The Fight Song (Marilyn Manson song)

"The Fight Song"
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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
B-side"Diamonds & Pollen", "Five to One"
ReleasedFebruary 2, 2001
FormatSingle
Recorded2000
Genre
Length2:53
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dave Sardy, Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"Disposable Teens"
(2000)
"The Fight Song"
(2001)
"The Nobodies"
(2001)
"Disposable Teens"
(2000)
"The Fight Song"
(2001)
"The Nobodies"
(2001)

"The Fight Song" is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released in 2001. It is the second single from their fourth full-length studio album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).[1]

It was released in two standalone physical formats. The first, titled "The Fight Song Pt.1", was released on January 29, 2001 in the US and on February 19, 2001 in the UK.[2][3][4] "The Fight Song Pt.1" was also released as a 12" picture disc vinyl LP on February 19, 2001 in the UK.[5] Both feature a remix by Joey Jordison of the nu metal band Slipknot.[3][6] The second, titled "The Fight Song Pt.2", was released on February 2, 2001 in the US and on March 6, 2001 in the UK.[7][8]

The title is a pun on high school and college football team anthems known as fight songs as the song is partly a post-Columbine statement disparaging mainstream America's own glorification of violence among its youth; football is simultaneously one of the most violent sports and one of America's greatest obsessions.[3]

Composition

"The Fight Song" is an alternative metal and glam rock song with a length of two minutes and fifty-three seconds. It was written by the band's eponymous vocalist and John 5 and produced by Manson and Dave Sardy. The track features elements of punk rock and rock and roll.[9] In "The Fight Song", Manson sings "I'm not a slave to a god that doesn't exist"; Steven Wells of NME said that in the song, Manson avoided the clichés used by other antitheist artists.[9] Both Wells of NME and Joseph Schafer of Stereogum found the track's instrumentation similar to the guitar riff from Blur's "Song 2" (1997).[10][11] Wells also felt that "The Fight Song" resembles the music of The Sweet, particularly "Little Willy" (1972).[10]

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