Marilyn Manson Biography
is a band based in Hollywood, California that can be described
as shock rock, neo-glam rock, and arguably "industrial metal".
The lead singer of the band, Brian Warner, also performs under
the name Marilyn Manson.
Manson (Brian Warner) - Vocals
Chris Vrenna - Drums (Temporary)
Madonna Wayne (M.W.) Gacy a.k.a Pogo (Stephen Bier, Jr.) - Keyboards
& Alt. Drums
Tim Skold - Bass Guitar
Mark Chaussee - Guitar (Temporary)
Ginger Fish (Kenny Wilson) - Drums (temporarily out of band recovering
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 demented cartoonish 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 only remaining founding members of the band are Marilyn
Manson himself (vocals) and Madonna Wayne Gacy (keyboards). 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, with Manson's own name being 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).
music and perfomances have frequently been called offensive and
obscene, and protests and petitions have successfully had the
group banned from performing a few shows. In 1997, the owner of
Calgary's Max Bell Centre had Manson's July 25 show cancelled,
citing "immorality" and the band's "use of animals
on stage." Another concert in Portland was cancelled 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."
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 still refer to him as the Rev. Marilyn
Manson, a title that appears in the credits of Antichrist Superstar.
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
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". Manson has called this album his "farewell"
album, but it is not his last album. At present (April 2005) Manson
is performing on his worldwide Against All Gods tour.
the Columbine High School massacre, there were accusations that
killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were influenced by Manson's
music, despite evidence that both Harris and Klebold were not
fans of Manson, leading many to criticize the media as using Manson
as a scapegoat instead of analyzing the underlying societal problems
surrounding the incident. Nevertheless, 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."
It was following
the Columbine incident that the media began routinely tagging
Marilyn Manson as "goth rock" despite the fact that
Manson's music had little relation to gothic music or sub-culture.
In 2005, the media once again cited Manson and the unrelated goth-rock
in articles relating to a school shooting that occurred in Red
Lake, Minnesota. While, there is no evidence to refute that Jeff
Weise, the gunman in the shooting, listened to Marilyn Manson,
information known about him through his blog and internet writings
suggest that his like for Manson was hardly more relevant than
his apparent love for '60s stoner rock. Yet, several media accounts,
including that of nationally circulated columnist Ryan Bakkan
stressed the relation of Marilyn Manson, with the connection to
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
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.
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.
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.