Tourniquet (Marilyn Manson song)

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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Antichrist Superstar
Released September 8, 1997
Format 12" / CD single
Recorded New Orleans, Louisiana, 1996
Genre Gothic rock
Length 4:29 (Single & album version)
4:44 (Extended fade version)
Label Nothing / Interscope
Songwriter(s) Marilyn Manson (lyrics)
Twiggy Ramirez, Daisy Berkowitz (music)
Producer(s) Trent Reznor
Dave Ogilvie
Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"The Beautiful People"
"Antichrist Superstar"
"The Beautiful People"
"Antichrist Superstar"
Audio sample

"Tourniquet" is the second major-label single by the band Marilyn Manson, from the second studio album Antichrist Superstar. The image this song conveys is that of the main character in a world of sorrow and self-pity, prior to his transformation into the Little Horn. It was written by frontman Marilyn Manson, co-founder Daisy Berkowitz and longtime bassist and guitarist Twiggy Ramirez. Like many other songs from Antichrist Superstar, the songs lyrics are based on a dream Manson had.

In the first few seconds of the song, backmasked vocals can be heard, which are: "This is my lowest point of vulnerability".[1] Like many Marilyn Manson songs from the first three albums, some of the lyrics to this song were previously a poem Manson had written prior to the formation of the band.

The title track was covered by the cello rock band Rasputina on their EP, The Lost & Found.

The song was used as the theme music for professional wrestler Jeff Hardy during his stint with Ring Of Honor. The song is also featured as downloadable content for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as part of the "February Mega Pack." The song also can be learned on guitar with Rocksmith 2014 Remastered. The song was part of the Marilyn Manson song pack that became available on 07-25-2017.


Manson told Rolling Stone: "I've always had these dreams about making a girl out of all these pieces of prosthetic limbs, and then taking my own hair and teeth that I saved from when I was a kid and very ritualistically creating this companion." Those dreams were the inspiration for "Tourniquet".[2]


"Tourniquet" is a gothic rock song[3] with a length of four minutes and thirty seconds.[4] It begins with the backwards message "This is my most vulnerable moment."[5] Lorraine Ali of Rolling Stone wrote that while the influence of Alice Cooper is present throughout Antichrist Superstar, it is "full-blown" on "Tourniquet".[6]

Critical reception

For MetalSucks, Axl Rosenberg called "Tourniquet" and "Lunchbox" (1994) some of "Manson's best early material".[7] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that "Not every [Marilyn Manson] single had a great hook -- 'Tourniquet' is a moody dirge, indicative of what awaits a listener on the album tracks".[8] Matt Zakosek of The Chicago Maroon called the track "weary Goth-rock junk" and criticized its inclusion on the greatest hits album Lest We Forget: The Best Of (2004).[3]

Music video

The video for Tourniquet was directed by Floria Sigismondi, and focuses on an odd humanoid, suggested by the lyrics to be a creation of Manson's, set up on wheels to move. The band is seen in a large variety of ornate costumes as they perform the song.

Track listing

Australian Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29
  2. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" - 7:24
  3. "The Horrible People" - 5:12

UK (CD I) / European Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29
  2. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" (edit) - 4:10
  3. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" - 7:24

UK (CD II) Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29
  2. "Lunchbox" - 4:34
  3. "Next Motherfucker" (Lunchbox) - 4:48


U.S. Release

  1. "Tourniquet" - 4:29

UK 7"

UK 12"

  • A & B Side
  1. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" - 7:24
  2. "The Tourniquet Prosthetic Dance Mix" (Edit) - 4:10



  1. ^ Manson, Marilyn; Strauss, Neil (February 14, 1998). The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. New York: HarperCollins division ReganBooks. p. 237. ISBN 0-06-039258-4. 
  2. ^ Strauss, Neil (January 23, 1997). "Marilyn Manson: Sympathy for the Devil". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 23, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Zakosek, Matt (October 17, 2004). "A shocking thing about Manson CD: It doesn't suck". The Chicago Maroon. Archived from the original on January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tourniquet – Marilyn Manson". AllMusic. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ Heartmann, Graham (January 5, 2013). "10 Best Marilyn Manson Songs". Loudwire. Archived from the original on July 27, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ Ali, Lorraine (October 29, 1996). "Antichrist Superstar - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 23, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (October 23, 2017). "Original Marilyn Manson Guitarist Scott "Daisy Berkowitz" Putesky Dead At 49". MetalSucks. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lest We Forget: The Best Of – Marilyn Manson". AllMusic. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 

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