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Marilyn Manson

The Complete Guide

Contents
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Overview

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Marilyn Manson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.1

History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.2

Musical style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.1.3

Inuences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.1.4

Impact and legacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.1.5

Controversy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.1.6

Band members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.1.7

Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.1.8

Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.1.9

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.1.10 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.1

Albums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.2

Singles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.3

Other charted songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.4

Other appearances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.5

Videography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.6

Other releases

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1.2.7

Independent releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.8

Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1.2.9

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Members

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2.1

List of Marilyn Manson band members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.1.1

Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.1.2

Line-up history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Marilyn Manson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.1

Early life and education

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2.2.2

Career

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2.2.3

Personal life

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2.2.4

Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.5

Lawsuits

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2.4

2.5

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2.2.6

Discography

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2.2.7

Special features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.8

Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.9

Awards and nominations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.10 Filmography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.11 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.12 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.2.13 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Daisy Berkowitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.3.1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.3.2

Early career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.3.3

Marilyn Manson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.3.4

Post-Marilyn Manson work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.3.5

Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.3.6

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Wes Borland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.4.1

Early life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.4.2

Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.4.3

Personal life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.4.4

Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.4.5

Style

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2.4.6

Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.4.7

Filmography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.4.8

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Mark Chaussee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.1

World of Hurt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.2

The Coup De Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.3

Fight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.4

Danzig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.5

Returning in The Coup De Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.6

Stereomud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.7

Jimmy Coup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.8

Marilyn Manson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.9

Citation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.5.10 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Olivia Newton Bundy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.6.1

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Ginger Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.7.1

Early life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.7.2

Music career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.7.3

Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.7.5

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Madonna Wayne Gacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.8.1

Personal life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.8.2

Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.8.3

Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.8.4

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Gidget Gein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.1

Early life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.2

Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.3

Death . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.4

Aftermath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.5

Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.6

Filmography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.7

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.9.8

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.10 Andy Gerold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.10.1 Biography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.10.2 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.11 Rob Holliday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.11.1 Music career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.11.2 Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.11.3 Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.11.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12 John 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.1 Early life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.2 Music career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.3 Personal Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.4 Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.5 Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.6 Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.12.8 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.13 Sara Lee Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.13.1 Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.13.2 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14 Twiggy Ramirez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14.1 Early life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14.2 Musical career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14.3 Personal life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14.4 Preferred equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14.5 Filmography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14.6 Discography

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2.14.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.14.8 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.15 Tim Skld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.15.1 Biography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.15.2 Musical equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.15.3 Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.15.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.15.5 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.16 Zsa Zsa Speck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.16.1 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.16.2 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.17 Chris Vrenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.17.1 Career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.17.2 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.17.3 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.18 Zim Zum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.18.1 Biography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.18.2 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2.18.3 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Studio albums

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3.1

''Portrait of an American Family'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.2

Themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.3

Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.4

Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.5

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.6

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.7

Re-Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.8

Portrait of an American Family Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.9

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.10 Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.11 Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3.1.12 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

76

Cryptorchid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

77

3.2.1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

77

3.2.2

Packaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

77

3.2.3

Singles and music videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

78

3.2.4

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

78

3.2.5

Dead to the World Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

79

3.2

CONTENTS

3.3

3.4

3.2.6

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

79

3.2.7

Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

79

3.2.8

Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

79

3.2.9

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

79

3.2.10 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

81

''Mechanical Animals' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

81

3.3.1

Recording and production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

81

3.3.2

Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

82

3.3.3

Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

82

3.3.4

Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

83

3.3.5

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

83

3.3.6

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

84

3.3.7

Mechanical Animals and Rock Is Dead Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

86

3.3.8

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

87

3.3.9

Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

87

3.3.10 Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

87

3.3.11 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

87

3.3.12 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

90

''Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

90

3.4.1

Background and development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

91

3.4.2

Recording and production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

92

3.4.3

Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

93

3.4.4

Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

95

3.4.5

Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

96

3.4.6

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

96

3.4.7

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

98

3.4.8

Guns, God and Government Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

99

3.4.9

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

3.4.10 Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100


3.4.11 Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
3.4.12 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
3.4.13 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
3.5

''The Golden Age of Grotesque'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105


3.5.1

Production and development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

3.5.2

Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

3.5.3

Grotesk Burlesk Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

3.5.4

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

3.5.5

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

3.5.6

Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

3.5.7

Release history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

3.5.8

Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

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3.5.9
3.6

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

''Eat Me, Drink Me'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109


3.6.1

Development and recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

3.6.2

Concept and themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

3.6.3

Album title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

3.6.4

Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

3.6.5

Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

3.6.6

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

3.6.7

Singles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

3.6.8

Music videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

3.6.9

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

3.6.10 Rape of the World Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115


3.6.11 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
3.6.12 Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
3.6.13 Release history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
3.6.14 Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
3.6.15 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
3.6.16 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
3.7

''The High End of Low'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118


3.7.1

Development and production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

3.7.2

Concept and artwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

3.7.3

Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

3.7.4

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

3.7.5

Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

3.7.6

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

3.7.7

The High End of Low Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

3.7.8

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

3.7.9

Charts, sales and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

3.7.10 Release history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123


3.7.11 Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
3.7.12 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
3.7.13 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
3.8

''Born Villain'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124


3.8.1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

3.8.2

Production and development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

3.8.3

Music and lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

3.8.4

Release and promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

3.8.5

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

3.8.6

Hey Cruel World... Tour / Twins of Evil Tour / Masters of Madness Tour . . . . . . . . . . 129

3.8.7

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

3.8.8

Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

CONTENTS
3.8.9

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Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

3.8.10 Release history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129


3.8.11 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
3.8.12 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
4

EPs
4.1

133
''Smells Like Children'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
4.1.1

Background and development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

4.1.2

Themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

4.1.3

Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

4.1.4

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

4.1.5

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

4.1.6

Smells Like Children Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

4.1.7

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

4.1.8

Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

4.1.9

Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

4.1.10 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135


4.2

4.2.1

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

4.2.2

Chart positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

4.2.3

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Live albums
5.1

''Remix & Repent'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

137

''The Last Tour on Earth'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137


5.1.1

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

5.1.2

Accolades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

5.1.3

Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

5.1.4

Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

5.1.5

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

Compilations
6.1

6.2

139

''Lest We Forget: The Best Of'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139


6.1.1

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

6.1.2

"(s)AINT Bonus DVD

6.1.3

Korea Special Edition

6.1.4

Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

6.1.5

Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

6.1.6

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

''Lost & Found'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141


6.2.1

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

6.2.2

Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

6.2.3

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

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CONTENTS
Singles
7.1

7.2

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.7

142

Get Your Gunn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142


7.1.1

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

7.1.2

Track listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

7.1.3

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

7.1.4

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

7.1.5

Further reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Lunchbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
7.2.1

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

7.2.2

Formats and track listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

7.2.3

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

7.2.4

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Dope Hat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143


7.3.1

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

7.3.2

Formats and track listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

7.3.3

See also . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

7.3.4

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

7.3.5

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144


7.4.1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

7.4.2

Track listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

7.4.3

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

7.4.4

Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

7.4.5

Chart performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

7.4.6

Marilyn Manson cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

The Beautiful People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145


7.5.1

Song information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

7.5.2

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

7.5.3

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

7.5.4

Cover versions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

7.5.5

Formats and track listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

7.5.6

Production credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

7.5.7

See also . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

7.5.8

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

7.5.9

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Tourniquet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
7.6.1

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

7.6.2

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

7.6.3

Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

7.6.4

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Man That You Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

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7.7.1

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

7.7.2

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

7.7.3

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Antichrist Superstar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151


7.8.1

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

7.8.2

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

Long Hard Road Out of Hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151


7.9.1

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

7.9.2

Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

7.9.3

Live versions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

7.9.4

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

7.9.5

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

7.10 The Dope Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152


7.10.1 Song information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
7.10.2 Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
7.10.3 Lyrical variation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
7.10.4 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
7.10.5 Formats and track listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
7.10.6 Production credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
7.10.7 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
7.10.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
7.11 I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
7.11.1 Critical reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
7.11.2 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
7.11.3 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.11.4 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.12 Rock is Dead|"Rock is Dead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.12.1 Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.12.2 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.12.3 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.13 Coma White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.13.1 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.13.2 Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
7.13.3 Music video

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

7.13.4 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156


7.13.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
7.14 Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
7.14.1 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
7.14.2 Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
7.14.3 Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
7.14.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

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7.15 Disposable Teens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
7.15.1 Single . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
7.15.2 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
7.15.3 Chart success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
7.15.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
7.15.5 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
7.16 The Fight Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
7.16.1 Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
7.16.2 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
7.16.3 Accolades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
7.16.4 Appearances in popular media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
7.16.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
7.16.6 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
7.17 The Nobodies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
7.17.1 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.17.2 Release dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.17.3 Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.17.4 The Columbine connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.17.5 Chart positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.17.6 Against All Gods Mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.17.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.17.8 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.18 Tainted Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
7.18.1 Gloria Jones version (1965) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
7.18.2 Soft Cell version (1981) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
7.18.3 Marilyn Manson cover (2001) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
7.18.4 Other covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
7.18.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
7.18.6 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
7.19 mOBSCENE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
7.19.1 Track listing (international)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

7.19.2 Track listing (United States) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164


7.19.3 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
7.19.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
7.19.5 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
7.20 This is the New Shit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
7.20.1 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
7.20.2 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
7.20.3 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
7.20.4 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
7.21 "(s)AINT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

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7.22 Personal Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166


7.22.1 Inspiration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
7.22.2 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
7.22.3 Track listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
7.22.4 Mixes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
7.22.5 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
7.22.6 Appearances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
7.22.7 Personal Jesus 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
7.22.8 Cover versions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
7.22.9 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
7.22.10 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
7.23 Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
7.23.1 Inspiration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
7.23.2 Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
7.23.3 Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
7.23.4 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
7.23.5 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
7.23.6 Ocial remixes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
7.23.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
7.23.8 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
7.24 Putting Holes in Happiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
7.24.1 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
7.24.2 Remixes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.24.3 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.24.4 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.25 We're from America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.25.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.25.2 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.25.3 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.25.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.25.5 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.26 Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
7.26.1 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
7.26.2 Music video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
7.26.3 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
7.26.4 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
7.26.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
8

Other songs
8.1

176

I Put a Spell on You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176


8.1.1

The original composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

8.1.2

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

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8.2

8.3

8.1.3

Covers and samples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

8.1.4

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

8.1.5

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Rock n Roll Nigger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177


8.2.1

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

8.2.2

Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

8.2.3

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

8.2.4

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Cryptorchid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
8.3.1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

8.3.2

Packaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

8.3.3

Singles and music videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

8.3.4

Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

8.3.5

Dead to the World Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

8.3.6

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

8.3.7

Charts and certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

8.3.8

Credits and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

8.3.9

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

8.3.10 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182


8.4

This Is Halloween . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182


8.4.1

Other languages

8.4.2

Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

8.4.3

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

Videos
9.1

9.2

9.3

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183

''Dead to the World'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183


9.1.1

Blurb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

9.1.2

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

9.1.3

Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

9.1.4

Re-releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

9.1.5

Certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

9.1.6

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

9.1.7

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

''God Is in the TV'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184


9.2.1

Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

9.2.2

Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

9.2.3

Re-releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

9.2.4

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

9.2.5

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

''Guns, God and Government'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184


9.3.1

Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

9.3.2

Technical specications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

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9.3.3

Certications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

9.3.4

Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

9.3.5

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

9.3.6

External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

10 Books

186

10.1 ''The Long Hard Road Out of Hell'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186


10.1.1 Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
10.1.2 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
10.2 ''Holy Wood'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
10.2.1 Plot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
10.2.2 Background information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
10.2.3 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
11 Films

189

11.1 ''Doppelherz'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189


11.1.1 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11.2 ''Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll'' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11.2.1 Plot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11.2.2 Cast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11.2.3 Filmmaking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
11.2.4 Promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
11.2.5 Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
11.2.6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
12 Tours

192

12.1 Concert tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192


12.1.1 Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
12.1.2 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
12.2 Independent touring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
12.2.1 Performance and show themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
12.2.2 Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
12.2.3 Set list

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192

12.2.4 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193


12.2.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
12.3 Dead to the World Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
12.3.1 Tour overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
12.3.2 Broadcasts and recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.3.3 Support acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.3.4 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.3.5 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.3.6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

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12.4 Mechanical Animals Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.4.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.4.2 Performance and show themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
12.4.3 Incidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.4.4 Set list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.4.5 Broadcasts and recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.4.6 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.4.7 Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.4.8 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.4.9 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.5 Beautiful Monsters Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
12.5.1 Background and development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
12.5.2 Promotion and naming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
12.5.3 Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
12.5.4 Aftermath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
12.5.5 Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
12.5.6 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
12.5.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
12.6 Rock Is Dead Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
12.6.1 Performance and show themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
12.6.2 Incidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
12.6.3 Recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
12.6.4 Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
12.6.5 Set List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
12.6.6 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
12.6.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
12.7 Guns, God and Government Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
12.7.1 Performance and show themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
12.7.2 Incidences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
12.7.3 Setlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
12.7.4 Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
12.7.5 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
12.7.6 Broadcasts & Recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
12.7.7 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
12.7.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
12.7.9 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
12.8 Against All Gods Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
12.8.1 Performance and show themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
12.8.2 Set list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
12.8.3 Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
12.8.4 Set lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

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12.8.5 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209


12.8.6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
12.9 Rape of the World Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
12.9.1 Performance and show themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
12.9.2 Set lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
12.9.3 Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
12.9.4 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
12.9.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
12.10The High End of Low Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
12.10.1 Performance and show themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
12.10.2 Set list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
12.10.3 Broadcasts & Recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
12.10.4 Tour dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
12.10.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
13 Related articles

216

13.1 Sean Beavan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216


13.1.1 Biography and career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
13.1.2 Selected discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
13.1.3 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
13.1.4 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
13.2 Goon Moon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
13.2.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
13.2.2 Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
13.2.3 Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
13.2.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
13.2.5 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
13.3 Interscope Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
13.3.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
13.3.2 Criticisms and controversy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
13.3.3 Legal issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
13.3.4 Associated labels and imprints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
13.3.5 Formerly associated labels and imprints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
13.3.6 Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
13.3.7 See also . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
13.3.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
13.3.9 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
13.4 Jack O Jill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
13.4.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
13.4.2 Breakup and aftermath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
13.4.3 Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
13.4.4 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226

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13.4.5 Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
13.4.6 See also . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
13.4.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
13.4.8 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
13.5 Loser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
13.5.1 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
13.5.2 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
13.6 MarilynManson.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
13.6.1 History of the website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
13.6.2 Sister websites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
13.6.3 Registered, but unused domain names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
13.6.4 Flashcards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
13.6.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
13.6.6 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
13.7 Nothing Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
13.7.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
13.7.2 Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
13.7.3 Nothing Studios

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

13.7.4 See also . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233


13.7.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
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13.8.1 Life and career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
13.8.2 Artistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
13.8.3 Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
13.8.4 Filmography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
13.8.5 Solo band members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
13.8.6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
13.8.7 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
13.9 Trent Reznor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
13.9.1 Early life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
13.9.2 Music career . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
13.9.3 Business activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
13.9.4 Criticism of the music industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
13.9.5 Musical style and inuence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
13.9.6 Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
13.9.7 Personal life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
13.9.8 Discography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
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Chapter 1

Overview
1.1 Marilyn Manson
This article is about the band.
Marilyn Manson.

with the band and its lead singer inuencing 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.

For the person, see

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
rst act signed to Trent Reznor's Nothing Records label.
Until 1996, the name of each member was created by
combining the rst 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.

1.1.1 History
Formation and The Spooky Kids (198992)
In 1989, Brian Warner was a college student working towards a degree in journalism at Broward College, gaining experience by writing music articles for the South
Florida lifestyle magazine 25th Parallel.[2] It was in this
capacity that he met several of the musicians to whom
his own band would later be compared, including My
Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and Trent Reznor of Nine
Inch Nails.[3] That December, he met Scott Putesky, who
proposed that the two form a band together after reading
some lyrics and poems written by the singer.[4][5] Warner,
guitarist Putesky and bassist Brian Tutunick recorded
their rst demo tape as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky
Kids in 1990, taking on the stage names of Marilyn
Manson, Daisy Berkowitz and Olivia Newton Bundy,
respectively.[6] Bundy left the band soon after, and was
replaced by Gidget Gein, born Brad Stewart.[7] They were
later joined on keyboard by Stephen Bier, who called
himself Madonna Wayne Gacy.[8] In 1991, drummer
Fred Streithorst joined the band under the name Sara Lee
Lucas.[9]

In the past, band members dressed in outlandish makeup


and costumes, and engaged in intentionally shocking behavior both onstage and o. Their lyrics often received
criticism for their anti-religious sentiment and references
to sex, violence and drugs, while their live performances
were frequently called oensive 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 Man- The stage names adopted by each member were represon. In 1999, news media falsely blamed the band for sentative of a concept the band considered central: the
inuencing the perpetrators of the Columbine massacre. dichotomy of good and evil, and the existence of both,
As this controversy began to wane throughout the 2000s, together, in every whole. "Marilyn Monroe had a dark
so did the bands mainstream popularity. Despite this, side, explained Manson in his autobiography, just as
Jon Wiederhorn of MTV, in June 2003, referred to Mar- Charles Manson has a good, intelligent side. Images of
ilyn Manson as the only true artist today.[1] Marilyn both Monroe and Manson, as well as of other famous and
Manson is widely regarded as being one of the most infamous gures, were common in the bands early proiconic and controversial gures in heavy metal music, motional materials.[10]
1

2
The Spooky Kids popularity in the area grew quickly,
largely thanks to the support of WYNX-FM DJ Scott
David, who would regularly play songs from the bands
demo tapes on air,[11] and because of the bands highly visual concerts, which drew from performance art and used
many shock techniques such as naked women nailed to a
cross, a child in a cage, or bloody animal body parts.[12]
Band members variously performed in womens clothing or bizarre costumes; and, for lack of a professional
pyrotechnician, would set their own stage props on re.[11]
The band would contrast these theatrics with elements
drawn from their youth: characters from 1970s and '80s
childrens television made regular, often grotesquely altered, appearances on band yers and newsletters, and
were frequently sampled in their music.[10] They continued to perform and release cassettesshortening their
name to Marilyn Manson in 1992until the summer of
1993, when they drew the attention of Reznor, who had
just founded his own label, Nothing Records.[13]

CHAPTER 1. OVERVIEW
thrash band Amboog-a-Lard. Four other local musicians,
bassists Mark Dubin of Sister Venus and Patrick Joyce
from The Itch, guitarist Miles Hie and violinist Mary Karlzen were also involved.[15][16]

Reznor agreed to rework production of The Manson Family Album in October 1993 at Record Plant Studios in Los
Angeles. Gein, who had been hospitalized after his fourth
heroin overdose, was not invited to participate.[11] After
seven weeks of mixing, re-recording and remixing, the album now titled Portrait of an American Family was
presented to Nothings parent label Interscope.[10] As rst
single "Get Your Gunn" was beginning to receive airplay,
Gein received a letter declaring his services no longer
needed by the band, after he overdosed on heroin for a
fth time.[10][14] He was replaced by White, of Ambooga-Lard, who undertook the alias Twiggy Ramirez.[7] The
album was released on July 19, 1994 and peaked at
number thirty-ve on Billboard's Top Heatseekers album
chart.[17] The band began its rst national headlining tour
in December 1994, with Jack O Jill opening.[18] During
Portrait of an American Family and Smells Like Chil- the bands stint as opening act on the Nine Inch Nails tour,
Manson met Church of Satan founder Dr. Anton LaVey,
dren (19931995)
who bestowed Manson with the title of "Reverend"
meaning a person who is revered by the church, and not
necessarily one who dedicates their life to preaching the
religion to others, as with a priest or minister.[10] Manson would use this title in the liner notes of the bands
following album, citing himself as Reverend Marilyn
Manson.[19]

Left to Right: Twiggy, Gacy and Manson performing at the A


Night of Nothing industry showcase, 1996

Reznor oered the band a contract with the label, as


well as an opening slot supporting Nine Inch Nails on
their upcoming "Self Destruct Tour".[13] After accepting
both oers, recording sessions for their debut studio album began in July 1993 with Swans producer Roli Mosimann at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida. Recording
a selection of new songs along with material from their
Spooky Kids repertoire, the rst version of their debut,
titled The Manson Family Album, was completed by the
end of September. However, it was not well received.[14]
The bands members, along with Reznor, criticized Mosimanns production as being at, lifeless and poorly representative of the bands live performances.[10] At the same
time, Gidget Gein had begun to lose control of his addiction to heroin.[14] Before reworking the album, the band
played two shows in Florida under the name Mrs. Scabtree. This band featured Manson on drums, Gacy on
keyboard, Berkowitz on guitar, and Jessicka from Jack
O Jill sharing vocal duties with Jeordie White of Miami

In March 1995, the band began a two-month tour, this


time with Monster Voodoo Machine as support.[20] This
would be drummer Sara Lee Lucas last tour with the
band.[9] Kenneth Wilson, better known by his stage name
Ginger Fish, then joined the group before they embarked
on a tour with rock bands Danzig and Korn.[10] The band
then relocated to the new home of Nothing Studios in
New Orleans to begin work on remixes and b-sides for
Portrait's third single, "Dope Hat",[10] releasing a music
video inspired by the boat ride scene from the 1971 movie
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.[21] The proposed
single eventually developed into an hour-long EP, titled
Smells Like Children. The EPs fteen tracks of covers,
remixes, and sonic experiments also included the bands
version of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of
This)",[22] which would prove to be their rst legitimate
hit.[23] The songs music video was placed in heavy rotation on MTV,[24] in stark contrast with the Dope Hat
video, which the same channel had banished to late-night
airplay only a few months prior.[25] A seven-month headlining tour followed, during which the band began to debut new material.[26]
Antichrist Superstar (199697)
The bands second studio album, Antichrist Superstar,
was released on October 8, 1996.[27] The rock opera
concept album[28] was recorded at Nothing Studios with

1.1. MARILYN MANSON

3
colade in 1996.[31] The year long "Dead to the World
Tour" followed, which was the bands longest and widestranging tour yet. In the US, however, the band was receiving more attention than ever before, and not all of it
was positive. As the tour was getting underway, the band
found itself the target of congressional hearings, led by
Senator Joseph Lieberman, to determine the eects, if
any, of violent lyrics on young listeners.[33] Lieberman
would later go on to refer to Marilyn Manson as perhaps
the sickest group ever promoted by a mainstream record
company.[34] In addition, nearly every performance of
the tour was picketed by religious organizations.[35]

The band released their second EP, Remix & Repent,


on November 25, 1997, which featured new versions of
Antichrist Superstar's four singles, The Beautiful People, "Tourniquet", "Antichrist Superstar" and "Man That
You Fear".[36] The same year, three previously unreleased songs were included on the soundtracks to motion pictures, "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" appeared
on the soundtrack to Spawn,[37] "Apple of Sodom" on
the soundtrack to David Lynch's Lost Highway, while
The Suck for Your Solution featured on the soundtrack
to the Howard Stern biopic Private Parts.[38] In February 1998, Manson released his autobiography, The Long
Hard Road out of Hell,[38] as well as a live video entitled
Dead to the World. It also came to light around this time
Twiggy, the bands longest serving member, during the Dead to
that Antichrist Superstar would be the rst installment in a
the World Tour
concept album trilogy, and that the release of a follow-up
was imminent, along with rumors of the involvement of
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan[39] and
Reznor, Manson, Sean Beavan and Skinny Puppy mem- The Dust Brothers[40] with the as-yet-untitled album.
ber Dave Ogilvie sharing co-production duties; while
members of both Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails
also took part in production duties.[27] The process of Mechanical Animals (199899)
making the album was reputedly a long and dicult one,
highlighted by experiments involving sleep deprivation
The band released the second part of their triptych,
and near-constant drug use, in an eort to create a violent Mechanical Animals, on September 15, 1998.[41] Coand hostile environment suited to the albums content.[29] produced by the bands eponymous lead singer with Sean
During this time, antagonism between band members Beavan and Michael Beinhorn,[42] the album moved away
was high, which caused the departure of guitarist and from the industrial rock production of its predecessor and
Spooky Kids founding member Daisy Berkowitz, with was strongly inuenced by the glam rock period of the
Twiggy performing much of the albums guitar work as a 1970s, particularly David Bowie's 1974 album Diamond
result.[29] Timothy Linton responded to an advert seeking Dogs.[43] Corgan served as an unocial consultant to the
Berkowitz' replacement. He would form a close relation- band during the early development stages of the album.
ship, even sharing a house, with Madonna Wayne Gacy, After playing a few songs for him, Corgan advised them
who was responsible for the inclusion of one of the major that This is denitely the right direction but to go all
sources of inspiration for the album: Kabbalah. Breaking the way with it. Don't just hint at it, referring to its
with the six-year tradition of naming band members after inclusion of glam inuences.[39] To suit their new musifemale icons and serial killers, the band chose to name cal style, the band also recast itself as a glam rock outLinton Zim Zum, which was derived from the Lurianic t, setting aside the rotting-corpse chic of the previous
Kabbalah concept of Tzimtzum.[30]
era[39] in favor of attire more suited to the genre, incorpo"The Beautiful People" was released as the albums lead
single, and made a fairly major impact on the alternative rock charts. It created enough anticipation for Antichrist Superstar that the album debuted at number three
on the Billboard 200[31] with rst-week sales of 132,000
copies.[32] Manson also appeared on the cover of Rolling
Stone, who awarded the band their 'Best New Artist' ac-

rating leather, platform boots and brightly dyed hair.[39]


The band also relocated from New Orleans to Los Angeles,[39] while Zim Zum was replaced by guitarist John
Lowery,[44] who dubbed himself John 5.[45] Immediately
prior to this, Lowery had been a member of former Judas
Priest vocalist Rob Halford's 2wo, who were themselves
signed to Nothing Records.[46]

