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Traumafessions :: Reader Maxson M. on Marilyn Manson & Cat Power

May 12th, 2009 by aunt john · 11 Comments

Instead of writing what scared me before, I will write about what scares me now, which is still Kindertrauma since I am only twelve. Marilyn Manson‘s video for his song Sweet Dreams, which is a cover of the Eurythmics classic, never fails to scare the crap out of me. It is of the king of creepy, Marilyn Manson being creepy in a creepy cathedral while his creepy band mates play the creepy song. As you see, this adds up to ultimate creepiness. I have seen lots of creepy things, but this has to top my list.

My father’s computer has a screensaver that shows the album art of all the albums on his iTunes. One of his favorite singers was a folksy singer named Cat Power. She was way cool, but she had one album called What Would the Community Think that had an album cover showing a face with two black bars on the sides that went over left and right side of the face, leaving only the middle colored, except for both eyes, which remained normally colored. At night, whenever I would get up for the restroom, this cover would never fail to be on the computer in my dad’s office. The way the eyes stood out made my freak, and I would close my eyes whenever I walked past the computer at night. I would always imagine the eyes in my room staring at me when I got back to the bed. Now that I see the album art again, I don’t know why the eyes scared me so much. I guess to a little kid like me, anything was scary.

UNK SEZ: Maxon, I feel your pain. Those MARILYN MANSONS are creeping me out. Just be ever thankful that, unlike myself, you were not raised listening to the voluptuous horror of HELEN REDDY….

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 blackestrosesNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 4:58 am

    The thing with Marilyn Manson is that he uses the typical freaky gimmick. Pale face (usually with make-up), long black hair, sunken eyes and a Joker grin. Combined with his freaky movement and choice of clothing, he is indeed quite a fright. I find it funny how much the Heath Ledger Joker looks like him.

    The eyes on that album cover look painted on. It’s creeping me out, because they’re painted in such a way that they’re wide open and stare right at you. Maybe you should let your dad change the screensaver to something less creepy (Or at least something that doesn’t stare).

    I’m too scared to discuss Helen Reddy, to be honest. I’ve watched the video and various horrible memories came back to me.

  • 2 shoggothkeeperNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Is this the first time an actual child has posted to you guys?  If it is, the kid should get some type of award or something. 

    Don’t worry little buddy.  As an adult who was once a child with an over active imagination,  I can honestly say that the stuff that scares the crap out of you now will enrich your later years immensely.

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm


    Maxson is not the first to send us a current traumafession but the writing alone deserves an award. Maxson was kind enough to send us a couple more as well and they are just as impressive so stayed tuned, we should be posting them soon. They were just too good to post all at once! Thanks again Maxson!
    I agree with you on the Reddy. What in the name of god is Angie baby’s deal anyway? She shrinks people and then forces them to live in her radio as slaves? I think Marilyn Manson needs to do a cover of that song!

  • 4 Pax RomanoNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I seem to recall Helen appearing on either Sonny and Cher or the Carol Burnett show, and she sang “Angie Baby” and the whole thing was sort of acted out by several dancers, there might have even been some cheesy special effects making the neighbor shrink and fit into the radio.  I tried You Tube but no luck.

    And while were on Ms. Reddy, hows about “Ruby Red Dress”?

  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm


    Ruby Red dress had serious social problems. Delta Dawn is no poster child for mental health either.

    I believe Delta just walked around town with a suitcase in her hand.
    Did Reddy only sing about crazy people?

  • 6 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Two album covers that creep me out: Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (ghostly white face!) and Bjork’s “Selmasongs”. 

  • 7 Pax RomanoNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm


    I think Delta wore that “faded rose from days gone by”, while Ruby met some ner do well who turned her nutso and she walked around saying “leave me alone”.

    As for Helen, she was woman, hear her roar!

  • 8 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // May 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I was freaked out by my brother’s Aerosmith album “Toys in the Attic”

  • 9 AsatNo Gravatar // May 14, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Wow, that Helen Reddy song has the sort of subvert-the-setup lyrics you usually find in an early Alice Cooper song.  The FAF animation inevitably reminds a certain age group of “Hey Little Twelvetoes”, which was weird enough in its own way.  (Though personally I was always more disturbed by the image of the little girl skating out a sideways figure-8 for eternity….)

    Nice array of cameos in the video.  I saw Elton, Jim Croche, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, the Yellow-Submariner crew, is that a skeletal Jerry Garcia?  Either Loggins & Messina or 10cc’s Godley & Creme?

  • 10 Dylan Donnie-DukeNo Gravatar // May 14, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I know that all buildings are phallic to a degree, but what’s with the third one we see at the beginning of the Schoolhouse Rock interp of Angie Baby?  Speaking of Ms. Reddy, has anyone ever written in about trauma classic “Pete’s Dragon?”  A drunk Mick Rooney, a toothless Shelly Winters and Helen belting out ballads.  *shudder*

  • 11 aunt johnNo Gravatar // May 14, 2009 at 9:04 am

    @Dylan Donnie-Duke: Yes, we have heard about tell about the horrors of PETE’S DRAGON:

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