“My big top tricks will always make you happy,
but we all know the hat is wearing me”

Remember when you were a child: you had those eyes, the eyes that can still being enchanted by the wonder and, heck, you would love that your eyes can do that again, that no one had told you the trick.

You want the wonder.
And you also want it frighten you.
You love the fear because it is the other side of wonder, the one that you are forbidden to face.
You love the fear, maybe because you only understand the show and not the anguish behind it.

In the first Marilyn Manson‘s era (until 1995), just before the hit single ‘Sweet Dreams’, it’s the acid colored world full of deviances, children’s lost innocence and fear of the ordinary’s absurdity that you can find in ‘Dope Hat’, last single from debut album ‘Portrait of an American Family’, that came out in the summer of 1995 with a videoclip directed by Tom Stern (who made Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Taste the Pain’).

A sort of hallucinatory and mind-blowing journey inspired by one the Manson’s favorite movies, the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”.
The Wonka-inspired boat with a Manson/Charon who play with lost children, put their innocence against a turmoil of derelict visions, crazy and harsh passion like a Kubrick’s Ludovico technique in acid.
A trip where the performance of band’s members in live action are mixed with background nasty images (some of them in stop-motion), early poor CGI (created by Xavier Guerin) with low-res textures and dancing text;
despite the low technological quality and jarring use of different techniques the video’s psychedelic nature let it to, simply, work with its surreal and whirling mix, where bleeding eggs and twisted faces take children to a sardonic evil-colored tour with Oompa Loompas.

We love the show.

Marilyn Manson – Dope Hat

Artist: Marilyn Manson
Tom Stern
Motion Pictures, CGI, Typographic, Stop Motion
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October 29th, 2012

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