CHAPTER 1. OVERVIEW
Pussy taking over select opening slots.[58]
The nal four dates of the tour were canceled out of respect for the victims of the Columbine High School massacre.[59][60] The latter half of 1999 and much of 2000
was a period of relative silence for the band, who refused to take part in interviews and retreated from public life.[61] They shelved plans for a proposed single and
music video for their cover of AC/DC's "Highway to
Hell", which appeared on the soundtrack to Detroit Rock
City.[62] They spent this period writing and recording in
a secluded studio in Death Valley,[63][64] with only the
live album The Last Tour on Earth appearing during this
time.[65] A studio outtake from Antichrist Superstar, titled "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes", served as
its only single.[66]
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
(200002)

Manson as Mechanical Animals antagonist, "Omega"

Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) was released on November 14, 2000.[67] Produced by the bands
lead singer with Dave Sardy, the album also features programming and pre-production editing by Bon Harris of
Nitzer Ebb.[68] The band wrote over 100 songs for the
album,[68] which was a return to the darker, more abrasive sound of Antichrist Superstar. Much of its content
was written in response to the Columbine massacre,[69]
with the albums third single, "The Nobodies", directly
referencing the shootings.[70] Described by the bands
frontman as the third part of a trilogy which began with
Antichrist Superstar and continued in Mechanical Animals,[71] its overarching theme is an exploration of the
relationship between death and fame in American culture, and its lyrics and artwork contain many references to
John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, John Lennon
and Mark David Chapman, and Abraham Lincoln and
John Wilkes Booth.[72] The "Guns, God and Government
Tour" elaborated on Holy Wood's central theme, and with
its logo a rie and handguns arranged to resemble the
Christian cross Manson made no attempt to conceal
what he saw as the source of that fascination.[73]

Interscopes promotion of the album was massive,[47]


with the label erecting enormous billboards of the lead
singer as an androgynous extraterrestrial in both Times
Square and Sunset Strip.[48] Repeated appearances on
MTV and other networks helped propel the albums lead
single, "The Dope Show", to number twelve on Billboards Mainstream Rock chart,[41] becoming the bands
highest-charting single yet in the process.[49] The songs
music video was critically acclaimed, winning two awards
at the 1998 Billboard Music Video Awards[50] as well
as the Best Cinematography award at the 1999 MTV
VMAs;[51] while the song was also nominated for Best
Hard Rock Performance at the 41st Annual Grammy
Awards.[52] The album would go on to debut at number
one on the Billboard 200, with rst week sales of over The band also revealed that within their concept album
223,000.[53]
trilogy,[74] Holy Wood serves as prequel to Mechanical
After a brief promotional campaign, the band set out on Animals and Antichrist Superstar despite the latter two
the "Beautiful Monsters Tour" with Hole.[54] The tour preceding Holy Wood in release date.[75] Each album conwould be a problematic one, however,[55] and was marred tains its own distinct storyline, which can be linked toby frequent onando stage exchanges between Manson gether to create a larger overarching storyline encompassand Hole vocalist Courtney Love.[56] Private disputes also ing all three.[75] Manson has oered this much in the way
arose over the tours nancial arrangements, with Hole of an interpretation: "[Holy Wood is about] wanting to t
unwittingly nancing most of Mansons production costs, into a world that didn't want me, and ghting really hard
which were disproportionately high relative to Holes.[57] to get there. [The albums deepest elements] are idealism
The tour was to include thirty-seven shows spanning over and the desire to start a revolution. If you begin with Holy
a two-month period,[54] although Hole left after taking Wood, then Mechanical Animals really talks about how
part in just nine of the scheduled dates. A broken ankle that revolution gets taken away from you and turned into
from Manson also forced the postponement of the next a product, and then Antichrist Superstar is where you're
two shows,[56] with the remainder of the tour being re- given a choice to decide if you're going to be controlled
named "Rock Is Dead" and Jack O Jill and Nashville by the power that you created or if you want to destroy

1.1. MARILYN MANSON


yourself and then start over. It just becomes a cycle.[74]
As part of the albums promotional campaign, the band
joined the 2001 line-up of Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest, although they initially refused to take part in its June 21 date
in Denvertheir rst appearance in Colorado since the
Columbine massacre.[76] After protests from several religious groups, however, the band announced on their website that they would perform in Denver, and planned to
balance out their violent lyrics by quoting Bible text,
so we can examine the virtues of wonderful Christian
stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child
sacrice.[77][78] During the concert, Manson read passages such as Leviticus 20:9 (For every one that curseth
his father or his mother shall surely be put to death) and
Psalm 137:9 (Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth
thy little ones against the stones).[79] The tour was documented by a DVD of the same name, which was released
on October 29, 2002. In addition to a compilation style
concert [songs from multiple individual shows edited together to appear as a single performance], it includes a
thirty-minute short lm titled The Death Parade.[80]
This was followed by Guns, God and Government Live
in LA seven years later. Released on Blu-ray on November 17, 2009, it depicts their January 13, 2001 performance at Los Angeles Grand Olympic Auditorium in its
entirety.[81]

5
an international success, debuting at number one in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Billboard's
European Albums Chart.[89] The album appeared on several critics year-end lists,[13] and won a 2003 Metal Edge
Readers Choice Award for Album of the Year.[90]

Performing at Ozzfest (2003)

Eschewing the lyrical depth and symbolism found on Holy


Wood, the album was relatively straightforward: in an
extended metaphor, Manson compares his own oftencriticized work to the Entartete Kunst banned by the Nazi
regime.[91] Lyrically, Manson utilizes the narrative mode
of stream of consciousness throughout the album to examine the human psyche in times of crisis, specically
focusing on the mindset of lunatics and children, as,
according to Manson, they don't follow the rules [of
society].[92] Several songs incorporate elements commonly found in playground chants and nursery rhymes,
which Manson would pervert into something ugly and
lurid.[92] The work of Kurt Weill was also noted as an
inuence, along with the lucid dreams the singer was having during its production, with Manson explaining that
he would wake up and say, 'I want to write a song that
sounds like a stampeding elephant,' or 'I want to write a
song that sounds like a burning piano.'"[92][93]

Earlier in 2001, the band released a cover of Gloria


Jones' "Tainted Love" on the soundtrack to Not Another
Teen Movie.[82] The song became the bands biggest international hit yet, peaking at number one in numerous European territories.[83] In 2002, Jonathan Davis
of Korn invited Marilyn Manson to record vocals on
a track titled Redeemer, which was released on his
soundtrack to Queen of the Damned.[84] Manson also appeared in Michael Moore's 2002 documentary, Bowling
for Columbine; his appearance was lmed on the same
day as their Denver Ozzfest performance. When Moore
asked what Manson would have said to the students at
Columbine, he replied, I wouldn't say a single word to
them. I would listen to what they have to say, and thats
Manson began his long-term collaboration with Austrianwhat no one did.[85]
Irish artist Gottfried Helnwein, working together on several multi-media projects associated with the album, inThe Golden Age of Grotesque and Lest We Forget cluding the exhibitions and installation art projects featured at the albums launch party at The Key Club in
(200305)
Los Angeles, the album artwork, the music video to lead
With the triptych of previous albums complete, the single "mOBSCENE", as well as the artwork which acband was free to begin a fresh project. In 2002, Manson companied Mansons essay for The Rock and Roll Hall
created an original score for the Resident Evil lm with of Fame and Museum.[94][95] Limited edition copies of
former KMFDM multi-instrumentalist Tim Skld.[86] the album included a DVD titled Doppelherz (DoubleSoon after, Skld became an ocial band member when heart), a 25-minute surrealist short lm directed by ManTwiggy Ramirez amicably left the group, citing creative son which featured art direction by Helnwein.[96] Another
dierences.[87] After nding inspiration through Man- world tour followed, "Grotesk Burlesk", which furthered
sons girlfriend Dita Von Teese in the swing and burlesque the albums Weimar Republic-inspired theme by adding
movements of 1920s Berlin,[88] the band recorded The Helnwein-created stage dressing and elements of German
Golden Age of Grotesque, which was released on May 13, Kabarett to the groups performances.[95] Manson and the
2003 and debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart, band members began appearing both on-and o-stage in
selling over 118,000 copies on its rst week.[32] It was also designer suits created by Jean Paul Gaultier.[97]

6
Lest We Forget: The Best Of was released on September
28, 2004 and was referred to by Manson as a farewell
compilation.[98] It was the last album released under
Nothing Records, as the label was dissolved following a
lawsuit led by Reznor against his former manager and
business partner, John Malm.[99] The compilation was
supported by the "Against All Gods Tour",[100] as well as
a singlea cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus".[101]
It was the rst and only tour to feature Mark Chaussee of
Rob Halfords Fight on lead guitar,[102] replacing John 5,
whose relationship with Manson had soured over the previous year.[103] During the bands performance of The
Beautiful People at the 2003 Rock am Ring festival,
Manson kicked and then shoved the guitarist. John 5 responded in anger, throwing his guitar to the ground and
raising his sts to Manson, before resuming the song.[104]
Former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna also replaced Ginger Fish, who fractured his wrist, skull and
cheekbone after falling several feet o his drum riser during a performance at a German awards ceremony.[105][106]
Eat Me, Drink Me (200608)

Skld and Manson during the Rape of the World Tour

By late 2005, the band had composed eighteen new songs,


but work on their sixth studio album was halted when
Manson focused his attention toward various lm and
art projects, including the development of his screenplay,
Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, as well
as a minor role in the Lucy Liu movie Rise: Blood
Hunter.[107] He also launched a self-proclaimed art movement, the Celebritarian Corporation, which included
artist Gottfried Helnwein, fashion designer Steven Klein
and director Anthony Silva,[108] as well as announcing
plans to open an art gallery and publish a book of his
paintings.[109] It was after opening the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery Of Fine Art on Melrose Avenue in 2006
that work started on new material, with Manson writing
lyrics over Sklds already existing compositions.[110]
The resulting material was composed and recorded entirely by Skld, and does not feature writing or performance contributions from any other member of the
band.[111] Its content is largely inspired by personal trou-

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bles relating to Mansons failed marriage to Von Teese,
and his burgeoning relationship with then-19-year old
actress Evan Rachel Wood.[110] The band made their
debut appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
on October 31, 2006, performing their cover of "This
Is Halloween" from a deluxe edition re-release of The
Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.[112] This would
be their last performance featuring longtime keyboardist
Madonna Wayne (Pogo) Gacy,[113][114] who would go on
to le a $20m lawsuit against the band the following year
for unpaid partnership proceeds.[115]
The album was preceded by the release of a single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides
the Hand)", whose music video was shot using director James Cameron's 3D Fusion Camera System
technology.[116] The video caused controversy upon release, with several sources claiming that it featured genuine footage of Manson and Wood engaged in sexual
intercourse.[116][117][118][119] Wood was reportedly paid
the highest [music] video salary in history to appear in
the video.[120] Eat Me, Drink Me was released on June 5,
2007,[121] and entered the Billboard 200 at number eight
with rst week sales of 88,000 copies.[122] It also peaked
in the top ten of most major international album charts,
as well as at number two on Billboard's European Albums
Chart.[123] "Putting Holes In Happiness" was released as
the albums second single,[124] with a remix of the track
by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner appearing on
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.[125]
To promote the album, the band embarked on the ninemonth "Rape of the World Tour", which featured Skld
on lead guitar,[126] former The Prodigy bassist Rob Holliday[127] and longtime drummer Ginger Fish; while
Vrenna rejoined the band as their live keyboardist.[128]
The rst leg of the tour was a co-headlining set with
American thrash metal band Slayer, with support coming from Bleeding Through.[129][130] In November 2007,
Manson conrmed that he and Skld had begun work on
the bands next studio album, with Slayers Kerry King,
former The Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and
Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs set to feature.[131] By
the beginning of 2008, however, Twiggy Ramirez had rejoined the band as bassist, resulting in the exit of Skld,
with Holliday moving from bass to lead guitar for the remaining duration of the tour.[132] Future collaborations
with Skld were not ruled out.[133]
The High End of Low (200809)
In March 2008, Twiggy stated through his Myspace blog
that the band had began work on their seventh studio
album.[134] Four months later, former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland joined the band for their headlining
show at the 2008 ETP Fest in South Korea.[135] However,
Borland left the group to reunite with Limp Bizkit after
just one other performance.[136] He later said that he was
reluctant to be a hired gun, citing the bands refusal to

1.1. MARILYN MANSON


record any of the nine songs he submitted for their upcoming album.[137] R&B singer Ne-Yo claimed in early
December that he would hold writing sessions with the
bands frontman on new material,[138] although Manson
released a statement on Christmas Eve denying this,[139]
saying that he had never even met Ne-Yo. I can assure
him that he would not want to be associated with something this godless.[140]
The High End of Low was recorded throughout 2008,
with Manson recording vocals at his Hollywood Hills
home studio[141] between November and January 5,
2009.[142] Produced by Manson, Twiggy and Vrenna with
Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals co-producer
Sean Beavan,[143][144] Manson described the album as
containing extreme autobiographical content relating
to the dissolution of his engagement to Wood,[141][142]
and as being very ruthless, heavy and violent.[145] Its
fteen songs appear on the album in the order they
were written.[142] The penultimate track, Into the Fire,
portrays the vocalists mental state on Christmas Day,
wherein he attempted to contact Wood 158 times, cutting himself with a razorblade on the face or hands for
each corresponding attempt.[146] The albums nal song,
15, was completed on Mansons January 5 birthday
hence the name.[142] Manson utilized his entire home as a
canvas to document the disintegration of the relationship,
writing its lyrics on walls and coupling them with paintings and drawings relating to Wood, as well as used condoms, bags of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia.[143]

7
ing that the label cares more about Vitamin Water [the
private equity venture of Interscope-signed 50 Cent[155] ]
than music.[156] Reznor who, as of 2015, remains
friends with Iovine[157] responded by calling Manson
a dopey clown and claiming that He is a malicious
guy and will step on anybodys [sic] face to succeed
and cross any line of decency.[158] While promoting
the album in the UK, Manson appeared inebriated in a
series of interviews.[159][160][161] An interview for Alan
Carr: Chatty Man recorded during this time remains
unaired,[162] due to graphic language and content.[163] A
music video for "Running to the Edge of the World"
in which Manson beats a Wood lookalike to death was
released on November 4 and was condemned as a perceived glorication of violence against women.[164][165]
The band parted ways with Interscope on December
3.[166] Eight days later,[167] they settled the lawsuit led by
former keyboardist Stephen Bier (aka M.W. Gacy), with
Mansons insurance company paying Biers attorneys fees
and Bier receiving no monetary value.[168][169][170]

Born Villain (200912)


Upon parting with Interscope, Manson said a lot of the
creative control on which my hands were tied [has been
regained]", while stating that the band had been writing
new material while touring their previous album.[171] At
the beginning of 2010, Vrenna said that they were talking and coming up with concepts for their upcoming
studio album.[172] Manson attested that its lyrical content would be more romantic yet self-abusive,[171]
and described its sonic elements as being suicide death
metal.[173] That April, Manson expressed interest in
releasing the record in a dierent way from previous
ones.[174] Fred Sablan bassist for Twiggy and Masters
of Reality vocalist Chris Goss' project Goon Moon[175]
joined the band in July.[176] By October, Twiggy described the album as being almost done, and opined
that Its our best record yet. I mean, everyone always says that, but I think this is our best work so far.
Its kind of like a little more of a punk rock Mechanical Animals, without sounding too pretentious.[177] The
following month, it was announced that the band had
signed a joint-venture deal with London-based indie label
Cooking Vinyl.[177] As part of the deal, the band would
retain creative control over their artistic direction,[178]
with the band and label sharing prots equally after the
label recoups costs associated with marketing, promotion
and distribution.[179]

"We're from America" was released as a free download on the bands website on March 27, 2009,[147]
while a Hot Topic-exclusive CD single followed two
weeks later.[148] After playing an instrumental version
of "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon" to Interscopes A&R department, it was chosen as the albums
ocial lead single, with an employee telling Manson,
This is gonna be a hit!". Manson then quipped to the
employee, Well, I'm glad that you have no consideration for what I [might] put on top of it.[149] A heavily
censored version of the profanity-laced track re-titled
to Arma... geddon[150] was serviced to radio from
April 13,[147] and peaked at number thirty-seven on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, becoming their lowestpeaking single in the process.[49] The album was released
on May 26, 2009 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 49,000 copies, their lowest
opening week gure since The Last Tour on Earth debuted with 26,000 copies in 1999.[151] It was supported
by "The High End of Low Tour". Rob Holliday did not
rejoin the band, with former Wired All Wrong member
Andy Gerold performing bass and Twiggy taking over on For much of 2011, Manson removed himself from the
public spotlight and ceased almost all communication
lead guitar.[152][153]
with fans,[180] only taking a break from his self-imposed
Prior to The High End of Low's release, Manson made sequestration to appear in the music video for Tempat
a series of disparaging comments regarding Interscope Ku by Brunei rock band D'Hask.[181] On February 24,
and its artistic censorship; as well as its then-CEO longtime drummer Ginger Fish announced his resignaJimmy Iovine, who Manson said wasn't smart enough tion from the group.[182] On May 22, their website unto understand what [we] do,[154] and publicly claim- derwent a complete overhaul. A 26-second clip of an

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blew them all. We're already getting more radio play
than the whole of the last record.[194] The song went on
to peak at number twenty-six on the Mainstream Rock
chart, spending fourteen weeks on the chart, and was
their best-performing single there since Personal Jesus
in 2004.[49] Born Villain was released worldwide from
April 30,[193] debuting at number ten on the Billboard
200 and atop both the Independent Albums and Top Hard
Rock Albums charts.[195] Internationally, it peaked within
the top ten of numerous territories,[196] and spent two
weeks at number one on the UK Rock Albums Chart.[197]
A remix EP for "Slo-Mo-Tion" followed on November
5.[198] The band embarked on the seventeen-month "Hey
Cruel World... Tour" from the end of April,[199] which
was interspersed by co-headlining tours with Rob Zombie
("Twins of Evil") and Alice Cooper ("Masters of Madness").[200][201]

The band logo for Born Villain.

The Pale Emperor (201215)

In August 2012, Manson announced he would appear


in the sixth season of David Duchovny's television series Californication.[202] While lming the season nale
at the Greek Theatre in LA,[203] Manson met the series
score composer, Tyler Bates, who mentioned the idea
of collaborating.[204] In May 2013, Manson conrmed
that production had started on new material,[205] and by
February 2014, Gil Sharone, drummer for The Dillinger
Escape Plan and Stolen Babies, stated that he had performed on the bands upcoming record.[206] Four months
later, Sablan announced that he had left the group,[207]
and was replaced on bass by Twiggy, with Bates and his
friend, Paul Wiley, taking over as live guitarists[208] on
[209]
After being impressed by his directorial work on one their 2014 summer tour.
of Kid Cudi's music videos,[185] Manson employed ac- "Cupid Carries a Gun" was the rst song previewed
tor Shia LaBeouf to direct a short lm entitled Born from the upcoming album,[206] when it was used as the
Villain.[186] Contrary to media reports that the project opening theme to Salem from its second episode onwould be a making-of video documenting the albums wards, which premiered on US television on April 27.[210]
recording,[187][188] Born Villain was a surrealist short[189] A large portion of "Killing Strangers" was predomifeaturing a previously unreleased track, Overneath the nantly featured[211] in the Keanu Reeves movie John
Path of Misery. Containing numerous references to Wick.[212][213] The albums rst ocial single, "Third Day
Macbeth,[190] it was inspired by Jodorowskys The Holy of a Seven Day Binge", was premiered on BBC Radio 1's
Mountain[185] and Luis Buuel and Salvador Dal's 1929 Rock Show by Daniel P. Carter on October 26,[214][215]
silent lm Un Chien Andalou.[190] To promote the project, and was released for free download on the bands webLaBeouf and his girlfriend, photographer Karolyn Pho, site immediately after the broadcast.[216] "Deep Six" was
gratied areas of LA with its artwork. LaBeouf and Pho released on December 16,[217] with a music video followlater photographed their work, and released it as a limited ing three days later.[218] The song peaked at number eight
edition book titled Campaign, which was bundled with a on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart,[219] making it the
DVD of the lm.[190][191] In November, Vrenna departed bands highest-ever peaking single there.[49] Cupid Carthe band to focus on other production work, while indi- ries a Gun was then released as a single on January 8,
cating that production of the bands eight studio album 2015.[220][221]
was largely completed.[192]
The Pale Emperor was released on January 20 in the
unreleased song, tentatively titled I am among no one,
was uploaded to their Vimeo account, along with a new
logo.[183] The logo consisted of the letter M repeated four
times in a spiral pattern, each with one long tail. At the
end of two of the tails was the Taoist symbol , which
is the inner trigram of hexagram 30 from the I Ching,
named (pronounced: l). This hexagram, symbolizing radiance, is also known as the clinging, re and
the net.[184] The CMYK coloring was also notable with
regard to an acrostic which appeared in a journal entry
accompanying the site changes, spelling out the words
Christianity Manufactures Yesterdays Killers.[183]

The album was preceded by the release of "No Reection", which Manson leaked to KROQ-FM on March
7, 2012.[193] Cooking Vinyl CEO Martin Goldschmidt
called the leak a masterstroke, saying we had all these
exclusives lined up around the world, and then Manson

US.[222] It is dedicated to Mansons mother, who died


in May 2014 after an eight-year battle with Alzheimers
disease and dementia.[223][224] The album was both a
critical and commercial success, debuting at number
eight on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 51,000

1.1. MARILYN MANSON


copies,[225] their largest opening-week gure since Eat
Me, Drink Me in 2007.[122][226] Numerous publications referred to it as the bands best album in over a
decade,[222][223][227][228] and would later appear on several
'best of 2015' lists.[229][230][231][232][233][234][235][236] It was
also dubbed the best metal album of 2015 by Rolling
Stone.[237] A music video for "The Mephistopheles of Los
Angeles" was released on May 11.[238] The album was
supported by The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour, which was
interspersed by a co-headlining tour with The Smashing
Pumpkins titled The End Times.[239][240]

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the band has produced music which has been ascribed
to many genres, including industrial metal,[13][260][261]
industrial rock,[262][263][264] industrial dance,[265]
post-industrial,[266][267] alternative metal,[268][269][270]
progressive metal,[264] hard rock,[13][271][272] electronic,[8]
glam rock,[41][260] goth rock,[264][273][274] death
metal,[263][275] blues rock[276] and pop.[271]

Say10 and recent activity (2015present)


While touring with The Smashing Pumpkins in 2015,
Manson indicated a strong possibility of working with
Corgan on new material, and also revealed plans to collaborate with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis on a "Southernsounding, acoustic project.[241] On November 2, Manson announced in an interview with KEGL that work had
begun on the bands tenth studio album, while also conrming that Twiggy, Bates and Sharone would all be involved in its recording.[242] In February 2016, Manson
appeared on a tribute album to Giorgio Moroder curated
by Shooter Jennings, titled Countach (For Giorgio), contributing vocals to a version of David Bowies "Cat People
(Putting Out Fire)".[243][244][245] A 16-bit music video for
the song was released in August.[246][247] Also in February, details were also announced of another co-headlining
tour, this time with heavy metal band Slipknot.[248] The
tour was scheduled to begin on June 9 in Salt Lake
City and consist of thirty-four dates in Amphitheatres
throughout North America, with support from Of Mice
& Men.[249] However, the rst twelve dates of the tour
were postponed after a physical examination revealed
that Corey Taylor had broken two vertebrae in his neck.
The tour began on June 28 in Nashville, Tennessee, with
the postponed shows rescheduled for August.[250]

John 5 performing with Rob Zombie in 2014

Before parting ways with the band in 1996, Daisy


Berkowitz was their lead composer,[277] either writing or
co-writing the majority of their music alongside Gidget
Gein.[14][278] Until his departure in 2002,[279] Twiggy was
their chief musical contributor, co-writing many of the
bands biggest hits with Manson during this period.[280]
Despite never receiving a writing credit, drummer Ginger Fish provided substantial pre-production assistance
to both Manson and Twiggy while composing demos for
Antichrist Superstar. His drums loops and sound eects
would go on to be predominantly featured on several
tracks, most notably The Beautiful People.[281] John
5 and Tim Skld were also prevalent composers,[45][111]
with the latter composing every song on Eat Me, Drink
Me;[282] while The Pale Emperor was composed entirely
by Tyler Bates.[283]

All of the bands lyrics are written by Manson, whose


songwriting style varies between albums.[284] Utilizing aesthetics often found within spoken-word poetry,[275][285] his writing employs various means of
word play[286][287] for comedic eect,[275] such as
puns[288][289][290] and double entendres,[291][292] and
he makes frequent use of literary devices such as
alliteration[293] and symbolism.[294] These witticisms often take the form of neologisms, delivered several
at a time in rapid-re succession.[295] Lyrical content
has emerged from a wide range of subjects, including
love,[110] sex and sexuality,[35] sexual abuse, consumerism
and politics,[296] revenge,[142] suicide and capitalism,[271]
1.1.2 Musical style
violence and mortality,[297] as well as various aspects of
[298]
and Greek mythology.[299][300]
Although the bands music has often been labeled Christian
as shock rock by mainstream media,[225][255][256][257] Manson predominantly delivers lyrics in a melodic
Manson disputes the use of the label,[258] preferring fashion,[301] although he invariably enhances his vocal
instead to identify their work as being primarily rooted register by utilizing several extended vocal techniques,
in rock and roll.[259] Over the course of their career, such as vocal fry,[302] screaming,[303] growling[304] and
Antichrist Superstar was reissued on cassette exclusively
in Europe as part of Record Store Day.[251][252] It is currently unknown if the album which celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its release this October will be
reissued in an expanded format later this year.[27] The
band have also been conrmed to take part in Slipknots
Knotfest 2016 in Japan.[253] On July 19, Manson announced that the bands tenth studio album would be released on Valentines Day in 2017, and would be titled
Say10.[254]

