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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album The Golden Age of Grotesque
ReleasedApril 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)
Genre Nu metal
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"Tainted Love"
"This Is the New Shit"
Audio sample

"Mobscene" (stylized as "mOBSCENE") is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released in April 2003 as the lead single from their fifth studio album, The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003). The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, but lost out to Metallica's "St. Anger".

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Marilyn Manson (band) American rock band

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<i>The Golden Age of Grotesque</i> 2003 studio album by Marilyn Manson

The Golden Age of Grotesque is the fifth studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on May 7, 2003 by Nothing and Interscope Records, and was their first album to feature former KMFDM member Tim Sköld, who joined after longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez amicably left the group over creative differences. It was also their final studio album to feature keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy and guitarist John 5, who would both acrimoniously quit before the release of the band's next studio album.



Manson has said that "Mobscene" was "pulled from the weirdest parts of my imagination." Prior to writing the song, Manson had seen several Busby Berkeley films with all-female chorus lines. He then met with his band and told them that he wanted to create a song that evoked Berkeley's films, the writings of Oscar Wilde, and an elephant stampede.

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"Mobscene" is a nu metal song. [1]

Critical reception

In PopMatters , Lance Teegarden deemed "Mobscene" the best track on the band's greatest hits album Lest We Forget: The Best Of (2004), writing "Here Manson finds the little bit of irreverence he is looking for." Teegarden praised Sköld's production. [2] BuzzFeed's Richard James opined that the song "proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever". [3]

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<i>Lest We Forget: The Best Of</i> 2004 greatest hits album by Marilyn Manson

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Track listings

  1. "Mobscene"
  2. "Tainted Love" (Re-Tainted Interpretation)
  3. "Mobscene" (Rammstein's Sauerkraut Remix)
  4. "Paranoiac"
  1. "Mobscene"
  2. "Paranoiac"


Chart (2003)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [4] 31
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [5] 15
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [6] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) [7] 38
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)4
Denmark (Tracklisten) [8] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [9] 16
France (SNEP) [10] 61
Germany (Official German Charts) [11] 20
Ireland (IRMA) [12] 27
Italy (FIMI) [13] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [14] 84
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [15] 32
Norway (VG-lista) [16] 20
Portugal (Billboard) [17] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [18] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [19] 18
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [20] 6
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)13
US Billboard Alternative Songs26
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks18

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