Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson, eponymous band of the lead singer of the same name, is an American industrial rock outfit, based in Hollywood, California.

History of the band

As a band, Marilyn Manson got their start in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989 as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids. Marilyn Manson's early presentation had a more comic-bookish, Scooby Doo-style than the dark, brooding style of their later image.

The band received little attention outside Florida until they were noticed by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Marilyn Manson's first CD, Portrait of an American Family was released on Reznor's Nothing Records label.

The band's lineup has changed several times since its inception, with the exception of Manson himself. Until 1996, the name of each band member was created by combining the first name of a female pop culture icon and the last name of a serial killer; Manson's name a combination of the names of Marilyn Monroe and cult leader Charles Manson.

The members of the band dress in often bizarre costumes, and have developed a devoted fan base both for their music and their sometimes shocking behavior (see also KISS and Alice Cooper).

Manson's lyrics have frequently been called offensive and obscene, and protests and petitions have successfully had the group banned from performing. In 1997, the owner of Calgary's Max Bell Centre had Manson's July 25 show canceled, citing "immorality" and the band's "use of animals on stage." Another concert in Portland was canceled a few days later due to Manson's reputation, and the venue's inability to get insurance for the gig. That November 6, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management and Restructuring held a public hearing on the effect of violent rock and rap lyrics on kids. Manson supporters claim it was merely another salvo in Joseph Lieberman's declared war on the band. The hearing featured the testimony of Raymond Kuntz, of Burlington, North Dakota, who blamed his son's suicide on Antichrist Superstar, which Lieberman denounced as "vile, hateful, nihilistic and damaging."

Following the Columbine High School massacre, there were accusations that killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were influenced by Manson's music (along with that of other bands in the gothic/industrial genre), despite statements by both Harris and Klebold that they were not fans of Manson. Out of respect for the victims, Manson canceled appearances in Denver until the 2001 Ozzfest. In the critically acclaimed documentary Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore interviewed Manson about the tragedy. When asked what he would say to the two if he had a chance to talk to them before the killings, Manson replied "I wouldn't say a single word to them; I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did."

Manson is often described as a follower and ordained minister of the Church of Satan. This, however, is not strictly true; he was appointed as honorary Reverend by late founder Anton LaVey. Unlike being an ordained minister, a Reverend of the Church of Satan is one who is revered by the Church for some reason – regardless of their connections to it — while a priest or minister is one who dedicates their life to preaching the religion to others. Nevertheless, some fans refer to him as the Rev. Marilyn Manson.

Although Manson's philosophy and behavior on occasion seems anti-Christian, this is not the same as being Satanic. On May 16, 2001, it was announced on the ReligionToday website that Manson planned to quote the Bible at his next concert, to "balance out" his violent lyrics, "so we can examine the virtues of wonderful Christian stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. Now that seems like entertainment to me." Christians have reportedly tried on occasion to let Manson know that they are praying for his salvation.

Manson has released Lest We Forget, a greatest hits album including a cover of "Personal Jesus", a Depeche Mode hit. It also contains a bonus DVD with most of the band's music videos, excluding "Tainted Love" and "(s)AINT". Manson has called this album his "farewell" album, but it is not his last album.

Manson himself is not trained as a musician, thus the music is written largly by others, then Manson writes the lyrics. His most popular cd, Antichrist Svperstar was largly composed by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Twiggy Ramirez. That CD has a very strong NIN sound. The followup CDs, Mechanical Animals and Holywood, were mostly composed by Twiggy alone, with Manson adding his own touches. After the departure of Twiggy in 02, Tim Skold was added to the band and The Golden Age of Grotesque has a very similar sound to his earlier works with KMFDM.

Manson on the Internet

Manson frequently broadcasted messages and interacted with his listeners on his official website from the release of Mechanical Animals until some time after Holy Wood was released. Fans could expect a short film to be available for download every few weeks. Often these films were monologues by Manson responding to fan questions or media announcements, and other films were obscure recordings from his studio. His participation gradually dropped off and since The Golden Age of Grotesque, almost no new content has appeared there.

Manson also released companion websites spawned from his concept albums. Mechanical Animals was companioned by Comawhite.com, an interactive online maze which led users to various drug and rose themed graphics, and links to hidden sections of his main website.

