Shock rocker MARILYN MANSON wants to base his next album on his latest
obsession - the Black Death.
The charismatic singer is fascinated by the way the disease swept through
Europe from 1347 to 1350, killing a third of the continent's population, and
then disappeared for no apparent reason.
And Manson is eager to make his confused views on the deadly Plague known
across the world - in song form.
He says, "That's something I'm very obsessed with... the origins and
importance of the Black Death. And that may be a big influence on my next
"The Black Death came from nowhere, and then it disappeared, and there's
no explanation. As for my art, a lot of songs can seem very childish instantly,
but when you go back and look at them in a deeper way, they come across like
something wrong with them - which I can see, there's something obviously wrong
with me - something darker to it.
"That's what RING-A-RING-A-ROSIE, that child's song from the Great Plague,
The primary culprits in transmitting the Black Death were oriental rat
fleas carried on the back of black rats.