Although their dark cloud didn’t float across to this side of the continent on their brief, two date Australian tour, the impact of Marilyn Manson on the popular youth psyche reaches further that the splash of blood and sweat that you may have felt at front-of-stage in Melbourne. Even the stories which arose during their two-week stay were enough to make granny’s toes curl. The young girl slashing her wrists outside one of the Australian concerts because she couldn’t get access was one instance. Then there’s Manson crawling off stage after severing an artery in his ritualistic self mutilation in Hawaii, just prior to the Australian tour. Just a couple of instances of his, erm, popular appeal.