasn't invited to it anyway
    You said I tasted famous, so I drew you a heart
    But now I'm not an artist I'm a fucking work of art
    I've got an F and a C and I got a K too
    And the only thing missing is a bitch like yoU
    
    You wanted perfekt
    You got your perfekt
    But now I'm too perfekt for someone like you
    I was a dandy in your ghetto with
    A snow white smile and you'll
    Never be as perfekt whatever you do
    
    What's my name, what's my name?
    Hold the S because I am an AINT
    What's my name, what's my name?
    Hold the S because I am an AINT
    
    I am a bonetop, a death's head
    On a mopstick
    You infected me, took diamonds
    I took all your shit
    Your "sell-by date" expired,
    So you had to be sold
    I'm a suffer-genius and
    Vivi-sex symbol
    
    You wanted PERFEKT
    You got your PERFEKT
    But now I'm too perfekt for someone like you
    I was a dandy in your ghetto with
    A snow white smile and you'll
    Never be as perfekt whatever you do
    
    What's my name, what's my name?
    Hold the S because I am an AINT
    What's my name, what's my name?
    Hold the S because I am an AINT
    
    I've got an F and a C and I got a K too
    And the only thing missing is a bitch like yoU
    I've got an F and a C and I got a K too
    And the only thing missing is a bitch like yoU
    I am a dandy in the ghetto with a snow white smile
    Super-ego bitch, I've been evil awhile
    I am a dandy in the ghetto with a snow white smile
    Super-ego bitch, I've been evil awhile
    What's my name, what's my name?
    Hold the S because I am an AINT
    What's my name, what's my name?
    Hold the S because I am an AINT

Trivia[edit]

Former Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein (left) and actor Eric Szmanda (right) are among those who make guest appearances in the music video.
  • Manson paid for the music video himself.
  • According to the band's website, the scenes of the song's music video in which Manson stares into a cracked mirror are intended to be evocative of the "fractured personality" photograph used for the cover of The Long Hard Road Out of Hell.
  • An image of a bloodied Manson from the song's music video was used as the splash page for Marilyn Manson's website between 2005 and 2006. A slideshow on the website revealed that Manson photographed the picture while viewing the music video through a television.
  • In the song's music video, a shot of former Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein's sculpture Incase of Emergency Break Heart can be seen when the lyrics "You said I tasted famous, so I drew you a heart" are spoken. Gein also makes a guest appearance in the music video. The sculpture is an edition of three. The one in the video being owned by Asia Argento and the others being owned by artist and friend of Gidget Gein, Damian Crowley and the third being owned by friend and collaborator of Gidget Gein Aron Partridge
  • The line "Your sell by date has expired" was first used in the vocal track of the short film Doppelherz, released earlier in 2003.
  • The song's music video contains references to the Weimar Republic, the name given by historians to the German state which existed from 1919 to 1933 between Imperial Germany and the Third Reich. The eyemask Manson wears was popular in the Weimar Republic. Furthermore, the scene where Dita Von Teese stands on a bed over another woman is almost identical to a photograph featured in The Hot Girls of Weimar Berlin, a book Manson mentioned owning in a 2004 interview with Howard Stern.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Web archive: Helnwein Music.