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CHAPTER 1. OVERVIEW

crooning.[305][306] His voice can omit ve dierent tones Cash, Jimi Hendrix, N.W.A and The Smashing Pumpsimultaneously,[307] which mixing engineer Robert Car- kins have also been cited as inuences.[328]
ranza discovered can form a pentagram when imported
in to a phrasal analyzer.[308][309] He possesses a baritone
vocal type,[310] and has a vocal range which can span more 1.1.4 Impact and legacy
than four octaves.[311] His lowest bass note of B1 can
be heard in both Antichrist Superstar and The Dope
Show, while his highest note, an E6 the rst note of
the whistle register can be heard on the Born Villain
song Hey, Cruel World....[312]

1.1.3

Inuences

The earliest incarnation of the band was conceived by


Manson at a Miami nightclub called The Reunion Room
in December 1989,[4] where he was introduced to Big
Black's Songs About Fucking by his future keyboardist,
Stephen Bier.[10] Daisy Berkowitz played in several punk
rock outts before co-founding the Spooky Kids, and was
inuenced by acts such as New York Dolls and the Jim
Carroll Band, whose People Who Died was covered
regularly at live shows.[10] Using a Yamaha RX-8 drum
machine,[4] they produced several demo tapes of experimental, beat-heavy compositions, similar to Steve Albini's work with Big Black.[313] With the addition of a
live drummer, the band gradually altered and developed
their composing process, recording techniques and live
performances.[313]
As its only permanent member, Manson heads the direction of the bands sound, who has been inuenced
by the shock rock work of artists such as Screamin'
Jay Hawkins,[314] Arthur Brown,[10] Alice Cooper,[260]
The Doors,[315] Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne[260] and
Iggy Pop.[316] His biggest inuence, however, was
David Bowie, who he credited with changing [his] life
forever.[316][317] The two have often been compared by
mainstream media, particularly in relation to their ability
to shift genre and style replete with a new look and musical philosophy with each studio release.[318][319][320]
For several years, Manson sang "Cat People (Putting
Out Fire)" as a vocal warm up exercise before live
performances,[321] later covering the song with outlaw
country musician Shooter Jennings.[322]
During their period at Nothing Records, the bands sound
gathered sonic elements from other outts on that labels roster, particularly Nine Inch Nails, with Reznor
co-producing their rst two studio albums.[27][41] Manson has cited Queen as an inuence on the bands more
melodic work,[41] while new wave and synthpop acts such
as Depeche Mode[323] and Gary Numan[324] have been
noted as inuencing their electronic material. Manson
said of the latter, I was always into his apocalyptic ction lyrics. He pioneered electronic dance music.[325]
The work of gothic rock acts such as The Cure[326] and
Bauhaus has also been cited, with Twiggy saying that as
far as guitar and bass combinations go, Bauhaus Daniel
Ash and David J were a really big inuence.[327] Johnny

Manson in the dental device from The Beautiful People

Marilyn Manson have been credited with creating some


of the most recognizable and visually dening music
videos of the MTV Generation,[329] with some commentators suggesting that their music videos played a signicant role in the bands commercial success.[330][331] Their
work frequently incorporates surrealist iconography
and purposefully grotesque imagery,[190][332][333][334] and
their style has been emulated by other performers.[335]
Joseph Schafer of Stereogum said in 2015 that perhaps no single artist has mastered the music video as a
medium so well [as Marilyn Manson].[271] They have
received numerous awards and accolades for their work.
Three of their videos Sweet Dreams (Are Made of
This)", The Beautiful People and The Dope Show
received a total of ve MTV Video Music Award nominations. The latter won the Award for Best Cinematography at the 1999 ceremony,[51] and two awards at the
1998 Billboard Music Video Awards.[50] The Beautiful
People appeared at number fty-four on MTV's list of
the '100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made',[336] as well
as at number one-hundred on MuchMusic's 100 Greatest
Videos Ever.[337] Their 2003 video for "(s)AINT" was
referred to by NME as one of the most explicit music
videos ever made,[338] and was included in lists of the
'Most Controversial Music Videos by both Time and SF
Weekly.[339][340]
The band have received several Kerrang! Awards
throughout their career, and were inducted into the
Kerrang! Hall of Fame in 2000.[341] Manson also received their Icon Award in 2005,[342][343] as well as their
Lifetime Achievement Award ten years later.[344] The
publication has ranked Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the
Valley of Death) as the eleventh greatest rock album of
the 2000s,[345] and in 2015 they listed Manson as the
twenty-eighth greatest rockstar in the world.[346] VH1 included Marilyn Manson at seventy-eight on their list of

1.1. MARILYN MANSON


the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock,[347] and also included The Beautiful People at number eighty-six on
their list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.[348] Similarly, Gigwise included Manson at number thirty-six in
their list of the '60 Greatest Solo Artists of All Time'
and said: He is sex, he is religion, he is art and ultimately pure hedonistic entertainment. He is the reaction to the horror that surrounds him.[349] In 2016, Manson was presented with an Icon Award at the Alternative
Press Music Awards.[350] The band has also received
four Grammy Award nominations, including two for Best
Metal Performance, along with nominations for Best
Hard Rock Performance and Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.[52] Marilyn Manson have sold over 50 million
records worldwide.[350][351][352][353]
Its clear Manson isn't merely a freak rocker, media manipulator or one-trick pony. The secret to his longevity
lies not in his sometimes schlocky image, but in the content of his work. Not only are his songs sonically compelling and his themes fresh and intriguing, but his actions speak louder than his words. His imagery, sounds
and theatrics all still have a point, and like all true artists,
he continues to wring signicant messages from the lining of his contorted innards. Manson doesn't just bleed
for his art. He drinks, pukes, fornicates and risks his life
for it.
Jon Wiederhorn of MTV on Marilyn Manson, 2003[1]
Several commentators have referred to the bands lead
singer as being one of the most iconic and controversial gures in heavy metal music,[331][354][355][356]
with some going so far as to call him a "pop culture
icon".[357][358][359][360] Paste magazine said there were
few artists in the 90s as shocking as Marilyn Manson, the
most famous of the shock-rockers.[361] Rolling Stone editor Lorraine Ali credited Antichrist Superstar with marking the end of the reign of grunge within popular music,
writing that Marilyn Manson "[oered] total escapism
as a true alternative, elaborating that the album was a
volatile reaction to ve years of earnest, post-Nirvana
rock.[263] In 2003, Jon Wiederhorn of MTV called Manson the only major performer today who can justiably
call himself an artist.[1] Graham Hartmann of Loudwire
said that the bands best songs document a career that
is unlike any other that came before, highlighting their
mix of a rock 'n' roll mentality with profound lyrics narrating the progression of society in real time, Manson has
developed a polarizing identity as both a beloved hero and
a reviled villain.[362]
Similarly, Hannah Ewers of The Guardian wrote in
2016 that the bands music has never been more relevant [than] at this time of cultural and political turbulence. Whether [his lyrics are addressing] Americas
gun crime problem, sexual abuse, religious hypocrisy or
consumerism, Manson remains a relevant cultural gure
rather than a 90s one, because he continues to address
the times without lapsing into a parody, and opined:

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As long as young people are angry (which they are),
he will have listeners.[296] Such controversial material
has invariably overshadowed the bands music, with Tim
Grierson of About.com writing, The downside to [the]
provocative album covers and bizarre appearance was
that the songs often took a backseat to his outrageous persona, but said that in terms of continuing the rock 'n'
roll tradition of oending authority, he was one of the art
forms most memorable troublemakers.[363]
The band has been noted as inuencing numerous
groups within metal-associated genres, such as American
Head Charge,[364] Avatar,[365] Babymetal,[366][367]
Combichrist,[368] Cradle of Filth,[369] Ghost,[370][371]
Korn,[372]
Motionless
in
White,[373][374][375]
[376]
[377]
Murderdolls,
Mushroomhead,
New Years
Day,[378] September Mourning[379][380] and Slipknot.[381]
Outside of heavy metal, both the band and its lead
singer have inspired a diverse group of acts, including
Avril Lavigne,[382][383] Charli XCX,[384][385] Die Antwoord,[386] Eminem,[387] Grimes,[388] Lady Gaga,[389][390]
Lana Del Rey,[391] My Chemical Romance[392] and
Skylar Grey.[393] Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson has
called Manson an amazing gure and provocateur and
agitator and said that he was always challenging you
to think about the church, to think about sexuality and
to think about society in dierent ways. We just don't
have singers like that anymore.[394] Billy Corgan of
The Smashing Pumpkins has commended Mansons
manipulation of the culture of celebrity, saying: Hes
very savvy, in that he lets people think things about him
or plays into things to see what will happen, almost like a
performance artist. Hes a visionary in a way, because he
identied a culture that was coming and now that culture
is everywhere.[296]

1.1.5 Controversy
In December 1996, Senator Joseph Lieberman, along
with former Secretary of Education William Bennett and
Secretary of Pennsylvania State C. DeLores Tucker, held
a press conference wherein they questioned MCA the
owner of Interscope president Edgar Bronfman Jr.'s
ability to head the label competently whilst proting from
profanity-laced albums by artists such as Tupac Shakur,
Snoop Doggy Dogg and Marilyn Manson.[395] Earlier that
year, Tucker called the bands EP Smells Like Children
the dirtiest, nastiest porno record directed at children
that has ever hit the market.[396] The following November, Representative Sam Brownback chaired a hearing
of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Aairs titled Music Violence: How Does It Affect Our Children.[397] At this subcommittee, Lieberman
once again criticized the bands music, calling it vile,
hateful, nihilistic and damaging, and repeated his request that Seagram then-owner of MCA start [...]
disassociating itself from Marilyn Manson. The subcommittee also heard from Raymond Kuntz, of Burlington,

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North Dakota, who blamed his son Richards suicide on those shown in the Marilyn Manson paintings of ElizaAntichrist Superstarspecically the song The Reecting beth Short that we saw. I think that you carried an imGod.[398]
age of the paintings in your memory when you killed
[414]
Mitchell was found guilty of murder and senThe bands live performances have also come under re Jodi.
tenced
to
serve
a minimum of twenty years in prison.[415]
the "Dead to the World Tour", in particular, was
followed by protesters at nearly every North American
venue it visited.[35] Utah passed legislation allowing stateoperated venues to ban the group from performing, forcing the cancelation of their January 11, 1997 performance at Utah State Fairpark. This legislation was repealed six months later, when a group of nine fans successfully sued the state.[399] Similarly, an April 10 concert
at the state-owned Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South
Carolina was canceled after the South Carolina House
of Representatives voted to ban Marilyn Manson from
ever performing on state-owned property. This resulted
in South Carolina being forced to pay the bands promoters $40,000 for loss of income.[400] The city council of Richmond, Virginia ordered the cancelation of
their May 10 concert at Richmond Coliseum.[400] The
American Civil Liberties Union sued the city on the
bands behalf.[401]
A July 22 concert at La Luna in Portland, Oregon was
canceled following the venues inability to obtain insurance for the event.[402] Their concert at Calgary's Max
Bell Arena three days later was also canceled, with the
owner of the venue Larry Ryckman citing the bands
reputation. He would later be successfully sued by the
bands promoters for $66,000 in damages.[403] The New
Jersey date of Ozzfest at Giants Stadium was canceled
by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, who
cited Marilyn Mansons performance as its reason.[404]
The event was only held after Ozzy Osbourne successfully sued the state, which compelled authorities to allow the concert.[401] During this time, schools in Florida
threatened to expel students who attended the bands
concerts.[34]
On June 30, 2003, the mutilated body of fourteen-year
old schoolgirl Jodi Jones was discovered in woodland near
her home in Easthouses, Scotland.[405] The injuries sustained by Jones closely resembled those of actress Elizabeth Short, who was murdered in 1947 and was popularly
referred to by media as the Black Dahlia.[406][407] Jones
boyfriend, then-fteen year old Luke Mitchell, was arrested on suspicion of her murder ten months later.[408]
During a search of his home, detectives conscated a
copy of The Golden Age of Grotesque containing the
short lm Doppelherz.[409] It was purchased two days
after Jones death.[410] A ten-minute excerpt from the
lm, as well as several paintings by Manson depicting
the Black Dahlias mutilated body, were presented as evidence during the trail.[409][411][412] Although Mitchells
defense attorney argued that Jones injuries were inconsistent with those found in Mansons paintings,[413] Lord
Nimmo Smith said during sentencing that he did not
feel able to ignore the fact that there was a degree of
resemblance between the injuries inicted on Jodi and

The bands scheduled appearance at the Park Live Festival in Moscow on June 27, 2014 was canceled moments before they were due to arrive on stage,[416] after
authorities received numerous bomb threats, while hundreds of activists aliated with the Russian Orthodox
Church protested outside the venue.[417] The incident culminated in the assault of several members of the band
and crew near their hotel.[418] Two days later, a performance in Novosibirsk was also canceled when authorities refused to grant permission for the show to go ahead,
accusing Manson of insulting the beliefs of the Orthodox church and of promoting sadomasochism".[419][420]
Later that year, Manson garnered signicant media attention when a video depicting the simulated rape of
Lana Del Rey was posted onto YouTube by production company Sturmgruppe.[421] The video, titled Sturmgruppe 2013 Reel, showed simulated footage of lm
director Eli Roth attacking Del Rey, which was interspersed by unrelated images from two of the bands previous music videos No Reection and Slo-MoTion.[422][423][424] Mansons representatives released a
statement to Billboard denying any involvement in the
production of the rape scenes.[425]

School shootings
Columbine massacre Main article: Columbine High
School massacre
I couldn't care less about those kids reasoning. What
reason do we have to go to war? Its all the same. Killing
somebody can't be justied by having a reason. I think
it says a lot about the [news] media that those two kids
were on the cover of Time magazine twice because I'm
sure thats everything they wanted. They wanted fame.
America sold them the idea that an obituary is just another headline.
Marilyn Manson on the Columbine massacre.[426]
On April 20, 1999, Columbine High School students Eric
Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and a
teacher, and wounded twenty-one others before committing suicide. It remains the deadliest high school shooting in US history.[427] In the days following the massacre,
media reports surfaced alleging that they were inuenced
by violence in entertainment, specically movies, video
games and music.[428] The pair were widely reported as
being fans of German bands KMFDM and Rammstein,
but the majority of blame was directed at Marilyn Manson.[70][429]
Five days after the incident, William Bennett and Joseph

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Lieberman cited the band as a contributing factor to the
massacre during an appearance on Meet the Press.[430]
Soon after, sensationalist headlines such as Killers Worshipped Rock Freak Manson and Devil-Worshipping
Maniac Told Kids To Kill began appearing in mainstream media.[63][431] The Mayor of Denver, Wellington
Webb, successfully petitioned promoters to cancel KBPIFM's annual 'Birthday Bash', at which the band was
scheduled to appear.[432] Coloradoan politicians such
as Governor Bill Owens and Republican Representative
Tom Tancredo accused Manson of promoting hate, violence, death, suicide, drug use and the attitudes and
actions of the Columbine High School killers,[77] despite later reports that neither Harris or Klebold were
fans.[433][434] The band canceled the remaining four dates
of the Rock Is Dead Tour out of respect for the victims,
while steadfastly maintaining that music, movies, books
or video games were not to blame.[59][60]
Eleven days after the massacre, Manson wrote an op-ed
piece for Rolling Stone, titled "Columbine: Whose Fault
Is It?", where he rebuked the ensuing hysteria and witch
hunt, and castigated Americas gun culture, the power
of the National Rie Association, and the medias culpability in placing blame on a scapegoat, through their irresponsible coverage, to avoid examining genuine societal
issues.[435][436]

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records while his live instrument is bass, Gacy (Pogo)
has played keyboards, theremin and calliope, Manson has
played pan ute, harpsichord, keyboards, and guitar, and
Berkowitz has been credited with bass guitar and drum
machines. Vrenna lled in on drums for Fish when he
was injured, and later replaced Gacy on keyboards.

1.1.7 Discography
Main article: Marilyn Manson discography

Studio albums
Portrait of an American Family (1994)
Antichrist Superstar (1996)
Mechanical Animals (1998)
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
(2000)
The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)
Eat Me, Drink Me (2007)
The High End of Low (2009)

Born Villain (2012)


Other shootings The controversy connecting the band
and school shootings continued on October 10, 2007,
The Pale Emperor (2015)
when 14-year-old SuccessTech Academy student Asa
Coon shot four people before committing suicide.[437] Af Say10 (2017)[254]
ter being punched in the face by another student whilst
exiting a bathroom, he shot his attacker Michael Peek
in the abdomen.[438] Armed with two Revolvers, he then 1.1.8 Awards
proceeded down a hallway, where he wounded another
student and two teachers by ring in to two occupied Billboard Music Video Awards
classrooms, before entering a nearby bathroom and committing suicide.[439] Coon was wearing a black Marilyn Grammy Awards
Manson T-shirt during the incident.[440][441]
MTV Video Music Awards
On May 18, 2009, 15-year-old Justin Doucet, a student at Larose Middle School in Lafourche Parish, Miscellaneous awards and honors
Louisiana, entered the school armed with a .25-caliber
Automatic Colt Pistol.[442] When seventh-grade teacher
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Jessica Plaisance refused to comply with Doucets demand to say Hail Marilyn Manson, he red two
Notes
shots, narrowly missing her head, before turning the gun
on himself.[443][444] He died from his injuries a week
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After forming in 1989[1] and signing a contract with


Nothing Records and Interscope in 1993, the band released their rst studio album, Portrait of an American Family (1994). Although initially not a commercial success, the album would eventually be certied
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June 2, 2016.
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In 2000, the band released Holy Wood (In the Shadow of


the Valley of Death), which managed to sell more than 9
million copies worldwide.[6] Their fth studio album, The
Golden Age of Grotesque (2003), was a modest commerLiterature
cial success in their native US, debuting at No. 1 with
sales of 118,000 copies.[7] As of November 2008, the al Danesi, Marcel (2008). Popular Culture: Introduc- bum has sold 526,000 copies in the US.[8] In contrast,
tory Perspectives. Rowman & Littleeld. ISBN the album was, by far, Mansons most successful interna074255547X.
tionally, peaking within the top ve in most of the major
European markets. Their sixth album, Eat Me, Drink Me,
was released in 2007 and debuted at No. 8 on the Bill1.1.10 External links
board 200. The High End of Low (2009), reached No.
4 on both the US and Canadian album charts,[3] but was
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their last album released by Interscope. After signing a
deal with Cooking Vinyl, the band released Born Villain
Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids website
in 2012. Their ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor,
was released on January 20, 2015, debuting at No. 8 in
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the US with their highest rst week sales since Eat Me,
Drink Me in 2007.

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American industrial metal band Marilyn Manson has 1.2.1
released nine studio albums, one live album, one
compilation album, two EPs, twenty-four singles, nine
promo singles, ve DVDs, and thirty-four music videos.

Albums

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Studio albums
EPs
Live albums
Compilation albums

1.2.2

Singles

Promotional singles

1.2.3

Other charted songs

1.2.4

Other appearances

1.2.5

Videography

Video albums

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1.2.6

Other releases

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1.2.7

Independent releases

1.2.8

Notes

[1] Remix & Repent originally peaked at No. 163 on the


UK Singles Chart as an import. When it was ocially
released as a single, it was deemed ineligible to enter the
UK Singles Chart by the Ocial Charts Company, as it
exceeded the maximum track length for a release to be
considered a single; it did, however, peak at number one
on the UK Budget Albums Chart.[42]
[2] The Dope Show did not enter the Billboard Hot 100,
but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100
Singles chart, which acts as a 25-song extension to the Hot
100.[39]
[3] Personal Jesus did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but
peaked at number 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as a 25-song extension to the Hot
100.[39]
[4] No Reection also peaked at No. 50 on the US Rock
Songs chart.[39]
[5] Third Day of a Seven Day Binge did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 3 on the Hot Singles
Sales chart.[53]

1.2.9

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Chapter 2

Members
2.1 List of Marilyn Manson band
members
Throughout the bands history, Marilyn Manson has only
had one consistent member, being Marilyn Manson himself. This is a timeline of all of the band members since
their formation in 1989. Most, if not all, members of
the band have contributed performances (either live or instudio) on instruments other than their primary ones. For
instance, Gacy has played theremin and calliope, Manson
has played pan ute, harpsichord Keyboards, and guitar,
and Berkowitz has been credited with bass guitar and
drum machines. Keyboardists Madonna Wayne Gacy and
Chris Vrenna have also performed additional percussion
on-stage, and current touring keyboardist Spencer Rollins
plays additional guitar live. Further details on these contributions can be found in the individual members articles, and in the articles on the bands albums.

2.1.1

Timeline

2.1.2

Line-up history

He is best known for his bands records released in the


1990s, most notably Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical
Animals, which, along with his public image, earned him
a reputation in the mainstream media as a controversial gure and an allegedly negative inuence on young
people.[5][6] In the U.S. alone, three of the bands albums have been awarded platinum and three more went
gold, and the band has had eight releases debut in the top
ten, including two number-one albums. Manson has been
ranked number 44 in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists
by Hit Parader, and has been nominated for four Grammy
Awards.
Manson made his lm debut in 1997, as an actor in David
Lynch's Lost Highway. Since then he has appeared in a
variety of minor roles and cameos. He was interviewed
in Michael Moore's political documentary Bowling for
Columbine, discussing possible motivations for the 1999
Columbine massacre and allegations that his music was
somehow a factor. On September 1314, 2002, his rst
art show, The Golden Age of Grotesque, was held at the
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions center. Manson
revealed a series of 20 paintings in 2010 entitled Genealogies of Pain, an exhibition showcased at Viennas Kunsthalle gallery,[7] which the artist collaborated on with
David Lynch.

2.2 Marilyn Manson


2.2.1 Early life and education
This article is about the musician. For the associated
band, see Marilyn Manson (band). For the New Zealand Manson was born in Canton, Ohio. He is the only son
cricketer, see Brian Warner (cricketer).
of Barbara Jo (ne Wyer) and Hugh Angus Warner.[8][9]
Manson is of German and English descent.[8][10] In
Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), bet- an August 12, 2015 interview, Manson claimed[11]that
In
ter known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an his Appalachian family also has "Sioux" heritage.
The
Long
Hard
Road
Out
of
Hell,
his
autobiography
American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, singer,
rapper, author, composer and former music journalist. he detailed his grandfathers sexual fetishes, including
He is known for his controversial stage personality and bestiality and sadomasochism.
image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson,
which he co-founded with Daisy Berkowitz and of which
he remains the only constant member. His stage name
was formed by juxtaposing the names of two opposing American pop cultural icons; actress Marilyn Monroe and cult leader Charles Manson, responsible for the
murders of actress Sharon Tate and several others in the
late 1960s.[4]

As a child, he attended his mothers Episcopal church,


though his father was a Catholic.[12][13] Warner attended
Heritage Christian School from rst grade to tenth grade.
In that school, they tried to show children what music
they were not supposed to listen to; Warner then fell in
love with what he wasn't supposed to do.[14] He later
transferred to GlenOak High School and graduated from
there in 1987. After relocating with his parents, he be-

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came a student at Broward Community College in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, in 1990. He was working towards a
degree in journalism and gaining experience in the eld
by writing articles for a music magazine, 25th Parallel.

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his eighth studio album, Born Villain, in May 2012.
On November 10, 2014, Manson posted via his ocial
Facebook page that his ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor, would be released on January 20, 2015.

