Marilyn Manson (the band)

~ Group


An American industrial rock outfit, based in Hollywood, California.

Early recordings from before their "breakthrough" can be found at Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids

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Marilyn Manson is an American rock band formed by singer Marilyn Manson and guitarist Daisy Berkowitz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1989. Originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, they gained a local cult following in South Florida in the early 1990s with their theatrical live performances. In 1993, they were the first act signed to Trent Reznor's Nothing Records label. Until 1996, the name of each member was created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic serial killer, for example Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. Their lineup has changed between many of their album releases; the current members of Marilyn Manson are the eponymous lead singer (the only remaining original member), bassist Twiggy Ramirez, guitarists Paul Wiley and Tyler Bates, keyboardist/percussionist Daniel Fox, and drummer Gil Sharone.

In the past, band members dressed in outlandish makeup and costumes, and engaged in intentionally shocking behavior both onstage and off. Their lyrics often received criticism for their anti-religious sentiment and references to sex, violence and drugs, while their live performances were frequently called offensive and obscene. On several occasions, protests and petitions led to the group being blocked from performing, with at least three US states passing legislation banning the group from performing at state-owned venues. They released a number of platinum-selling albums, including Antichrist Superstar (1996) and Mechanical Animals (1998). These albums, along with their highly-stylized music videos and worldwide touring, brought public recognition to Marilyn Manson. In 1999, news media falsely blamed the band for influencing the perpetrators of the Columbine massacre.

As this controversy began to wane throughout the 2000s, so did the band's mainstream popularity. Despite this, Jon Wiederhorn of MTV, in June 2003, referred to Marilyn Manson as "the only true artist today". Marilyn Manson is widely regarded as being one of the most iconic and controversial figures in heavy metal music, with the band and its lead singer influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in metal-associated acts and also in wider popular culture. VH1 ranked Marilyn Manson as the seventy-eighth best rock band on their 100 Great Artists of Hard Rock. They were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame in 2000, and have been nominated for four Grammy Awards. In the US, the band has seen eight of its releases debut in the top ten, including two number-one albums. Marilyn Manson have sold in excess of 50 million records worldwide.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Portrait of an American Family Marilyn Manson 4 6
1996 Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson 4.85 15
1998 Mechanical Animals Marilyn Manson 4.2 11
2000 Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) Marilyn Manson 4.55 9
2003 The Golden Age of Grotesque Marilyn Manson 4 11
2007 Eat Me, Drink Me Marilyn Manson 3.15 12
2009 The High End of Low Marilyn Manson 2.5 10
2012 Born Villain Marilyn Manson 3.5 8
2015 The Pale Emperor Marilyn Manson 4 9

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 From Obscurity 2 Purgatory Marilyn Manson 1
2004 Lest We Forget: The Best Of Marilyn Manson 3 15

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The Last Tour on Earth Marilyn Manson 4 6
2002 Guns, God and Government World Tour Marilyn Manson 1
2009 2001-01-13: Guns, God & Government: Live in LA: Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA Marilyn Manson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Get Your Gunn Marilyn Manson 3 7
1995 Lunchbox Marilyn Manson 5 3
1996 Sweet Dreams Marilyn Manson 1
1996 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson 7
1997 Tourniquet Marilyn Manson 4
1998 The Dope Show Marilyn Manson 4.5 5
1999 I Don’t Like the Drugs (but the Drugs Like Me) Marilyn Manson 4
1999 Rock Is Dead Marilyn Manson 5
2000 Disposable Teens Marilyn Manson 5
2001 The Fight Song Marilyn Manson 5
2001 The Nobodies Marilyn Manson 2
2002 Tainted Love Marilyn Manson 7
2003 mOBSCENE Marilyn Manson 4 7
2003 This Is the New Shit Marilyn Manson 7
2004 Personal Jesus Marilyn Manson 16
2007 Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand) Marilyn Manson 3 10
2007 Putting Holes in Happiness Marilyn Manson 4
2009 We’re From America Marilyn Manson 3
2009 Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon Marilyn Manson 5
2012 No Reflection Marilyn Manson 3
2012 Slo-Mo-Tion Marilyn Manson 2
2014 Third Day of a Seven Day Binge Marilyn Manson 1
2015 Cupid Carries a Gun Marilyn Manson 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Long Hard Road Out of Hell Marilyn Manson 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Smells Like Children Marilyn Manson 2.8 8
1997 Remix & Repent Marilyn Manson 4 3

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Juke-boxed Collector's Series Marilyn Manson & Nine Inch Nails 1
1997 The Interview Marilyn Manson 2
More Maximum Manson Marilyn Manson 1
The Marilyn Manson Star Profile Marilyn Manson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Family Jams Marilyn Manson 1
1993 Refrigerator Marilyn Manson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 The Nobodies (2005 Against All Gods mix) Marilyn Manson 3

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