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Marilyn Manson’s Role In ‘Salem’ Has Been Confirmed

Official news has hit that shock rocker Marilyn Manson has teamed up with composer Tyler Bates to create the theme song to the new WGN America show Salem. The track, entitled “Cupid Carries A Gun”, will take over as the opening title sequence from the second episode on.

Manson explains, “The song “Cupid Carries a Gun” was the last track we just finished for my new album. The occult and witchcraft [are] so often used in cinema with a heinous disregard for even researching its origins. However, I liked the themes of Salem. It looks at the witch trials without being cliche like most modern films.

Bates adds, “Manson and I wrote a draft of “Cupid Carries A Gun” shortly before I began working on the score for Salem. A couple weeks later I saw the title sequence and the song immediately came to mind. I showed it to Manson for fun more than anything, and it inspired us to finish the song that night. The next day I played it for Brannon Braga and he said that “Cupid Carries A Gun” was the perfect tone and attitude for the show’s main titles.

Head below to see the theme song in action.



  • Jonny_anonymous

    I thought he was actually going to be acting in it

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      • JonathanBarkan

        MrDisgusting and I were talking about this. It seemed to make sense but they were being really ambiguous about it.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      misleading titles everywhere…

      • JonathanBarkan

        How is it misleading? He has a role as a composer.

  • “Hi, I’m Marilyn Manson, and this is my riff on “True Blood’s” theme song.”

    • Weresmurf

      lol I thought it sounded familiar! It’s got a very similair sort of tone to it but it still has that Manson touch, I dig it personally.

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  • Jefferson D’Arcy

    As a diehard Manson fan, I’m digging this tune. Can’t wait to hear the full version. And I prefer Manson contribute musically, than act. Love the dude, but he’s no actor. Good at small cameos, but something like this is his strong point.

    • Weresmurf

      Agreed 100%.

  • reminded me of house of 1000 corpses song

  • Arch Dandy

    i love it

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