Back in December, Marilyn Manson stopped by BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P Carter" for the series' "Music Ruined My Life" interview segment. That conversation finally aired yesterday (June 10th), as The PRP reports. At one point during the interview, the Antichrist Superstar was asked to name the song he's most proud of writing. His answer? "The Speed of Pain," off 1998's classic Mechanical Animals LP. Manson went on to frame the composition's sinister beauty in terms of his catalog as a whole.
"It was a poem I wrote," Manson said of the song's origins. "I was on an airplane [and] I was reading in Time magazine about the amount of time it takes for your brain to acknowledge pain from your body, and it inspired me to write about something else. For whatever reason, I have some obsession about flowers, about Valentine's Day, that I cannot explain — if you asked me, if you tortured me, I couldn't explain it."
Manson isn't sure where his affinity for tragic romance came from. "Maybe I didn't get enough Valentine's when I was a kid," he joked. "I'm not really sure what the obsession is, but it comes up a lot. Because I'm not someone who particularly likes flowers."
Stream Manson's BBC Radio 1 interview above in its entirety, and listen to "The Speed of Pain" below.