Holy Wood was companioned with the website Celebritarian.com, which featured a provoking questionnaire and a diagram showing that a human does not have a soul until age 10. An additional website, [ThisAsValentinesDay.com], featured a headline announcing JFK's death.

The Manson BBS was opened up after Mechanical Animals and was a very active forum in subjects other than the band. Discussion of art, politics, news and current events raged on in classic message board style. There was much debate on the meanings and interpretations of various lyrics, diagrams, or pictures featured in his album cover art--especially that of Holy Wood. Manson would occasionally interject on discussions along these lines.

For reasons unknown, the BBS was removed, then reintroduced a few months later, and removed again. The user base sharply declined and its uniqueness vanished as many classic members never returned.

Current members

  • Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) - Vocals
  • Ginger Fish (Kenny Wilson) - Drums
  • Madonna Wayne (M.W.) Gacy a.k.a Pogo (Stephen Bier, Jr.) - Keyboards & Alt. Drums
  • Tim Skold - Bass Guitar
  • Mark Chaussee - Lead Guitar

Chris Vrenna of Tweaker, (formerly of Nine Inch Nails), will be playing drums on the Against All Gods US tour dates filling in for Ginger Fish. The substitution came as a result of Ginger sustaining several injuries while performing at the VIVA Comet Awards in Germany including a fractured arm and a broken nose. He is expected to make a full recovery within several weeks.

Mark Chaussee has taken over from John 5 and will play lead guitar

In October 2004, it was learned Marilyn Manson was planning to marry girlfriend, stripper Dita von Teese, at a castle in Germany in November. The couple have dated since 2000. He was previously engaged to actress Rose McGowan.

Past members

  • Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky) - guitar, bass, programming 1990-1996
  • Sara Lee Lucas (Freddy Streithorst) - drums 1990-1995
  • Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart) - bass 1990-1993
  • John 5 (John Lowery) - guitar 1998-2004
  • Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) - bass/guitar 1993-2002
  • Zim Zum (Michael Linton) - guitar 1996-1998
  • Zsa Zsa Speck (Perry Pandrea) - keyboard 1990-1991
  • Olivia Newton Bundy (Brian Tutunick) - bass 1991

Discography

Studio Albums

  1. Portrait of an American Family (1994)
  2. Antichrist Superstar (1996)
  3. Mechanical Animals (1998)
  4. Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000)
  5. The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)

Compilations and remixes

  • Smells Like Children (1995)
  • Remix and Repent (1997)
  • Lest We Forget (2004)

EPs and demos

  • The Raw Boned Psalms (early 1990)
  • Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat (early 1990)
  • Big Black Bus (summer 1990)
  • Grist-O-Line (fall/winter 1990)
  • After School Special (January 1991)
  • Lunchbox (1991)
  • The Family Jams (mid 1992)
  • Untitled ("Refrigerator") (early 1993)

Concerts and Lives

  • Live As Hell - Radio Show '92 (1993)
  • The Last Tour On Earth (1999)

Music videos

From Portrait of an American Family

  • Get Your Gunn
  • Lunchbox
  • Dope Hat

From Smells Like Children

  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

From Antichrist Superstar

  • The Beautiful People
  • Tourniquet
  • Cryptorchid
  • Man That You Fear

From the Spawn Soundtrack

  • Long Hard Road Out Of Hell

From Mechanical Animals

  • The Dope Show
  • Rock Is Dead
  • I Don't Like the Drugs, But The Drugs Like Me
  • Coma White

From Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)

  • The Fight Song
  • Disposable Teens
  • The Nobodies

From the Not Another Teen Movie Soundtrack

  • Tainted Love

From The Golden Age of Grotesque

  • mOBSCENE
  • This Is the New Shit
  • (s)AINT

From Lest We Forget

  • Personal Jesus

Tour history

  • Against All Gods (2004-2005)
  • Grotesk Burlesk (2003-2004)
  • Ozzfest 2003
  • Ozzfest 2001
  • Guns, God and Government (2000-2001)
  • Mechanical Animals Promo (1998-1999)
  • Rock Is Dead (1997-1998)
  • Dead to the World (1996-1997)
  • Smells Like Children (1995-1996)
  • Portrait of an American Family (1994-1995)

Biographies

  • Official: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, 1998 Regan Paperback ISBN 0060987464
  • Unauthorized: Dissecting Marilyn Manson, 2002 Plexus Paperback ISBN 0859653293

