|Song by Marilyn Manson|
|Album||The High End of Low|
|Released||April 13, 2009|
|Recorded||March 2008–January 2009 in Los Angeles and Hollywood, California|
|Genre||Glam rock, Industrial rock|
|Composer||Twiggy, Chris Vrenna|
|Producer||Marilyn Manson, Chris Vrenna, Twiggy, Sean Beavan|
"Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" is the fifth track from the 2009 release The High End of Low. The song's title was revealed on December 20, 2008 as "Armagoddamnmotherfuckinggeddon", in the month's issue of Revolver. In a MySpace blog entry by Sean Beavan on March 10, 2009, the song's title was alternatively spelled "Arma-God Damn-Mother Fuckin'-Geddon", leaving the official title unclear until the track listing for The High End of Low was revealed on April 16, 2009. The single entered airplay on April 13; curiously, when Marilyn Manson first revealed the title of the song in Revolver's December 2008 issue, he confessed that the song had "no chance on God's earth of getting on the radio." A promotional CD single was released on April 20, 2009, containing the album version of the song, a remix by the Swedish band Teddybears, and radio edits of both tracks. The digital single was released on May 5, 2009.
A blog by Metal Hammer describes "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" as having "Heavy basslines, a stomping back-beat and a very traditionally Manson glam-chorus are the order of the day. It's this glam rock tinge that really shines through on the track, nodding to his penchant for decadent 70's rock but with an old school Manson industrial shade. Similar to the more Rock Is Dead side of Manson's work (albeit with a sound that is more sinister than was evident on Mechanical Animals), it doesn't echo the darkness of Manson's earlier work but it is of a higher quality than anything he has put out in a long, long while. It's great to hear Manson being genuinely defiant again, throwing caution to the wind with the couplet "fuck the goddamn TV and the radio/fuck making hits, I'm taking credit for the death toll". He may not be as dangerous as he once appeared but it is good to hear Mazza using one of those many middle fingers he was born with once again."
|"It's the song that I 100-percent, absolutely would never believe a record company would want to release as a single. Half of the point of writing it was just to piss them off. That's the type of thing that comes out of my mouth on a regular basis. Some people think I have a chromosome disorder in my brain, so I make up words and phrases that are ridiculous. I say it's a 'superhero special feature.'"|
|—Marilyn Manson Interview with Revolver Magazine|
Reviewing for Thrash Hits, Hugh Platt muses that "'Arma-Goddamn-Motherfucking-Geddon' rides Ramirez's rubbery honk of a bassline into a fist-pumping, glam-stomp of a chorus. The potentially brainless chant of "Fuck! Eat! Kill!" is transformed by the sly addition of a bellowed "Et Cetera!", thrown in almost like an afterthought. It adds just the right amount of glee to provide a sneering denouement to an America desensitised to the point of apathy." Platt concluded the review citing "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" as one of the record's top tracks.
The Quietus' John Robb explained how the song was "Classic Manson, from the bouncing groove, to the snarled vocals, the killer chorus, the dirt, the grime and the filth." Robb highlighted the song's profanity and its similarity to the band's previous single "Disposable Teens". "It's got a great speaker-to-speaker chunk of weirdness in the middle where your head explodes," cited Robb before musing that "This would be the top ten hit if it didn't say "fuck" so much!"
In his review for Allmusic, Phil Freeman, who was unsatisfied by the album, noted that the title "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" reads "like Manson-by-numbers."
- "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" — Appears on The High End of Low and the "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" single.
- "Armagoddamnmotherfuckingeddon" — Early mix; appears on The Unruly Demos.
- "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" (Radio Clean Edit) — Appears on the "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" single.
- "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon (The Teddybears Remix)" — Appears on the deluxe edition of The High End of Low and the "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" single.
- "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" (The Teddybears Clean Remix) — Appears on the "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" single.
- "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon (Alternate Version)" - Appears on the "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" single.
- "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon (Fuck the God Damn TV and Radio Remix)" — Appears on the German "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" single and as a download with pre-orders of the deluxe album from Play.com.
