Sometimes there are things in life that you never realized you needed until they are thrust upon you. Marilyn Manson covering Gerard McMann’s theme for the 1987 cult classic The Lost Boys is one of those things.
Manson has a long history of reinterpreting and reinventing songs by other artists. Over the years he’s recorded and performed songs such as Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,” David Bowie’s “Golden Years,” and The Ramones “The KKK Took My Baby Away.” But the two that really got the most attention for him were Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” and the Eurythmic’s track “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” He even recently contributed to the Atomic Blonde soundtrack with a cover of Ministry’s track “Stigmata.” The dark, broody, intensity that Manson can bring to a song has a way of elevating a song to a level that few artists could pull off.
Manson has currently been touring and promoting his most recent album “Heaven Upside Down” that was released in October 2017. With his penchant for cover songs firmly established, it was no surprise that a new one would pop up at one of his live shows. It was in Phoenix, Arizona at The Van Buren music venue that fans were treated to Manson’s version of “Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMann, aka the “Theme from The Lost Boys“. Written and released in 1987 specifically for the movie, the song hearkens back to a time when movies would boast a commissioned original pop song for it’s big theme. For any fan of the genre, there’s no way to hear this iconic song and not immediately think of earrings, maggots and mullets. No news as of yet if this cover is simply a treat for lucky concert goers, or whether it might show up on an album someday. Is it too much to hope for a cameo from legendary sax man Tim Cappello on future Manson dates? One can only hope.