Marilyn Manson

Exclusive: Manson Explains Collabo With Johnny Depp

Plus: Hear the unlikely duo's cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"
Chelsea Lauren

During my trip to Los Angeles last week I dropped by Marilyn Manson's West Hollywood loft-cave (it's really dark in there) to talk about his new album, Born Villain (more on that later). During our hour-long chat the Goth Prince detailed one of the LP's more eyebrow-raising tracks—his collabo with Johnny Depp on a cover of Carly Simon's infamous 1972 hit "You're So Vain," which just dropped online. Listen below. 

But how'd this unlikely duo come together? Let Manson explain:

"I've known Johnny [Depp] for a long time," says Manson. "I was actually an extra on 21 Jump Street when I was 19. I was sent to do an interview with him, but I didn’t get the interview [Manson was a former journalist]. The article was supposed to be about what it was like to be an extra on 21 Jump Street. So we've known each other for years. I've spent a lot of time with him, but we've never worked on music together before. He called me up a couple months ago and said, 'Hey, do you wanna come over and work on something?'"

"We started playing blues songs and then I said, 'My record's done, but we should really do a song to add to the end of it, as if it were a movie.'  It's like the movie's over and this is playing at the end title credits. So it's sort of the song that adds to it."

There you have it. So how does the song sound? If you thought his cover of Annie Lennox's "Sweet Dreams" was good/creepy, then you'll love this. It's vicious, grind-rockin' and just... rad. Listen below, and then tell us what you think in the comments below.

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