Video releases

  • Lest We Forget (2004) (The deluxe edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring all Marilyn Manson's music videos excluding Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes and Tainted Love).
  • Doppelherz (2003) (DVD, comes only with the limited edition of The Golden Age of Grotesque).
  • Guns, God and Government (DVD & VHS) (2002) - a documentary of the Guns, God and Government tour.
  • Dead to the World (VHS) (1998) - a documentary of the Dead to the World tour.
  • God Is in the T.V. (VHS) (1999) - a collection of all band's music videos (from Get Your Gunn to Coma White) plus an hour of live footage of the Rock Is Dead tour.

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From Lest We Forget. This would be Miller's last great commercial success; a series of collections, live albums and attempts to find a new style would appear sporadically, but by the early 1990s Miller had given up on producing records altogether. From The Golden Age of Grotesque. Sales were disappointing, however, and in 1982 he returned to the pop formula with another hit album, Abracadabra. From the Not Another Teen Movie Soundtrack. On the heels of this massive success, Miller took a long hiatus from recording and touring, emerging in 1981 with Circle of Love, an ambitous album possibly intended to appease critics of his new style. From Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). This pair of albums represented the peak of Miller's commercial career, both reaching the top echelons of the album charts and spawning a seemingly-endless series of hit singles, including "Rock 'N' Me", "Take the Money and Run", "Jet Airliner", and "Jungle Love". While critics lambasted Miller for abandoning his more ambitious approach and socially-aware lyrics in favor of simple pop-rock and derivative blues tunes, fans gravitated towards the catchy, melodic songs in great numbers, and the Steve Miller Band co-headlined a major stadium tour with The Eagles in 1977.

From Mechanical Animals. Miller followed up The Joker with Fly Like an Eagle in 1976 and Book of Dreams in 1977. From the Spawn Soundtrack. Miller was now handling all lead vocals; his limited vocal range actually made the songs more radio-friendly and accessible. From Antichrist Superstar. 1973's The Joker marked the start of the second phase of Miller's career: more pop-oriented and simplistic, the album featured a number one hit in the title track as well as several other popular tunes. From Smells Like Children. Scaggs would leave the band after a couple of albums with vocal chores taken over by drummer Tim Davis; Miller himself would begin singing occasional lead on 1969's Brave New World. These albums performed respectably on the album charts but failed to yield a hit.

From Portrait of an American Family. In 1968, Miller formed the Steve Miller Band, with Scaggs handling vocals, and released an album, Children of the Future, the first in a series of discs rooted solidly in the psychedelic blues style that dominated the San Francisco music scene at the time. He was previously engaged to actress Rose McGowan. The next school year Ben Sidran was added to the Ardells as a keyboardist. The couple have dated since 2000. Miller taught Boz Scaggs some chords, and Scaggs joined the Ardells the next year. In October 2004, it was learned Marilyn Manson was planning to marry girlfriend, stripper Dita von Teese, at a castle in Germany in November. He formed a new band called The Ardells.

Mark Chaussee has taken over from John 5 and will play lead guitar. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960s. He is expected to make a full recovery within several weeks. Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943) is a blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. The substitution came as a result of Ginger sustaining several injuries while performing at the VIVA Comet Awards in Germany including a fractured arm and a broken nose. Hayley Hibarger's the best!!, 2003 compilation. Chris Vrenna of Tweaker, (formerly of Nine Inch Nails), will be playing drums on the Against All Gods US tour dates filling in for Ginger Fish. "Born 2B Blue", 1989 single.

The user base sharply declined and its uniqueness vanished as many classic members never returned. "Willow Weep For Me", 1989 single. For reasons unknown, the BBS was removed, then reintroduced a few months later, and removed again. "Mary Ann", 1989 single. Manson would occasionally interject on discussions along these lines. "God Bless The Child", 1988 single. Discussion of art, politics, news and current events raged on in classic message board style. There was much debate on the meanings and interpretations of various lyrics, diagrams, or pictures featured in his album cover art--especially that of Holy Wood. "Ya Ya", 1988 single.