He soon met several of the musicians to whom his own


On August 15, 2015, Manson had New Orleans brass enband were later compared, including My Life with the semble the Soul Rebels perform Beautiful People with
Thrill Kill Kult, The Perfect, and Trent Reznor of Nine
him live in Japan at the Summer Sonic Music Festival.
Inch Nails.
Shooter Jennings' album "Countach (For Giorgio)" features Manson performing guest vocals on a cover of
David Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)". The al2.2.2 Career
bum was released on February 26, 2016.[21][22]
Music
Main article: Marilyn Manson (band)

Film and television

Manson and guitarist Scott Putesky formed Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids following conversations at the Reunion Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989.[15] The
name was later shortened to Marilyn Manson. While with
The Spooky Kids, Manson was involved with Jeordie
White (also known as Twiggy Ramirez) and Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. (also known as Madonna Wayne Gacy) in
two side-projects: Satan on Fire, a faux-Christian metal
ensemble where he played bass guitar, and drums in Mrs.
Scabtree, a collaborative band formed with White and
then girlfriend Jessicka (vocalist with the band Jack O
Jill) as a way to combat contractual agreements that prohibited Marilyn Manson from playing in certain clubs.
In 1993, the band drew the attention of Trent Reznor.
Reznor produced their 1994 debut album, Portrait of an
American Family and released it on his Nothing Records
label. The band began to develop a cult following, which
grew larger on the Downward Spiral Tour that featured
Nine Inch Nails and Jim Rose Circus along with the release of Smells Like Children in 1995. That EP yielded the
bands rst big MTV hit with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made
of This), a cover of the 1983 Eurythmics hit. Antichrist
Superstar (co-produced by Trent Reznor) was an even
greater success.[16]
In the U.S. alone, three of the bands albums have been
awarded two platinum and three more went gold, and the
band has had seven releases debut in the top ten, including two number-one albums. Manson rst worked as a
producer with the band Jack O Jill. He helped name
the band and produced most of the bands early recordings, and also played guitar on the song My Cat and had
the band open most of his South Florida shows.[17] Manson later wrote the liner notes to the bands album Humid
Teenage Mediocrity 19921996, a collection of early Jack
O Jill recordings. Manson has appeared as a guest performer on DMX's album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My
Blood[18] and on Godhead's 2000 Years of Human Error album the only album released on his vanity label
Posthuman.[19][20] In 2011 it was revealed that Manson
was to appear on the singer Skylar Grey's album Invinsible
on the track entitled Can't Haunt Me. Manson released

At the 2006 Festival de Cannes

Manson made his lm debut in 1997, as an actor in


David Lynchs Lost Highway. Since then he has appeared in a variety of minor roles and cameos, including Party Monster; then-girlfriend Rose McGowan's 1999
lm Jawbreaker; Asia Argento's 2004 lm The Heart Is
Deceitful Above All Things; Rise; The Hire: Beat The
Devil, the sixth installment in the BMW lms series;
and Showtime's comedy-drama TV series Californication
in 2013, in which Manson portrayed himself. He also
appeared on HBOs Eastbound & Down,[23] of which
Manson is reportedly a longtime fan,[24] and had lobbied to appear on for years; and ABCs Once Upon a
Time, for which he will provide the voice of the character
Shadow.
He was interviewed in Michael Moore's political docu-

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date of mid-2007. The lm was to have an original
music soundtrack with previously unreleased songs.[27]
Production of the lm had been postponed indenitely
until after the Eat Me, Drink Me tour.[28] In 2010, studio
bosses shut down production on the project, reportedly
due to viewers responses to the violent content of clips
released on the internet. The lm was later ocially put
on indenite production hold.[29] However, according
to an interview with co-writer Anthony Silva about the
hold, the lm was still on and the talk of it being shut
down was just a myth.[30] In a June 2013 interview,
Manson stated that he had resurrected the project,
and that Roger Avary would direct it.[31] In a separate
interview during the previous year, he said a small crew
similar to what he used for his Slo-Mo-Tion music video
would be used, and would rather lm the movie on an
iPhone than not lm it at all.
Manson appeared in the nal season of the TV series Sons
of Anarchy portraying Ron Tully, a white supremacist.[32]
In January 2016, it was announced that Manson would be
joining the cast for season 3 of WGNs Salem. Manson
will play Thomas Dinley, the go-to man in Salem, from
a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open
or sewn up.[33]

December 2007

mentary Bowling for Columbine discussing possible motivations for the Columbine massacre and allegations that
his music was somehow a factor. He has appeared in animated form in Clone High and participated in several
episodes of the MTV series Celebrity Deathmatch, becoming the shows unocial champion and mascot; he
often performed the voice for his claymated puppet, and
contributed the song "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" to the soundtrack album. In July 2005, Manson
told Rolling Stone that he was shifting his focus from music to lmmaking I just don't think the world is worth
putting music into right now. I no longer want to make
art that other people particularly record companies
are turning into a product. I just want to make art.
Johnny Depp reportedly used Manson as his inspiration for his performance as Willy Wonka in the lm
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Manson himself expressed interest in playing the role of Willy Wonka in the
lm.[25][26]

Art
Manson stated in a 2004 interview with i-D magazine to
have begun his career as a watercolor painter in 1999
when he made ve-minute concept pieces and sold them
to drug dealers. On September 1314, 2002, his rst
show, The Golden Age of Grotesque, was held at the Los
Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Centre. Art in America's Max Henry likened them to the works of a psychiatric patient given materials to use as therapy" and said
his work would never be taken seriously in a ne art context, writing that the value was in their celebrity, not the
work.[34] On September 1415, 2004, Manson held a
second exhibition on the rst night in Paris and the second in Berlin. The show was named 'Trismegistus which
was also the title of the center piece of the exhibit a
large, three-headed Christ painted onto an antique wood
panel from a portable embalmers table.

Manson named his self-proclaimed art movement


Celebritarian Corporation. He has coined a slogan for
the movement: We will sell our shadow to those who
stand within it. In 2005 he said that the Celebritarian
Corporation has been incubating for seven years which
Corporation,
He had been working on his directorial debut, if correct would indicate that Celebritarian
[35]
in
some
form,
started
in
1998.
Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, a
project that has been in development hell since 2004, Celebritarian Corporation is also the namesake of an art
with Manson also set to portray the role of Lewis gallery owned by Manson, called the Celebritarian CorCarroll, author of Alices Adventures in Wonderland. poration Gallery of Fine Art in Los Angeles for which
Initially announced as a web-only release, it was later his third exhibition was the inaugural show. From April
decided to give the estimated $4.2 million budget lm 217, 2007, his recent works were on show at the Space
a conventional cinema release, with a slated release 39 Modern & Contemporary art gallery in Fort Myers,

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Florida. Forty pieces from this show traveled to Germanys Gallery Brigitte Schenk in Cologne to be publicly
exhibited from June 28 July 28, 2007. Manson was
refused admittance to Klner Dom (Cologne Cathedral),
when he was in the city to attend the opening night. This
was, according to Manson, because of his makeup.

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Other ventures

Manson launched Mansinthe, his own brand of Swissmade absinthe, which has received mixed reviews; some
critics described the taste as being just plain,[36] but it
came second to Versinthe in an Absinthe top ve[37] and
Manson revealed a series of 20 paintings in 2010 entitled won a gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits
[38]
Other reviewers, such as critics at The
Genealogies of Pain, an exhibition showcased at Viennas Competition.
[7]
Wormwood
Society,
have given the absinthe moderately
Kunsthalle gallery which the artist collaborated on with
[39]
high
praise.
David Lynch.
In 2015, Manson stated he was no longer drinking
absinthe.[40][41]
Video games

An energy drink called Eat Me, Drink Me was also produced for a limited time, inspired by Marilyn Mansons
Manson has made an appearance in the video game Area album of the same name.
51 as Edgar, a Grey alien. His song Cruci-Fiction in
Space is featured in a commercial for a video game, The
Darkness. His likeness is also featured on the Celebrity
Deathmatch video game for which he recorded a song 2.2.3 Personal life
for the soundtrack (2003). The song Use Your Fist and
Not Your Mouth was the credits score of the game Cold Manson was engaged to actress Rose McGowan from
Fear as well as Spawn: Armageddon. The song Four February 1998 to January 2001. McGowan later ended
Rusted Horses had an alternate version used in trail- their engagement over lifestyle dierences.[42]
ers for the video game Fear 3. A remix of the song
Manson and Dita Von Teese rst met when he asked
"Tainted Love" appears in the debut trailer for the game,
her to dance in one of his music videos. Though she
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and in the launch trailer of
was unable to, the two kept in contact. On his 32nd
Twisted Metal. Mansons song The Beautiful People
birthday, in 2001, she arrived with a bottle of absinthe
was featured in WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth,
and they became a couple. Manson proposed on March
KickBeat and Brtal Legend. The song "Arma-Goddamn22, 2004 and gave her a 1930s 7-carat European roundMotherfuckin-Geddon" is also featured in Saints Row:
cut diamond engagement ring. On November 28, 2005,
The Third. His music video to the song Personal Jesus
Manson and von Teese were married in a private, nonwas used in some parts of the Buzz! game series.
denominational ceremony in their home. A larger ceremony was held on December 3, at Gurteen Castle, in
Kilsheelan, County Tipperary, Ireland, the home of their
friend, Gottfried Helnwein. The wedding was ociated by the Chilean surrealist lm director and comic
book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky.[43] On December 30,
2006, Von Teese led for divorce due to irreconcilable
dierences.[44] ET.com and People claimed that Manson
was having an extramarital aair with then 19-year-old
actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was featured in the video
for his 2007 single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses.[45][46] The
relationship was conrmed by Von Teese in an interview
with the Sunday Telegraph: I wasn't supportive about his
partying or his relationship with another girl, and as much
as I loved him I wasn't going to be part of that.[47] Mansons alcohol abuse and distant behavior were also cited
as cause for the split.[48] A judgment of divorce was entered in Los Angeles Superior Court on December 27,
2007.[49]

During the Mechanical Animals Tour.

In 2007, attention was brought to Mansons love life again


when a relationship with Evan Rachel Wood was made
public.[50] Manson and Wood reportedly maintained an
on-again o-again relationship for several years. Manson
proposed to Wood during a Paris stage performance in
January 2010, but the couple broke o the engagement
later that year.[51]

2.2. MARILYN MANSON


In the March 2012 issue of Revolver magazine, American photographer Lindsay Usich was referred to as Mansons girlfriend. The article referenced a new painting
by Manson featuring Usich. She is credited as the photo
source for the cover art of Mansons 2012 album, Born
Villain. It was later conrmed that the two were romantically involved.[52][53] In February 2015, Manson told Beat
magazine that he is newly single.[54]
Religious beliefs
Manson is a self-identied LaVeyan Satanist[55][56] and an
honorary priest in the Church of Satan.[57] He has been
descibed as the highest prole Satanist ever with strong
anti-Christianity views and social Darwinist leanings.[58]

2.2.4

Name

The name Marilyn Manson was formed by juxtaposing


the names of two opposing American pop cultural icons
Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson.[4] Monroe, an
actress, was one of the most popular sex symbols of the
1950s and continues to be a major icon over 50 years
after.[59] Manson, a cult leader, was responsible for the
murder of actress Sharon Tate, as well as several others.
He is currently serving a life sentence on murder and conspiracy charges.[60]

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recordings and for any songs he had a hand in writing
and his share of any other royalties or fees the group
earned while he was a member. Furthermore, the settlement allowed him to market himself as a former member
of Marilyn Manson. This settlement was not honored,
however.[67]
Former guitarist and founding member Scott Putesky
(aka Daisy Berkowitz) led a $15 million lawsuit in a
Fort Lauderdale court against the singer, the band and
the bands attorney (David Codikow) in January 1998 after his forcible departure from the group in the spring
of 1996. Berkowitz claimed he was cheated by the
band out of thousands of dollars in royalties, publishing rights, and performance fees. He also led an attorney malpractice suit against Codikow, alleging that
Codikow represented Warners interests more than the
bands and that he gave Warner disproportionate control over the bands name, recordings, merchandising,
and touring proceeds.[68][69] By October of that year,
the suit had been settled out of court for an undisclosed
amount.[70]
On November 30, 1998, a few days after the band accumulated "[a] total [of] more than $25,000 in backstage
and hotel room damages during the Poughkeepsie, New
York stop of their Mechanical Animals Tour,[71] SPIN editor Craig Marks led a $24 million lawsuit against Manson and his bodyguards for allegedly assaulting his person
and threatening to kill his family. According to Marks interview with the New York Post, the issue stemmed from
Mansons displeasure with the magazines decision to renege on a promised cover story of the band for their January 1999 cover. According to Marks, the last-minute
change was made because Mansons record wasn't performing. The Post described the editor as bruised and
battered. Manson for his part issued a statement saying,
I had a conversation with Craig Marks expressing I was
tired of Spin's immature business behavior and the series
of deals they had broken with me. I told him that I didn't
care what he prints or whether or not I'm on the cover.
I simply no longer wanted to work with him or his magazine that obviously has a lack of respect for musicians
and their fans.

Manson has mentioned on at least two occasions that


Marilyn Manson is actually a trademark, not a stage
name. In an interview at the 2015 Cannes Lions Festival, he said I trademarked the name Marilyn Manson the same way as Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse
[sic]. Its not a stage name. Its not my legal name
... Marilyn Manson is owned by Brian Warner, my real
name.[61] Warner also mentioned this in a 2013 interview with Larry King.[62] In both interviews, Manson reports using these trademark registrations in order to secure a cease and desist order to silence media who were
wrongly blaming him for the Columbine High School
massacre after one journalist erroneously reported that
the shooters were wearing Marilyn Manson makeup and
T-Shirts. Although the reports were soon debunked, On February 19, 1999, Manson counter-sued Marks for
Manson stated, once the wheels started spinning, Fox libel, slander and defamation. The singer was seekNews started going.[61]
ing US$40 million in reparation, claiming that Marks
The records of the United States Patent and Trade- statements were false and were made with actual
mark Oce show that Warner registered four trade- malice, hatred and personal ill will. According to the
marks of Marilyn Manson between 1994 and 1999, counter-suit, Marks allegations have greatly damaged
protecting entertainment services, merchandising, and and injured [Mansons] reputation and standing in the
music profession, in the music and entertainment inbranding.[63][64][65][66]
dustries, in his community and in the general public,
and [he] has been subjected to great shame, humiliation and indignity.[72] As for the Poughkeepsie inci2.2.5 Lawsuits
dent, Manson apologized and oered to make nancial
[73][74]
In September 1996, former bassist Gidget Gein negoti- restitution.
ated a settlement with Manson where he would receive In a civil battery suit, David Diaz, a security ocer from a
US$17,500 in cash, 20 percent of any royalties paid for

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concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 27, 2000,


sued for US$75,000 in a Minneapolis federal court.[75]
The federal court jury found in Mansons favor.[76]
In a civil suit presented by Oakland County, Michigan,
Manson was charged with sexual misconduct against another security ocer, Joshua Keasler, during a concert in
Clarkston, Michigan, on July 30, 2001. Oakland County
originally led assault and battery and criminal sexual
misconduct charges,[77] but the judge reduced the latter charge to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.[78] Manson pleaded no contest to the reduced charges, paid a
US$4,000 ne,[79] and later settled the lawsuit under
undisclosed terms.[80]
On April 3, 2002, Maria St. John led a lawsuit in Los Performing in 2007
Angeles Superior Court accusing Manson of providing
her adult daughter, Jennifer Syme, with cocaine and in Holy Wood (2000)
structing her to drive while under the inuence.[81] After attending a party at Mansons house, Syme was given
The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)
a lift home;[82] Manson claims she was taken home by
[81]
a designated driver.
After she got home she got be Lest We Forget: The Best Of (2004)
hind the wheel of her own vehicle and was killed when
Eat Me, Drink Me (2007)
she crashed it into three parked cars. Manson is reported
to have said there were no alcohol or other drugs at the
The High End of Low (2009)
party. St. Johns lawyer asked "[if] there were no drinks,
[81]
no drugs, why would she need a designated driver?"
Born Villain (2012)
The suit alleged Syme was returning to the party at Mansons request. The case was dismissed on May 29, 2003.
The Pale Emperor (2015)
On August 2, 2007, former band member Stephen Bier
Say10 (2017)
led a lawsuit against Manson for unpaid partnership
proceeds, seeking $20 million in back pay. Several details from the lawsuit leaked to the press.[83][84] In Novem- 2.2.7 Special features
ber 2007, additional papers were led saying that Manson purchased a childs skeleton and masks made of hu 1992 Nine Inch Nails Broken "Gave Up"
man skin. He also allegedly bought stued animals, such
1997 Rasputina Transylvanian Regurgitations
as a grizzly bear and two baboons and a collection of
Transylvanian Concubine (The Manson Mix)"
Nazi memorabilia.[85] In December 2007, Manson countersued, claiming that Bier failed to fulll his duties as
1998 DMX Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
a bandmember to play for recordings and to promote the
The Omen (Damien II)"
[86]
band. On December 28, 2009, the suit was settled with
an agreement which saw Biers attorneys being paid a to 2000 Eminem The Way I Am The Way I Am
tal of $380,000, of which Mansons insurance company
(Danny Lohner & Marilyn Manson remix)"
paid $175,000, while the remainder was paid by Biers
2001 Godhead 2000 Years of Human Error
former business managers, according to Mansons lawyer
Break You Down
Howard King.[87]

2.2.6

Discography

For a more comprehensive list, see Marilyn Manson


discography.
Portrait of an American Family (1994)
Smells Like Children (1995)
Antichrist Superstar (1996)
Mechanical Animals (1998)

2002 Linkin Park Reanimation Buy Myself


[Manson Remix] (remix of By Myself by Marilyn
Manson)"
2009 Lady Gaga LoveGame / The Remix
LoveGame (Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)"
2013 Skylar Grey Can't Haunt Me Can't Haunt
Me
2013 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne "Bad Girl"
2013 Mr. Oizo Amicalement EP Solid (feat.
Marilyn Manson)"

2.2. MARILYN MANSON


2014 Emigrate Silent So Long Hypothetical
(feat. Marilyn Manson)"
2015 Marilyn Manson Guest DJ On "IHeartRadio"
2016 Shooter Jennings Cat People (David Bowie
Cover) (feat. Marilyn Manson)"

2.2.8

Tours

1996-1997 Dead to the World Tour: Began October


3, 1996 in Kalamazoo, MI and ended on September 16, 1997 in Mexico City, Mexico. Supporting
acts included: NY Loose, Fluy, Drill, Hocico, L7,
Rasputina, Pist.on, and Helmet.[88][89]
1998-1999 Mechanical Animals Tour: Opened up
October 25, 1998 in Lawrence, KS and nished January 31, 1999 in Perth, Australia.[89] Manson experienced major protest from legislation during this
time.[90]
1999 Support for Holes Beautiful Monsters Tour:
Started February 28 in Spokane, WA and ended
March 14 in Los Angeles, CA.[89]
1999 Rock Is Dead Tour: Started March 21 in
Houston, TX and ended on August 8 in FujiYoshida, Japan. Supporting acts included: Hole,
Jack O Jill, Monster Magnet, and Nashville Pussy.
The last 5 shows had to be cancelled due to the
Columbine incidents backlash.[89][91]

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2013 Masters of Madness Tour: Duration was from
May 29 in San Antonio, CA to July 21 in Rockford,
IL. Supporting act included Alice Cooper.[99]
2013 Marilyn Manson 2013 North American Tour:
The tour started in Milwaukee, WI and wrapped
up in Las Vegas, NV.[100] Alice Cooper performed
alongside Marilyn Manson during the majority of
this tour.[101]
2014
Summer
2014
Tour
2014/06/27
Moscow, Russia - 2014/08/14 Gampel-Bratsch,
Switzerland.[102]
2015 Hell Not Hallelujah Spring Tour: The tour began in Washington, DC on January 21 and wrapped
up in Las Vegas, NV on February 14.[103]
2015 Co-Headlining North American 2015 End
Times Tour With The Smashing Pumpkins: The
tour began in Concord, CA at the Concord Pavilion
on July 7 & wrapped with a concert in Cincinnati,
OH at the Riverbend Music Center on August 8.[104]
2015 Hell Not Hallelujah Fall Tour: The tour
started in Santa Ana, CA on October 20 and ended
in Shreveport, LA on November 1.[105]
2016 Slipknot / Marilyn Manson / Of Mice & Men
2016 Summer Tour: The tour begins in Salt Lake
City, Utah and ends o in St.Louis, Missouri.[106]

2.2.9 Awards and nominations

2000-2001 Guns, God and Government Tour: Began on October 27, 2000 in Minneapolis, MN until 2.2.10 Filmography
September 2, 2001 in Hildesheim, Germany. Supporting acts included: Godhead, The Union Under Lost Highway (1997)
ground, Disturbed, and Professional Murder Mu "Groupie" (Unreleased)
sic.[89][92]
2003 Grotesk Burlesk Tour: Began March 29 in Lisbon, Portugal and ended on December 27 in Auburn
Hills, MI. Supporting acts included: Apocalyptica,
Mudvayne, Peaches, and Queen Adreena.[89][93]

Celebrity Deathmatch (1998)

2004-2005 Against All Gods Tour: Started October


27, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV and ended in Dublin,
Ireland on August 31, 2005.[89][94]

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

2007-2008 Rape of the World Tour: Opened May


26, 2007 in Landgraaf, Netherlands and nished
March 2, 2008 in Houston, TX.[89][95]

Party Monster (2003)

2009 The High End of Low Tour: Started June 3 in


Brno, Czech Republic and ended December 21 in
Paris, France.[89][96]

Area 51 (2005)

2012-2013 Hey, Cruel World... Tour and Twins of


Evil Tour: Began in Brisbane, Australia on February 24, 2012 and wrapped up in Las Vegas, NV on
February 23, 2013.[89][97][98]

Jawbreaker (1999)
Clone High (2002)

The Hire: Beat the Devil (2003)

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

Rise: Blood Hunter (2006)


Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2010)
Splatter Sisters (unreleased)
Born Villain (2011)

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Wrong Cops (2012)


Californication (2013)
Celebrity Ghost Stories[112]
Eastbound & Down (2013)

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Once Upon a Time (2013) Peter Pans Shadow

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Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll (In


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Sons of Anarchy (2014) (Ron Tully)

[13] Marilyn Manson. Montrealmirror.com. July 24, 1997.


Retrieved September 8, 2010.

Let Me Make You a Martyr (2015) (Pope)[11]


Salem (2016) (Thomas Dinley)

2.2.11

Books

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. New York:


HarperCollins division ReganBooks, 1998 ISBN 006-039258-4.

[14] 4. Christian School.


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Holy Wood. New York: HarperCollins division ReganBooks, Unreleased.

[17] Archived copy. Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2012.

Genealogies of Pain. Nuremberg: Verlag fr moderne Kunst Nrnberg, 2011 ISBN 978-3-86984129-8.

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2.3. DAISY BERKOWITZ

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2.3.2 Early career

Puteskys discovery of MTV after moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1980 gave him the inspiration to save up to buy
a small Casio keyboard. He taught himself to play, and
Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson Co-Headlining later, in 8th grade, took guitar lessons. Inuenced by
North American 2015 End Times Tour Schedule. April his early favorites, Putesky learned to play songs by The
7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
Cure and U2, leading to his development of an odd perMarilyn Manson Unveils 2015 U.S. Fall Tour Dates. sonal style sometimes described as a fusion between blues
and grunge. Puteskys rst band, The Flying EggbeatLoudwire. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
ers featured schoolmates Tom Wolf and Jim Neuman
Slipknot + Marilyn Manson Announce 2016 North
as drummer and bassist. This gave him the experience
American Tour. Loudwire. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
needed to later go on to other bands, such as Blue China
Frank Ocean, fun. Lead 2013 Grammy Award Nomina- and Ear Wacks.

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[105]
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[108] Metal Edge, June 1998
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[111] 2015
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1907. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013.
Retrieved August 27, 2013.

2.2.13

External links

Ocial website
Marilyn Manson at the Internet Movie Database

A period of drifting followed, in which Putesky attended


a local art college where he majored in advertising design.
Though his musical abilities were sidetracked, he began
to visit local metal clubs such as The Gutter and The Cell.
In 1988, after being given a small 4-track recorder by his
parents, he bought a bass guitar and drumkit to record
his music with a full ensemble. At this time, Scott also
played with a surf-rock band called The Hodads, and
later formed a band named Kinetic Ritual with Hodads
bassist Rick Waters and future Spooky Kid Fred Streithorst on drums. Another drifting period soon set in,
however, as Putesky was unsure where to take his unique
style.

2.3.3 Marilyn Manson

Putesky and Brian Warner met at a Fort Lauderdale club


called The Reunion Room and later at a local after2.3 Daisy Berkowitz
party in December 1989.[1] The two created the concept
of Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids poking fun at
Scott Mitchell Putesky (born April 28, 1968), more fa- American media hypocrisy and its obsessions with serial
mously known as Daisy Berkowitz, is an American mu- killers and beautiful women.
sician, and was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the in- Putesky, who had at this point developed his own poetry
dustrial metal band Marilyn Manson. He left the band on but not yet worked lyrics into his music, began to meet
May 8, 1996, halfway through the recording of Antichrist up with Warner and brainstorm character and show/event
Superstar.
ideas, after Warner asked for help starting a band as a

2.3.1

Background

creative outlet for his poetry writing. Putesky played guitar, bass and keys, programmed a Yamaha RX-8 drum
machine, and taught Warner about vocal performance,
recording and arranging. Input from both parties gave
the band its darkly psychedelic style, and as early as
January 1990, they began to record songs like Red (in
My) Head, White Knuckles, Cake and Sodomy and
Dogma on Puteskys 4-track. By March they had assembled a band with Warners Broward Community College schoolmate Brian Tutunick and Perry Pandrea. The
band played its rst show at Churchills, a club in Miami
April 28, 1990, opening for the popular local band The
Goods.

Puteskys rst instruments were the ute and the snare


drum, and in 6th grade joined the schools chorus, for
which he apparently had a talent. His early interests were
drawing, movies and Star Wars. His rst record was the
Star Wars soundtrack, and the inuence that it had on
him can be seen in much of his original artwork featuring
aliens and spaceships. In the late 1970s, when Scott was
in his preteen years and punk had given way, he found
admiration for artists such as David Bowie and Talking
Heads, inuences that are apparent in his later work. His
stage name, Daisy Berkowitz, is derived from the Daisy At this point, creative dierences between Warner and
Duke character from 1970s sitcom Dukes of Hazzard and Putesky peaked and Putesky left the studio before AnDavid Berkowitz, serial killer nicknamed Son of Sam. tichrist Superstar was completed, however he is credited

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around several solo and collaborative projects, including continuing to develop Three Ton Gate as a vehicle for lm soundtrack work, joining the backing band
of Israeli-born musician Michal Towber, and lending
his songwriting skills to Washington, DC, industrial-rock
band Godhead (who would later, ironically, become the
rst and only band on Marilyn Mansons record label,
Posthuman Records). He also reestablished the Rednecks
on Drugs project with friend and fellow Linda Blair contributor Rich Penny.

While being interviewed by Aaron Rne in an online radio show in 2010, Putesky spoke about his experience of
leaving the band. I was asked to leave. They only kept
one song I wrote for Antichrist Superstar and I was starting
to get pissed o. Twiggy and Pogo pretty much penned
the whole album and I resented it. So when I approached
the band on the matter, they basically said they were going in a dierent direction and they weren't sure I 'got it'.
Putesky opened up about the matter again in November
of 2014 on The SDR Show.
Eventually, Rednecks on Drugs evolved into Stuck on
Evil a hard-rock band with gothic, Southern rock, and
early rock & roll inuences. Stuck on Evil recorded a
10-song full-length album, Suntanic, produced by Scott
2.3.4 Post-Marilyn Manson work
Putesky, in 2001. Their plan for a national tour starting
Abandoning the Daisy Berkowitz moniker in favor of his in August of that year was ruined, however, by Septemown initials SMP, Putesky began recording demos for ber 11 and a bone-breaking accident on the part of vocalhis rst solo project, Three Ton Gate was named for the ist John Cain Riley. Following the September 11, 2001
massive coral gate at the entrance of the Coral Castle attacks, and the subsequent condemnation of evildoers
in Homestead, Florida. His three-song demo 3x3 was by President George W. Bush, the band decided to drop
his rst musical undertaking post Marilyn Manson. The the word evil from its name. Explained Putesky: Stuck
tape featured rough tracks written and performed en- on Evil its a joke! And then nobody got the joke,
tirely by Putesky, under the name Scott Mitchell (his and therefore it became a silly name, and all of a sudden
rst and middle names). Shortly thereafter, Putesky hired having evil in your name wasn't so funny. Riley agreed:
Tyreah James to handle the vocals for the full-length With the whole nation up in arms about evildoers, it just
Three Ton Gate release, Vanishing Century based on wasn't a good name to have.
the 3x3 demo tapes. Putesky produced Jamess vocals
in the studio for all the basic tracks at the now defunct
Digital Beach Recording Studio in Fort Lauderdale. The
album was released in 1997 in limited quantities, and sold
out its entire run of pressings. At the same time, Putesky
was playing live shows in a whimsical side project called
the Linda Blairs created by Jack O Jill singer Jessicka
as an opening act for her bands shows. The Linda Blairs
featured several unknown South Florida musicians who
performed cover tunes previously recorded by female
fronted 80s rock bands and did several live performances
dressed in drag. Three Ton Gate and the project with
Tyreah soon faltered and was put aside.

