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"Mack The Knife", in Kurt Weill
& Bertold Brecht's Threepenny Opera
Manson, circa April 2003,
as "Mack The Knife".

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Kurt Weill, a German musician who came to fame in the 1920's, was most famous for writing the score for the theatrical piece 'The Threepenny Opera', by his contemporary Bertold Brecht, and is the composer of the very famous song 'Mack The Knife'. Manson has cited Weill a number of times as an influence on 'The Golden Age Of Grotesque', both for work and the reflection of the time period and context his work took place in, 1920's Germany predominantly. During a handful of solo performances of the 'Grotesk Burlesk' Manson sang, along with 'The Dope Show' and the album's title track, Weill's well known 'Alabama Song' or 'Whiskey Bar', a tune notoriously covered by other such musical legends as David Bowie and Jim Morrison.

The following is extracted from the same journal entry of Manson's website in which the above portrait was unveiled...

"Determined, I headed for the birthplace of Expressionism, humming The Alabama Song, by Kurt Weill. It was time for The Grotesk Burlesk and dozens of mice scurried from the Kinderfeld. Their political organs had to be removed and we set them in formation, creating a metaphorical 'question mark.' ."
Marilyn Manson
Another shot from the same series of pictures
displayed on Perou's website.
Manson on April 11th, 2003, performing The Alabama Song as part
of a Live Cabaret Performance in Berlin.
Weimar era pic of a band consisting of Bertold Brecht (who penned The Threepenny Opera) on clarinet, tubist Karl Valentin, a skinny German clown, with Liesl Karlstadt, another clown. The picture was actually used in the subliminal splash intro of Manson's website during the era.