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Charles Manson’s The Inner Sanctum is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.

I don’t mean to say it’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard because it’s awful, although it certainly is awful.  What I mean is, it is depressing to hear this old man plunk away on his guitar while muttering indecipherable lyrics, probably wearing the exact same outfit and the same exact expression as he is on the cover, which looks sort of like he is taking a shit, about to vomit, and trying to work out a complex algebra problem in his head all at once.

The Inner Sanctum is a 3-track EP.  The bookends, “Air” and “Just Love Someone,” are tuneless acoustic meanderings complete with Manson drawling away in a semi-bluesy tone.  The real gem is the second track, “Labor of the Mind,” which isn’t a song; it’s 3:15 of Manson talking.  About what?  I’m not sure, I wasn’t really paying attention.  He says something about how religions worship violence or something and that, within a religion, “improv becomes the devil,” which doesn’t seem to mean anything at all.  It all seems very blasé until you realize that this is the guy with a swastika carved into his forehead and then it just becomes very very ironic in a very very sad way.

I can’t help but feel a little bit depressed for Manson when I listen to Inner Sanctum.  I mean, this is a man who was described as the most compelling, charismatic, mesmerizing man by pretty much every single person who met him back in the sixties.  And when I imagine him twiddling his fingers on his guitar strings, maybe nodding off occasionally, maybe drooling a little (he is 75 after all), a small part of me cringes in revulsion.

Then again, both runs of the vinyl (100 each) sold out within an hour so maybe I’m just an idiot.





mynameischan
08.21.10
the poor guy

WeepingBanana
08.21.10
i so very badly want to photoshop a "DERP" right on that picture

theacademy
08.21.10
first!!!!!

robertsona
08.21.10
'look at your game girl' from one of his albums (idk) is a really good song imo--not grandiose or anything just well-written and he has a nice voice

but yeah im not surprised he's completely off his rocker now

mynameischan
08.21.10
well i don't think you could say he was ever on his rocker

Counterfeit
08.21.10
hi chan

robertsona
08.21.10
yeah i was about to edit that but then i forgot there isnt an edit button on news

but what i meant was that he used to be a crazy guy who made at least sort of good music (judging from that one song) but now he's a crazy guy who makes terrible music

Counterfeit
08.21.10
hi chan

R6Rider
08.21.10
first paragraph brought the lulz

Tulannical
08.21.10
i think i know someone who got one of the 100 copies of the 1st pressing

that album cover

Tits McGee
08.21.10
haha wtf is this

coneren
08.21.10
fuck yeahSHIT YEAH MOTHER FUCKER FUCKING RIGHTS FUCKING YEAH ER ELSE MOTHER FUCKER

Skimaskcheck
08.21.10
blasé

Fort23
08.21.10
look at your game girl is a really good song.

STOP SHOUTING!
08.21.10
"I can’t help but feel a little bit depressed for Manson when I listen to Inner Sanctum ... a small part of me cringes in revulsion."

Not because he has killed loads of people, but because he has recorded some shit songs?

Fort23
08.21.10
stop shouting


mynameischan
08.21.10
ya i'm totally fine with him orchestrating the murders of a bunch of people

tinkrbel
08.21.10
"Not because he has killed loads of people, but because he has recorded some shit songs?"

music is srs business
there are TONS of ppl on the planet, we can afford to lose a few

Yazz_Flute
08.21.10
huh

loveisamixtape
08.21.10
derp

mynameischan
08.21.10
i am stealing someone's wireless so theoretically the connection could become unavailable at any time

but for now i am back!

PanasonicYouth
08.21.10
chans plans are the best chambered gtfo

Meatplow
08.22.10
Boyd Rice had a great essay about Manson in his book Standing In Two Circles detailing his time visiting him regularly in prison before he smuggled a bullet through security for an unspecified reason and got arrested.

He basically described him as a very conflicted man, at times one of the most charming individuals and eloquent philosophers of our time but at others just a crazy, rambling nutcase. It was a truly fascinating read.

Fort23
08.22.10
wow chan only 30 comments whatd you do wrong here???

tinkrbel
08.22.10
"wow chan only 30 comments whatd you do wrong here???"

maybe he needs to review another review

vanderb0b
08.22.10
Great write-up. I'll probably give this a listen to see how band it is.

ShadowAmI
08.22.10
had no idea this guy made music

Aids
08.23.10
Where do I sign up to get a swastika carved into my face?

sniper
08.24.10
What a fucking awesome photo.

Fort23
08.25.10
look at your game girl is a really good song.

Puzzles
08.28.10
I hope he tours Australia.
Soundwave festival anyone?


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