Marilyn Manson On Lady Gaga: 'I Have A Hard Time Liking Her Music'

Marilyn Manson has given his opinion of Lady Gaga and has said that though he admires her, he "has a hard time liking her music".

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Marilyn Manson has given his opinion of Lady Gaga and has said that though he admires her, he "has a hard time liking her music".

The singer, who collaborated with Lady Gaga on a remix of her 2009 single "Love Game", said that he wasn't keen on her musical output, though he did quite like Kylie Minogue and Justin Timberlake.

Asked what he thought of Lady Gaga, he told Digital Spy: "I like the general idea of what she's about. I have a hard time liking her music. It's not my style of music that I like, and I like a lot of music that is in that vein. I like Kylie Minogue sometimes - I like a lot of unusual stuff, I like Justin Timberlake over Lady GaGa, just musically."

Manson then added that he thought having someone like Lady Gaga in pop music was a good thing, but that he thought she tried too hard to keep people's attention with her constantly changing look.

He added: "I get the whole idea of what she's doing and I appreciate that. I don't think it's a bad thing, I think it's a good thing. At the same time, I don't try to have a different look every single moment because I think it's more ephemeral, it becomes less permanent."

He continued: "People like to identify with one single thing. I'm not one to knock her, she's obviously succeeded in what she's doing. It's not exactly the type of thing that I find myself listening to, but that doesn't mean I don't like her."

Marilyn Manson will return to the UK in October for a joint arena tour with Rob Zombie. The self-proclaimed "God Of Fuck" and the former White Zombie singer will join forces for four UK arena shows, kicking off in London on November 26, with the venue still to be confirmed. They will then play Manchester Arena on November 27, Glasgow SECC on November 28 and finally Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on November 29.

Manson is touring in support of his eighth studio album "Born Villain", which was released in May of this year.

Thanks to NME for the report.