The Manson BBS was opened up after Mechanical Animals and was a very active forum in subjects other than the band. Born 2B Blue, 1988 album

    . An additional website, [ThisAsValentinesDay.com], featured a headline announcing JFK's death. "Caress Me Baby", 1987 single. Holy Wood was companioned with the website Celebritarian.com, which featured a provoking questionnaire and a diagram showing that a human does not have a soul until age 10. "Slinky", 1987 single. Mechanical Animals was companioned by Comawhite.com, an interactive online maze which led users to various drug and rose themed graphics, and links to hidden sections of his main website. "Nobody But You Baby", 1987 single.

    Manson also released companion websites spawned from his concept albums. "Behind The Barn", 1986 single. His participation gradually dropped off and since The Golden Age of Grotesque, almost no new content has appeared there. "Maelstrom", 1986 single. Often these films were monologues by Manson responding to fan questions or media announcements, and other films were obscure recordings from his studio. "I Want To Make The World Turn Around", 1986 single. Fans could expect a short film to be available for download every few weeks. Living in the 20th Century, 1986 album

      .

      Manson frequently broadcasted messages and interacted with his listeners on his official website from the release of Mechanical Animals until some time after Holy Wood was released. "Bongo Bongo", 1985 single. After the departure of Twiggy in 02, Tim Skold was added to the band and The Golden Age of Grotesque has a very similar sound to his earlier works with KMFDM. "Shangri-La", 1984 single. The followup CDs, Mechanical Animals and Holywood, were mostly composed by Twiggy alone, with Manson adding his own touches. Italian X Rays, 1984 album

        . That CD has a very strong NIN sound. Greatest Hits 1974-1978, 1978 compilation.

        His most popular cd, Antichrist Svperstar was largly composed by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Twiggy Ramirez. "Winter Time", 1979 single. Manson himself is not trained as a musician, thus the music is written largly by others, then Manson writes the lyrics. "True Fine Love", 1978 single. Manson has called this album his "farewell" album, but it is not his last album. "Jungle Love", 1978 single. It also contains a bonus DVD with most of the band's music videos, excluding "Tainted Love" and "(s)AINT". "Swingtown", 1978 single.

        Manson has released Lest We Forget, a greatest hits album including a cover of "Personal Jesus", a Depeche Mode hit. "The Stake", 1977 single. Now that seems like entertainment to me." Christians have reportedly tried on occasion to let Manson know that they are praying for his salvation. "Jet Airliner", 1977 single. On May 16, 2001, it was announced on the ReligionToday website that Manson planned to quote the Bible at his next concert, to "balance out" his violent lyrics, "so we can examine the virtues of wonderful Christian stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. Book of Dreams, 1977 album

          . Although Manson's philosophy and behavior on occasion seems anti-Christian, this is not the same as being Satanic. "Wild Mountain Honey", 1977 single.

          Marilyn Manson. "Dance, Dance, Dance", 1977 single. Unlike being an ordained minister, a Reverend of the Church of Satan is one who is revered by the Church for some reason – regardless of their connections to it — while a priest or minister is one who dedicates their life to preaching the religion to others. Nevertheless, some fans refer to him as the Rev. "Fly Like An Eagle", 1977 single. This, however, is not strictly true; he was appointed as honorary Reverend by late founder Anton LaVey. "Serenade", 1976 single. Manson is often described as a follower and ordained minister of the Church of Satan. "Take The Money And Run", 1976 single.

          When asked what he would say to the two if he had a chance to talk to them before the killings, Manson replied "I wouldn't say a single word to them; I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did.". "Rock 'N' Me", 1976 single. In the critically acclaimed documentary Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore interviewed Manson about the tragedy. Fly Like an Eagle, 1976 album

            . Out of respect for the victims, Manson canceled appearances in Denver until the 2001 Ozzfest. "Evil", 1975 single. Following the Columbine High School massacre, there were accusations that killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were influenced by Manson's music (along with that of other bands in the gothic/industrial genre), despite statements by both Harris and Klebold that they were not fans of Manson. "Shu Ba da du Ma Ma Ma Ma", 1974 single.

