MARILYN MANSON has told MTV.com that he prefers to call his upcoming greatest-hits collection, "Lest We Forget: The Best of Marilyn Manson", "a farewell compilation."
"You get frustrated sometimes when you know that your heart is really buried in your art, and you know more success equals being more mediocre," Manson said. "So you have to redefine success, and you can't compete with people who don't do what you do. It's not really a 'greatest hits' because I was never really a top-40 artist."
The deluxe edition of the album, due out Tuesday, features a bonus DVD containing all of Manson's videos, including one that has never been seen before. The clip, for the song "(s)AINT", was directed by actress Asia Argento — Manson's co-star in the upcoming film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" — and was deemed too graphic by Interscope Records.
"I paid for it myself because I wanted it to be unfiltered and untampered with by the label. I want people to see it uncensored," Manson said. "It is explicit. I tried to paint myself in the darkest portrayal of all my darkest, lowest moments. It takes place in a hotel over two days, and the agreement between [Argento] and me was that everything would be real. It was pretty graphic."