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    BloodyPumpkins
    "I like the general idea of what she's about."
    Failing in trying to make a freak scene out of everything she does and making so-so pop music?
    TheExterminator
    BloodyPumpkins wrote: "I like the general idea of what she's about." Failing in trying to make a freak scene out of everything she does and making so-so pop music?
    Which is pretty much what Marilyn Manson does.. Generic pop-Rock backed by a gimmick of trying too hard to be Shock Rock like Alice Cooper, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, or Arthur Brown. So.. You can sort of understand why he likes what Lady Gaga is trying to go for. The only people who still like him are 15 year old mall goths who still think LaVeyan Satanism isn't retarded. No different than Lady Gaga or her 15 year old "monsters". She's got nothing on the likes of Wendy O Williams or Klaus Nomi, not even Madonna.
    aldogia
    Who really gives a cr@p about either of them?? Its the pot calling the kettle black. They both use props and controversy to get publicity. Everyone has an image, and thats fine but these two dont really give a cr@p about what they say or do, as long as it helps sell records. Thats why Foo Fighters (even though Im not a huge fan) will stick around longer than both of them. Real bands who play music they really love will always trump the likes of Gaga and Manson.
    JTD313
    TheExterminator wrote: She's got nothing on the likes of Wendy O Williams or Klaus Nomi, not even Madonna .
    If you took away Madonna's sacrilegious, attention-seeking antics and her big-budget, flashy visuals at her concerts, you would have a sub-par "artist" with mediocre vocals. Lady Gaga may imitate her frequently, but at least she has natural-given talent unlike Madonna, who has made a career out of being a gimmicky attention *****. Then again, so has Lady Gaga...
    GenerationKILL
    TheExterminator wrote: BloodyPumpkins wrote: "I like the general idea of what she's about." Failing in trying to make a freak scene out of everything she does and making so-so pop music? Which is pretty much what Marilyn Manson does.. Generic pop-Rock backed by a gimmick of trying too hard to be Shock Rock like Alice Cooper, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, or Arthur Brown. So.. You can sort of understand why he likes what Lady Gaga is trying to go for. The only people who still like him are 15 year old mall goths who still think LaVeyan Satanism isn't retarded. No different than Lady Gaga or her 15 year old "monsters". She's got nothing on the likes of Wendy O Williams or Klaus Nomi, not even Madonna.
    Name dropping doesn't make you sound any smarter or informed than you're not. Marilyn Manson has NEVER admitted to being a practicing Anton Levey Satanist. Hes embraced free form thinking, which is an offshoot of satanism. I am not a "mall goth" or a satanist myself. Nor am I even a Manson fan. I just respect the fact that he's genuine and intelligent at what he does. For the record, Alice Cooper himself said that it was all glam and posturing when he did it, but agreed that Manson was the FIRST to do it with a fundamental message.
    GenerationKILL
    I equate Marilyn Manson MORE to David Bowie than Lady Gaga is. Veteran artists who find her genuine have warned her to take a break, for fear of the shtick wearing off. It seems like it already is...
    JTD313
    GenerationKILL wrote: When Marilyn Manson calls you out for being too over the top, you know theres a problem. I agree. Manson was one of the first shock rockers who was smart enough to be calculating in everything that hes done. Lady Gaga on the other hand sometimes appears to be going through the motions just to appear unique and sell more records. Marilyn Manson is a little bit more intelligent in his ways to wear a dress made of meat just to seem interesting. Everything hes ever done has deeper, fundamental reasons.
    I agree, Lady Gaga is very contrived; she doesn't seem genuine or authentic at all. Like I said in my comment earlier, she's becoming a caricature of herself because she knows people expect her to act over-the-top and wear outlandish fashion 24/7. I've seen her when she was going by Stefani Germanotta and she looked, acted and sounded nothing like she does now. I think she needs to "reinvent" her image and sound because her schtick is becoming tiresome and predictable.
    Niamorg
    You can say whatever you want about Manson's music, but nobody can deny that he is a really man.
    GenerationKILL
    When Marilyn Manson calls you out for being too over the top, you know theres a problem. I agree. Manson was one of the first shock rockers who was smart enough to be calculating in everything that hes done. Lady Gaga on the other hand sometimes appears to be going through the motions just to appear unique and sell more records. Marilyn Manson is a little bit more intelligent in his ways to wear a dress made of meat just to seem interesting. Everything hes ever done has deeper, fundamental reasons.
    Kueller917
    I can never get into her much either. I can agree that she's released amazing pop works like The Fame Monster, but it just never really clicks for me as much as it does others.
    purplexing
    Way to go UG for making a headline that makes Manson look like he's bashing her. He's doing what few people are doing today, conceding to the fact that they just can't like a certain type of music. Instead of saying he hates her music or that she's a horrible artist, he simply states that it's just not in his taste. A lot of people can learn from that.
    JTD313
    I think people would respect Lady Gaga a lot more if she would stop acting like an attention-seeking try-hard, because unlike her pop contemporaries, she actually has credible talent. I understand that she considers herself a theatrical performer, but she should keep the elaborate, outlandish fashion on stage; she's becoming a caricature of herself. Also, she needs to stop imitating Madonna. Why would she want to imitate an "artist" who had to rely on shock factor and being sacrilegious to stay relevant?
    xplosive59
    I like 3 Lady Gaga songs (shoot me) not that I am fan or anything and she has talent, the problem with her is that she has set off a trend of pop-singers wearing crazy outfits and horrible songs, for example Nikki Minaj and Katy Perry are very obviously emulating her style which is a terrible path for for the music industry to go down... Oh who am I kidding the pop charts have been pretty much nothing but shit since the late 80's.
    mradubz33
    I don't mind Lady GaGa's music in comparison to Kesha, Katy Perry or Carly Rae What's-her-Face and I don't think anyone can deny that she's talented;she went to Juilliard School of Music. But her antics and gimmicks seriously detract from her musicianship. I saw about 10 minutes of her show at Lollapalooza a couple of years ago (curiosity got the better of me) but I had to leave. I couldn't stand it her stage show.
    MetalRock4ever
    He doesn't look like he's into that kind of music. But then again, Gaga's wardrobe and his are pretty... vivid.
    -Annihilation-
    I think she's a very talented singer. I like her voice. Some of her songs are catchy. It's her image that turns me off of her. She's trying way too hard. Sure, Manson trys hard too. But, not as hard as Gaga.
    Minivirus2
    purplexing wrote: Way to go UG for making a headline that makes Manson look like he's bashing her. He's doing what few people are doing today, conceding to the fact that they just can't like a certain type of music. Instead of saying he hates her music or that she's a horrible artist, he simply states that it's just not in his taste. A lot of people can learn from that.
    +1 While I'll admit to not really enjoying either musicians output, Mason is one Hell of a smart guy, but a lot of people take one look at him and refuse to listen to the guy.
    gypsyblues7373
    Manson then added that he thought having someone like Lady Gaga in pop music was a good thing, but that he thought she tried too hard to keep people's attention with her constantly changing look.
    Please
    tell me he's trying to be ironic.