"Disposable Teens" is a song by American industrial metal band Marilyn Manson. It is the first single from their fourth full-length studio album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), released in 2000.
It was released in two standalone physical formats. The first, titled "Disposable Teens Pt. 1," was released on November 6, 2000 in the UK. It features Manson's cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero". The second, titled "Disposable Teens Pt. 2," followed on November 14, 2000 and features a cover of The Doors' "Five to One". "Disposable Teens Pt. 2" was also released as a 12" picture disc vinyl LP.
It is considered a teenage anthem of sorts, echoing what Manson see as teenagers who act violently in retaliation against parental and social authority. The chorus borrows lyrically from The Beatles' song, "Revolution." The song also paraphrases George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four, "Rebel from the waist down", the original line being "You're only a rebel from the waist down'. Here, it has been given new meaning as a pop culture reference to Elvis Presley's infamous swiveling hips, satirizing the assertion that they, and by extension rock 'n' roll, had caused the "decline of Western Civilization" and given rise to 'disposable teens'.
The song is featured in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 during the opening credits. Professional wrestler Christopher Daniels has used the song as his theme in Ring of Honor and several independent promotions, as well as an instrumental remix for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling made by TNA's official music composer Dale Oliver. The song is also featured as downloadable content for Rock Band as part of the "Mayhem Tour Pack" and as a playable track for Guitar Hero Live.
Last Updated: June 29, 2017