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. In fact, their legacy has been further strengthened by Rhino Entertainment's acquisition of The Monkees' franchise from Columbia Pictures in the early 1990s, with remastered editions of both the original television series and their music library having now surfaced in stores on DVD and compact disc collections. From The Golden Age of Grotesque. Millions of people still listen to their music and it seems likely that Monkees singles will remain a staple on pop-rock and oldies stations for decades to come. From the Not Another Teen Movie Soundtrack. Modern day bands continue to cover their work, with the alternative rock group Smashmouth most recently having a hit with I'm a Believer in 2001. From Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). The Sex Pistols went as far as recording a version of The Monkees' (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone and there are some close parallels between the careers of the two bands.

From Mechanical Animals. Many of these punk performers had grown up on TV reruns of the series, and in keeping with the prevailing anti-industry, anti-Establishment trend of their music, they adopted The Monkees as symbols of rebellion against the mainstream music industry, citing the group's insistence on breaking out of their manufactured TV image and proving that they could write and perform as a real band. From the Spawn Soundtrack. The Monkees found unlikely fans among musicians of the punk rock period of the mid-1970s. From Antichrist Superstar. Most notably, the critical appeal of the band has only increased since their original inception, while it remains unproven that modern day boy bands will experience the longevity that the Monkees have enjoyed. From Smells Like Children. The Monkees also frequently contributed their own songwriting efforts on their albums.

From Portrait of an American Family. The group was shown playing musical instruments on the show, or actually played instruments during live shows, unlike boy bands. He was previously engaged to actress Rose McGowan. The Monkees did not perform the tightly harmonized ballads or synchronized dance routines boy bands are noted for today. The couple have dated since 2000. However, The Monkees differ from typical modern boy bands in several respects. 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 Monkees, selected specifically to appeal to the youth market with their manufactured personae and carefully produced singles, can be seen as the original precursor to the modern proliferation of studio and corporation-created bands, or the modern boy band.

Mark Chaussee has taken over from John 5 and will play lead guitar. In fact, Davy Jones has gone on record to say another reunion of The Monkees as a complete unit "will never happen again." The remaining three Monkees (Dolenz, Jones and Tork) tour sporadically, most recently in 2001. He is expected to make a full recovery within several weeks. However, once the revival craze died down, so did Michael Nesmith's interest in the group, and the Monkees disbanded once again. 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. The full quartet also appeared in an ABC television special (written and directed by Nesmith) in 1997, spoofing the original series that had made them famous. 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. For the first time since the initial reunion in 1986, Nesmith returned to the concert stage full-time for a tour of the United Kingdom in 1997, and two sold-out concerts at Wembley Arena in London highlighted the success of the band in the 1990s.

The user base sharply declined and its uniqueness vanished as many classic members never returned. The trio of Dolenz, Jones and Tork reunited again for a successful 30th anniversary tour of American amphitheaters in 1996, while Nesmith joined them onstage in Los Angeles to promote the new songs from Justus. For reasons unknown, the BBS was removed, then reintroduced a few months later, and removed again. In the 1990s, The Monkees continued to create new musical material, eventually recording an album which all four members performed and produced; this became Justus in 1996. Manson would occasionally interject on discussions along these lines. From 1986 to 1989, The Monkees would conduct major concert tours in the United States, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and Europe. 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. A new album by the touring trio, Pool It!, quickly followed and met with moderate success.

The Manson BBS was opened up after Mechanical Animals and was a very active forum in subjects other than the band. The sudden revival of The Monkees in 1986 helped move the first Monkees single since 1970, "That Was Then, This Is Now", into the American Top 20. An additional website, [ThisAsValentinesDay.com], featured a headline announcing JFK's death. He also appeared with the band in a 1986 Christmas medley music video for MTV and took part in a dedication ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where The Monkees received a star in 1989. 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. To show his support, Nesmith appeared onstage with Dolenz, Jones and Tork twice, both times in Los Angeles, in 1986 and 1989. 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. Spurred on by massive MTV promotion, the reunited trio quickly became one of the hottest acts of 1986, with their original albums selling in the millions and a new greatest hits collection reaching platinum status.

