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The Nobodies (song)

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Released  October 6, 2001
Recorded  2000
Label  Interscope
Format  CD
Length  3:40
Writer(s)  5, Manson

"The Nobodies" is a song by American industrial rock band Marilyn Manson. It is the third and final single from their fourth studio album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), released in 2000. The song addresses Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.


As early as February 10, 2001, Manson had made indications that the song would be chosen as the album's third single. The third single was released in physical format, on September 3, 2001, in the UK and, on October 6, 2001, in the US.

A remixed version of the song would later appear in the 2001 Johnny Depp film From Hell. Also, despite its usage of harsh vocals, the band has performed an acoustic version of the song.

In 2016 both the Holy Wood original and 2005 Against All Gods Mix versions of the song are used by TNA professional wrestling stable Decay (Abyss, Crazzy Steve, and Rosemary), the original version as arena entrance music and the Against All Gods Mix for taped music video vignettes.

Release dates

  • Ireland - August 27, 2001
  • UK - September 2001
  • Germany - September 24, 2001
  • Music video

    The music video for "The Nobodies" was directed by Paul Fedor. It premiered on MTV in June 2001. Technical presentation of the video uses shaking camera techniques, varying perspective shots, closeups, and fast scene shot changes.

    Originally, the frontman expressed desire to film the music video in Russia "because the atmosphere, the desolation, the coldness, and the architecture would really suit the song." Another concept called for the incorporation of the MTV stunt and prank reality TV series, Jackass, due to the song's inclusion in the Jackass soundtrack. However, this idea was abandoned after the show began drawing the ire of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), who was among the politicians who targeted Marilyn Manson for blame after the Columbine High School massacre. Marilyn Manson explained the idea for the music video:

    The Columbine connection

    The lyrics refer to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the shooters of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Manson references the media coverage in the aftermath of the killings, singing "You should have seen the ratings that day."

    After the shootings, the media widely reported that listening to Manson's music drove the boys to kill, though in fact they didn't appear to be fans of the band. An interview with him about the Columbine shootings was featured in the 2002 Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine. When Moore asked what he would say to the students at Columbine, Manson replied, "I wouldn't say a single word. I would listen to what they have to say and that's what no one did." Also in the film, an acoustic instrumental version of the song is played during a montage of security camera footage and emergency phone calls.

    Against All Gods Mix

    "The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix" was released in Europe as the second single and in Asia as an EP in conjunction with Marilyn Manson's Against All Gods world tour, and to radio in the United States in conjunction with the compilation album, Lest We Forget: The Best Of; only the original album version is present on the compilation.


    The Nobodies (song) Wikipedia

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