I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)

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This article is about the song. For the single, see I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me) (single), and for the painting, see I Don't Like the Drugs.
"I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)"
I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me) cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Mechanical Animals
Released September 14, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998 at the White Room, Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California and Conway Studios
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock, funk rock, post-industrial rock
Length 5:03
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy Ramirez, Zim Zum
Producer Michael Beinhorn, Marilyn Manson
Media

"I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" is the second single and the ninth track of the album Mechanical Animals. It features a guitar solo by Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and soul singers.

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Vhs[edit]

An australian promo VHS tape of this single includes the video.

Music video[edit]

Manson bound to the crucifix of televisions.
A rare VHS published to the labels in 1998. The tape contains the music video. The VHS was made in Australia then shipped over the labels.

The music video, directed by Paul Hunter during the third week of October 1998,[1] is highly surreal and for the majority parodies talk shows. Select scenes feature Manson bound to a crucifix made of televisions (this may refer to the theme of "God is in the T.V."), similar to the epitaph Manson portrays in the video for the "Coma White" single, albeit Manson is 'nailed' to a traditional wooden crucifix in that video. Throughout the video Manson is seen in various places, including a doctor's office, a live television talk show which he disrupts, and an abandoned factory complex, all of which are within a lower-class suburban area. All the people in the video, excluding the band members, are seen with disturbingly large eyes. The climax of the video sees Manson running up the stairs of the factory and jumping from a catwalk between two stairways to escape four, headless soldiers hunting for him on both staircases. This is followed by a scene of a set of televisions laid out on the ground to form a crucifix with Manson's body depicted throughout them; the television where Manson's head would be instead depicts static.

Lyrics[edit]

    Norm life baby
    "We're white and oh so hetero and
    Our sex is missionary."
    
    Norm life baby
    "We're quitters and we're sober
    Our confessions will be televised."
    
    You and I are underdosed and we're ready to fall
    Raised to be stupid, taught to be nothing at all.
    
    I don't like the drugs but the drugs like me
    I don't like the drugs, the drugs the drugs
    
    Norm life baby
    "Our god is white and unforgiving
    We're piss tested and we're praying."
    
    Norm life baby
    I'm just a sample of a soul
    Made to look just like a human being.
    
    Norm life baby
    "We're rehabbed and we're ready
    For our 15 minutes of shame."
    
    Norm life baby
    "We're talkshown and we're pointing
    Just like Christians at a suicide."
    
    You and I are underdosed and we're ready to fall
    Raised to be stupid, taught to be nothing at all.
    
    I don't like the drugs but the drugs like me
    I don't like the drugs, the drugs the drugs
    
    "There's a hole in our soul that we fill with dope
    And we're feeling fine."
    
    I don't like the drugs but the drugs like me
    I don't like the drugs, the drugs the drugs

Personnel[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The limited tour edition of Mechanical Animals includes a bonus eighteen page comic book, illustrating scenes from "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" music video.
  • The song is similar to the David Bowie song "Fame".


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