Eminem and Marilyn Manson, two of pop music's most controversial figures, have paired up to record a hard rock version of "The Way I Am," a song originally featured on the former's sophomore Web/After
Eminem and Marilyn Manson, two of pop music's most controversial figures, have paired up to record a hard rock version of "The Way I Am," a song originally featured on the former's sophomore Web/Aftermath/Interscope album "The Marshall Mathers LP." An Interscope spokesperson confirms that the collaboration, produced by members of Nine Inch Nails, was captured on tape earlier this year.
Although Manson records for Nothing Records, which is owned by Nine Inch Nails brainchild Trent Reznor, word has it that the NIN frontman had little or no involvement in the duet. The reworked take is said to feature an even split of vocal chores, with Manson also playing guitar on the track.
Manson makes an appearance in Eminem's video for the original version of "The Way I Am," and recently joined Eminem on a concert stage in Germany to perform a version of the song. No release date has yet been announced.
The album version of "The Way I Am" reached the top-30 of Billboard's Hot Rap Singles and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts last September.
In other Manson news, Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Republican legislature Tom Tancredo have joined families of Columbine victims and churches in urging the entertainer to cancel a Denver appearance.
Spokespersons for Owens and Tancredo said yesterday (May 17) that if Manson performs, they'll support the Citizens for Peace and Respect group in discouraging attendance at the June 21 Ozzfest stop at the city's Mile High Stadium.
"We believe Manson promotes hate, violence, death, suicide, and drug use," said Jason Janz, the group's president. "We don't say Manson caused Columbine, but we believe he promotes the attitudes and actions of the Columbine killers."
Columbine High School seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold fatally shot a teacher and 12 students and wounded 23 others before killing themselves on April 20, 1999, in the nation's deadliest school shooting. Students quoted immediately after the massacre said Manson's music influenced the gunmen, but people who knew the teens denied they listened to the music.
Manson canceled a Denver-area concert after the shootings and has not performed in the area since.
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