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Smells Like Children EP, Explicit Lyrics

3.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 8 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001Y7P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
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1. The Hands Of Small Children
2. Diary Of A Dope Fiend
3. S****y Chicken Gang Bang
4. Kiddie Grinder (Remix)
5. Sympathy For The Parents
6. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
7. Everlasting C***sucker (Remix)
8. F**** Frankie
9. I Put A Spell On You
10. May Cause Discoloration Of The Urine Or Feces
11. Scales, Guns And Peanut Butter
12. Dance Of The Dope Hats (Remix)
13. White Trash (Remixed By Tony F. Wiggins)
14. Dancing With The One-Legged...
15. Rock 'N' Roll Nigger
16. Bonus Track 1

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Mostly a collection of remixed tracks from Portrait of an American Family and samples swiped from talk-radio dialogue, Smells Like Children is how Marilyn Manson passed the time prior to beginning work on Antichrist Superstar. Of note among the remixes is Tony Wiggins's acoustic country "White Trash" version of "Cake and Sodomy." This is really a keeper, though, for Manson's clever choice of covers, including an authentically creepy interpretation of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and the shot-in-the-arm he gives to Patti Smith's "outside of society" anthem, "Rock 'N' Roll Nigger." (Attention trivia buffs: Manson's unrestrained reworking of Howling Wolf's "I Put a Spell on You" was later included on the soundtrack to David Lynch's Lost Highway.) --Gail Worley

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By A Customer on Jan. 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album would really have been a single with the songs Dance Of The Dope Hats and Sweet Dreams (a cover on Eurythmics' hit from 1984) but was filled out with some remixes from det previous album, Portait Of An American Family, along with a number of dialogues, sounds and other covers. The album was therefore given out as a full-lenght album.
I think Smells Like Children is a weird album in many aspects. For example there's a hidden track on the album. This isn't bad really, but the track is over eight minutes and consists of nothing more than silence with crazy sounds sometimes! Only seven of the 16 tracks are sung by Marilyn Manson and one of the songs which aren't (White Trash) is performed by another artist. The other eight tracks only consists of sounds and dialogues. Anyhow Sweet Dreams is the best song and it's thanks to this, Everlasting C***sucker, Dance Of The Dope Hats and Rock 'N' Roll Nigger as a purchase of this album isn't a totally waste of money. Though I also have to say that I can understand those who think this album is weird (in a positive way) as that can be cool many times, but to me this album is simply too weird. Try some of his later albums instead.
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By E. Vallee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 28 2008
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that I picked this album up at a pawn shop for $3.00 I wanted the Sweet Dreams remake and had no idea what the rest of the album sounded like since I only owned Antichrist Superstar. First off, this album is nothing like Antichrist Superstar. From what info I have gathered, it is actually a remix of Manson's first album with some new tracks thrown in. At first I was put off by the experiemental sound of the album. But once I listened to it with headphones on and the lights off, I was hooked. I highly recommend this album since you can find it for cheap and as long as you are a Manson fan. As a first album, I would suggest getting AntiChrist Svperstar or Mechanical Animal instead. But if you like what you have heard by Manson already and want to try something a little different, this is the album for you.
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Format: Audio CD
Generally, you should be able to find this CD at a reasonable price; i see it frequently priced at an ideal (...).
Other people have told you what they think. I'll tell you what you get.
<b>4 REMIXES:</b>
+ Dope hat [Diary Of A Dope Fiend] - A slow, eerie mix. Regarded as a different song, since a single word (monkey/chicken) is different. It sounds so dissimilar, you'd probably think so too.
+ Organ Grinder [Kiddie Grinder] - An intense, thrashing and throbbing tune, but quite noticably a remix. But still a good one. This one sounds like a psychotic chemical binge, laid over the original track. They're both the same legnth, too.
+ Cake & Sodomy [Everlasting C---sucker] - Slow, simple, and not very far from the original version. This one, though, offers a much heavier, industrial approach.
+ Dope Hat [Dance Of The Dope Hats] - Like Kiddie Grinder, this sounds very similar to the original track, but with more thrust, more power, more oomph.
<b>3 COVERS:</b>
+ Rock 'N' Roll Nigger (Patti Smith cover) - I love this song. I've briefly heard Smith's version, and they sound very similar, but this is DEFINATELY Marilyn Manson. You can virtually hear the evolution from POAAF (the first album) the Antichrist Superstar (the followup to this EP).
+ I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) - This deserves it's own single. It's powerful, exciting, and the simple lyrics make it great to scream (i mean, "sing") along with.
+ Sweet Dream (Eurythmics) - The EP's only single, and one of the band's best known tracks. I shouldn't need to say anything; if you haven't already heard this... It's an ok track, but you'll become frustrated and bored of the monotonous thumping beat and primitive, repetitive lyrics.
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"Whatever flaws I found in Portrait paled in comparison to the disaster this EP turned out to be," said Marilyn Manson in his autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell.
I couldn't've put it better myself: Smells Like Children is the band's worst album... EVER. Drug-addled and jam-packed with buckets of vitriol, Marilyn Manson tossed together this disappointment in between the releases of Portrait of an American Family (1994) and the album that made Marilyn Manson famous, Antichrist Superstar (1996); however, this EP did little to buttress the notoriety of the industrial rock deities behind the name, save for but one song, "Sweet Dreams," a slower, darker cover of the Eurythmics' popular 80s song.
Some of the most watered-down remixes and dry fillers drag this album into the Abyss, the only noteworthy ones being the three cover songs. The third of the three cover songs is Patti Smith's "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger," a track that, naturally, resulted in Marilyn Manson being accused of racism. Yet, Twiggy Ramirez's bassline of "Diary Of A Dope Fiend" that kicks in after "The Hands Of Small Children" and Pogo's mesmerizing organ solo in "Kiddie Grinder" argue that there's more to Smells Like Children than the perverted pastime of a lethargic ensemble. -- Matthew Gist
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Not my favorite Manson CD, but it isn't terrible -- after all, this is the same band that brought us Portrait of an American Family, and would eventually hand us AntiChrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals. On the other hand, this isn't a full fledge album, and it's instead filled with remixes, remakes (including one of their own songs), and voice samples.
If you're familar with Manson, then chances are that you've heard of his cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)". That song alone is worth the price of this EP, but there's more. The band also puts their magical touch on Screamin' Jay Hawkins' classic, "I Put a Spell On You", and drops the song on an intense, psychotic side that was anything but subtle in the original. Finally, there's the Patty Smith tune that you might or might not have heard of, "Rock 'N' Roll ******". Personally, I'm not as fond of this cover as the other two, but nevertheless it's still worth a listen.
The magical, Willy Wonka influenced song that is "Dope Hat" gets a remix and a remake in Smells Like Children. "Diary of a Dope Fiend" is a slow, creepy take on the original song, and really forces you to hear the song in another perspective. As they say, there are two sides of everything, and this song is a perfect demonstration of that. "Dance of the Dope Hat" is an acid, somewhat funky remix of the original track. In my opinion, it's not as fascinating as "Diary", but it's worth a listen or two.
Two other songs on the remix list are "Kiddie Grinder" and "Everlasting ****sucker". The former is of Portrait of an American Family's "Organ Grinder", and the latter is of "Cake And Sodomy". I personally don't see the point in these two remixes, since they sound nearly identical to the originals.
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