            The hearing featured the testimony of Raymond Kuntz, of Burlington, North Dakota, who blamed his son's suicide on Antichrist Superstar, which Lieberman denounced as "vile, hateful, nihilistic and damaging.". "The Joker", 1974 single. Manson supporters claim it was merely another salvo in Joseph Lieberman's declared war on the band. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash", 1974 single. That November 6, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management and Restructuring held a public hearing on the effect of violent rock and rap lyrics on kids. The Joker, 1973 album

              . In 1997, the owner of Calgary's Max Bell Centre had Manson's July 25 show canceled, citing "immorality" and the band's "use of animals on stage." Another concert in Portland was canceled a few days later due to Manson's reputation, and the venue's inability to get insurance for the gig.

              Manson's lyrics have frequently been called offensive and obscene, and protests and petitions have successfully had the group banned from performing. The members of the band dress in often bizarre costumes, and have developed a devoted fan base both for their music and their sometimes shocking behavior (see also KISS and Alice Cooper). Until 1996, the name of each band member was created by combining the first name of a female pop culture icon and the last name of a serial killer; Manson's name a combination of the names of Marilyn Monroe and cult leader Charles Manson. The band's lineup has changed several times since its inception, with the exception of Manson himself.

              Marilyn Manson's first CD, Portrait of an American Family was released on Reznor's Nothing Records label. The band received little attention outside Florida until they were noticed by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Marilyn Manson's early presentation had a more comic-bookish, Scooby Doo-style than the dark, brooding style of their later image. As a band, Marilyn Manson got their start in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989 as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids.

              Marilyn Manson, eponymous band of the lead singer of the same name, is an American industrial rock outfit, based in Hollywood, California. God Is in the T.V. (VHS) (1999) - a collection of all band's music videos (from Get Your Gunn to Coma White) plus an hour of live footage of the Rock Is Dead tour. Dead to the World (VHS) (1998) - a documentary of the Dead to the World tour. Guns, God and Government (DVD & VHS) (2002) - a documentary of the Guns, God and Government tour.

              Doppelherz (2003) (DVD, comes only with the limited edition of The Golden Age of Grotesque). Lest We Forget (2004) (The deluxe edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring all Marilyn Manson's music videos excluding Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes and Tainted Love). Unauthorized: Dissecting Marilyn Manson, 2002 Plexus Paperback ISBN 0859653293. Official: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, 1998 Regan Paperback ISBN 0060987464.

              Portrait of an American Family (1994-1995). Smells Like Children (1995-1996). Dead to the World (1996-1997). Rock Is Dead (1997-1998).

              Mechanical Animals Promo (1998-1999). Guns, God and Government (2000-2001). Ozzfest 2001. Ozzfest 2003.

              Grotesk Burlesk (2003-2004). Against All Gods (2004-2005). Personal Jesus. (s)AINT.

              This Is the New Shit. mOBSCENE. Tainted Love. The Nobodies.

              Disposable Teens. The Fight Song. Coma White. I Don't Like the Drugs, But The Drugs Like Me.

              Rock Is Dead. The Dope Show. Long Hard Road Out Of Hell. Man That You Fear.

              Cryptorchid. Tourniquet. The Beautiful People. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).

              Dope Hat. Lunchbox. Get Your Gunn. The Last Tour On Earth (1999).

              Live As Hell - Radio Show '92 (1993). Untitled ("Refrigerator") (early 1993). The Family Jams (mid 1992). Lunchbox (1991).

              After School Special (January 1991). Grist-O-Line (fall/winter 1990). Big Black Bus (summer 1990). Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat (early 1990).

              The Raw Boned Psalms (early 1990). Lest We Forget (2004). Remix and Repent (1997). Smells Like Children (1995).

              The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003). Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000). Mechanical Animals (1998). Antichrist Superstar (1996).

              Portrait of an American Family (1994). Olivia Newton Bundy (Brian Tutunick) - bass 1991. Zsa Zsa Speck (Perry Pandrea) - keyboard 1990-1991. Zim Zum (Michael Linton) - guitar 1996-1998.

              Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) - bass/guitar 1993-2002. John 5 (John Lowery) - guitar 1998-2004. Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart) - bass 1990-1993. Sara Lee Lucas (Freddy Streithorst) - drums 1990-1995.

              Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky) - guitar, bass, programming 1990-1996. Mark Chaussee - Lead Guitar. Tim Skold - Bass Guitar. Drums.

              Madonna Wayne (M.W.) Gacy a.k.a Pogo (Stephen Bier, Jr.) - Keyboards & Alt. Ginger Fish (Kenny Wilson) - Drums. Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) - Vocals.

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