Smells Like Children is a 1995 EP Remix album by band Marilyn Manson. Various contributions by engineer and Skinny Puppy producer Dave Ogilvie, Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Charlie Clouser and new material by the band resulted in an eclectic, bizarre and surreal combination of material. The album was produced by Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson and represents an era of the band full of drugs, abuses, tours, sound experimentations and is also a reference to the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie. All the ideas and tracks for this EP were created and composed during the Portrait of an American Family tour and is also the first Marilyn Manson work that features Ginger Fish on drums. Marilyn Manson referred to this album as "An album that looks like an album for children that is not for children".
A number of covers are included on the album, most famous of which is the band's cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", which helped to skyrocket the band into the mainstream. The other covers on the album are the Patti Smith song "Rock N Roll Nigger" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You". Manson's recording of "I Put a Spell on You" was also featured on the soundtrack for the David Lynch film Lost Highway.
Early promotional copies of Smells Like Children featured unauthorized samples from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, as well as other sound bites considered too extreme; the album was re-edited into the proper release. The removed songs were the original opening track, "Abuse, Part 1", featuring Manson and Danzig/Pantera tour driver Tony Wiggins speaking to a masochistic girl, attempting to calm her down when things get really out of hand. "Abuse, Part 2", features an interview with a teenage girl who confesses to molesting her 7-year-old male cousin. "May Cause Discoloration Of The Urine Or Feces" is sometimes included on bootlegs of the uncensored EP under the title "Procardia", in a heavily modified version which is a fan made track, and not an actual track from either pressing. The Smells Like Children version was previously featured as part of the sound scape "Revelation #9", released on the single for "Get Your Gunn".
The "Frankie" referred to in "Fuck Frankie" is Frankie Proia, Manson's tour manager at the time who embezzled $20,000 from the band during their tour for their previous release, Portrait of an American Family. The "One Legged" referred to in "Dancing with the One Legged" was a Huggy Bear doll (the pimp from Starsky and Hutch) that the band used as a container for drugs; it had one leg.
Tracks 5 and 14 of the album are malformed sound clips from an appearnce by Marilyn, Twiggy, and Madonna on the The Phil Donahue Show The subject of the episode was about moshing at concerts and one familys (The Mitchells ) to bring awarness to the parents of america of the dangers. In the episode Twiggy pulls out a tape player and plays the dubbed sound while Marilyn is responding to a question about the apperance of the band.
The untitled 16th track contains a slower, more ominous remix of "Shitty Chicken Gang Bang" and, approximately 6 minutes in, an unusual audio experiment sometimes referred to as "Poop Games."
|1995||The Billboard 200||31|
|1996||"Sweet Dreams (are made of this)"||Modern Rock Tracks||26|
|1996||"Sweet Dreams (are made of this)"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||31|