Marilyn Manson can make a music video eerie all on his own. His minimalist clip for “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” is built on dramatic close-ups of the rock veteran, as he mimes for the camera in a smoke-filled room.
“I can’t decide if you’re wearing me out – or wearing me well,” Manson intones over the track’s bluesy electric guitar riff. “I just feel like I’m condemned to wear someone else’s hell.” Some jerky, wind-tunnel-style camera movements and dark silhouettes add to the creepiness, but the clip never strays from Manson – including a few middle fingers aimed at the audience.
In May, Manson released a brooding video for “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles,” another single from his ninth album, The Pale Emperor. Actor Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) appears as a narrator in the hellish, black-and-white clip, which finds Manson baptizing followers as he sings lyrics like, “Lazarus got no dirt on me.”
Manson is currently on the road with Smashing Pumpkins for their month-long co-headlining trek dubbed “The End Times.” “If you get two friends that have known each other this long, with the crazy journey that we’ve both had, I think it makes for an interesting spectacle,” Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan told Rolling Stone of the trek, which concludes August 8th in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Think of everything that has been written about him, and think of everything that has been written about me,” he continued. “At the end of the day, you’ll have two friends onstage singing songs that they love and that they wrote and that they care for. And when the show is over, me and him are going to hang out and laugh and do shit that friends do. To me, that’s what it’s really about. Everything else is a bunch of drama.”