In 1997, I attended a benefit concert for a school for retarded children. During the Smashing Pumpkins' set, Billy Corgan brought out surprise guest Marilyn Manson and together they performed Manson's "The Beautiful People" while these retarded kids behind them on stage sat there unsure how to react.

The same amusement befell me watching that fat Belgian dude with long hair sing Nirvana's "Lithium" on World Idol.

And what about that Brit who sang a Muzak version of The Doors' "Light My Fire"? Was Ray Manzarek behind that?

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