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Cryptorchid cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Antichrist Superstar
Released October 8, 1996
Recorded 1996 at Nothing Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Industrial, art rock
Length 2:44
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Madonna Wayne Gacy
Producer Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie, Marilyn Manson

"Cryptorchid" is the sixth track from the album Antichrist Superstar. While it was not a single for the band, "Cryptorchid" did reach #20 in German music charts and a music video was produced for the song.





Music video[edit]

Manson in the grainy quality music video

The music video for the song was directed by Elias Merhige and co-directed by Manson. In 1996, Merhige was contacted by Marilyn Manson in regards to producing a music video for "Cryptorchid", the day after he saw Merhige's experimental horror film Begotten. Manson and Merhige met in Los Angeles, California where they would produce the video. Merhige also expressed interest in filming a video for "Antichrist Superstar", which would subsequently be rejected by Interscope Records.

The "Cryptorchid" video uses scenes from Merhige's 1991 experimental horror film, Begotten, with new scenes filmed including Manson to replace the original entity depicted in the film. The main section of the video that includes Manson shows him pulling out his own intestines and holding them up to the camera. It was meant to be screened at live performances, during costume changes and intermissions, but this plan did not suffice because the band fell through payment for the projection on the Dead to the World tour. The footage of death and decrepit things shot in fuzzy black and white gave way for its ban from MTV.


   Each time i make my mother cry an
   angel dies and falls from heaven
   when the boy is still a worm it's hard to
   learn the number seven
   but when they get to you
   it's the first thing that they do
   each time I look outside
   my mother dies, I feel my back is changing shape
   when the worm consumes the boy it's never
   considered rape
   when they get to you
   prick your finger it is done...
   the moon has now eclipsed the sun...
   the angel has spread its wings...
   the time has come for bitter things...


   prick your finger it is done
   the moon has now eclipsed the sun
   the angel has spread its wings
   the time has come for bitter things
  • The song also employs the heartbeat-like bass drum thumps that later occur in "Antichrist Superstar."
  • Cryptorchid refers to an abnormal medical condition of the male anatomy in which one or both testicles have failed to sink into the scrotum. In the song, the condition is employed as a metaphor for The Worm's (the concept album's protagonist and a metaphorical representation of the young Brian Warner) feelings of self-doubt and inferiority: at the end of the 2nd verse, Manson is heard singing "I wish I had my balls".
  • In the background during the first two verses, Manson can be heard saying; "Five, six, seven, eight, heaven" and "Four, three, two, one, never get to seven" which could be switched to infer that the Worm will never get to heaven since, like 6 representing Hell, 7 represents Heaven.


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