|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|
Other people have told you what they think. I'll tell you what you get.
+ 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.
+ 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.
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
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.Read more ›
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