On April 3, Polydor Records alluded to the previously unconfirmed music video for "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon", saying it will be available no earlier than April 17. On April 6, behind-the-scenes video clips and photos of the song's music video, directed by Delaney Bishop between April 4 and 5, 2009, surfaced, which showed that the video may somewhat parody the visual themes of Antichrist Superstar and The Golden Age of Grotesque. In one scene, Manson stands at a podium similar to the one used during live performances of "Antichrist Superstar", however rather than the podium bearing the era's shock logo, a slightly different logo containing a dollar symbol appears instead. Several of these logos are also hung from the backdrop behind Manson. Another scene involves Manson standing on the hood of a police cruiser singing, while he is crowded by bystanders holding picket signs much like in The Dope Show music video.
UK television station Channel 4 announced that they would premier the music video during the early hours of April 18, however this did not occur and the station later explained that "due to unforeseen circumstances, the video was not delivered to Channel 4 in time to screen it." They also reported that because other stations had been screening it, Channel 4 did not plan to air it in the future; curiously, this explanation is false. Universal Music later reported that the music video was expected to premier around May 5, however this date was not met either. On May 14 however, the music video, in which Manson and bassist Twiggy, Chris Vrenna and Ginger Fish appear, debuted on NME.com in censored form, before appearing on the band's official website in uncensored form hours later.
Manson has revealed that the music video was filmed using "30 or 40 cameras," but only two of these cameras make up the footage seen in the final video. Manson went on to tell that he is interested in releasing "the 30-camera angle version" as well. Manson also claimed that the song was inspired by an instance where he was driving to the studio and witnessed a 'ruckus' with the police, and that it has a very intentional "Adam Ant/Gary Glitter throwback vibe."
Delaney Bishop, the director for the video, would later release an exerpt of the director's cut of the video through his website and can be viewed here. The exerpt the entire second verse and is comprised of footage almost entirely different from the original cut.
death to the ladies first, then the gentlemen all sorts of tax-free-face-lift-abortions-nervous-breakdance satanic girls gone wild, truly fucking suicidal first you try to fuck it then you try to eat it if it hasn't learned your name, you better kill it before they see it first you try to fuck it then you try to eat it if it hasn't learned your name, you better kill it before they see it its arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon fuck eat, kill now do it again it's arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon fuck, eat, kill etc. first you try to fuck it, then you try to eat it if it hasn't learned your name, you better kill-it before they see it it's arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon i've got a black eye of a soul my morals in a hole i wish i was still dead but the tv said, its just a "tropical depression." pointless intervention, legal separation. call my dealer or my lawyer "We've got a situation!" first you try to fuck it then you try to eat it if it hasn't learned your name, you better kill it before they see it first you try to fuck it then you try to eat it if it hasn't learned your name, you better kill it before they see it its arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon fuck eat, kill now do it again its arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon fuck eat, kill etc. is it the news? or is it the noose? results may vary side effects are very arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon its arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon fuck eat, kill now do it again its arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon fuck, eat, kill etc. fuck the goddamn the tv and the radio and fuck making hits i'm taking credit for the death toll it's arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon
- Photos of Manson and Lady Gaga in a recording studio with lyric sheets for "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" taken at the same time that the pair collaborated on a remix of one of her songs exist, implying that they may have remixed "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" as well. However, no official statement on the matter has ever been released and its unsure if Gaga ever completed the remix or, for that matter, ever began work on it in the first place, leaving its status unknown.
- On a previous version of MarilynManson.com the song was alternatively spelled "ARMA-GOD-DAMN-MOTHER-FUCKINGEDDON".
- On basetendencies.com the song is alternatively spelled "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfucking-Geddon".
- In initial first interviews, articles and title of the demo mix of the song, its title was typeset as "Armagoddamnmotherfuckingeddon".
- The song is very reminiscent of "Shoot the Runner" released 3 years earlier by an indie rock band Kasabian.
- The song is featured on the soundtrack of the video game Saints Row: The Third.
- Twiggy wrote the song 7 years earlier, prior to the album release.
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- The High End of Low. Phil Freeman. Allmusic. May 16, 2009.
- MARILYN MANSON Films 'Arma-Goddamn-Motherf**kin'-Geddon' Video. Blabbermouth.net. April 21, 2009.
- Marilyn Manson premieres new video. NME.com. May 14, 2009.
- Marilyn Manson 'Arma-Goddamn-Motherf*ckin-Geddon' -- Video. Noisecreep. May 20, 2009.