Manson also released companion websites spawned from his concept albums. Nesmith was forced to sit out most of these reunion projects because of prior commitments to his bustling Pacific Arts video production company. His participation gradually dropped off and since The Golden Age of Grotesque, almost no new content has appeared there. In 1986, a Monkees TV show marathon on the video music channel MTV re-launched The Monkees, sparking worldwide interest by both original fans and their children, who flocked to see The Monkees in sold-out shows. Often these films were monologues by Manson responding to fan questions or media announcements, and other films were obscure recordings from his studio. At the same time, The Monkees TV series enjoyed a resurgence on Saturday Afternoon television for four seasons (September 13, 1969 to September 2, 1972 on CBS and September 9, 1972 to August 25, 1973 on ABC); after which, its 58 episodes were sold to local markets for syndication in September 1975. Fans could expect a short film to be available for download every few weeks. Eventually, Jones too departed, leaving Dolenz as the sole remaining recording Monkee, and so marked the end of the first phase of The Monkees' recording career.

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. Three more albums would follow while Tork, in December 1968, and then Nesmith, in March 1970, left the group, leaving only Dolenz and Jones to record as The Monkees. 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. But tensions within the group were increasing, and Tork quit shortly after the band's Far East tour in late 1968, but not before completing work on their 1969 NBC television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. The followup CDs, Mechanical Animals and Holywood, were mostly composed by Twiggy alone, with Manson adding his own touches. Six albums were produced with the original lineup (four of which went to Number 1 on the Billboard chart), which was supplemented by a series of successful world concert tours. That CD has a very strong NIN sound. The Monkees had several international hits — which are still heard on oldies stations — including "I'm a Believer", "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone", "Daydream Believer", "Last Train to Clarksville" — and even a number of social criticism songs, the best known of which is probably "Pleasant Valley Sunday".

His most popular cd, Antichrist Svperstar was largly composed by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Twiggy Ramirez. This was later proved false and it has since been revealed that the story was concocted for publicity purposes by the Australian journalist and music writer Lillian Roxon, who had been accompanying the tour with her friend, the Australian singer Lynne Randell, who was one of the supporting acts and who was romantically involved with Jones at the time. Manson himself is not trained as a musician, thus the music is written largly by others, then Manson writes the lyrics. Reports circulated at the time that he had been removed from the tour after complaints from the conservative women's group Daughters Of The American Revolution. Manson has called this album his "farewell" album, but it is not his last album. The Monkees also deserve credit for helping bring America's attention to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, who they took on as an opening act during their 1967 concert tour, even though Hendrix quit after only a few shows. It also contains a bonus DVD with most of the band's music videos, excluding "Tainted Love" and "(s)AINT". Supporters of the group also point out that producers and Kirshner had the good taste to use some of the best songwriters of the period, including Neil Diamond, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Harry Nilsson and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, as well as using top-ranking Los Angeles session musicians on the records.

Manson has released Lest We Forget, a greatest hits album including a cover of "Personal Jesus", a Depeche Mode hit. Many now feel that the controversy unfairly targeted The Monkees and conveniently ignored the fact that almost all the leading British and American groups — up to and including The Beatles — habitually used sessions players on their recordings, and that this practice had always (until then) passed without comment. Now that seems like entertainment to me." Christians have reportedly tried on occasion to let Manson know that they are praying for his salvation. Nevertheless, they were warmly welcomed by many top British stars including The Beatles, who knew them to be skilled musicians and sympathised with their wish to have more control over their music. 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. When the group toured Britain in 1967 there was a major controversy over the supposed revelation that the group did not play on their own records, and the news made the front pages of several UK and international music papers, with the group derisively dubbed "The Pre-Fab Four". Although Manson's philosophy and behavior on occasion seems anti-Christian, this is not the same as being Satanic. This experience led directly to his later ventures The Archies and Josie and The Pussycats, which were animated series — the "stars" existed only on an animation cel and obviously could not demand creative control over the records issued under their name.

