This Is the New Shit

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"This Is the New Shit"
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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album The Golden Age of Grotesque
ReleasedSeptember 1, 2003 (UK)[1]
FormatCD single
GenreNu metal[2]
LabelNothing, Interscope
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Tim Skold
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"This Is the New Shit"
Audio sample
"This Is the New Shit"
Music video
“This Is the New Shit” on YouTube

"This Is the New Shit" is a song by an American rock band Marilyn Manson. Written by Marilyn Manson, John 5 and Tim Sköld, with Manson and Sköld sharing co-production duties, it is the second track (referred to as the opening track, at one occasion)[3] and second single from the band’s fifth studio album, The Golden Age of Grotesque. It has several new industrial beats that Tim Sköld added when he joined the band as the bassist in 2002. It was the most successful song from The Golden Age of Grotesque following "mOBSCENE". The UK release features the band's cover of the Geto Boys' "Mind of a Lunatic." British band Goldfrapp produced a remix of the song featured as the second track on the UK release.[1] In 2015, the Canadian DJ and record producer Rezz released the new official remix of the song.[4]

For its music video counterpart, an alternate recording was used with the lyrics "This is the new Hit'" and the song title reading "This Is the New Hit". The word, "Motherfuckers", is replaced by some jumpy beat noises.


Manson created the song's riff with a Neve console.

The first track written for The Golden Age of the Grotesque, "This Is the New Shit" was inspired by Manson's fascination with the rhythms and beats of hip hop music and "and [how] it brings out something that so many people like". Manson created the song's instrumentation before writing its lyrics, commenting that "it was worth trying to focus on making the beats first, and really making beats that had their own hooks to them, and then making riffs." To create the song's riff, he played a guitar into a Neve console. Manson told Jim Louvau of the Phoenix New Times that after creating the song's beat, "Then I wanted to address the simple absurdity of saying 'This Is the New Shit'--it's the most bitter, sardonic stab at fucking anyone who would listen to the song unless you get that, and therein lies the beauty."[5] Manson also said that the track was inspired by Dadaism and is about "when you get to a point in history or in art or in your own creativity where you throw your hands up and you say 'I've done everything. Where do I go from here?'"

Critical reception[edit]

Jim Louvau of the Phoeix New Times called "This Is the New Shit" a "great track" and one of his favorite Marilyn Manson songs, alongside "Little Horn" from 1996’s Antichrist Superstar.[5] Exclaim!'s Liisa Ladouceur said that the track is "ripping" and one of the band's best.[6] Rolling Stone's Barry Walters said that the track "sounds a whole lot like the old shit....What's surprising is that there's still so much life in what Manson is rehashing." He deemed the song and "Mobscene" "simultaneously fresh and putrid."[7] Joseph Schafer of Stereogum found "This Is the New Shit" "anthemic" but did not include it on his list of "The 10 Best Marilyn Manson Songs", as Manson "was at his best when trying to both look and sound like an evil David Bowie."[8]

In popular culture[edit]

This song was featured in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation titled "Suckers". It was also included on the soundtrack for the film, The Matrix Reloaded, and used in the film, Hatchet. It was used in a series 8 episode of Waterloo Road, and several trailers for BioWare's 2009 RPG Dragon Age: Origins.[9]

Between July 10 and August 7, 2007, the radio edit was used as the theme song for the WWE's ECW brand. It replaced the long-standing theme, "Bodies" by Drowning Pool, and was replaced by "This Is Extreme!" by Harry Slash & The Slash tones and "Don't Question My Heart"—an in house written track—the two times it was replaced.

Track listing[edit]

UK Single:

  1. "This Is the New Shit" (Album Version)
  2. "This Is the New Shit (Goldfrapp remix)"
  3. "Mind of a Lunatic"
  4. "This Is the New Shit" (Video)

EU Single:

  1. "This Is the New Shit" (Album Version)
  2. "This Is the New Shit (Goldfrapp remix)"
  3. "Baboon Rape Party"
  4. "mOBSCENE" (Video)


Chart (2003) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 25
UK Singles Chart[11] 29


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  2. ^ Petridis, Alexis (May 9, 2013). "Marilyn Manson: The Golden Age of Grotesque". The Guardian. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Yates, Catherine (May 10, 2003). "Lounge Act" (transcription). Kerrang!. No. 954. Retrieved May 17, 2018 – via Provider Module archive.
  4. ^ FUTURE CLASSICS (2016-08-22), Marylin Manson - This Is The New Shit (Rezz Remix), retrieved 2018-11-18
  5. ^ a b Louvau, Jim (May 30, 2013). "Marilyn Manson: 'I Like To Smoke and Hang Out With The Gangsta Rappers'". Phoenix New Times. Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Ladouceur, Liisa (February 15, 2017). "An Essential Guide to Marilyn Manson". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Walter, Barry (May 6, 2003). "Marilyn Manson: The Golden Age Of Grotesque". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  8. ^ Schafer, Joseph (April 5, 2015). "The 10 Best Marilyn Manson Songs". Stereogum. Archived from the original on July 9, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  9. ^ This Is the New Shit on IMDb
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Marilyn Manson – This Is The New Shit". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  11. ^ "Marilyn Manson". Official Charts Company.

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