Sunday, November 29, 2009

"Apple of Sodom" Unraveled

"Apple of Sodom" recently surfaced on Joseph Cultice's website and is dated around 1998, back in the Mechanical Animals era, so probably the imagery might seem familiar (white backgrounds, heavy glam make-up, medications and laboratory material)

Although there are not many sequences here, the most attractive character is a woman, which I'd refer to as a mannequin.

Now, before Mechanical Animals came out the song "Apple of Sodom" was included in David Lynch's "Lost Highway" soundtrack. Back then "Antichrist Superstar" was being openly promoted with the Dead To The World tour at the same time.

One of the songs from "Antichrist Superstar" that also makes a reference to a mannequin would be "Tourniquet",(she's made of hair and bone and little teeth...)reinforcing the one we see in this "new" 1998 video.

Now to dream of a mannequin represents an extension of your own self that you are projecting. You may feel that you are not playing an active enough role in some situation. The figure in question in "Apple of Sodom" is femenine but scarcely developed. She is pale white and she sits on what looks like a vanity mirror and separating elements into petri dishes.

Although there is no apparent meaning to dreaming petri dishes they are used to cultivate or culture cells, which could mean clearing your mind of negative thoughts.

The mannequin allegedely mutilates herself. The act of mutilation in dreams refers to that your integrity is put in question, or probably reputation.

She falls into a pool of blood with her left side completely exposed.Where she falls would represent life in general and she's bleeding, not able to withstand the ordeals of life.

Remember Coma White? This girl bears similarities with this mannequin, so this is indeed a recurring subject. An element that would haunt the Manson imagery again and again. Kinda makes you wonder that he still hasn't found the ideal woman.

So, putting this all together this video is just a continuation of the frailty of Manson's relationships, how they wither so easily. Even when they begin (consider the image of cultivating) they are destined to be doomed, as in the lyrics of the song "The Minute of Decay"; "the minute that it's born it begins to die."

What do you think the video means?

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