Marilyn Manson. Kirshner was reported to have been incensed by the group's rebellion and swore never to repeat his mistake. 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. Led by Nesmith, the band eventually rebelled against Kirshner, who was later fired, and beginning with their third album, Headquarters, the four Monkees did play most of the parts on the rest of their record albums. This, however, is not strictly true; he was appointed as honorary Reverend by late founder Anton LaVey. This campaign eventually forced the series' musical coordinator Don Kirshner to let them have more participation in the recording process (against his strong objections), which included Nesmith producing his own songs and band members making some instrumental contributions. Manson is often described as a follower and ordained minister of the Church of Satan. Their frustrations were increased by the fact that they were all accomplished musicians in their own right.

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.". The Monkees had complained that the producers would not allow them to play their own instruments on their records. In the critically acclaimed documentary Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore interviewed Manson about the tragedy. This gave the four stars increased confidence in their battle for creative control over the music used in the series. Out of respect for the victims, Manson canceled appearances in Denver until the 2001 Ozzfest. The results were far better than anyone had a right to expect, and wherever they went they were greeted by scenes of fan hysteria not seen since The Beatles. 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. Against the initial wishes of the producers, Dolenz, Jones, Nesmith and Tork went out on the road.

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 massive success of the series and its spin-off records had created intense pressure to mount a touring version of the group by late 1966. Manson supporters claim it was merely another salvo in Joseph Lieberman's declared war on the band. Critics of The Monkees complained that they were a made-for-TV knockoff of The Beatles (although John Lennon was a fan of the show), and that The Monkees were a group chosen by a casting director. 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. Members of The Monkees, Nesmith in particular, cite Head as one of the crowning achievements of the band. 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. But over the intervening years Head has developed a cult following for its innovative style and anarchic humor, and the soundtrack album (long out of print but now available in an expanded CD version) is counted among their best recordings.

Manson's lyrics have frequently been called offensive and obscene, and protests and petitions have successfully had the group banned from performing. Sadly, it was not a commercial success; this was in part because Head, being an antithesis of The Monkees TV show, comprehensively demolished the group's carefully-groomed public image, as evidenced by the following stanzas from Rafelson and Nicholson's "Ditty-Diego" (recited at the start of the film by The Monkees), which ruthlessly parodies Boyce and Hart's "Monkees Theme":. 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). It was filmed in Screen Gems Studios and on location in California, Utah and The Bahamas from February 11 to May 21, 1968 and premiered in New York City on November 6 of that year. 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 film, created and edited in a stream of consciousness style, featured cameo appearances by movie star Victor Mature and musician Frank Zappa. The band's lineup has changed several times since its inception, with the exception of Manson himself. After the television show was cancelled, Rafelson directed the four Monkees in a feature film, Head, executive-produced by Schneider and co-written and co-produced by Rafelson with a then relatively unknown actor named Jack Nicholson.

Marilyn Manson's first CD, Portrait of an American Family was released on Reznor's Nothing Records label. The Monkees won two Emmy Awards in 1967: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (James Frawley). The band received little attention outside Florida until they were noticed by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. The Monkees were seen in humorous commercials for Kellogg's Rice Krispies, which were seen at the end of biweekly telecasts of The Monkees TV show on NBC; they also made an ad for Black Label Aftershave by Yardley. Marilyn Manson's early presentation had a more comic-bookish, Scooby Doo-style than the dark, brooding style of their later image. The Monkees' 2 main commercial sponsors were Kellogg's and Yardley Cosmetics of London; they alternated every week. As a band, Marilyn Manson got their start in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989 as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids. The 1965 pilot episode was co-written by Paul Mazursky and the late Larry Tucker, who later co-wrote the movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, which Mazursky directed; he went on to direct such films as Harry and Tonto and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.

Marilyn Manson, eponymous band of the lead singer of the same name, is an American industrial rock outfit, based in Hollywood, California. The show was produced by Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, who later produced the film Easy Rider ; Rafelson went on to direct such films as Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens. 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. The Monkees were put together by a number of people who went on to later success. Dead to the World (VHS) (1998) - a documentary of the Dead to the World tour. As a television show, The Monkees used techniques rarely seen on television—characters breaking the fourth wall and talking to the camera and sometimes even to people off-camera in the studio, fantasy sequences, jump cuts, and at least once a week a musical romp which might have nothing to do with the story line. In fact, many of the episodes included what now look very much like video clips: short, self-contained films featuring one of the songs from a Monkees album. Guns, God and Government (DVD & VHS) (2002) - a documentary of the Guns, God and Government tour. All four were trained in both improvisational comedy and performing musically as a group before the pilot episode was filmed, so that they could look and act like a cohesive band even though it was only their voices being used on the initial recordings.

