The Bee Gees Would Never Let This Rock Star Cover 1 of Their Songs

Some artists would love anybody to reinterpret their music — however, the Bee Gees didn’t feel that way. One of the members of the band revealed they would not allow a certain rock star to cover one of their songs. Interestingly, the Bee Gees helped this rock star get into music in the first place.

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Maurice Gibb opens up about a controversial rock star

In 1999, Graham Reid interviewed Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees. During the interview, he asked Gibb about other artists covering their tracks. Considering the band is so incredibly popular, artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Michael Bublé to Cher performed their music. 

Reid asked Gibb if he’d allow Marilyn Manson to perform a cover of one of their songs. At the time, Manson was known for his renditions of old hits like the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” in his signature dark, chaotic style. Gibb didn’t want Manson to perform one of his band’s songs.

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”

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“We’d say no,” Gibb said. “We would not have the songs desecrated in any way. Al Yankovic is going to do one but it’s not a piss take. People have been sampling us for a long time now, ‘Islands in the Stream’ (a song the band wrote for Dolly Parton) made it to ‘Ghetto Superstar,’ things like that. A lot of those things have come along but they’re not done to take the piss, they are done out of respect, otherwise they wouldn’t have done it if they didn’t think it was good enough.”

The Bee Gees’ significance in Marilyn Manson’s life

Interestingly, Manson said the Bee Gees were one of the groups he listened to growing up. “We had 8-tracks at home, and my mother used to play them,” Manson told The Patriot Ledger. “I remember the [Beatles’] ‘White Album,’ ELO, [the soundtrack to] Xanadu, the Bee Gees, Creedence Clearwater Revival.” Who knows if Manson would have become a rock star without these early memories.

“Stayin’ Alive”

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Why a member of Marilyn Manson’s band covered a Bee Gees track

In addition, Twiggy Ramirez — a member of Manson’s band — has a connection to the Bee Gees. He’s part of a band called Goon Moon. Their album Licker’s Last Leg includes a cover of the Bee Gees’ lesser known song “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You.” During an interview with Billboard, Ramirez said he covered the song because he’s a fan of Britpop — the 1990s British rock music that took heavy influence from 1960s music. In addition, Ramirez said he believes much of the sound of that music was derived from the Bee Gees. His position might seem odd, however, the Bee Gees were making music long before they latched onto the disco trend and much of their early stuff sounds like Britpop. Gibb might not be fans of Manson, however, his band seems to matter to both Manson and Ramirez.