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"Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)"
Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Eat Me, Drink Me
ReleasedApril 17, 2007 (Promo)
April 24, 2007 (iTunes)
May 25, 2007 (CD)
RecordedHollywood, California, 2007
Length5:06
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Tim Sköld
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Remix"
(2005)
"Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)"
(2007)
"Putting Holes in Happiness"
(2007)
Audio sample
"Heart-Shaped Glasses"

"Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released as the first single from their sixth album, Eat Me, Drink Me released on June 5, 2007.

Inspiration

When I wrote the song that's the single "Heart-Shaped Glasses" it was one of the songs that I really expected an immediate response from the record label from, in the way like 'of course that's a single' and it was almost embarrassing in the way that I thought it was so obvious. The song was written in a simple way, I was reading the book Lolita and it was something inspired by my current girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood who's obviously much younger than me, but having the sarcasm to make the point of that and showing up to visit me once wearing heart-shaped glasses which is the same as the Kubrick movie poster for the film Lolita and me saying what I say in the chorus of the song. I said that to her and I suddenly realized I should really write a song about that and it never occurred to me in my entire career, my entire life that, that's how you should write songs. It should be the part of your personality that you might feel guarded or too secret to put out the rest of the world.

— Marilyn Manson, BBC Radio One

Release

Initially, "Putting Holes In Happiness" was set as the first single from the album, but this was changed, similar to the case of "Get Your Gunn". The digital single was released on iTunes on April 24 and also added to the player on Manson's MySpace page on the same date. The CD single was released in Germany on May 25, and in the United Kingdom on May 28. A thirty-one second preview clip was released on French radio website Radio France on April 9, 2007. The single was played again in full on April 11 (after being debuted on the same radio station days before), 2007 at 20:05 GMT on the French radio station Le Mouv'. The whole track was leaked onto the web as was apparent on several YouTube videos, which were revoked by the Universal Music Group.

On April 27, 2007, a 34-second clip of the video for "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" was released on YouTube, featuring Manson and girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood kissing while drenched in blood. Later, the video appeared on Manson's official website.

On May 22, 2007, an exclusive single was released through Hot Topic, containing a different B-side than the other singles.

On May 23, 2007, Marilyn Manson and Tim Skold performed an acoustic version of the track on BBC Radio 1.[1]

Music video

The video officially premiered on the German website sevenload on May 8, 2007. It contains a 2:47 introduction featuring Manson and girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood kissing maliciously while having simulated sex and scenes of her being covered in blood, overdubbed with an instrumental of the Eat Me, Drink Me track "Evidence". At the 1:35 mark the scene cuts to Manson and Wood driving down a highway in the dark, Wood daring Manson to go faster, to which Manson proclaims "[I'm] going as fast as I can." Manson takes his hands off the wheel to take numerous pictures of Wood, who lifts her leg up to the wheel and holds a knife to her mouth while wearing heart-shaped glasses. The two kiss again, concluding the introduction, and the setting cuts to a club.

On stage, in front of a large crowd, Manson begins singing as Wood watches him intently, apparently masturbating, from the crowd (still wearing the heart-shaped glasses), while numerous photos begin to fall over the audience. Shots of the two driving are flashed throughout the video, as the scene once again changes, this time revealing Manson and Wood in a bed, drenched in what appears to be blood. The two begin kissing vigorously again before the final scene returns to the two of them speeding along the highway. The front of the car erupts in flames, and they continue along, kissing once again. Manson says "Together as one...", and Wood replies "Against all others", before they drive off a cliff and fall, the video ending as they crash.

The video was directed by Marilyn Manson using a 3-D system developed by James Cameron.[2]

It had been rumored that the scenes in the video depicting sex between Manson and Wood was footage of legitimate sex between the two. To make matters more confusing, in an MTV interview with Manson, he did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the depictions, at one point dismissing it:

There were two crews there: one that was mine and one that hated me. Everything that I wanted to do was technically wrong to the people who hated me, because of the stellar acting and performances that took place in the sex scenes. They considered it to be pornographic, because they thought there may or may not have been too much realism to what was being filmed.

— Marilyn Manson, MTV News[3]

And at another point implying the possibility that the sex was in fact real:

And Manson admits the scenes — in which Wood moans like a banshee, at times — seem very realistic but wouldn't confirm fans' suspicions one way or the other. "It does look real," he said, with a telling snicker.

— MTV News[3]

Evan Rachel Wood has said the sex was not real, however.[4][5]

Track listing

CD single

  1. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" – 5:07
  2. "Putting Holes in Happiness" (Acoustic Version) – 4:10
  3. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Penetrate the Canvas Remix) – 4:50
  4. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Video) – 7:26

UK CD single

  1. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" – 5:08
  2. "Putting Holes in Happiness" (Acoustic Version) – 4:10

UK 7" vinyl and Enhanced CD single

  1. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" – 5:08
  2. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Penetrate the Canvas Remix) – 4:48

Promo single

  1. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Radio Edit) – 3:32
  2. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Album Version) – 5:06

Hot Topic exclusive CD single

  1. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" – 5:06
  2. "You and Me and the Devil Makes 3" – 4:24

Official remixes

  1. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Hamel Remix)
  2. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Inhuman Remix by Jade E Puget)
  3. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Penetrate the Canvas Remix)
  4. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Space Cowboy Remix)

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 41
Czech Rock Singles (ČNS IFPI)[7] 20
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 49
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 46
Italy (FIMI)[11] 6
Scotland (OCC)[12] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 18
UK Singles (OCC)[14] 19
UK Rock and Metal (OCC)[15] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[16] 31
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[17] 24
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[18] 34

References

  1. ^ Marilyn Manson On UK's Radio 1's Live Lounge Archived 2007-12-28 at the Wayback Machine Last accessed May 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Harris, Chris (2007-05-15). "Marilyn Manson's Sex Scene: 'Stellar Acting' Or The Real Deal? - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  3. ^ a b Marilyn Manson's Sex Scene: 'Stellar Acting' Or The Real Deal? MTV.com, reported by MTV.com. Last retrieved May 15, 2007.
  4. ^ People magazine Retrieved on August 19, 2007
  5. ^ EVAN ALMIGHTY: GQ magazine interview Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on August 19, 2007
  6. ^ "Marilyn Manson – Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Guides The Hand)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "ČNS IFPI | Marilyn Manson". ČNS IFPI. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Marilyn Manson – Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Guides The Hand)". Tracklisten. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "Marilyn Manson – Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Guides The Hand)" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 22, 2007". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "Hits of the World - Italy". Billboard. Vol. 119 no. 32. August 11, 2007. p. 50. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  13. ^ "Marilyn Manson – Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Guides The Hand)". Singles Top 100. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  16. ^ "Marilyn Manson Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  17. ^ "Marilyn Manson Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  18. ^ "Marilyn Manson Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 4, 2017.