Reverting to the original name of Three Ton Gate,


Putesky recorded the album Lose Your Mind for his own
Scorpion Rising label in 2003.
In September 2008, it was reported that Putesky had
sided with Stephen Bier (ex-Marilyn Manson keyboardist
Madonna Wayne Gacy) in the latters lawsuit against
Manson.[4] Also on his ocial MySpace page he said
he would have collaborations with Bier making music in
2009.

In July 2010 Putesky ocially joined electro-punk band


Kill Miss Pretty after collaborating with them on their
single Judy Garland. Following this the band began
working on new material including a cover of the Spooky
In late 1998 Scott joined up with longtime Marilyn ManKids song Shes Not My Girlfriend.[5] However this
son collaborators Jack O Jill, replacing departing memcollaboration came to an end when Kill Miss Pretty broke
ber Ho Ho Spade and playing live guitar on their 1999
up in mid-2011.
West Coast tour which lasted for only a handful of gigs.
His rst recorded work with the band was the 1998 EP Putesky revived Three Ton Gate shortly afterwards and
Covetous Creature, to which he lent guitar and some will be playing live under that name for the rst time ever
production.[2] By early 1999, SMP was no longer a mem- in 2011 in a series of dates across America starting in
ber of Jack O Jill. Putesky himself is vague, but he tells New York City on October 15.[6] He has also stated that
MTV News that the parting was amicable. He returned the second remastered Spooky Kids compilation Deform
once again to Ft. Lauderdale to resume work on his own School will be made available at these dates.[7] It has also
music, primarily seeking a live band to perform his Three been conrmed by Putesky that he is working on a new
Ton Gate material. In the meantime, he successfully sued Three Ton Gate album which will be called These MesMarilyn Manson for what he claimed were unpaid royal- sages.
ties for his contributions to Antichrist Superstar. In the Announced in April 2013, Putesky created a new band
same lawsuit, Putesky was also awarded the rights to 21 with !PAUS3, called The Daisy Kids.
unreleased recordings by Marilyn Manson & the Spooky
In September 2013, Putesky was diagnosed with stageKids.[3]
four colon cancer.[8]
Following his settlement with Manson, Putesky kicked

2.4. WES BORLAND

2.3.5

Discography

The Raw Boned Psalms (Marilyn Manson and the


Spooky Kids, 1989)

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2.3.6 References
[1] Scott Mitchell Putesky ( Daisy Berkowitz ) discusses how
he and Brian Warner began Marilyn Manson. blankmaninc.com

The Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat (Marilyn Manson and


the Spooky Kids, 1990)

[2] Former Manson Guitarist Putesky Joins Jack O Jill.


MTV News.

Big Black Bus (Marilyn Manson and the Spooky


Kids, 1990)

[3] Scott Mitchell Putesky Leaves Jack O Jill, Contemplates Spooky Kids Release. MTV News.

Grist-o-Line (Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids,


1990)

[4] http://93x.com/blog.asp?id=889612&SBID=4444

Lunchbox (Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids,


1991)

[6] three ton gate. withtank.com.

After School Special (Marilyn Manson and the


Spooky Kids, 1991)
Live As Hell (Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids,
1992)
The Family Jams (Marilyn Manson, 1992)

[5] killmisspretty.com. killmisspretty.com.

[7] THREE TON GATE LIVE!". facebook.com.


[8] Founding MARILYN MANSON Guitarist Daisy
Berkowitz Has Stage Four Colon Cancer.
Metal
Injection.

2.4 Wes Borland

Refrigerator (Marilyn Manson, 1993)

Wesley Louden Wes Borland (born February 7,


1975) is an American rock musician and artist. He is
Portrait of an American Family (Marilyn Manson, best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist
1994)
of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist
of the industrial rock band Black Light Burns.
Smells Like Children (Marilyn Manson, 1995)
He gained popularity when Limp Bizkit achieved mainstream success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He
Antichrist Superstar (Marilyn Manson, 1996)
formed a band called Big Dumb Face with his brother
Vanishing Century (Three Ton Gate, 1997)
Scott in 1998. Borland left Limp Bizkit in 2001 and
started many side projects such as Eat the Day and The
Covetous Creature (Jack O Jill, 1998)
Damning Well. After rejoining Limp Bizkit in 2004,
Borland founded Black Light Burns, with whom he has
Guest appearance on 2000 Years of Human Error released three studio albums and a covers album. Limp
(Godhead, 2001)
Bizkit went on hiatus following the release of their album The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) (2005). But, they
Suntanic (Stuck on Evil, 2001)
reunited in 2009, and recorded their sixth studio album,
Gold Cobra (2011). In 2016, Borland released his solo
Rumspringa (Three Ton Gate, 2002)
album Crystal Machete.
Lose Your Mind (Three Ton Gate, 2003)
Borland is known for his sonic experimentation and elaborate visual appearance, which has included face and
Guest appearance on The Chrome Recordings (TCR, body paint, masks and uniforms. He has drawn album
2004)
covers and created artwork for many of his music projects
as well as oil paintings. Borland was voted #37 in Total
Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows (The Spooky Kids,
Guitar's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time.
2004)

Judy Garland (Kill Miss Pretty, 2010)


Deform School (The Spooky Kids, TBC)
These Messages (Three Ton Gate, TBC)
Millenium Euvium (Daisy Berkowitz, 2014)
Mr Conrad Samsung (The Daisy Kids, 2015)

2.4.1 Early life


Originally from Richmond, Virginia, United States, Borland grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He initially took an
interest in becoming a drummer, but because his parents
didn't take to the idea of bringing percussive instruments
into their household, Borland began taking guitar lessons
from a member of his parents Presbyterian church.[1]

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Borlands musical interests were at odds with the local


music trends which leaned largely toward country music.
He recalled, I would bring in something, and my teacher
would go, 'I've never heard of the Damned. Don't you
want to play some Merle Haggard?'"[1]

inuenced by Ween and Mr. Bungle.[4]


Signicant Other saw Limp Bizkit reaching a new level
of commercial success. The album climbed to No. 1 on
the Billboard 200, selling 643,874 copies in its rst week
of release.[5] In 2000, Durst announced that the bands
third studio album would be titled Chocolate Starsh and
the Hot Dog Flavored Water. The press thought that
Durst was joking about this title.[6] The album title is intended to sound like a ctional band; the phrase Chocolate Starsh referred to Durst himself, as he had frequently been called an asshole.[6] Borland contributed the
other half of the albums title when the band was standing around at a truck stop, looking at bottles of avored
water, and Borland joked that the truck stop didn't have
hot dog or meat-avored water.[6] It debuted at number
one on the Billboard 200, selling 1.05 million copies in
its rst week,[7] and was the 18th best-selling album of
the 2000s in the US.

Borlands brother, Scott, took an interest in bass guitar,


and the two brothers began playing together.[1] Borlands
interest in hip hop music was piqued by the release of
Anthrax and Public Enemy's collaboration, a cover of
the latters song "Bring the Noise".[1] Borland moved to
Jacksonville, Florida with his parents, where he began
attending art school (Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts) due to his lack of interest in the local music scene.
There, he began practicing sculpture making and special
eects.[1] Borland continued to take guitar lessons, working with a teacher that specialized in jazz. According
to Borland, My rst teacher ingrained playing by ear so
much that when my jazz teacher gave me a sheet of music
and a tape to go with it, I would learn the tape instantly
and go in and play it, but I couldn't make myself learn the
music.[1] As his guitar skills improved, Borland began to Departure from Limp Bizkit, side projects, brief recraft guitar parts.[1] Borland felt conned by being forced turn to Limp Bizkit and Black Light Burns formation
to attend church despite his lack of interest in organized (20022009)
religion, and moved out when he reached the age of 18.[1]
See also: Black Light Burns
In March 2001, Big Dumb Face released its dbut al-

2.4.2

Career

Limp Bizkit and mainstream success (19942002)


See also: Limp Bizkit and Limp Bizkit discography
Borland joined Limp Bizkit, a band formed by Fred
Durst, Sam Rivers and Rivers cousin John Otto.[2] Limp
Bizkit developed a cult following in the underground music scene, particularly at the Milk Bar, an underground
punk club in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. The band
attracted crowds by word of mouth and covering George
Michael's "Faith" and Paula Abdul's "Straight Up"; the
band also gave energetic live performances in which Borland appeared in bizarre costumes.[2] Borlands theatrical rock style was the primary attraction for many concert attendees.[2] After DJ Lethal joined the band as a
turntablist, Borland left Limp Bizkit after a disagreement
with Durst.[2] However, Borland rejoined after the band
signed with Mojo, a subsidiary of MCA Records.[2] After
a dispute with Mojo, Limp Bizkit signed with Flip, a subsidiary of Interscope Records, and recorded their debut,
Three Dollar Bill, Yall, which featured an abrasive, angry
sound that Limp Bizkit used to attract listeners to their
music.[2]
Although the album was met with minimal response,
touring consistently increased Limp Bizkits success, and
the third single from Three Dollar Bill, Yall, Faith, became a radio hit, leading to a slot on Ozzfest, a tour organized by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.[3] In 1998, Borland
formed a side project, Big Dumb Face with his brother,

Borland as the frontman for Black Light Burns in 2009.

bum, Duke Lion Fights the Terror!!. Borland stated that


the bands music is really silly and idiotic and bizarre.
[...] Its nothing but stupid [...] just all these retarded
songs.[4] In the fall of 2001, Borland left Limp Bizkit[8]
citing creative dierences with the band,[9] and also disbanded Big Dumb Face.[10] He started a side project
called Eat the Day, with Scott Borland, but it was eventually set aside.[11] After the 'failure' of another project,
The Damning Well, in 2003,[12] Borland began writing
a solo record with its members Danny Lohner and Josh
Freese, with Josh Eustis and Jonathan Bates contributing. This record served as the precursor to Black Light
Burns. In August 2004, Borland rejoined Limp Bizkit
and recorded another album, The Unquestionable Truth

2.4. WES BORLAND


(Part 1) in 2005.[13][14] Following the release of the bands
Greatest Hitz album, the band went on hiatus after arguments broke out on MySpace between Borland and
frontman Fred Durst,[15] with Borland stating,"As of right
now, none of my future plans include Limp Bizkit.[16]
In 2005, Borland formed Black Light Burns. Borland
stated that this was now his main project, and anything
else he did, including Limp Bizkit, was a side project.[15]
Borland toured with From First To Last[15] roughly since
early 2006. He announced planned for a fall 2006 tour
that never went through due to Black Light Burns needing to nd a new record label after Borland left Geen
Records. Borland had discussed plans to write and perform on the next From First To Last album, but he left
the band when Black Light Burns busy schedule started
to pick up, leaving no room to work with From First to
Last.
Black Light Burns released its dbut album, Cruel Melody
in the spring of 2007 to critical acclaim. It featured Borland on the vocals and guitars. Allmusic writer Greg
Prato wrote, For many, Borland was the only Limp
Bizkit member who was taken seriously. As evidenced
by Cruel Melody, he is now ocially allowed to follow
whichever musical path he so desires..[17] In 2008, Borland, along with Richard Fortus and Sugizo, supported
Japanese metal band X Japan at their sold out reunion
concerts at the Tokyo Dome.[18]

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In 2012, Black Light Burns began performing after their
brief hiatus and released their second studio album The
Moment You Realize You're Going to Fall and a concept
album, Lotus Island, in January 2013. In the same year,
during the Black Light Burns tour, Borland stated that he
would never do a solo project. If I would do a solo project
I would put my name on the record. But that will never
happen.[27]
Borland collaborated with Riot Games to develop Hybrid Worlds, the theme song for the League of Legends
Season 3 World Championships. Borland performed live
for the event on October 4, 2013, along with The Crystal Method.[28] He is currently working with Limp Bizkit
on their seventh studio album Stampede of the Disco Elephants.
On May 3, 2016, Borland released an unannounced solo
album named Crystal Machete.

2.4.3 Personal life


In April 1998, Wes married his long-time girlfriend
Heather McMillen, but later divorced in 2001. His second marriage was with Anna Borland in March 2009[29]
but they divorced in 2013.[30] He is currently in a relationship with Carr Callaway, lead singer of Queen
Kwong.[31][32]

On August 2008, at the ETP Conference, it was announced that Borland joined Marilyn Manson as a
guitarist.[19] In the winter of 2008, Borland helped in 2.4.4 Equipment
the recording of The Color of Violence's 2009 album
Borland used Ibanez seven-string guitars exclusively from
Youthanize as a bassist.
1997 until 1999. However, he stated that he played a 6string guitar on the entire Three Dollar Bill, Yall record.
Limp Bizkit reunion and current events (2009 Shortly after embarking on a tour with Korn, Ibanez got
a hold of Borland and gave him a number of seven-string
present)
Universe guitars, essentially for free, which he continIn 2009, the original lineup of Limp Bizkit reunited and ued to use extensively. During the touring in support
began touring, which resulted in a second Black Light of Signicant Other, Borland used two custom Ibanez
Burns record being put on the backburner. Borland left RG seven-strings with the electronic setup of an Ibanez
Mansons employ in May of the same year, claiming AX7521 (two volume knobs and two tone knobs rather
his reasons for leaving included rejoining his old band than one volume and one tone). Nothing is certain about
and having creative dierences with Manson, citing Its the type of pickups that he used, however, he did use
the Marilyn Manson show over there. [20] Limp Bizkit EMG pickups at one point, stating in an interview with
recorded a new album, which Borland named Gold Co- GuitarCenter that he was moving from passive to active
bra.[21] Released on June 28, 2011. It received mixed pickups. Borland also endorsed the rare Ibanez RG7
reviews,[22] with multiple reviewers praising Borlands CST guitar, which is made from superior/high-quality
guitar playing.[23][24] It peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard materials and is also equipped with an L.R. Baggs designed piezo system on a locking tremolo. He is currently
200.[25]
one of two American owners of one. Additionally, BorBorland also designed the album artwork for Fear and the land used a vintage Ibanez Musician MC150PW, which
Nervous System's 2011 eponymous debut album.
was modied to be tted with 4-strings, which he used on
Borland has also gone onto a remixing career with his songs such as Nookie, Full Nelson, and The One.
distribution of alternative versions of songs by metal This guitar can be seen in the music video for Nookie.
bands. Most recently, The Word Alive has had their song Ibanez then made him a custom baritone 4-string AX that
"The Hounds of Anubis" remixed by Borland.[26] He also would be used to replace the Musician. This was evenplayed guitar in the soundtrack of Resident Evil: Afterlife tually replaced by a custom-made Master Guitars Creby Tomandandy.
mona 4-string, which he uses to this day.

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During the recording for Chocolate Starsh and the Hot
Dog Flavored Water, Borland switched to 6-string guitars.
The entire album was recorded using a Master Guitars
Cremona semi-hollow body guitar, which is visible in the
video for My Generation. However, Borland did not tour
with this guitar and instead used Paul Reed Smith guitars,
one of which is a Standard 24 in a Platinum Metallic nish, a Custom 24 in a Black Slate nish, and a 4-string
baritone. After the tour, they were not seen again. In
a recent Facebook photo posted by Fred Durst, Borland
is shown playing the Cremona again in 2012 for studio
purposes.
In 2005, Yamaha approached Borland about a new signature guitar, which was almost 100% designed by Borland. The model CV820WB was released that same year.
It is a semi-hollow body guitar with a large body and
new Yamaha high-output split eld humbuckers, made
exclusively for that guitar. It also comes with the new
Yamaha Quick Change nger-clamp locking tremolo system, which rids the user of having to cut the ball ends
o of the strings, which is very unusual for a locking
tremolo. This was Borlands main guitar for the recording of Black Light Burns Cruel Melody and the touring
behind it, as well as most of the touring Limp Bizkit did
before the recording of Gold Cobra. Despite its innovative characteristics, it wasn't a popular guitar, per se, and
was discontinued in mid-2011, when Borland switched to
Jackson Guitars, more or less beginning with the recording of Gold Cobra.
Borland was endorsed by Jackson shortly before the release of Gold Cobra, and owned several Rhoads guitars,
which he used on Limp Bizkit shows. He now plays a custom white Warrior model with black bevels, and a Gun
Metal Grey Warrior, along with a white Randy Rhoads
guitar. He does not currently have a signature model with
Jackson. Additionally, Borland also uses a Fender Bass
VI, tuned to one octave below E standard tuning. He uses
this on The Story on The Unquestionable Truth (Part
1), and again on 90.2.10, Walking Away, and Back
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CHAPTER 2. MEMBERS
seven-string, as Limp Bizkit and the Deftones had toured
together in the mid 90s.
Borland uses Ernie Ball .011-.052 gauge nickel-wound
strings, where the G string is wound. For Limp Bizkits
rst three albums, Borland used Mesa-Boogie Dual and
Triple Rectier amps. In 2000, Borland would use the
Mesa Boogie heads in conjunction with a Diezel VH4. In
the Mid 2000s, on the recording of Cruel Melody and The
Unquestionable Truth (Part 1), Borlands main amp was
the Diezel VH4. Starting with the 2008 recording of The
Moment You Realize You're Going to Fall Borland played
mainly Orange Amps (specically the Thunderverb 100
models) since touring in support of Cruel Melody began
and has continued to use them since then, also on Gold
Cobra. Currently, Borland plays EVH Amps and cabinets for his heavier tones. The mainstay of Borlands amp
setup has been a Roland JC-120 combo amplier to generate his particularly exceptional clean tones.

2.4.5 Style
Borlands guitar playing is experimental and nontraditional, and he is noted for his creative use of six and
seven-string guitars.[33] Three Dollar Bill, Yall features
him playing without a guitar pick, performing with two
hands, one playing melodic notes, and the other playing chord progressions.[2] The song Stuck uses a sustain pedal in the rst bar, and muted ris in the second
bar.[34] His guitar playing has made use of octave shapes,
and choppy, eighth-note rhythms, sometimes accompanied by muting his strings with his left hand, creating a
percussive sound.[34] Borland has also made use of unevenly accented syncopated sixteenth notes to create a
disorienting eect, and hypnotic, droning licks.[34] Borland uses a locking tremolo system quite extensively to
dive bomb notes in the middle of guitar parts, as heard
in songs like Limp Bizkits Hot Dog and Get a Life.
He said that he got the idea to dive notes down an octave
then have them come back up from trombone players.

Other guitars Borland has been seen with before are a


1976 Fender Starcaster a stock ESP LTD V-401DX (used
on the Limp Bizkit reunion tour for playing songs on Results May Vary) and Mayones Regius Pro 6, Legend and
Setius GTM 6 Baritone guitars.
Borland tunes his guitars to C# standard tuning (C# F#
B E G# C#) and to Drop B tuning (B F# B E G# C#).
He also tunes his 4-string baritone guitars to a variant of
this tuning with a low F# string, which is a bass string
(F# F# B E). During the late 1990s when Borland played
7-string guitars, he played them like one would play a 6string guitar by tuning the highest string to C# as well,
while maintaining standard C# tuning all the way to the
seventh string. This technique was later used by Stephen
Carpenter of Deftones so he could play the songs he originally recorded on a six-string without losing the feel of a

Wes Borland is known for his visual performance style, and often
performs wearing costumes or body paint.

Borlands playing is still identiable in Black Light Burns,


but by his own admission, he strives to go for a cleaner
type of sound in Black Light Burns, where the heaviness comes from his bass playing, instead of in Limp

2.4. WES BORLAND

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Bizkit where he seeks a more metal oriented sound. He


Lotus Island (2013)
plays keyboards and textures more overtly as tools to layer
Black Light Burns sound where in Limp Bizkit the layers Other appearances
are considered by the full band more.
Borland writes songs by forming them in rough outlines
and lling in the details later. According to Borland, I'm
good at creating ideas while using a guitar in a new way,
but it takes me a long time. I can't just come up with
stu fast and rip it up. I think about constructing songs,
and even ris, in the same way as a painting, putting on
a little bit at a time. They're sketchy at rst, and then I
know what I want, and I t notes into places.[1]

The Crystal Method - Legion of Boom (2004)

Borland is also known for performing in costumes and


body paint during concerts, appearing in bunny and kung
fu suits,[2] and painted as a skeleton and what he describes
as a burnt match. Describing the character, he stated,
I go onstage wearing almost nothing. I have underwear
and my boots on, and I paint my whole head blackfrom
the neck upand I have the black contacts. All you can
see is these glowing teeth.[2][33] Borlands black contacts
were customized for him by a company noted for making
contacts for the science ction TV series Babylon 5.[33]

Charlie Clouser - Saw III: Original Motion Score


(2006)

Various artists - Saw II: Original Motion Picture


Soundtrack (2005)
Charlie Clouser - Saw II: Original Score (2005)
From First to Last - Heroine (2006)

Anna Tsuchiya - Anna Tsuchiya Inspi' Nana (Black


Stones) (2007)
Drop Dead, Gorgeous - Worse Than a Fairy Tale
(2007)
Charlie Clouser Resident Evil: Extinction (Original
Motion Picture Score) (2007)
Filter - Anthems for the Damned (2008)

2.4.6

Discography

Solo
Crystal Machete (2016)
Limp Bizkit
Three Dollar Bill, Yall (1997)
Signicant Other (1999)
Chocolate Starsh and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
(2000)
The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) (2005)

The Color of Violence - Youthanize (2009)


Combichrist - Scarred (EP) (2010)
Combichrist - Making Monsters (2010)
tomandandy - Resident Evil : Afterlife 3D (Music
From The Motion Picture) (2010)
tomandandy - Resident Evil: Retribution (Music
From The Motion Picture) (2012)
Tech N9ne - Therapy (2013)
Queen Kwong - The Strange Fruit (2014)
Sukekiyo - VITIUM (2015)

Gold Cobra (2011)


Stampede of the Disco Elephants (2016)
Big Dumb Face
Big Dumb Metal EP (2000)
Duke Lion Fights the Terror!! (2001)
Black Light Burns
Cruel Melody (2007)
Cover Your Heart and the Anvil Pants Odyssey
(2008)
The Moment You Realize You're Going to Fall (2012)

2.4.7 Filmography
2.4.8 References
[1] Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martins. pp.
1020. ISBN 0-312-26349-X.
[2] Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martins. pp.
2151. ISBN 0-312-26349-X.
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Presents Nu-Metal. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 104.
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[7] Seymour, Craig (October 26, 2000). High 'Rollin. Entertainment Weekly. Accessed May 21, 2008.

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[28] "League Of Legends theme song featuring Wes Borland".
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[9] WES BORLAND On His Departure From LIMP


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[30] Peschaux, Julien. Black Light Burns Reveals The Man


Behind The Limp Bizkit Monster. Radio Metal. Retrieved 18 March 2015.

[10] Big Dumb Face. Last.fm. Retrieved February 13, 2015.


[11] Eat the Day. Last.fm. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
[12] The Damning Well bio. Metalunderground.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
[13] D'Angelo, Joe (August 16, 2004). Wes Borland Back
With Limp Bizkit. MTV News. Retrieved December
17, 2011.
[14] Harris, Chris (November 18, 2005). Music Ruined Wes
Borlands Life, So Hes Formed A New Band. MTV
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[15] Chris Harris, Durst Attacks Wes Borland In Song, Blogs
Over Bizkit Talk, Mtv.com, retrieved Jan 12, 2013
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Borland Says Limp Are Pretty Much Done. MTV News.
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[17] Prato, Greg. "Cruel Melody Black Light Burns. Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
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2.5 Mark Chaussee


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[22] "Gold Cobra at Metacritic. Metacritic. Retrieved July


26, 2011.

Mark Chaussee is an American guitarist born in


Minneapolis, Minnesota and an adherent of heavy metal
and hard rock. He played guitar in The Coup De Grace,
Fight, Danzig, Jimmy Coup, and Marilyn Manson.

[23] Bezer, Terry (July 6, 2011). "Gold Cobra review. Metal


Hammer. Retrieved October 13, 2011.

2.5.1 World of Hurt

[24] Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Gold Cobra Limp Bizkit.


Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2011.

World of Hurt from Minneapolis, Minnesota is the rst


known band of Mark Chaussee.

[25] Limp Bizkit Charts & Awars. Allmusic. Retrieved


December 14, 2011.
[26] The Word Alive 'Deceiver' Deluxe to Include Wes Borland Remix, Kanye West & Ozzy Osbourne Covers.
SMNnews.com. Retrieved February 13, 2015.

