Rock Is Dead (song)

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This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.This article is about the song
For the single see Rock Is Dead (single)
For the tour see Rock Is Dead (tour)
"Rock Is Dead"
Rock Is Dead 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 Industrial rock, alternative rock
Length 3:09
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayne Gacy
Producer Michael Beinhorn, Marilyn Manson

"Rock Is Dead" is the third single and the fourth track of the third album Mechanical Animals.





  • The Matrix (1999)
  • Beat the Devil (2002)


Music video[edit]

Manson performing in the music video.

The music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, features a basic performance from the band. The music video premiered on MTV during the second week of March 1999.[1]


    All simple monkeys with alien babies
    Amphetamines for boys
    Crucifixes for ladies
    Sampled and soulless
    Worldwide and real webbed
    You sell all the living
    For more safer dead
    Anything to belong
    Rock is deader than dead
    Shock is all in your head
    Your sex and your dope is all that we're fed
    So fuck all your protests and
    Put them to bed
    God is in the TV
    1,000 mothers are praying for it
    We're so full of hope
    And so full of shit
    Build a new god
    To medicate and to ape
    Sell us ersatz
    Dressed up and real fake
    Anything to belong
    Rock is deader than dead
    Shock is all in your head
    Your sex and your dope is all that we're fed
    So fuck all your protests and
    Put them to bed
    God is in the TV



  • This song has been performed on every subsequent tour since the Rock Is Dead (tour).
  • In 1998, a poll was held on to gather opinions on whether the band's next music video should be for "Rock Is Dead" or "The Last Day on Earth".
  • A promotional VHS was issued in 1999 with the music video on it.
  • The song was briefly mentioned in chapter three of the Japanese light novel "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya".
  • The music video has not currently been officially released on YouTube via MarilynMansonVevo.
  • The song is featured on the soundtrack of the video game Midnight Club 3.


  1. important information for you. Marilyn Manson. March 4, 1999.
Marilyn Manson videography
Music videos Get Your GunnLunchboxDope HatSweet Dreams (Are Made of This)The Beautiful PeopleTourniquetMan That You FearCryptorchidLong Hard Road Out of HellApple of SodomThe Dope ShowI Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)Rock Is DeadComa WhiteAstonishing Panorama of the EndtimesDisposable TeensThe Fight SongThe NobodiesTainted LovemOBSCENEThis Is the New ShitThrift(s)AINTPersonal JesusHeart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)Putting Holes in HappinessArma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddonRunning to the Edge of the WorldNo ReflectionSlo-Mo-TionHey, Cruel World...Deep SixThe Mephistopheles of Los AngelesThird Day of a Seven Day BingeWE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVESAY10
Home videos Dead to the WorldGod Is in the T.V. • "Autopsy" • Guns, God and Government World Tour (The Death Parade)The Mechanism of DesireDoppelherzLunch Boxes & Choklit Cows (Bonus DVD) • Lest We Forget – The Best Of (Bonus DVD) • (s)AINT Video (Uncut, Unrated, Banned by Label)Eat Me, Drink Me (Bonus DVD) • Guns, God, and Government – Live in L.A.Fifth video album