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. The album went on to become McDonald's first major hit since the 1980s. From The Golden Age of Grotesque. In 2003, he returned to national consciousness when several tracks from his Motown album, a collection of covers of classic Motown songs, were used in television commercials for MCI's local phone service, The Neighborhood. From the Not Another Teen Movie Soundtrack. As it turned out, McDonald's solo work was a cross between the Doobie Brothers' white-bread soul and Cross' adult contemporary ballads. From Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). Prior to the Doobies' farewell tour in 1982, he sang harmony on several hit singles, including tracks by Donna Summer, Toto, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross.

From Mechanical Animals. He was largely responsible for moving the group away from boogie rock and toward polished, jazzy blue-eyed soul. From the Spawn Soundtrack. After singing backup on several Steely Dan albums in the mid-'70s, Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1975. From Antichrist Superstar. He initially essayed his signature style with The Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group's most popular period with hits like "What a Fool Believes" and "Taking It to the Streets." McDonald disbanded the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career, which was initially quite successful, but by the end of the decade his popularity had faded, since he preferred to tour rather than record new material and was hesitant to update his sound to suit shifting popular tastes. From Smells Like Children. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star.

From Portrait of an American Family. Louis, Missouri) became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. He was previously engaged to actress Rose McGowan. With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952 in St. The couple have dated since 2000. In October 2004, it was learned Marilyn Manson was planning to marry girlfriend, stripper Dita von Teese, at a castle in Germany in November.

Mark Chaussee has taken over from John 5 and will play lead guitar. He is expected to make a full recovery within several weeks. 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. 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 user base sharply declined and its uniqueness vanished as many classic members never returned. For reasons unknown, the BBS was removed, then reintroduced a few months later, and removed again. Manson would occasionally interject on discussions along these lines. 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.

The Manson BBS was opened up after Mechanical Animals and was a very active forum in subjects other than the band. An additional website, [ThisAsValentinesDay.com], featured a headline announcing JFK's death. 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. 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.

Manson also released companion websites spawned from his concept albums. His participation gradually dropped off and since The Golden Age of Grotesque, almost no new content has appeared there. Often these films were monologues by Manson responding to fan questions or media announcements, and other films were obscure recordings from his studio. Fans could expect a short film to be available for download every few weeks.

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. 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. The followup CDs, Mechanical Animals and Holywood, were mostly composed by Twiggy alone, with Manson adding his own touches. That CD has a very strong NIN sound.

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

Manson has released Lest We Forget, a greatest hits album including a cover of "Personal Jesus", a Depeche Mode hit. Now that seems like entertainment to me." Christians have reportedly tried on occasion to let Manson know that they are praying for his salvation. 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. Although Manson's philosophy and behavior on occasion seems anti-Christian, this is not the same as being Satanic.

Marilyn Manson. 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. This, however, is not strictly true; he was appointed as honorary Reverend by late founder Anton LaVey. Manson is often described as a follower and ordained minister of the Church of Satan.

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.". In the critically acclaimed documentary Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore interviewed Manson about the tragedy. Out of respect for the victims, Manson canceled appearances in Denver until the 2001 Ozzfest. 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.

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.". Manson supporters claim it was merely another salvo in Joseph Lieberman's declared war on the band. 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. 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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