Significance of Valentine's Day to Marilyn Manson
Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated each year on February 14. It is the most significant and recurring day within Marilyn Manson's music and artwork. Its most obvious references are the song "Valentine's Day", featured on the 2000 album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), and a painting of the same name. Yet, there are several less apparent references in Manson's art, which are listed below.
- On February 14, 1991, Marilyn Manson and Missi attempted to get arrested at a club so they could spend Valentine's Day together in jail. To do this, Missi donned a mask, went topless and fellated Manson. Ultimately the two were not arrested, however.
- On February 14, 2007, Manson had a new tattoo depicting a spiral heart inked on his left wrist (pictured above) as a result of his relationship with his then fiancée Evan Rachel Wood.
"Deformography" and the lounge version of "Mister Superstar" were played live for the first time, in Dayton, Ohio on February 14, 1997. According to their respective album credits, both 1996's "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" and 2000's "Born Again" were also recorded on this date, although in reality this is false. It is often said that the song "I Want to Disappear" from 1998's Mechanical Animals was recorded on this date as well. This, however has never been officially confirmed by Manson himself.
When asked by Guitar World about Zim Zum, who had recently joined the band, Marilyn Manson claimed "He plays the first track on the album, which is a live track. It hasn't really been recorded yet," in reference to "Irresponsible Hate Anthem," with Twiggy Ramirez adding, "We figured out time travel." Manson goes on to explain, "Our keyboardist uses his computer with a lot of old Hebrew Kabbalism and numerology, complicated equations that only he understands. But that, combined with extreme drug abuse, has given us the ability to capture and record things from different eras. We recorded "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" in February of next year."
- On February 14, 2000, a cover of Charles Manson's "Sick City" was released through a podcast via MarilynManson.com.
- On February 14, 2001, Chapter 10 of the as-of-yet unreleased Holy Wood novel was released through ThisAsValentinesDay.com.
- On February 14, 2002, two video clips entitled "I Love You With All of My Heart" and "I Will Love You Until I Die" respectively were released though MarilynManson.com. Both clips depicted Manson's cat Lily White.
- On February 14, 2003, the first picture of the band's new appearance during The Golden Age of Grotesque era were presented on the band's official website. The photo was accompanied by a short movie clip named "The Mechanism of Desire", which depicted the band's new look but also Manson's then fiancée Dita Von Teese.
- On February 14, 2005, the remake of the "The Nobodies" video that would accompany the 2005 re-release of the single was leaked on the Universal Music website. It remains unknown whether this was meant as a gift or if the leak was accidental.
- Although these plans did not materialize, Manson had expressed interest in releasing the band's 2009 album The High End of Low on February 14, 2009.
- Tenatively his upcoming studio album Heaven Upside Down was to be released on February 14, 2017. However, the album - originally to be titled SAY10 - had not been released on the date for reasons unknown. This date didn't mark the album's release date.
- Valentine's Day article on The Nachtkabarett.
- Marilyn Manson's journal archive on The Nachtkabarett in which both the 2002 and 2003 gifts can be seen.