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"I've always liked the Peter Pan idea of being a kid in mind if not in body, and Smells Like Children was supposed to be a record for someone who's no longer a child, someone who, like myself, wants their innocence back now that they're corrupted enough to appreciate it."
Marilyn Manson

Smells Like Children is the first EP and second release by American rock band Marilyn Manson, fittingly released a week before Halloween 1995.

Similar to the band's previous output, their debut album Portrait of an American Family, the EP was produced with the help of Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor; however, while Portrait enlisted several assistant producers, the EP was produced exclusively by Reznor.

The EP began life as a remix single for "Dope Hat", but throughout the touring cycle for Portrait, enough music was produced to warrant another release between personnel contributions and new material. The EP was also the first work by the band to feature several longtime members: bassist Twiggy Ramirez and drummer Ginger Fish.

Several years following its release, Manson summarized the EP as "an album that looks like an album for children that is not for children", with a thematic center in the concept of abuse that he felt appropriately prefaced the band's next release, the album Antichrist Superstar.


The EP was certified Platinum, spearheaded primarily by the smash success of the band's cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams", the music video of which became a MTV staple and helped to establish the band in the mainstream.


  1. "The Hands of Small Children" – (1:35)
  2. "Diary of a Dope Fiend" – (5:55)
  3. "Shitty Chicken Gang Bang" – (1:19)
  4. "Kiddie Grinder Remix" – (4:23)
  5. "Sympathy for the Parents" – (1:00)
  6. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" – (4:53)
  7. "Everlasting Cocksucker Remix" – (5:13)
  8. "Fuck Frankie" – (1:48)
  9. "I Put a Spell on You" – (3:36)
  10. "May Cause Discoloration of the Urine or Feces" – (3:59)
  11. "Scabs, Guns, and Peanut Butter" – (1:01)
  12. "Dance of the Dope Hats Remix" – (4:39)
  13. "White Trash". Remixed by Tony F. Wiggins – (2:47)
  14. "Dancing with the One-Legged... "– (0:45)
  15. "Rock 'N Roll Nigger" – (3:31)
  16. (Bonus Track) – (8:19)

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