The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’: Why Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Covered the Song Together – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

In 2018, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson covered The Beatles Helter Skelter. Zombie said the reason why they didnt record the song earlier was because it was so obvious that neither of them thought to cover it. In addition, Zombie discussed what he thought about the track as a child.

In his 1998 book The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, Manson wrote his stage name derives from Charles Manson and Marilyn Monroe. He said his stage name was supposed to represent the duality of humanity. In his view, the former and the latter both had good sides and evil sides.

The Manson Family infamously took inspiration from The Beatles songs such as Helter Skelter. During a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Zombie discussed the song. For anyone my age you really cannot listen to The White Album or Helter Skelter without the Charles Manson connection, he said. Thats all I associate it with, ever since I was a little kid.

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Subsequently, Zombie discussed why he and Manson covered Helter Skelter around the time they went on tour together in 2018. We had been talking about doing something together for these shows that he should come onstage during my set and wed do a song, he revealed. But we couldnt think of what song. After we talked, later that night I was home and I just thought, The obvious song is Helter Skelter Its so obvious that neither one of us thought of it!'

Zombie explained why he and Manson recorded the cover. And then I figured, well, rather than us just doing it onstage, why dont we take it one step further and record it and put a new spin on it? he added. That way, rather than just doing some impromptu jam together, now the fans will go, Oh, theres the song Ive already heard, and now theyre doing it.'

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The Beatles Helter Skelter was never a single, so it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album, The White Album, was a huge hit. It topped the Billboard 200 for nine weeks, staying on the chart 215 weeks in total.

The Official Charts Company says Helter Skelter did not chart in the United Kingdom. On the other hand, The White Album was No. 1 in the U.K. for eight weeks. The White Album remained on the chart for 37 weeks altogether.

Helter Skelter had a disturbing history but that didnt stop Zombie and Manson from covering it.

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