2.5.2 The Coup De Grace


James Mecherle's band The Coup De Grace is the rst
world-known band of Mark Chaussee. "He played in The

2.6. OLIVIA NEWTON BUNDY

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Coup De Grace for a while and we had the best of times! 2.5.8 Marilyn Manson
So much fun together!" - 28 February 2007, Jimmy Coup.
Chaussee joined Marilyn Manson in autumn 2004 replacing the recently departed John 5, as a temporary live guitarist (20042005) for the Against All Gods world tour in
2.5.3 Fight
support of Marilyn Mansons greatest hits collection Lest
We Forget (2004), where tours proceeded from October,
In Rob Halford's post-Judas Priest band Fight: guitarist
27th, 2004 till August, 31, 2005.
(19941995). He was discovered through a tape he sent
to Rob Halfords management. Joined the band as a re- Chaussees style of play featured an original and exotic
placement for the recently departed Robby Lochner. "We heavy sound, similar to old-school heavy metal crude
put Mark in a tight situation pretty cruel actually. We and unpolished, contrasting the glam-rock inuences of
stuck him in a small studio and said, Play. He was great." former guitarist John 5 and the former style of the band
Rob Halford, A Small Deadly Space Press Kit, 1995. as a whole. Mark lent a more rigid, gloomy and aggressive
Participated in recording of an album A Small Deadly sound to the band. "I thought Mark added something great
and dierent to the tour. We havent had the opportunity
Space (1995) and tour across the US and Canada.[1]
to write songs together" Marilyn Manson.[4]

2.5.4

Danzig

Chaussee participated in recording of two songs (Sacrice and Serpentia) on the Danzig album Blackacidevil
(1996) as an invited musician.

2.5.5

Returning in The Coup De Grace

Right after leaving Danzig, Chaussee rejoined his second


band The Coupe De Grace and participated in recording
of a demo and touring the Midwestern United States in
1999.

2.5.6

Stereomud

After the unsuccessful audition in Killswitch, he joined


Stereomud in the summer of 2000, but met with similar results. "After rehearsing for a few days we recorded
our rst demo in Atlanta and all agreed we had something
special going on. The band was formed, almost... Once
we had about 10 songs, the band decided that we could
use another guitarist to augment the sound. I called up my
friend Mark Chaussee who came in and played with us
for about two months. Things didn't work out with Mark
and we tried out a bunch of other guys." Erik Rogers
(Stereomud vocalist), PRP.[2]

2.5.7

Jimmy Coup

In 2003, Chaussee returned with James Mecherle, now


known as Jimmy Coup, to work on a full-on metal album with ex-The Coup De Grace guitarist Steve Wresh
and drummer Brett Degendorfer. "Its gonna have lots
and lots of guitars, killing double leads, tough vocals and
hit hard. All the shit I love!" Jimmy Coup, Unearthed
Archives.[3]

2.5.9 Citation
In the interview[5] with Je Brinn for Schwegweb.com, Jimmy Coup named Mark Chaussee "the
most killer lead player I've ever known".

2.5.10 References
[1] Archived January 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
[2] Archived October 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
[3] Archived January 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
[4] "Interview:2005/11/03 Dramatic New Scenes for Celebritarian Needs - The Marilyn Manson Wiki. Mansonwiki.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
[5] Archived October 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

2.6 Olivia Newton Bundy


Brian Tutunick (born March 31, 1968) is an American musician, more famously known as Olivia Newton
Bundy, and was the bassist and co-founder of the rock
group Marilyn Manson until 1990, when he was replaced
by Gidget Gein. His stage name was created by mixing the names of Olivia Newton-John, singer; and Ted
Bundy, serial killer.[1]
In 1993 Brians new band Collapsing Lungs (also known
as L.U.N.G.S.) was signed to Atlantic Records.
In 1996 Brian along with notable DJ Grynch created a
new band, Nation of Fear. They released the song Immortal on a compilation CD for the (now defunct) rock
station 94.9 WZTA. Later that year Nation of Fear would
release their well-received self-titled album on DiMar
Records. They would go on tour with Genitorturers and
were even joined on tour by Lords of Acid. Nation of

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Fear (like their tour-mates) were known for stage antics Ginger Fish joined Rob Zombie on drums for the Februincluding S&M, powertools, and pyrotechnics.
ary US Warm up tour dates while regular drummer
In 1998 the bands second release Everything Beauti- Joey Jordison was in the UK with his own band the
ful Rusts, while receiving much more attention, failed to Murderdolls. As Rob Zombie said on his website: Ginkeep the band together and by 2000 they had broken up. ger is helping us out with some warm up gigs before we
rejoin with Joey Jordison over in England for our next
Brian can now be seen on a weekly music show Feedback tour. [3]
featured on the PAX TV channel.
Since 2010 Ginger has also been doing a number of VJ
DJ sets at various clubs around the USA .[5]

2.6.1

References

On February 23, 2011 Ginger Fish announced his departure from Marilyn Manson via Facebook and Twitter: 'I
[1] Reighley, Kurt (15 April 1998). Marilyn Manson.
am regretful to inform the fans that I have decided to step
Macmillan. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-312-18133-8. Retrieved
down as a member of Marilyn Manson, and see where my
10 June 2010.
life, and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me
. I can't stand by to watch opportunities pass me by simply
because the knowledge of my availability wasn't clearly ex2.7 Ginger Fish
pressed by me . I wish my brothers well, and I expect nothing but great things from them . Sincerely, Ginger Fish'.
For other people with the same name, see Ken Wilson
On April 22, 2011, Ginger was announced as the perma(disambiguation).
nent drummer for Rob Zombie.[6]
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Kenneth Robert Wilson (born September 28, 1965), Marilyn Manson
better known by his stage name Ginger Fish, is an American drummer primarily known for playing drums for
Smells Like Children (1995)
Marilyn Manson from 1995-2011.[1] Like Marilyn Man Antichrist Superstar (1996)
son, which combines the names of an iconic beauty with
a serial killer, his name combines those of Ginger Rogers
Remix & Repent (1997)
and Albert Fish.[2]
Mechanical Animals (1998)
He is now the drummer for Rob Zombie after previously
joining him on a series of warm up dates in February
2011.[3]

2.7.1

Early life

The Last Tour on Earth (1999)


Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
(2000)
The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)

Ginger Fish was born Kenneth Robert Wilson in Fram Lest We Forget: The Best of Marilyn Manson (2004)
ingham, Massachusetts, to a musical family. He has two
brothers, one older and one younger, both married. His
The High End of Low (2009)
father toured with Frank Sinatra and his mother was a
dancer. Due to his parents careers, Wilson travelled a Rob Zombie
lot during his childhood but spent a considerable amount
of time in Las Vegas and graduated from Chaparral High
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (2013)
School.[4]
He originally began playing drums in the second grade
and played in the school marching band. He studied music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (2016)

2.7.4 References
2.7.2

Music career

Ginger is most notable for being the longtime drummer


for Marilyn Manson but has played drums for his own
band Martyr Plot, and guest appearances with Powerman
5000 on their album Tonight the Stars Revolt!. In 2011,

[1] Marilyn Manson Drummer Injured at Concert.


Lakeland Ledger. November 29, 2000. Retrieved
February 2010.
[2] A label whether it ts or not. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
December 23, 1998. Retrieved February 4, 2010.

2.8. MADONNA WAYNE GACY

[3] Another New Zombie?". Spookshow International.


February 7, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
[4] Santiago, Brianna (June 19, 2015). 13 celebrities you
didnt know graduated from L.V. high schools. Las Vegas
Sun. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
[5] Kenneth Wilson. Facebook. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
[6] ROB ZOMBIE Announces New Drummer. Retrieved
April 22, 2011.

2.7.5

External links

Gingers artist page on premier percussion


Gingers VJ ocial website

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2.8.3 Discography
Portrait of an American Family (Marilyn Manson,
1994)
The Hearts Filthy Lesson single (US) (David Bowie,
1995) (uncredited)
Smells Like Children (Marilyn Manson, 1995)
Antichrist Superstar (Marilyn Manson, 1996)
Remix & Repent (Marilyn Manson, 1997)
Lost Highway Soundtrack - Apple of Sodom (uncredited, 1997)
Mechanical Animals (Marilyn Manson, 1998)

2.8 Madonna Wayne Gacy

Dead Man on Campus Soundtrack (Marilyn Mansons cover of David Bowies "Golden Years", 1999)

2.8.1

Detroit Rock City (Marilyn Mansons cover of


AC/DC's "Highway to Hell", 1999)

Personal life

Stephen Bier was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to a


Jewish father and Catholic mother. He earned a degree
in engineering from the University of Florida.

2.8.2

Career

Bier joined Marilyn Manson in late 1989 as a live prop actor. Bier has played the following instruments on Marilyn
Mansons albums: calliope, Hammond organ, saxophone,
theremin, various brass instruments, overdubs, loops,
bassoon, drums, electronic drums, keytar, piano,
sampling, mellotron, shaker, and synthesizer. He is responsible for much of the Kabbalic and numerological
meanings behind Mansons albums.[1] He did not contribute to Mansons album Eat Me, Drink Me having been
replaced by Chris Vrenna.

The Last Tour on Earth (Marilyn Manson, 1999)


Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
(Marilyn Manson, 2000)
Guns, God and Government (Marilyn Manson,
2000)
The Golden Age of Grotesque (Marilyn Manson,
2003)
Lest We Forget: The Best of Marilyn Manson (Marilyn Manson, 2004)
Lost & Found (Marilyn Manson, 2008)

On August 2, 2007, it was reported that Bier led a lawsuit against Manson for unpaid partnership proceeds. 2.8.4 References
Bier claims Manson spent the bands earnings on sick
and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxi- [1] Manson, Marilyn, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
(1999); ISBN 0-06-098746-4:
dermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl)"
and on various other luxurious items. Bier claimed that
Manson devised a campaign to drive Bier out of the band [2] BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Marilyn Manson Sued By
Former Keyboardist/Drummer Over 'Partnership Proand rob him of his entitlement.[2]
On December 19, 2007, Manson led a counter suit
against Bier, accusing him of breach of contract.[3]
According to metalunderground.com, the lawsuit was settled for a sum far less than what was originally sought by
Bier with the total being $380,000. $175,000 was paid
out by Marilyn Manson while the rest was ordered to be
paid by Stephen Biers former Business Managers.[4]

ceeds, roadrunnerrecords.com; accessed September 14,


2015. He currently works for Faultline Music Group LLC.

[3] Marilyn Manson les suit against ex-bandmate,


NME.com, 2007-12-21, retrieved 2007-12-21
[4] http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?
newsid=51602

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2.9 Gidget Gein

art movement and, surprisingly, a collaboration with Marilyn Manson and Asia Argento in a music video for the
[2]
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Gein returned to Los Angeles in 2004 where he continued to execute art and fashion shows under the organized
Bradley Mark Brad Stewart (September 11, 1969 name GOLLYWOOD.
October 8, 2008), known by his stage name Gidget
Gein, was an American musician and artist. He was the
second bassist and co-founder of the alternative metal 2.9.3 Death
band Marilyn Manson. His stage name references and
dichotomies serial killer Ed Gein and the ctional 1960s On October 8, 2008, Stewart died of a heroin overdose
surfer girl Gidget.[1]
at his home in Burbank, California.[1][5] His body was
discovered on October 9. Shortly before his death, Gein
had completed another stint in rehab and was reportedly
2.9.1 Early life
recording an album with record producer Dave Jerden.
He had been contracted to publish his art in a show schedGein was born in Hollywood, Florida, to a Roman uled for February 2009.[1][4]
Catholic school teacher mother and police ocer father.

2.9.2

Career

Stewart joined the band, Marilyn Manson & the Spooky


Kids, in 1990.[2] The band eventually gained the attention
of Trent Reznor who signed them to his label Nothing
Records.[3] As the band became more famous after dropping the Spooky Kids title in 1992, Geins personality
was becoming more chaotic through extensive drug use
and other various acts of debauchery. In October 1993,
Reznor agreed to rework the production on Marilyn Mansons album, taking them and their tapes to The Record
Plant in Los Angeles. On Christmas Eve of 1993, Gein
was hospitalized after overdosing on heroin. While still
hospitalized, he received a message from Marilyn Mansons lawyer via FedEx that he was red due to his drug
use.[2] Gein was replaced by Jeordie White, known as
Twiggy Ramirez.[4]

2.9.4 Aftermath
On December 8, 2008, a memorial benet for Gein was
held at the Dragony in Los Angeles. It featured Geins
art and an array of friends and fans performing in his
honor. The guest list included Ego Plum, Kim Fowley, ex
Courtney Love guitarist Lisa Leveridge, Jessicka, Allen
Wrench, Lenora Claire, Courtney Cruz, Ramzi Abed,
Brian Clark (co-founder of the UnPop art movement to
which Gein belonged), Bill Shafer of Hyaena Gallery (his
art representative), Damian Crowley, Giddle Partridge,
Hollie Stevens, and drag queens Squeaky Blonde and
Fade-Dra.[5] Funds raised from the gathering were used
to purchase a memorial plaque in Geins honor that was
placed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Geins mother
retains possession of his cremains in Florida.[6]
A commemorative tribute was lmed on October 9, 2010
at the horror convention 'Spooky Empire', based in Orlando, Florida. Participants included Al B. Romano, Billy
Baker, Parris Mayhew, Mike Merryeld, CC Manded
and Petey Mongelli. The 9-part compendium was lmed
by the Film Director/Artist/Musician Cynosure and is
respectively owned by Cynosure Enterprises. The lm
closes with Geins memorial plaque, embellished with the
slogan, 'Luv is GG'.

After being red from Marilyn Manson, Gein moved


to New York in 1999. He formed a group called Gidget Gein and the Dali Gaggers with vocalist Anthony
Taboada, a.k.a. Alistarr Liddell, and guitarist Al B. Romano which featured various displays of degenerate art,
ideas, and post-punk styled songwriting. Before the release of the Dali Gaggers only album, Confessions of a
Spooky Kid, Gein relapsed and began shooting heroin. He
headed back to Florida in order to kick his drug addiction In January of 2016 it was revealed via Facebook that
for good.
Geins band Dali Gaggers was reforming in North CarOnce back in Florida, Gein began work for the south olina by some fans with the intent to carry on the Gein
Florida medical examiner as a bag boy, spending years legacy by playing his songs as well as writing new songs
retrieving and cleaning up after the deceased. His expe- in similar fashion. The followup to Geins Just Ad Nauriences at the medical examiners oce have been doc- seam"/"Confessions of a Spooky Kid album entitled
umented in various international magazines and spurred Abraxas is set to be released sometime in late 2016.
early production of a motion picture based on this period of his life.[4] Over time his arsenal of art and ideas
began to outweigh his position as a bag boy, and Gidget 2.9.5
found a friendship with the freshly announced UNPOP

Discography

2.10. ANDY GEROLD


With Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids
Grist-O-Line (1990)
Big Black Bus (1990)
After School Special (1991)

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2.9.8 External links


Gidget Geins ocial site, now maintained by Nancy
Marzulli
Gidget Gein at the Internet Movie Database
Gidget Gein at Find a Grave

Lunchbox (1992)
Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows (2004)
With Marilyn Manson
Portrait of an American Family (1994)
With the Dali Gaggers
Dali Gaggers, Just AdNauseam (1998)
Confessions of a Spooky Kids (1999)
Solo
Suspension of Disbelief (2007)
Law of Diminishing Return (2007)
Rig Demos (2007)

2.9.6

Filmography

2.10 Andy Gerold


Andy Gerold (born June 13, 1978 in Sandusky, Ohio) is
a professional multi-instrumentalist and is best known as
a former bassist of Marilyn Manson. Currently playing
guitar for Rock of Ages at The Crown Theater, located
in The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (as of
1/2016).

2.10.1 Biography
Early life
Gerold studied music at Phoenix, Arizonas New School
for the Arts 1994-1996 escaping the traditional high
school arithmetic. His inuences as a guitar player
include Robin Finck, Jonny Greenwood, and John
Williams. During his time at NSA he started playing music with David Cadry, and his brother, Theodore Gerold,
in his rst band 8 Feet Under.
Victims In Ecstacy

In 1998 Gerold formed Victims In Ecstacy with lead


singer Jim Louvau. The band was heavily inuenced by
2.9.7 References
Chicago based underground rock drag band Marys Win[1] Kaufman, Gil (October 13, 2008). Former Marilyn dow and other industrial rock bands of the 1990s. The
Manson Bassist Gidget Gein Dead at 39 Gein (born band often wore dresses, skirts, feminine make-up, and
Bradley Stewart) performed on bands 1994 debut LP, boas onstage to set themselves apart from other valley
Portrait of an American Family.. mtv.com.
bands. They quickly gained local success with the release
of their debut E.P Chinese Pornography and opened for
[2] MacDonald, Les. The Day the Music Died. Xlibris Corbands like Linkin Park, Disturbed, MDFMK, Jack O
poration. p. 380. ISBN 1-453-52267-0.
Jill, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and Pitchshifter.
[3] Edmondson, Jacqueline, ed. (2013). Music in American Victims In Ecstacy also won 5 Phoenix New Times ShowLife: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Sto- case awards including Best Industrial Act and Most
ries That Shaped Our Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 683. ISBN Likely to Make It Big. During the recording of the
0-313-39348-6.
bands second record White Box Therapy they were invited to open dates on the Preaching to the Perverted tour
[4] Lecaro, Lina (October 10, 2008). RIP GIDGET GEINwith Pigface, Gravity Kills, and Godhead where Gerold
Local artist & former Marilyn Manson bassist found
played drums for Victims In Ecstacy.
dead. laweekly.com.

[5] Lecaro, Lina (December 10, 2008). Nightranger Attends


the Gidget Gein Memorial. laweekly.com.

Opiate for the Masses

[6] Lecaro, Lina (September 30, 2011). Happy Johnny


Ramone Weekend! The Top Five Musicians Buried
at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (At Least in Spirit)".
laweekly.com.

Gerold had a brief stint in Los Angeles/Phoenix based industrial rock band Opiate for the Masses. He contributed
the bands second record The Spore and toured with them
on the 2005 Warped Tour, Avenged Sevenfold, and Orgy

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tour. Gerold quit the band after the departure of drum- of their reunion tour. The band were also invited to open
mer Elias Mallin.
the main stage at the 2008 edition of the Projekt Revolution tour joining such heavyweights as Linkin Park,
Chris Cornell, Atreyu, and The Bravery. During the tour
My Darling Murder
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington joined the band
for a cover of A Perfect Circles track The Outsider. AfAfter leaving Opiate For the Masses Gerold returned to ter Projekt Revolution the band ended its touring cycle
Phoenix to form My Darling Murder with drummer Elias with two weeks worth of dates with Seether.
Mallin, bassist Tim Kelleher, and singer Chris Ruo.
The bands inuences included Faith No More, Nine Inch
Nails, Marilyn Manson, Radiohead, Tool, and Muse. Marilyn Manson
Gerold was the bands primary songwriter and also produced the bands demos. These recordings caught the After much fan speculation and no ocial announceeye of NIN/Manson/GnR producer Sean Beavan. Bea- ment, Gerold joined Marilyn Manson as the live bassist
van went on to produce the band debut 5-song e.p before for The High End of the Low world tour after former bassist Twiggy Ramirez switched to guitar duties.[1]
the band had ever played a show.
Gerold played his rst show with the band on June 3,
My Darling Murder quickly gained local notoriety and
2009, in Brno, Czech Republic.
eventually would share the stage with bands like Greeley
Estates, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Smile Empty Soul, and
Blindside. They would also go on to re-release their e.p 16VOLT
with 5 additional Gerold produced tracks before a brief
tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Seether. Just as Gerold is currently playing guitar for 16Volt on the
more of the music industry started to take notice of the KMFDM North America 2011 Tour. E Powell: Ive
band singer Ruo surprisingly quit the band prematurely. known Andy for quite some time and he is just super talThe band still has many dedicated online fan communities ented. We really wanted to play with him and that feeling
following the band members current projects.
was shared in return. It was really as simple as a phone
call. Hey Andy, wanna go do this with us? And here
he is."" Gerold is featured in 16Volts new ocial music
Wired All Wrong
video Burn, .
In 2006 Gerold was the touring guitarist for Los Angeles based electro rockers Wired All Wrong which fea- 2.10.2 References
tured singer Matt Mahaey of Self, former God Lives
Underwater keyboard player Je Turzo, and My Darling [1] Cashmere, Tim (June 10, 2009). "Marilyn Manson ReMurder bassist Tim Kelleher. Wired All Wrong toured
turns To Australia". undercover.com.au. Retrieved on
regionally to support Break out the Battle Tapes before
June 18, 2009.
Mahaey and Turzo returned to producing other acts.
Daughters of Mara
After full lling touring obligation with Wired All Wrong
Gerold joined Virgin Records recording artists Daughters
of Mara as its permanent bassist. Gerold toured regionally with the band and played bass on the bands debut record I am Destroyer. The record was recorded
in Canada by well-famous producer Garth GGGarth
Richardson in 2007. I am Destroyer never had a proper
release thanks to decline of the major label record system
but is available on the bands Myspace page.
Ashes Divide
Gerold was the touring lead guitarist for A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdels solo project Ashes Divide
in support of its debut release Keep Telling Myself Its
Alright. After playing a handful of radio festivals Ashes
Divide supported Stone Temple Pilots on selected dates

2.11 Rob Holliday


Rob Holliday is a professional musician. He was the
live guitarist of industrial metal band Marilyn Manson
as well as for Gary Numan, The Prodigy,[2] and Sulpher.
He joined in 2007 as Marilyn Manson's live bassist, but
switched to guitars in January 2008 due to the return of
former bass player Twiggy Ramirez.

2.11.1 Music career


Rob Holliday is half of the band Sulpher, having duties
as a lyricist, guitarist and lead vocals. They have released
one album titled Spray, with two singles for the tracks
One of Us and You Ruined Everything, and currently
have a second album in production. Sulpher also includes
Monti (Curve, Cocteau Twins, Gang of Four, The Jesus
and Mary Chain) as producer, programmer and drummer
and Tim Mud as live guitarist. Holliday is currently the

2.12. JOHN 5
live guitarist for Gary Numan and live guitarist and live
bassist for The Prodigy, and also played live guitars and
bass for Marilyn Manson during the Rape of the World
tour. Holliday did not contribute to the writing or recording of the bands album Eat Me, Drink Me, released in
2007.

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Curve live guitar (1998)
Gary Numan producer, remixer, live guitar, live
bass (20002006)
The Prodigy live guitar, live bass (2005Present)

Although many people believed Rob to be a temporary


Flint live bass (2003)
member, Manson stated on an interview entitled 'Everyone Will Suer Now' on the Heirophant that this is not the
Marilyn Manson live bass (2007), live guitar
case, and that Holliday will stay as a permanent member
(2008)
of the band. It has recently been conrmed that Holliday
will be playing live guitars for The Prodigy on their 2008
tour. This leaves unclear if (and to which degree) he has
contributed to Mansons upcoming album The High End 2.11.4 References
of Low, as was the case with the bands former guitarists
(with the exception of Mark Chaussee).
[1]

2.11.2

Discography

[2] Harris, Chris (4 May 2007). Marilyn Manson Reveals He


Came Close To Suicide; LP 'Was My Salvation'". MTV.
Retrieved 18 April 2011.

Curve
Gift (2001)
Sulpher
Spray (2003)
The Mission
Lighting The Candles (Live CD and DVD) (2005)
Gary Numan
Pure (2000)
Scarred (2003)
Hybrid (2003)
Live at Shepherds Bush Empire (2004)
Jagged (2006)
The Prodigy
Worlds On Fire (Live CD and DVD) (2011)
The Day Is My Enemy (2015)

2.11.3

Credits

Low Art Thrill guitar (19961997)


Sulpher writing, guitar, vocals (1999Present)
The Mission live guitar (20012004)

2.12 John 5
John William Lowery (born July 31, 1971), best known
by the stage name John 5, is an American guitarist. His
stage name was bestowed on him in 1998 when he left
David Lee Roth and joined the industrial metal group
Marilyn Manson as their guitarist, taking over from Zim
Zum. Still going by the name John 5, Lowery has since
become the guitarist for Rob Zombie.
He is also a solo artist having recorded seven guitar
albums: Vertigo (2004), Songs for Sanity (2005), The
Devil Knows My Name (2007), Requiem (2008), The
Art of Malice (2010) and God Told Me To (2012),
Careful With That Axe (2014), as well as a remix album,
Remixploitation (2009). He also works as a sta writer
for Chrysalis Records, working with artists such as Matt
Ball, Avril Lavigne, Rob Halford, k.d. lang, Garbage,
Meat Loaf, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, FeFe Dobson and has written and recorded with southern rock band
Lynyrd Skynyrd.

2.12.1 Early life


Lowery was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He rst
started playing guitar at the age of seven after watching
Buck Owens and Roy Clark's television show Hee Haw
with his dad. His parents supported his playing as long
as it did not interfere with his education. They also accompanied him at the adult bars he would play during the
evening.[1][2]
His early musical inuences came from The Monkees,
Kiss, guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Jimi
Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen and country music.[2]

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CHAPTER 2. MEMBERS

Music career

Early career 198795


Lowery started his career as a session guitarist having
moved to Los Angeles from Michigan at age 17. His
rst band in L.A. was Alligator Soup, which led to an important meeting with Rudy Sarzo from Whitesnake who
recruited Lowery for his band Sun King giving him his
rst real bit of exposure. This also saw him meeting producer Bob Marlette, who has worked with, among others,
Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Rob Halford and Black
Sabbath.
Lowery began working on numerous projects with Marlette including television show soundtracks, movie soundtracks including Speed 2: Cruise Control, and commercials and infomercials. This in turn saw Lowery being
picked to play with Lita Ford, opening up for Kiss. He
started another long time friendship with the various Kiss
members, including a close friendship with Paul Stanley,
which in 2006 he honored by guesting on Stanleys Live
to Win album.
Lowerys next role saw him working with Randy Castillo,
in the short-lived projects Bone Angels and Red Square
Black, who issued the Square EP via Zoo/BMG. The
band disbanded when Lowery was picked from 2000 guitarists to play with k.d. lang on tour.

