Shock rocker Marilyn Manson was asked to single out the tune he’s most proud of. He said:
“‘The Speed of Pain’ [off 1998’s ‘Mechanical Animals’].
“It was a poem I wrote. I was on an airplane, I was reading in Time magazine about the amount of time it takes for your brain to acknowledge pain from your body. And it inspired me to write about something else…
“For whatever reason I have some obsession that I can not explain, if you asked me, if you tortured me I couldn’t explain it; About flowers, Valentine’s Day – maybe I didn’t get enough Valentine’s when I was a kid, I’m not really sure what the obsession is, but it comes up a lot.