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

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Demos and Remixes 1
1995 Dark Adventures 1
1995 The 5000 Fingers of Marilyn Manson 1
1996 Demos in My Lunchbox, Volume 1 1
1996 Demos in My Lunchbox, Volume 2 1
1996 Rusty Lunchbox 1
1996 Uncut 1
1996 White Trash, Volume One 1
1996 White Trash, Volume Three: Mr. Manson's Home Demos 1
1996 White Trash, Volume Two 1
1999 Very Best 1
2001 Genesis of the Devil / From the Vaults 3
2001 At Satan's Request 1
2001 From Highway to Hell: The Ultimate Cover Collection 1
2002 Killer Wasps: The Real Ultra Rare Tracks 1
2002 Tainted Love 1
2003 From Obscurity 2 Purgatory 1
2003 Return of the Killer Wasps 1
2003 The Final Solution to the Yankee Problem (But Would You Buy a Wörldreich from This Man?) 1
2004 Lest We Forget: The Best Of 3 15
2006 The Black Album 1
2007 I Wasn't Born With Enough Middle Fingers 1
2008 The Early Years Volume Two 1
20 Greatest Hits 3 1
B-Sides and Other Rarities 1
Demos and Remixes, Volume 3 1
Killer B's 1
Rare and Remixes 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 1995-01-24: Ejacula: Snake Pit, Slidell, LA, USA 1
1995 1995-10-06: Urination: RCKNDY, Seattle, WA, USA 1
1995 1995-11-22: Dead in Chicago 1995: The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, USA 1
1995 Obsessional Neurosis 1
1997 1997-08-16: Sucked My Own Dick: Bizarre Festival, Cologne, Germany 1
1998 1995-10-06: Crucifixtion: RCKNDY, Seattle, WA, USA 1
1999 The Last Tour on Earth 4 6
1999 1999-02: Marilyn Manson vs. the World: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1
2001 2001-01-24: All Things Holy: London, UK 1
2001 2001-01-25: Antichrist in Paris: Le Zénith, Paris, France 1
2001 2001-03-17: Holy Hiroshima: Hiroshima Sun Plaza, Hiroshima, Japan 1
2001 Guns, God and Government 1
2002 Guns, God and Government World Tour 1
2003 2003-11-28: Antichrist in Paris 2003: Bercy Festival, Paris, France 1
2009 2001-01-13: Guns, God & Government: Live in LA: Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
1991-08-11: Plus 5, Davie, FL, USA 1
1992-08-01: Plus 5, Davie, FL, USA 1
1993-04-17: Squeeze, Fort Launderdale, FL, USA 1
1994-04-07: Riviera Nightclub, Chicago, IL, USA 1
1994-06-29: Portrait of an American Family Release Party, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 1
1994-09-03: UIC Pavillion, Chicago, IL, USA 1
1994-09-13: Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym, Nashville, TN, USA 1
1994-09-17: Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS, USA 1
1994-10-07: Universal Ampitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
1994-11-05: Southern Illinois University Arena, Carbondale, IL, USA 1
1994-11-09: University of Illinois Assembly Hall, Champaigne, IL, USA 1
1994-11-12: Louisville Gardens, Louisville, KY, USA 1
1994-11-20: Arena, Miami Beach, FL, USA 1
1994-12-01: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON, Canada 2
1995-01-11: Ejacula: Abyss, Houston, TX, USA 1
1995-01-11: Monkey Massacre: Abyss, Houston, TX, USA 1
1995-01-11: Trent's Nasty Babes: Abyss, Houston, TX, USA 1
1995-01-14: Backroom, Austin, TX, USA 1
1995-02-02: Shank Hill, Milwaukee, WI, USA 1
1995-02-03: Metro, Chicago, IL, USA 1
1995-02-07: Opera House, Toronto, ON, Canada 1
1995-02-12: Limelight, New York City, NY, USA 1
1995-02-25: Theater for Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1995-02-27: Sportland Caf, Middletown, NY, USA 1
1995-03-02: Malibu Beach Club, Long Island, NY, USA 1
1995-03-02: Malibu Beach Club, Long Island, NY, USA 1
1995-03-04: Network, Buffalo, NY, USA 1
1995-03-25: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
1995-03-28: Hunts Ridge Theatre, Las Vegas, NV, USA 1
1995-04-29: FM Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre, PA, USA 1
1995-05-03: Headroom, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA 1
1995-09-15: Deep Ellum Live, Dallas, TX, USA 1
1995-09-15: Deep Ellum Live, Dallas, TX, USA 1
1995-09-17: Johnnyland, Corpus Christi, TX, USA 1
1995-10-06: RCKNDY, Seattle, WA, USA 1
1995-10-07: New York Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada 1
1995-10-25: Ogden Street Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, USA 1
1995-10-31: Mama Kin’s, Boston, MA, USA 1
1995-11-03: Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, USA 1
1995-11-04: Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, USA 1
1995-11-05: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1995-11-06: Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, USA 1
1995-11-10: Boathouse, Norfolk, VA, USA 1
1995-11-22: Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, USA 1
1995-12-31: Academy, New York City, NY, USA 1
1996-01-02: Birch Hill Night Club, Oldbridge, NJ, USA (AUD1) 1
1996-02-03: Janus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL, USA 1
1996-10-22: Wharehouse, Toronto, ON, Canada 1

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