Arguably, Lowerys rst truly big break came when he


was selected by former Van Halen frontman David Lee
Roth to play lead guitar on the critically well-received[4][5]
1998 release DLR Band. As had occurred, historically,
when Roth chose a new lead guitarist - in light of Roths
lead guitar lineage: from Eddie Van Halen to Steve Vai to
Jason Becker to Steve Hunter and others - Lowery quickly
gained public recognition for his virtuosic abilities, as well
for the heart in his playing.
Regarding how he came to meet Roth, in Guitarist Magazine, Lowery relates that, when I was little, my dream
was to play with David Lee Roth. One day I was sitting
at my friends house and... I wonder[ed] what... Roth is
doing now. [In 1997, Roth had just been let go from Van
Halen for a second time in favor of Gary Cherone, and
also penned a tongue-in-cheek memoir.]. I'm gonna call
up his manager and see if he needs any songs.[6]
Lowery submitted six tracks that he had written to Roths
management. Having been a longtime fan of David Lee
Roths work, both in Van Halen and as a solo artist,
Lowery believed that he knew exactly what Roth would
like. On hearing Lowerys songs, Roth was very impressed, and subsequently asked for Lowery to submit
several more songs. At the time, Roth was choosing between Lowery and Mike Hartman as to who would play
lead guitar. (Lowery would also play bass on the album
under the moniker, B'urbon Bob.) Tragically, Hartman
would die a short time later.

Impressed by Lowerys prodigious skill, Roth scheduled


a meeting and then scheduled a recording session that
lasted two weeks and resulted in the fourteen track DLR
Main article: 2wo
Band album. I remember before we started, he [David
Lee Roth] said, 'If you can't do it in two takes, you can't
[6]
In 1996, Lowery went for his rst audition with Marilyn do it.'"
Manson but narrowly missed out, as he was late to the In 2003, while still lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson,
auditions, and the guitarist role was taken by Zim Zum. Lowery (then called John 5) was invited by David Lee
Lowery teamed up with ex-Judas Priest frontman Rob Roth to write and record the single non-cover song for
Halford, along with Sid Riggs (drums) James Wooley Roths 2003 album Diamond Dave.[7]
(keyboards), and Ray Riendeau (bass) to work on an
industrial metal inspired album, under the band name John 5 recently announced a new album with David Lee
of 2wo (Two). The subsequent album (Voyeurs) was Roth, which he says will hopefully come out in the near
remixed by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and was re- future. More...
leased on Reznors Nothing Records label, under the parent company Interscope Records (Universal). The album
was not a commercial hit but did produce one video, made Marilyn Manson 19982004
by gay porn director Chi Chi Larue for the rst single I
am a Pig.[3] It featured some s&m scenes and so was not Main article: Marilyn Manson (band)
widely broadcast but was not banned as has been previously rumored. The band embarked on a world tour, and After the recording of Mechanical Animals, Marilyn
were part of the Ozzfest line-up but the tour was pulled Manson was again looking for a guitarist to replace Zim
and 2wo disbanded.
Zum who had been dismissed from the band during the
recording process. Again John went to try out for the
band. Following a tour with Rob Halford in Europe, John
David Lee Roth 19982003
received a call from Mansons manager asking if he would
like to meet Manson for lunch. At the meeting Manson
Main article: David Lee Roth
asked John to join the band. Lowery accepted and Manson gave him the name John 5 right then and there. It
2wo 199698

2.12. JOHN 5
was obviously something he'd been thinking about..[8] 5
signed on for the Mechanical Animals tour and to work
on the next album. His rst live performance for Marilyn
Manson came on the MTV Video Music Awards.
During the opening bars of the "The Beautiful People"
at the 2003 Rock Am Ring festival Manson was moving
across the stage when he hit Lowerys guitar and chest
with his boot. Lowery was outraged and threw his guitar
while screaming at Manson, which led to much speculation. According to Lowery, the Grotesk Burlesk tour had
been a high-pressure endeavour, and just weeks before he
had suered losses of very close family members. Lowery later commented on his behavior, calling it unprofessional and stating that there was no bad blood between
Manson and him.
During this time period, Lowery also worked on a band
called Plague with Jason Lowetz as the frontman. The
album was produced with Bob Marlette but never made
it out of the studio. Lowetz was considered for the job as
frontman for Velvet Revolver before Scott Weiland took
it on.
In 2004, Lowery and Manson parted company. Confusion was rife as certain press reported that he had been
dumped unceremoniously from the band, but in reality
the two came to a mutual agreement that they wanted to
go their separate ways.What actually happened was, at
the end of the tour, we were just on dierent roads. It was
completely amicable. He just wanted to write with other
members of the band, and I wanted to do other things.[9]
While working with Manson, Lowery stated he does not
take drugs or drink alcohol.[10]

Loser 200506
Main article: Loser (band)

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title, Just Like You, sums it up. [11]
The band had initial success not long after signing with
Island Records, when the track Disposable Sunshine
became part of the Fantastic Four soundtrack.
During this time, during the recording of the soundtrack,
Crain briey left the band and was replaced by drummer
Elias Andra, a friend of Lees. Andra had some success
himself with the band Psycho Plague, his own creation,
an industrial metal band, which toured as a headline act,
with Linkin Park as an opening act at the time. However,
Andra soon left after promotional shots had been taken,
and Crain returned. Andra went on to become the drummer for Julien-K.
At the same time, Lowery was also working for Rob Zombie and a working conict occurred. As Zombie was also
touring, Lowery tried to nd a live replacement for him
while Loser were touring on conicting dates. However,
even with promo material for the debut album out and a
release date in the bag, Island Record did not like the idea
of Loser without John and so dropped the band from the
label.
Being the founding member of Loser, my decision to
leave was not an easy one, said John 5 in a press release.
I've been juggling two careers both with Loser and Rob
Zombie for over one year now. I found it impossible to
be in two places at once.[12]
The album has been put on the backburner and no word
on a release date has ever been issued. The ocial Loser
Myspace page has tracks available for download (working
on April 11, 2012).[13]
Rob Zombie 2005present
Main article: Rob Zombie
While Lowery was working on radio rock band Loser, he

In 2005, Lowery formed the band Loser. Recruiting vocalist Joe Grah, Charles Lee on bass and Glendon Crain
on drums, they began working on their debut album Just
Like You. The band was also partly co-founded by friend
and producer Bob Marlette. Vocalist Joe Grah already
had a signicant amount of success in his home state of
Texas, with the band Jibe. Marlette recommended Grah
to Lowery and so Lowery hopped on a plane to Texas to
see the band play. Grah ew back to L.A. and was hired
on the spot.
The name Loser came about as an armation to Lowerys past: I was from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, which
is kind of an upper-class area, and I was always that rock
kid, John explained. I started playing guitar at age 7.
I always had a rock shirt on, and I had that tattoo early
on. I looked like a loser because everyone around me
was wearing Polo and Brooks Brothers. But now if you
go into a club wearing Polo, you're called a loser. So I
think everyone can relate to that name, and the album

John 5 performing with Rob Zombie at Nova Rock 2014

also began to work with cult rock artist and movie director
Rob Zombie. Meeting at the Camp Freddy benet gig,
Lowery and Zombie hit it o immediately and Rob asked
Lowery to play with him at Ozzfest 2005. I'm totally
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Ozzfest! He has been one of my favorite artists for the
longest time. I had the opportunity to play with him a
few weeks back, and never thought that I would have the
chance to share the stage with him playing the Zombie
songs we all know and love!"[14]
It was reported that Zombie was looking to quit the music
industry to concentrate on his movie career until he began
to work with Lowery.
Camp Freddy asked me to do this benet, just to play one
song, at the Arrowhead Pond (in Anaheim, California)
for this tsunami relief thing. And John was there, and we
played one song, 'Thunderkiss,' and it kicked ass and hes
a supercool guy and I was like, 'this is perfect.' John said,
'Do you need a guitar player for Ozzfest?' I said, 'Yes.' He
said, 'I wanna do it,' I said, 'Perfect, done.'" -Rob Zombie
on John 5[15]
Lowery worked on Rob Zombies 2006 album Educated
Horses, co-writing eight out of eleven tracks with Zombie. When he left Loser, Lowery took up the role of Rob
Zombie guitarist as a permanent gig. Rob is the best I
have worked with. Hes great. We have a great time on
stage together. It has been the single greatest experience I
have had working with someone, hands down.[16] John is
also the guitarist on Robs latest albums, Hellbilly Deluxe
2, released February 2, 2010[17] and Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, released April 23, 2013.
In early 2011, Lowery was joined by fellow ex-Marilyn
Manson bandmate, Ginger Fish, as a member of Rob
Zombies band. Zombie/Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was in Europe with his band Murderdolls, leaving
Zombie without a drummer for some shows during the
American leg of their tour. Lowery asked Fish to ll in
as drummer. In April 2011, Fish was announced as the
new and permanent drummer.
In October 2011, Zombie conrmed by his Facebook [18]
account that Lowery would be scoring the soundtrack for
Rob Zombies latest movie, The Lords of Salem. This was
also conrmed on the ocial John 5 website.[19]
On April 17, 2014 Rob Zombie said in a radio interview
that he was at work on a follow up to Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which many assume will have John 5
recording the guitar parts, since he is a member of Rob
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album.[20] On October 2, 2009, he played with Slash at a
tribute to the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.[21]
In a Twitter update January 6, 2010, John 5 had this to
say about the progress of his upcoming 5th studio album;
Just did all the guitar, bass for my new solo CD, Tommy
Clufetos played the drums and killed it!" [22] and a following Twitter update January 8; Did the photo shoot for the
new record today!",[23] January 18: Just had Billy sheehan play on the the [sic] song (ya dig), this record is going
to rule.[24]
In June 2011, John 5 ocially closed his MySpace
page.[25] John commented on his own website, There are
a number of reasons, mainly the decline of Myspace as
a platform to reach you, the fans. ... So today, the steps
were taken to close the account at the Myspace page.[25]
He often names his songs after famous murderers, e.g.
Edward Gein (Gein with Envy, Songs for Sanity,) Albert Fish (Werewolf of Westeria, The Devil Knows My
Name), or torture devices (see any song from Requiem).
In February 2014, while giving an interview at the Soundwave festival John 5 announced his seventh solo album
entitled Careful with That Axe, which would go on to
be released in August of that year.[26]

2.12.3 Personal Life


John 5 married pornographic actress Aria Giovanni in
2002 but they divorced in 2006.[27] He is currently married to hair stylist Rita Lowery.[28]

2.12.4 Equipment
During 2005, John 5 used Marshall ampliers and cabinets, Boss pedals, Fender Telecaster and J5 guitars, and
D'Addario strings.[29]
During his time spent as guitarist for Marilyn Manson, John 5 eventually resorted to storing some of
his eects pedals backstage in rack drawers to safeguard them against the chaos that often ensued during
performances.[30]

2.12.5 Discography
Solo career 2004present

2.12.6 Credits
Starting in 200(2004 with Vertigo, Lowery has recorded
seven instrumental records. His works have featured
many guest players. For example, Songs for Sanity had
Albert Lee, and other records have had Steve Vai, Joe
Satriani, and Jim Root. In 2009, John released a remix
album, Remixploitation. Lowery has also released an
instructional DVD entitled The Devil Knows My Name
(2007). In July 2009, on his Twitter page, John 5 announced that he is now six tracks into the next solo

Dirty Trixx - 1983 - Guitarist, playing Van Halen


covers in a Michigan bar
Raven Payne - 1987 - Guitarist, at 16 years old
John Wetton (of Asia) - Johns rst paid professional
session. Its one of the hardest I've ever done states
John 5.

2.12. JOHN 5
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick singer) Guitarist,
recorded demos
Pepperland - Guitarist, ghost player
Wilson Phillips - Guitarist, ghost player
Salt-N-Pepa - Live Performances including the Jay
Leno Show

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Rob Zombie - 2005 present - Guitarist, Ozzfest
2005 and albums Educated Horses, Zombie Live,
Hellbilly Deluxe 2 and Venomous Rat Regeneration
Vendor.
Meat Loaf - 2006 - Guitarist, song recorded and cowrote with Nikki Sixx. Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.

Rick Springeld - Guitarist, The Day After Yesterday, Tracks 4 and 14

Paul Stanley - 2006 Co-writer and guitarist on


Where Angels Dare, a track from the album Live
to Win.

Ozzy Osbourne - John 5 auditioned, unsuccessfully,


for an open bass spot.

Saliva - 2007 - Guitarist, on the song Black Sheep


from the album Blood Stained Love Story.

Night Ranger - Guitarist, ghost player


Red Square Black - 1994 - 'Square' EP, Lead Guitar
Lita Ford - 1994-95 - Guitarist, ghost player
Ryan Downe - 1996 - Guitar on track 'Japan' of The
Hypocrite Album, plus guitar eects
froSTed - 1996 - - Guitarist
Leah Andreone - Former Girlfriend, Veiled, Guitar (1996), I Feel the Earth Move, Guitar (1997),
Alchemy, Lap Steel Guitar/Guitar (1998), co-wrote
ten tracks
k.d. lang - Guitarist, World Tour 1996, 1997. Onstage 'Live in Sydney' VHS Tape
Various Artists, Speed 2: Cruise Control - 1997 Guitar and Bass for Soundtrack
2wo - 1998 - Voyeurs album, guitar and bass.
David Lee Roth - 1998, 2003 - Guitarist on DLR
Band album, and co-wrote Thug Pop on the
Diamond Dave (album)
Marilyn Manson - 19982004 - Guitarist, where he
got the nickname John 5 . Tele addict. Guitarist.
Future (May 2007). Manson has claimed the name
derives from Lowerys rst name with the number 5
noting there was a time he considered naming himself and his bandmates with numbers. This continued the departure from the pin-up + serial killer
naming scheme.
Garbage - 2003 - Additional guitar on Never
Be Free b-side, possibly co-written by him as
well.[35][36]
Loser 20052006 - Guitarist and founder member of Loser. The band had a song (Disposable
Sunshine) on the Fantastic Four soundtrack and had
recorded their debut album Just Like You, but due to
conicting schedules with Rob Zombie, John left the
band and Island Records.[37][38]

Static-X - 2007 - First guitar solo on Cannibal.


Scorpions - 2007 - Co-writer and guitarist on Hour
1, a track from the album Humanity - Hour 1.
Filter - 2008 - Guitarist, on the album Anthems for
the Damned,[39] co writer on two tracks.
Lynyrd Skynyrd - 2009 - Guitarist - John 5 works
with Lynyrd Skynyrd.[40]
Halestorm - 2009 - Writer- Co-wrote the track
What Were You Expecting.
Escape the Fate - 2010 - Composer - Helped compose Escape the Fates self-titled album.
Ricky Martin - 2011 - Guitar and arranger on Martins 2010 album Msica + Alma + Sexo.[41]
Hollywood Undead - 2011 - Guitar on Lights
Out on Hollywood Undeads 2011 album American
Tragedy (credited as John Lowery).
Sebastian Bach - 2011 - Guitarist and composer
on former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bachs
TunnelVision song from Kicking & Screaming
album.[42]
Alice Cooper - 2011 - Solo Guitar on Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever from Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Lynyrd Skynyrd - 2012 - Songwriting on Last of a
Dyin' Breed
Steve Adler - 2012 - Guest guitarist on the single
Good to Be Bad o the album Back from the
Dead.[43]
Rod Stewart - 2013 - [44] Co-wrote the track Its
Over from the album Time
Hollywood Undead - 2013 Notes from the Underground - guitars on tracks (1,2,4,8)
Sebastian Bach - 2014 - Guitarist and composer
on former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bachs
Temptation song from the album Give 'Em Hell.
Ace Frehley - 2016 - Rhythm guitarist on Parasite
and Spanish Magic Castle from the album Origins
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2.12.8

External links

Ocial Website

2.13 Sara Lee Lucas

Electroshock Therapy, featuring the platinum


certied Trace and Marilyn Manson founding
member Sara lee Lucas recently celebrated the
3,000,000th MySpace play and Fourth visit to
the Top-Twenty National Chart position since
debuting earlier this year in May, by announcing a new Composing & Licensing push to
bring to market the over 1,000 song library the
group currently has in inventory. Electroshock
Therapy is a luxurious formula blend of arena
performance rock and technologically driven
electronica, industrial, break-beat and trip-hop
elements...fused with a healthy blend of exotic
world beats and musical tastes...this new dynamic powerhouse takes listeners on an emotional theme park of exceptionally crafted musical and visual creations. "[1]

Frederick Streithorst, Jr., (born June 17, 1970 in Fort


Lauderdale, Florida), is the original drummer for Marilyn
Manson. He earlier performed as Sara Lee Lucas, later
S.L. Lucas or simply, Lucas"; the name is derived from
American serial killer Henry Lee Lucas and baked goods
company Sara Lee. After leaving Marilyn Manson in
1995, he performed in many other industrial bands using Lucas performed with Dallas, Texas-based rock band
tribal style of drumming and experimental digital percus- Nocturne on their short headlining tour in 2002.
sion. He also became active with his mastering company,
In November of that year, Trace and Lucas were asked
Masterlab.
to perform with Orlando, Florida industrial performancebased band Ambionica, and Lucas later started a recording project called Kuzmark with the singer. They per2.13.1 Career
formed a series of shows in South Florida in 2003.
1983 - 1990
333 Lunatic Lane, Black Janet, India Loves You
Prior to joining Marilyn Manson, he drummed for local
South Florida bands "333 Lunatic Lane", "Black Janet"
and "India Loves You, the latter with future Manson
bandmate Scott Putesky aka Daisy Berkowitz.

1991 - 1995

Masterlab Lucas and Trace founded their company


Masterlab in 1996. Head of the CD and DVD manufacturing and graphic design departments of the Orlando,
Florida audio mastering facility, Lucas and Trace mastered several platinum tracks for artists including Khia,
Mary J. Blige, Mandy Moore, 69 Boyz, and Robert
Palmer.
Trace and Marilyn Manson Co-Founder Sara
Lee Lucas, acting in advisory roles to SoundScapes, furthermore, believe the all-star executive and producer team assembled for the Program shall greatly assist our eorts to deliver
a breakthrough Series. Masterlab shall provide
complete content organization, mastering and
optimization for the all format content delivery
and media manufacturing eorts

Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, Marilyn


Manson With Marilyn Manson, Lucas wrote and
played on the album Portrait of an American Family (produced by Trent Reznor and Alan Moulder). He also contributed material and is credited in Smells Like Children
and Antichrist Superstar. He toured on both the Self Destruct Tour along with Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Mansons headlining club tour in 1995. He quit the band following the tour, and, along with the other former Spooky
Kids, sued Brian Warner for his unpaid royalties, settling In January 2009, it was reported that Marilyn Manin 1998.
son wanted to contact Lucas, in regards to the formers

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lawsuits involving Stephen Bier (ex-Manson keyboardist store in the Coral Springs Mall where White was workMadonna Wayne Gacy).[2]
ing, the two realized they had much in common, but had
In addition to his work with Masterlab, Lucas continued yet to work on a musical endeavor. White actively attempted to join Mansons band while playing in another
to perform.
project.[2] He became an honorary spooky kid, and went
by the groupie name Gordy White. In March 1993, White
took part in Mansons side project Mrs. Scabtree and
2.13.2 References
shared vocal duties with then girlfriend Jessicka. Jeordie
did not join Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids un[1] Red Entertainment - Electroshock Therapy
til Gidget Gein was ejected from the band by the man[2] E! Online - Marilyn Manson Wants Ex-Wife Back...for ager in December 1993. White was given the Manson
Trial
band member name Twiggy Ramirez, which was derived
by taking the rst name from English supermodel Twiggy
and the surname from American serial killer Richard
Ramirez. Much of Twiggys early look from the multi
2.14 Twiggy Ramirez
colored dreadlocks down to the dress style was taken directly from Jack O Jill singer Jessicka and Gidget Gein.
Jeordie Osbourne White (born June 20, 1971), known
White never played bass until Manson bought him his
once professionally as Twiggy Ramirez, shortened to
rst instrument right after he joined Mansons band.[2] In
just Twiggy since returning to Marilyn Manson, and
1998, White made a cameo in Monster Magnet's music
sometimes referred to as Jeordie White, is an Amerivideo for "Space Lord".[3] In 2001, White appeared on
can musician, mostly known as the bassist and guitarist of
an MTV Cribs episode: the "Ozzfest Edition.
the band Marilyn Manson. Previously, he was the bassist
for A Perfect Circle and a touring member of Nine Inch As a result of many lineup changes (specically guiNails, and is currently the vocalist for Goon Moon. He tarists), Twiggy was largely responsible for most of
left Marilyn Manson in 2002, and later rejoined the band the songwriting on the albums Antichrist Superstar,
in 2008. He has been a principal songwriter for the band Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood, in this last record
and has also contributed to some of the Desert Sessions shared credits with John 5, who composed more songs
than Twiggy. In 2007, White claimed that he is proud of
recordings.
the work that he did in the band.[4]

2.14.1

Early life

Although born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, he moved


to Florida during his childhood. He has an older brother,
James. He didn't know his father for most of his life but
united with him in 2008 (It was mentioned in the Love
Line radio interview in 2008).

(20032007) After Manson


After departing the band, he played two live shows with
California punk metal band Mondo Generator, and auditioned for the role of second guitar in Queens of the
Stone Age, which he lost to Troy Van Leeuwen of A Perfect Circle. He also auditioned for a spot as bass player
(after Jason Newsted's departure) in Metallica, but lost
out to former Suicidal Tendencies/Ozzy Osbourne bassist
Robert Trujillo, which is documented briey in their lm,
Some Kind of Monster.

Inuenced by the likes of Mtley Cre, Van Halen and


Iron Maiden, he rst picked up a guitar at age thirteen.
Although a New Jersey native, he spent the better portion
of his youth in the Ft. Lauderdale area, where he quickly
embraced South Floridas growing music scene and, by
age 15, had joined his rst band, The Ethiopians.[1]
Several months later, White replaced Paz Lenchantin in
A Perfect Circle, the project of Tool frontman Maynard
James Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy How2.14.2 Musical career
erdel as a full member of the band on bass guitar. White
later joined Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh
Early in his career, White was in a speed metal cover band Homme on the ninth and tenth volumes of Hommes
called The Ethiopians covering songs such as Metallica's music project The Desert Sessions. He contributed to
Trapped Under Ice. Between 1989 and 1993, White Melissa Auf der Maur's solo debut. He assisted in the
played rhythm guitar and provided backing vocals for production of Nine Inch Nails' album, With Teeth, and
Amboog-a-Lard.
toured with them during 200506 to support the album
and then again in 2007 for Year zero.
(19932002) Marilyn Manson

White has composed for a range of artists from ctional


band Steel Dragon to Bif Naked to his namesake, model
White met Brian Warner on numerous occasions in the Twiggy Lawson with whom he recorded and produced
late 80s. After an unexpected meeting at a used records a duet of Dusty Springeld's I Only Want To Be With

2.14. TWIGGY RAMIREZ

63

You for the soundtrack of the MTV lm Dead Man on


Campus.[5] In 2005, White worked with Goon Moon and
with them released the EP I Got a Brand New Egg Layin'
Machine, recorded at Rancho De La Luna, Prescription
and Regime Studios. The band released their rst fulllength album "Lickers Last Leg" in May 2007. White
appeared on the UNKLE album War Stories playing bass
and synths on the track Burn My Shadow.
(2008) Return to Manson
On January 9, 2008 Marilyn Manson posted a bulletin on
MySpace conrming that Tim Skold was leaving Marilyn Manson and that Twiggy Ramirez had rejoined the
band in his place. He toured with Manson as the bands
new guitarist in support of their seventh studio album.
However, Twiggy would stay with Goon Moon after the
touring of The High End of Low is nished.
Twiggy also mentioned in an interview that he would keep
working with Manson for their next album, Born Villain,
which was released on May 1, 2012.
Jeordie White was invited to return to play with A Perfect Circle for their Fall and Winter 2010 Tour in North
America, which sold out on all 14 dates scheduled, and
continued to play with them until at least 2011.[6]

Twiggy Ramirez performing on the "Dead to the World Tour"

He is currently co-producing and writing with the indus- in Argentina, November 24, 1996 with Marilyn Manson
trial band Black Lodge on their upcoming album, The Diary of Tomahawk. While he didn't participate in the writ 1992 Gibson Thunderbird IV Reverse (seen in the
ing or recording of Marilyn Mansons 2015 album, The
"Disposable Teens" video; used extensively in live
Pale Emperor, he continues to tour with the band. Manperformances
from 19982002, and again for live
son conrmed on Reddit that he intends on collaborating
[7]
use
since
his
reunion
with Manson in 2008.
with Twiggy for the follow-up to The Pale Emperor.

2.14.3

Personal life

White cites Oasis, The Who, The Kinks and Bee Gees
as his inuences and favorite bands.[8] White has a Don't
Believe the Truth tattoo as a tribute to Oasis on his left
arm.[9] On July 26, 2014 he married Laney Chantal,
a special eects makeup artist and current SuicideGirls
model.[10][11]

2.14.4

Preferred equipment

While in Marilyn Manson, White used the following


basses, among many things, showing a strong preference
for Gibson instruments, and basses used by his classic
rock mentors:
Jeordie owns multiple Thunderbirds. During the
Guns, God, and Government tour, he toured with 5
Thunderbird Basses, most often seen with the pickguard removed, or a plain black pickguard on a black
thunderbird. Each bass had dierent tunings (Standard, EADG) and was used for dierent songs.

