albums like Mechanical Animals
July 12, 2011 2:57 PM   Subscribe

albums like ‘Mechanical Animals’ from Marilyn Manson? I don’t really know how to describe what I’m looking for precisely but there metal rock elements tied in with a lot of catchiness almost grooving. Everyone says ‘glam!’ but what in particular? I tried the Ziggie Stardust album sometime back but couldn’t get into how (comparatively) stripped down the sound was, maybe I should try again. Other stuff?
posted by the mad poster! to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I would say "industrial" not glam. Maybe more like Nine Inch Nails maybe.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:01 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: T-Rex
posted by josher71 at 3:05 PM on July 12, 2011 [4 favorites]

Response by poster: interesting, I do like that Children of the Revolution song. NIN is a close pick, Reznor even had a personal affiliation with Manson at some point and I've heard a fair amount of stuff from them but never 'closely' in the sense of having whole NIN albums in rotation... they clearly have enough 'there' to sustain a manic fan ecosystem so there's probably a lot to look into.
posted by the mad poster! at 3:15 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Goldfrapp. Specifically Black Cherry and Supernature.
posted by griphus at 3:16 PM on July 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Best answer: More on the electronic and less on the metal side:


White Zombie


The Presets
posted by empath at 3:49 PM on July 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Best answer: I think you might like Wired All Wrong, which was a collaboration between Self's Matt Mahaffey & God Lives Underwater's Jeff Turzo.
posted by mintcake! at 3:54 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Maybe the first two Garbage albums?
posted by yellowbinder at 4:12 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: thanks for the suggestions so far. White Zombie is pretty close! Rob Zombie always seemed far too 'heavy' for me to get into, but interestingly their current guitarist is John 5 who was a major contributor to some of Manson's work (I just looked on wikipedia and it looks like he got Manson's ex-drummer too).

Goldfrapp seems interesting too, though in a lighter electro way

yellowbinder: love Garbage :)
posted by the mad poster! at 4:14 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Prick.
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:18 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Jane's Addiction, a danceable heavyosity, specifically 'Nothing's Shocking' and 'Ritual de lo Habitual'.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 4:25 PM on July 12, 2011

Response by poster: that Prick - Animal song is great! I'm enjoying this thread it's pretty useful cause I'm clueless about most of these bands
posted by the mad poster! at 4:57 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Zeromancer. Start from the older albums, eg. Clone Your Lover.

Some early 16 Volt, through the Letdowncrush album or so. Try A Cloth Like Gauze. Later on, they're pretty full-on metal.

You might also check out Pig's stuff, eg. Rope, No One Gets Out of Her Alive [sic].

If you check out Collide(seconded), scan across several albums. They started out pretty straight electronic, but later on turned into a weird sort of electro-goth lounge act; it shouldn't have worked, but it did.
posted by Su at 5:47 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Slick Idiot is a KMFDM spinoff with extra glam and funk
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 6:10 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Oh man, if you can track down a copy of the Wax Trax black box, you will be in heaven.
posted by empath at 9:15 PM on July 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Check out some of the newer Satyricon lp's. Anything from Rebel Extravaganza up will do.
posted by punkrockrat at 9:45 PM on July 12, 2011

Best answer: Maybe a little too crunchy/poppy, but Powerman 5000? I remember enjoying their stuff from a bit later than Mechanical Animals in somewhat the same way.
posted by brennen at 11:59 PM on July 12, 2011

ooh the wax trax black box does look good - and it reminds me, you may also want to check out My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 4:57 PM on July 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: In terms of glam, it's more slowed-down stomp than anything else, so I'd recommend The Sweet and Gary Glitter. The trouble with glam acts, though, is their propensity to boogie, which is not what you're looking for.

In terms of Manson's contemporaries, there's always Rammstein and nu-metal stuff like Korn.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:50 AM on July 14, 2011

Response by poster: yeah now I understand what people mean about Glam on Mechanical Animals isn't like "this is neo-glam" but "this is Manson gone Glam" i.e. it's still more industrial than anything else but he adopted Bowie-esque elements on the album, especially with the gender bending and "I'm an Alien" type thing so it may be about the content more than anything else.
posted by the mad poster! at 6:30 PM on July 14, 2011

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