Doppelherz (2003) (DVD, comes only with the limited edition of The Golden Age of Grotesque). Nesmith and Tork were both already professional musicians, but Dolenz and Jones were better known as actors. 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). Rumors have circulated that Charles Manson also auditioned, but these rumors have been shown to be false. Unauthorized: Dissecting Marilyn Manson, 2002 Plexus Paperback ISBN 0859653293. 437 hopeful actors and musicians auditioned for the parts; a then relatively unknown Stephen Stills was shortlisted for a role, but was eventually knocked out because of his bad teeth, with Peter Tork finally winning the role Stills had hoped to get. Official: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, 1998 Regan Paperback ISBN 0060987464. They were cast after ads were placed in trade publications calling for actors to play "4 insane boys" on a new television series.

Portrait of an American Family (1994-1995). The four young men who became The Monkees were British-born David ("Davy") Jones (percussion/vocals), George Michael ("Micky") Dolenz (drums/vocals), Michael Nesmith (guitar/vocals), and Peter Tork (bass/keyboards/vocals). Smells Like Children (1995-1996). Modeled on the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night, The Monkees featured the antics and music of a fictional pop-rock group which, due to the necessities of the program and the massive success of the records, became a real pop-rock group. Dead to the World (1996-1997). The television show first aired on September 12, 1966 on the American NBC television network and lasted for two seasons and 58 episodes; its final primetime episode ran on September 9, 1968. Rock Is Dead (1997-1998). The Monkees last worked together for a brief period in 2001.

Mechanical Animals Promo (1998-1999). The first reunion lasted from 1986-1989, and a second regrouping took place between 1996-1997. Guns, God and Government (2000-2001). Several reunions of the original lineup have taken place. Ozzfest 2001. The Monkees were formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California and disbanded in 1970. Ozzfest 2003. The Monkees were a four-person band who appeared in an American television series of the same name, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968.

Grotesk Burlesk (2003-2004). Heart and Soul (1987) US #27. Against All Gods (2004-2005). That Was Then, This Is Now (1986) US #20. Personal Jesus. Oh My My (1970) US #98. (s)AINT. Good Clean Fun (1969) US #82.

This Is the New Shit. Someday Man (1969) US #81. mOBSCENE. Listen to the Band (1969) US #63. Tainted Love. Teardrop City (1969) US #56. The Nobodies. Porpoise Song Theme from HEAD (1968) US #62.

Disposable Teens. It's Nice To Be With You (1968) US #51. The Fight Song. Washburn (1968) US #19. Coma White. D.W. I Don't Like the Drugs, But The Drugs Like Me. Tapioca Tundra (1968) US #34.

Rock Is Dead. Valleri (1968) US #3. The Dope Show. Daydream Believer (1967) US #1. Long Hard Road Out Of Hell. Words (1967) US #11. Man That You Fear. Pleasant Valley Sunday (1967) US #3.

Cryptorchid. Randy Scouse Git (1967) UK #1. Tourniquet. The Girl I Knew Somewhere (1967) US #39. The Beautiful People. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (1967) US #2. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (1966) US #20.

Dope Hat. I'm A Believer (1966) US #1. Lunchbox. Last Train to Clarksville (1966) US #1. Get Your Gunn. The Best of The Monkees (2003). The Last Tour On Earth (1999). Music Box (35th Anniversary boxed set) (2001).

Live As Hell - Radio Show '92 (1993). Anthology (1998). Untitled ("Refrigerator") (early 1993). Justus (1996). The Family Jams (mid 1992). Missing Links, Volume III (1996). Lunchbox (1991). Greatest Hits (1995).

