- for the single see Personal Jesus (single)
|Song by Marilyn Manson
|Lest We Forget – The Best Of
|September 28, 2004
|2004 at the Doppelherz Blood Treatment Facility in Hollywood, California
|Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold
"Personal Jesus" is the lead single of the first greatest hits album Lest We Forget – The Best Of, originally written and performed by Depeche Mode in 1989. It was recorded by Marilyn Manson with instrumentation and arrangement by Tim Skold at Manson's studio, Doppelherz Blood Treatment Facility, and mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent, a veteran producer who had also frequently worked with Depeche Mode.
The cover does not deviate in any large degree from Depeche Mode's original version, apart from additional guitar distortion.
Like the original version, this 2004 cover was also remixed by other artists. The "Personal Jesus Rude Photo Motor Mix" was produced by Felix Da Housecat, Brian Black and Olivier Grasset, and appears as a b-side on the vinyl versions of the single.
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- "Personal Jesus" — Appears on Lest We Forget – The Best Of.
- "Personal Jesus (Rude Photo Motor Remix)" — Appears on the "Personal Jesus" single and The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix.
- "Personal Jesus" (Radio Edit) — Appears on the "Personal Jesus" single.
- "Personal Jesus" (Rude Photo Motor Remix) (Dub/Instrumental) — Appears on the "Personal Jesus" vinyl promotional single.
The single was accompanied by a music video directed by Manson and Nathan "Karma" Cox, which features the band members in Tableaux Vivants accompanied by Rear projection images depicting various scenes of American and international political figures such as Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush.
Behind the scenes
"It could have been a farewell to music for me because I was getting very frustrated with my ability to get across my ideas. I got to the point where I was thinking about maybe this should be it for me, but then while I was putting all these songs together I started realising what had shaped my career - my singles, politics and religion - and I heard Personal Jesus on the radio. It was done in the same year that we started the band, but it had a whole different meaning to me this time."
Reach out and touch faith Your own personal Jesus Someone to hear your prayers Someone who cares Your own personal Jesus Someone to hear your prayers Someone who's there Feeling unknown And you're all alone Flesh and bone By the telephone Lift up the receiver I'll make you a believer Take second best Put me to the test Things on your chest You need to confess I will deliver You know I'm a forgiver Reach out and touch faith Reach out and touch faith Your own personal Jesus... Feeling unknown And you're all alone Flesh and bone By the telephone Lift up the receiver I'll make you a believer I will deliver You know I'm a forgiver Reach out and touch faith Your own personal Jesus Reach out and touch faith