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Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Marilyn Manson
Album: Smells Like ChildrenReleased: 1995
The album is a collection of remixes and covers, with a few originals. This was the only song to get a lot of attention.
This paved the way for Manson's next record, Antichrist Superstar, to debut at #3 on the US albums chart. This put him in strange company: the top two spots were held by Celine Dion and Kenny G.
Around the time this was released, Manson was gaining a cult following of alienated white suburban teens.
This became a hit thanks to MTV, which declared this a "Buzzworthy" video and put it in heavy rotation.
This was produced by Nine Inch Nails leader and Manson's mentor, Trent Reznor.
Manson often comes up with song inspiration in his dreams, but the idea to cover this song came from his first acid trip, according to his autobiography The Long Hard Road out of Hell
. He says that he hallucinated a "slower, meaner" version of the dance hit playing, sung in his voice.
In Manson's auto-biography, he related to this song by mentioning that he met people who wanted to be abused by him; and who wanted to use him as well.