After School Special (January 1991). Listen to the Band (25th Anniversary boxed set) (1991). Grist-O-Line (fall/winter 1990). Missing Links, Volume II (1990). Big Black Bus (summer 1990). 20th Anniversary Tour Live (1987). Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat (early 1990). Missing Links (1987).

The Raw Boned Psalms (early 1990). Live 1967 (1987). Lest We Forget (2004). Pool It! (1987). Remix and Repent (1997). Then And Now...the Best of The Monkees (1986). Smells Like Children (1995). More Greatest Hits (1982).

The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003). The Monkees Greatest Hits (1976). Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000). Changes (1970). Mechanical Animals (1998). The Monkees Present Micky, David, Michael (1969). Antichrist Superstar (1996). Instant Replay (1969).

Portrait of an American Family (1994). Head (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1968). Olivia Newton Bundy (Brian Tutunick) - bass 1991. The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees (1968). Zsa Zsa Speck (Perry Pandrea) - keyboard 1990-1991. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd. (1967). Zim Zum (Michael Linton) - guitar 1996-1998. The Monkees' Headquarters (1967).

Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) - bass/guitar 1993-2002. More of The Monkees (1967). John 5 (John Lowery) - guitar 1998-2004. The Monkees (1966). Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart) - bass 1990-1993. "The Frodis Caper"). Sara Lee Lucas (Freddy Streithorst) - drums 1990-1995. Mijacogeo (a.k.a.

Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky) - guitar, bass, programming 1990-1996. Monkees Blow Their Minds. Mark Chaussee - Lead Guitar. "The Band Contest"). Tim Skold - Bass Guitar. Some Like It Lukewarm (a.k.a. Drums. Monkees Mind Their Manor.

Madonna Wayne (M.W.) Gacy a.k.a Pogo (Stephen Bier, Jr.) - Keyboards & Alt. "The Paris Show"). Ginger Fish (Kenny Wilson) - Drums. The Monkees In Paris (a.k.a. Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) - Vocals. "Leave The Driving To Us"). Monkees Race Again (a.k.a.

The Devil & Peter Tork. The Monkees' Paw. Monstrous Monkee Mash. Monkees Watch Their Feet.

Fairy Tale. The Christmas Show. Monkees On The Wheel. Monkees In Texas.

Hitting The High Seas. A Coffin Too Frequent. The Wild Monkees. Card Carrying Red Shoes.

Monkees Marooned. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding"). Hillbilly Honeymoon (a.k.a. Weakling.

I Was A 99Lb. Art, For Monkees' Sake. Monkee Mayor. Everywhere A Sheik, Sheik.

"The Bank Robbery"). The Picture Frame (a.k.a. It's A Nice Place To Visit. Monkees On Tour.

Monkees At The Movies. Monkees In Manhattan (a.k.a “The Monkees Manhattan Style”). Monkees Get Out More Dirt. Monkees On The Line.

Monkee Mother. Monkee Chow Mein. Alias Micky Dolenz. Monkees A La Mode.

Captain Crocodile. Monkees At The Circus. The Prince And The Pauper. Monkees In The Ring.

"The Audition"). Find The Monkees (a.k.a. I Was A Teenage Monster. The Case Of The Missing Monkee.

Son Of A Gypsy. "Davy And Fern"). Too Many Girls (a.k.a. Dance, Monkees, Dance.

"Peter And The Debutante"). One Man Shy (a.k.a. I've Got A Little Song Here. Monkees A La Carte.

Here Come The Monkees (original pilot episode). The Chaperone. Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth. Monkees In A Ghost Town.

Success Story. The Spy Who Came In From The Cool. Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers The success of the First Season lands The Monkees on the cover of TV Guide, January 1967 . Machine.

Monkee Vs. Monkee See, Monkee Die. Royal Flush. on "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool" and "Monkee Chow Mein" and Disneyland on "Monstrous Monkee Mash" and "The Wild Monkees").

C.I.S. Subtle social commentary (e.g. Criminals with short hair and business suits. Multiple roles.

"The Fairy Tale"). Adaptation of classic literature (e.g. Authority resistance. Drag.

Last minute interviews. Musical romps. Peter gets in trouble. Davy falls in love.

Stock footage.

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