1974 Gibson Ripper L9-S Bass (vintage, as seen in


"The Dope Show" video) This guitar was a gift from
Gene Simmons who wrote and recorded with the
same instrument on KISS's Destroyer album
1977 Gibson RD Artist Bass (vintage, as seen in the
"Dope Hat" and "Coma White" videos). This guitar
was sold to a fan through a mutual friend of Jeordie
and Manson in 2005 via eBay.
BC Rich Warlock Bass w/ Widow headstock (seen
in the "Rock is Dead" video).
80s USA BC Rich Warlock bass (4 on a side
headstock) Used in live performances from 1998
1999, notably during the rst live performance of
"The Dope Show" on the 1998 MTV Video Music
Awards. Jeordie donated this bass to the Hard Rock
Cafe in Ottawa, Canada. It is among their most popular pieces of memorabilia on display.
Gibson Les Paul bass. Used live and in the studio.
Makes many appearances in early videos (Lunchbox, Get Your Gunn) and saw live use from 1994
1997. This bass was given to Dave Navarro and

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named The Beautiful People bass as Jeordie said 2.14.6 Discography


it was the bass he used to write the now famous line.
Amboog-A-Lard
During his parting of ways with Manson from 2002
2008, he took up the following models as his preferred
1993: A New Hope
instruments:
Fender Precision Deluxe Bass (live, on tour with A
Perfect Circle 20032004)
Spector NS-2 Bass (live, on tour with A Perfect Circle 20032004)
Steinberger Spirit Bass (live, on tour with A Perfect
Circle 20032004)
Fender Precision Bass (live, on tour with Nine Inch
Nails)
Music Man StingRay 4 Bass (live, on tour with Nine
Inch Nails)
In addition to the aforementioned bass guitars, Jeordie
has used numerous other brands and models of electric
and acoustic guitar in writing and recording for each band
hes been involved with, and he plays following guitars in
live performances.
Gibson Flying V (With Marilyn Manson)
Gibson SG (With Goon Moon)
Gibson ES-335 or Gibson Lucille (With Goon
Moon, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson)
Gibson Les Paul (With Nine Inch Nails)

Marilyn Manson
1994: Portrait of an American Family (live bassist)
1995: Smells Like Children
1996: Antichrist Superstar
1998: Mechanical Animals
1999: The Last Tour on Earth
2000: Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of
Death)
2004: Lest We Forget
2009: The High End of Low
2012: Born Villain
2017: Say10
The Desert Sessions
2003: Volumes 9 & 10
A Perfect Circle

Gibson Explorer (With Marilyn Manson)

2003: Thirteenth Step

Fender Telecaster (With both Marilyn Manson and


Nine Inch Nails)

2004: eMOTIVe

Mosrite US65-BK (With Marilyn Manson 2009)

2004: aMOTION

Eastwood Guitars Sidejack Baritone (With Marilyn Nine Inch Nails


Manson 2009) during "We're From America"
2007: Beside You in Time

2.14.5

Filmography

1996: Dead to the World

Goon Moon

1997: Lost Highway

2005: I Got a Brand New Egg Layin' Machine

1999: God Is in the TV

2007: Lickers Last Leg

2002: Guns, God and Government


2004: Some Kind of Monster
2005: Backstage Pass 3: Uncensored!
2007: Beside You in Time
2009: Night of Pan[12]
2015: Massacre
2016: Blood Bath

Soundtrack work
1998: Dead Man on Campus Soundtrack (I Only
Want to Be With You with Twiggy)
2005: Goal! Soundtrack ("Cast No Shadow (UNKLE Beachhead Mix)" Oasis)
2001: Rock Star Soundtrack (Blood Pollution for
the band Steel Dragon)

2.15. TIM SKLD

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2.15 Tim Skld

UNKLE
2007: Burn My Shadow

Tim Skld (born Thim Skld; December 14, 1966) is


a Swedish multi-instrumentalist who, in addition to producing solo work, has also collaborated with multiple
musical groups including Shotgun Messiah, KMFDM,
Marilyn Manson and Motionless in White.

Oasis
2008: I'm Outta Time (Remix)

2009: Falling Down (Its the Gibb Mix by Twiggy


2.15.1
and Sardy)

Biography

Early life

Cinema Bizarre

Tim Skld was born on December 14, 1966 in Skvde,


a small city in Vstergtland, Sweden. He grew up in
Timmersdala, 21 kilometres northwest of Skvde. He has
a sister named Linda. Skld grew up in a very liberal
Sons of Anarchy
setting as the son of a 15-year-old mother named se and
2013: You Are My Sunshine (Jamey Johnson Shooter a father trying to get by as a semi-professional drummer.
Jennings)
At age 11, Skld joined a playback band (where the band
mimes over recorded material). Sklds band would play
for people at school meetings with Kiss, Bowie and Sweet
2.14.7 References
songs playing on a cassette player.
2009: Lovesongs (Remix)

Skld rst rented a bass guitar at age 12, and by the time
he was 13, he was playing and singing in his rst real
band. Skld later met guitarist Harry Cody at a New
Marilyn Manson - Meeting Twiggy Ramirez - MAR- Years Eve party, and they formed a creative partnership
ILYN MANSON & TWIGGY RAMIREZ TALK
which would last for many years to come. Their dream
ABOUT FIRST MEETING. biography.com. A&E
was to go to the US to be rock stars. At age 17, after
Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
2 years of studying Process Engineering at a boarding
Video, TV-14, 1:19.
school, Skld moved into his own apartment and took a
Chaz Kangas. Monster Magnets Space Lord": Rock factory job making military equipment. A half-year later,
and Raps Missing Link?". L.A. Weekly.
he was drafted into the army. He brought his bass to the
base and sneaked into the shower stalls to practice after
JEORDIE WHITE AKA TWIGGY RAMIREZ TALKS
everyone went to sleep. Skld also kept rehearsing with
MARILYN MANSON. YouTube. June 7, 2007.
Cody on the weekends, and once out of the army he took
Twiggy joins with namesake shock rocker. BBC News. on many odd jobs including library assistant, Volvo emJuly 2, 1998. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
ployee and as a gardener at a bathhouse.

[1] Biography.
2015.
[2]

[3]
[4]
[5]

basetendencies.com.

Retrieved July 5,

[6] Third Eye: More A Perfect Circle show details. Fourtheye.net. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
[7] Marilyn Manson. AMA. : IAmA. reddit.
[8] Marilyn Mansons Twiggy Ramirez talks to Eric Blair about
DimeBash 2010. YouTube. November 2, 2010.
[9] Jeordie White (aka Twiggy) - Whats In My Bag?.
YouTube. September 20, 2010.
[10] Laney Chantal and Jeordie Whites Wedding Website.
theknot.com.
[11] Laney Chantal on Etsy. Etsy.
[12] Jeordie White. IMDb.

2.14.8

External links

Ocial website

At age 19, Skld and Cody talked a Swedish record company into allowing them to make a record, which they
could use as a demo to reach the American market. Starting o as Shylock, their determination soon paid o in the
form of Kingpin.
Kingpin
During the early 80s, bassist Skld and guitarist Cody
formed the glam metal band Kingpin in their native
Skvde, Sweden. They were inspired by the amboyant
hard rock bands owing out of Los Angeles at the time, as
well as UK acts such as Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Zodiac
Mindwarp.
The band kicked o their career with a 7 single titled
"Shout It Out" (which hit #1 in Sweden) in 1987. They
then drafted vocalist Zinny J. Zan and drummer Stixx
Galore a short time later. Kingpin released their only

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Swedish album, Welcome to Bop City, the following year, Nature and Drown. He also met KMFDM front-man
and then moved to Los Angeles.
Sascha Konietzko during his time in the studio.
Shotgun Messiah
Signed by Cli Cultreri at Relativity Records, Kingpin changed their name to Shotgun Messiah (due to a
San Francisco-based band holding the rights to the name
Kingpin), remixed and re-packaged Welcome To Bop City
as a self-titled album, and released it as their international
debut in 1989.[1]
After having MTV smash hits such as Don't Care 'Bout
Nothin'" and "Shout It Out", whilst the band was in
progress of making a follow up to their debut self-titled
album, Zan was let go. They hired a new bassist, Bobby
Lycon, from New York City, and on Codys suggestion
Tim Tim switched to lead vocals. At this time, Tim
Tim, whose role was now frontman, went by the name
Tim Skold. They released Second Coming in 1991, which
was enthusiastically received by the media, and was their
most successful album to date. Two singles were released
from that album, Heartbreak Blvd. and Living Without You.

Around 2002, Skld recorded a follow up to his 1996


self-titled album. These songs have never been ocially
released. Skld stated in an interview with The Sychophant that he had made a demo with 10 copies ever made.
The demo had 10 songs on it. Six of the 10 were released on le sharing networks without Sklds permission: Burn, Dead God, I Hate, Believe, The
Point, and Don't Pray. The demo is known as the Dead
God EP, although Skld says that it was called Disrupting
the Orderly Routine of the Institution. The original artwork was made with an inkjet printer and was the title
written in drippy letters. This demo was given to several
friends that Skld considered trustworthy, but his songs
appeared on the internet from one of them. Skld said
that someone suggested to me that I should go back to
them and nish it o and release it. And maybe I will one
day, who knows?"[2]
On November 3, 2009, I Will Not Forget, A Dark
Star, and Bullets Ricochet were released on iTunes
and Amazon as new Skold singles. Also that November, Sklds ocial website announced that he was to release his second solo album in early 2010.[3] However, the
album remained unreleased in 2010. In January 2011,
Metropolis Records announced that they were releasing
the new record and single in spring of 2011.[4] On May
10, 2011, Skld released Anomie.[5]

Shortly after, the band followed up with an E.P. entitled


I Want More, which contained some punk covers along
with re-recorded songs from their previous album I Want
More, Babylon and an acoustic version of Nobodys
Home. Soon after this release, Shotgun Messiah were
Originally announced on March 17, 2014,[6] the album,
down to two original members, Skld and Cody, seeing
entitled The Undoing, was originally slated for selfthe departure of Stixx and Lycon.
release in April, 2014. Problems with that model arose
Still under contract with Relativity Records, Skld and and the album release was halted[7] until 2016 when Skld
Cody decided to go back to Sweden for the recording rejoined with Metropolis Records to release the work.[8]
of the third Shotgun Messiah album, Violent New Breed, In support of this album, Skld began The Undoing Tour
which leaned towards the industrial end of heavy metal. 2016 in May, 2016 with the western United States; the
The album was released in 1993 and is now considered live line up featured Tiany Lowe on keyboards and Eli
a cult classic due to the before its time incorporation James on drums.[9]
of industrial inuences. However, at the time of release
it received mixed reviews and continued public indierence, which eventually convinced the two to end the band, KMFDM and MDFMK
leading Skld to embark on his solo project, Skold.
After a short-lived solo career, Skld joined KMFDM in
1997. His rst involvement with KMFDM was on the alSkold
bum Symbols. He wrote and sang the song Anarchy,
which became a hit in clubs, and spawned subsequent
After the break-up of Shotgun Messiah, Skld went on to remixes of the track done by Skld himself. His next alpursue a solo career. Writing all songs and playing all in- bum with KMFDM, Adios, was released in 1999. Skld
struments himself, his self-titled debut album, Skold, was took a more prominent role in the band, not only as coreleased in 1996 by RCA. The album was co-produced vocalist, co-writer, and bassist, but also as producer, enwith Scott Humphrey.
gineer, and programmer, alongside KMFDMs founder
Promoting his debut album, Skld and the rest of the live Sascha Konietzko.
Skold band went on a short tour with Genitorturers. Some
of the songs on the Skold album were used in movies
like Disturbing Behavior (Hail Mary), Universal Soldier: The Return (Chaos) and the PlayStation game
Twisted Metal 4 (Chaos). During his solo career, Skld
also provided remixes for several bands, such as Prong,

Due to turmoil within the band, Konietzko and Skld


ended KMFDM in 1999, and restarted as MDFMK the
following year. They released one album, MDFMK, released in 2000 by Universal Records. The band, including Lucia Cifarelli (formerly of Drill), took on a more
futuristic sound, which contained less of the industrial

2.15. TIM SKLD


rock KMFDM was known for, and added a mix of drum
& bass, trance and europop, primarily in a production
style leaning towards electronica. MDFMK featured
all three members sharing vocal duties. Their song Missing Time was used in the animated movie Heavy Metal
2000.
In 2002, the trio reformed KMFDM along with Raymond
Watts, and released Attak. Afterwards, Skld departed
the band. Due to a commitment to produce Marilyn Mansons album The Golden Age of Grotesque, Skld was unable to join KMFDMs 2002 Sturm & Drang tour; he did,
however, make two guest appearances at shows in June.

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cover of "This Is Halloween" to The Nightmare Before
Christmas soundtrack, with Skld taking care of the music while Manson provided the vocals.
This time also saw the start of work on Marilyn Mansons
sixth studio album entitled Eat Me, Drink Me. The album
was released worldwide on June 5, 2007.
Skld played guitar on the bands 2007 world tour,
Rape of the World, with Rob Holliday (formerly guitarist/bassist for Curve, Gary Numan, The Mission and
The Prodigy) taking over bass duties.

On January 9, 2008 Marilyn Manson posted a bulletin on


MySpace which reported that Skld had left the band and
On December 16, 2008, the KMFDM website announced former bassist Twiggy Ramirez had returned to take his
that Skld and Konietzko would be releasing an album to- place.
gether, titled Skold vs. KMFDM. The album was released
on February 24, 2009.
Skld did production and instrumentation work on
KMFDMs album Blitz, released March 24, 2009. Later
that same year he contributed a remix to Left Spine
Down's 2009 remix album entitled Voltage 2.3: Remixed
and Revisited, as well as 16volt's album American Porn
Songs.[10]

Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult


In 2009, Skld formed the Scandinavian supergroup
Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult with Hank von
Helvete.[11] They released their debut album, I Declare:
Treason, on June 6, 2011.

Newlydeads & Ohgr


Skld performed a show as a ll-in guitarist with Taime
Downe's The Newlydeads on December 13, 2000 at the
Pretty Ugly Club in Los Angeles. Skld, on bass, joined
Ohgr, a project of Skinny Puppy vocalist Nivek Ogre, for
the tour in support of its rst album, Welt, in 2001, although he does not appear on the album.

Motionless in White
Skld, along with Jason Suecof, produced Motionless in
White's 2012 studio album Infamous. Skld also contributed songwriting on 5 songs.[12] Skold was also announced as a featured artist on the song Final Dictvm
from the album Reincarnate.

Marilyn Manson
Musical Styles
Sklds involvement with Marilyn Manson began as producer for the single "Tainted Love", which is featured in
the 2001 teen comedy/parody movie Not Another Teen
Movie and appeared on the soundtrack. Manson and
Skld went on to score the movie Resident Evil, released
in 2002. Several tracks are featured on the Resident Evil
movie soundtrack.
Skld ocially joined Marilyn Manson in 2002 after the
departure of bassist Twiggy Ramirez. At this time, not
only was Skld the bassist for the band, but he was also
producing, editing, creating artwork, electronics, programming drums and beats, playing guitar, keyboards,
accordion and synthesizer bass for the album The Golden
Age of Grotesque.
He is described by Manson as, the power that attitude
brings to an album. On the bands 2004 release, Lest We
Forget: The Best Of, Skld produced, played lead guitar,
and sang backup vocals on the cover version of "Personal
Jesus", which was also released as a single. Coinciding
with the release of The Nightmare Before Christmas in
3D in October 2006, Manson and Skld contributed a

Skold has performed many dierent music genres ranging from glam metal to heavy metal to industrial rock
to electro-industrial. With Kingpin and Shotgun Messiah he performed hard rock, glam metal, and ended
up playing industrial rock in their later material; With
KMFDM he performed industrial rock, industrial metal,
electro-industrial, and techno; With MDFMK he performed straight up industrial rock; With ohGr he performed electronic music, with industrial-based genres
like IDM and electro-industrial; With The Newlydeads
he again performed straight up industrial rock; and with
Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult he performed heavy
metal and hard rock, with a Gothic rock feel to it.

2.15.2 Musical equipment


Throughout his career Skld has played several dierent
instruments and used equipment from dierent manufacturers, here is a list of notable equipment.[13][14]

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Guitars and basses

Shotgun Messiah

Gibson Les Paul Black nish

Shotgun Messiah (September 12, 1989)

Gibson Firebird V Cream white nish

"Shout It Out" (1989)

Gibson Firebird V Black nish

Don't Care 'Bout Nothin'" (1990)

Gibson Firebird VII Red nish

Second Coming (October 22, 1991)

Roland G-707 Guitar Synthesizer

Heartbreak Blvd. (1991)

Gretsch Broadkaster G6119B Bass Orange

Red Hot (1991)

Gretsch Broadkaster G6119B Bass Walnut Stain


Gretsch Broadkaster G6119B Bass Red nish
Gretsch Broadkaster G6119B Bass Bamboo nish
Gretsch Broadkaster G6119B Bass Black nish
King doublebass White with black ames
King doublebass Wood
D'Addario XL Strings
Dunlop Tortex Picks

Living Without You (1992)


I Want More (November 17, 1992)
Violent New Breed (September 28, 1993)
Enemy in Me (1993)
Violent New Breed (1993)
Skold
Skold (July 30, 1996)
Neverland (1996) (EP)

Eects
Dunlop Cry Baby Bass Wah Wah
Dunlop MXR M-103 Blue Box
BOSS GT-6

Dead God (2002) (Unreleased demo)


I Will Not Forget (2009) (Single)
A Dark Star (2009) (Single)

BOSS GT-6B Multi-Eects Units

Bullets Ricochet (2009) (Single)

Dunlop MXR Smart Gate Pedal

Suck (2011) (Single)[15]

Dunlop MXR 10 Band EQ

Anomie (May 10, 2011)[16][17][18]

Dunlop MXR GT-OD Overdrive

Tonight (2011) (Single)[19]

Dunlop MXR Distortion III

The Undoing (April 22, 2016)

Amplication

KMFDM

Ampeg SVT-4PRO head

Symbols (September 23, 1997)

Ampeg SVT-810E cabinet

"Megalomaniac" (January 20, 1998)

Blankenship Variplex (2)

Adios (April 20, 1999)

Marshall Amps

"Boots" (February 5, 2002)

2.15.3

Discography

Attak (March 19, 2002)


Blitz (March 24, 2009)

Kingpin
"Shout It Out" (1987)
Welcome to Bop City (1988)

MDFMK
MDFMK (March 28, 2000)

2.16. ZSA ZSA SPECK


Marilyn Manson

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[12] BMI. BMI. Retrieved 2013-05-07.

"Tainted Love" (2001)

[13] Archived June 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

Resident Evil Soundtrack (2002)

[14] Artist Prole Tim Skold. Ampeg. Retrieved 201108-10.

The Golden Age of Grotesque (May 13, 2003)


Lest We Forget: The Best of (September 28, 2004)
Eat Me, Drink Me (June 4, 2007)
Skold vs. KMFDM
Skold vs. KMFDM (February 24, 2009)
Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult
"(Don't) Waste It (May 9, 2011)
I Declare: Treason (June 6, 2011)
Motionless in White

[15] Metropolis Mail-Order // Suck.


mailorder.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.

[16] Skold (Ocial Fan Page)". Facebook. Retrieved 201108-10.


[17] SKOLD releases advance single Suck on Metropolis
Records / Presale Starts van SKOLD op Myspace. Myspace.com. January 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
[18] Metropolis Mail-Order // Anomie.
Metropolismailorder.com. May 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
[19] Metropolis Mail-Order // Tonight.
mailorder.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20.

Ocial website

"Infamous" (Production) (2012)

Ocial Facebook

Final Dictvm (Feat. Tim Skold) (2014)

Ocial Myspace

References

Metropolis-

2.15.5 External links

Mallevs Malecarvm (Tim Skold Remix) (2012)

2.15.4

Metropolis-

Ocial Twitter
Ocial Instagram

[1] Rivadavia, Eduardo. Biography: Shotgun Messiah.


Allmusic. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
[2] Ycel, Ilker (July 6, 2009). The Sychophant Skold
Resurrecting Dead Gods. The Sychophant. Retrieved
September 3, 2010.

2.16 Zsa Zsa Speck

Zsa Zsa Speck (real name Perry Pandrea) was the


keyboardist for Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in
1989, as well as co-founder of the band. His stage name
[4] SKOLD Metropolis Records Page.
Metropolis- came from the combination Zsa Zsa Gabor and Richard
records.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
Speck, following the bands naming style of combining
[5] SKOLD: 'Anomie' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed. the names of a fashion icon and mass murderer. He was
replaced by Madonna Wayne Gacy at the keyboards later
Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
in 1989.
[3] Ocial Skld Site. Retrieved December 8, 2010.

[6] SKOLD New Album : The Undoing. Instagram.com/.


Retrieved 2014-03-17.
[7] Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.... facebook.com/
skoldofficial. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
[8] https://instagram.com/p/BAdMzlYDoUF/
[9] At some point you have to let go.... Side-Line.com/.
Retrieved 2016-05-26.
[10] Interview with 16Volt. Vampirefreaks.com. Retrieved
2011-08-10.
[11] TURBONEGRO, MARILYN MANSON, SATYRICON, EXTOL Members Join Forces in New Supergroup. Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.

In his book The Long Hard Road Out of Hell,


Marilyn Manson describes Zsa Zsa as a gawky, acned
teenager.[1]

2.16.1 References
[1] Manson, Marilyn; Neil Strauss (1998). The Long Hard
Road Out of Hell. ReganBooks. ISBN 0-06-039258-4.

2.16.2 External links


Colorblinds entry at AllMusic.com

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CHAPTER 2. MEMBERS

2.17 Chris Vrenna


Chris A. Vrenna (born February 23, 1967)[1] is an
American musician, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, remixer, songwriter, programmer, and founder of
the electronic band Tweaker. Vrenna also played drums
for the industrial/rock band Nine Inch Nails from 1989
until 1997. Vrenna was also the keyboardist and drummer of the American rock band Marilyn Manson from
2004 until late 2011.

2.17.1

Career

Soon after graduating from McDowell High School in


Erie, Pennsylvania in 1985, Vrenna moved to Chicago,
quickly becoming a part of the Chicago industrial music scene and was briey a member of Die Warzau and
Stabbing Westward.

on Woodstock '94.
Vrenna was Billy Corgan's programmer for four months
in 1997. While he was on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins, Vrenna got a call from Axl Rose, who invited
Vrenna to spend time with Guns N' Roses. I did for a
couple weeks, but then decided I didn't want to join the
band, said Vrenna.[2]
Vrenna was chosen to take over the drumming responsibilities for Marilyn Manson after Ginger Fish was injured
in 2004 during the Lest We Forget tour. He then replaced
Madonna Wayne Gacy as the permanent keyboardist for
Marilyn Manson. Vrenna co-produced the albums The
High End of Low (2009) and Born Villain (2012). In
April 2011, following the departure of Marilyn Mansons drummer Ginger Fish, Chris Vrenna was announced
to be his ocial replacement. However, in November
2011, it was announced that Vrenna had parted ways with
the band in order to focus on scoring movies and video
games.[3]

He later reconnected with Trent Reznor, whom he met In 2015, Vrenna composed the music for the video game
during high school in Pennsylvania,[1] when they both Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies.
were in local Cleveland, Ohio band the Exotic Birds. He
also toured as a live drummer for KMFDM during the
Money era tours, in 1992. He records under the name 2.17.2 References
Tweaker, and has released four albums under that name:
The Attraction to All Things Uncertain (2001), 2 a.m. [1] Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails (Rhythm Mag March
Wakeup Call (2004), Call The Time Eternity (2012), and
'97)". Theninhotline.net. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
And Then Theres Nothing (2013). Tweaker toured select
[2] July 2002 Chris Vrenna. Audiohead.net. April 5,
North American dates with Skinny Puppy in 2004.
2009. Retrieved 2011-10-30.

As producer, remixer, or engineer Vrenna has worked


with The Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Nine Inch Nails, Gary [3] Ramirez, Carlos. 'Tweakers Chris Vrenna on Playing
Drums for Marilyn Manson: 'I Just Couldn't Take the
Numan, Scar the Martyr, David Sylvian, Mudvayne,
Lifestyle Anymore' Noisecreep.com September 18, 2012
Lords of Acid, God Lives Underwater, Megadeth,
Rammstein, Metallica, The Rasmus, Weezer, P.O.D.,
David Bowie, Slipknot, Cold, underwater, Scarling.,
2.17.3 External links
Hole, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Green Day, Bush,
Live, Adema, the Wallowers, Dir en grey, and Psyclon
Tweaker
Nine. He has also worked with the industrial group
Pigface and produced songs and albums for underground
girl groups TCR, Jack O Jill, and Rasputina.
Vrenna has also worked on music for several video games,
including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Doom 3 (as
producer with Clint Walsh), Quake 4, American McGees
Alice, its sequel Alice: Madness Returns, Enter the Matrix,
Sonic The Hedgehog, Area 51, and Need for Speed: Most
Wanted. In 2004, he started soundtrack work on Tabula
Rasa, a massive multiplayer online game. He also helped
compose the theme song to the animated series Xiaolin
Showdown.

2.18 Zim Zum

For the Kabbalistic concept of the same name, see


Tzimtzum.

Timothy Michael Linton (born June 25, 1969, in


Chicago), more commonly known as Zim Zum, is an
American rock musician-songwriter and former guitarist
for Life, Sex & Death and Marilyn Manson (19961998).
His current projects are Pleistoscene, a solo project, and
He can be seen performing in the music videos for the
The Pop Culture Suicides, the latter being his main focus.
songs "Gave Up", "Wish", and "March of the Pigs" on
the Nine Inch Nails video compilation Closure, and also
makes a brief appearance in "The Perfect Drug".

2.18.1 Biography

Vrenna won a Grammy award as a member of Nine


Inch Nails for Best Metal Performance for Happiness The high point of Lintons music career thus far is his colin Slavery in 1995 for the live performance of the song laboration with Marilyn Manson. Linton was one of 150

2.18. ZIM ZUM


people to apply for the guitarist position for Marilyn Man- 2.18.3 External links
son and one of the 15 to actually audition. He was then
Ocial website
hired, moved in with Marilyn Manson two weeks later in
New Orleans and toured with the band for the 1996-1997
ZZIV, ocial fansite
"Dead to the World" tour. Fans got their rst glimpse of
Linton during Nothing Records' now notorious showcase,
ThePopCultureSuicides.com, ocial website
A Night of Nothing, that was held in 1996 at the Irving
Xtraction
Plaza in New York. His rst video for the band was "The
Beautiful People". By using the stage name Zim Zum,
Pleistoscene.com, ocial website
Linton became the rst member of Marilyn Manson to
not use a stage name that combined a sex symbol's rst
Zim Zum World, Italian fansite
and a serial killer's last names (though Zim Kramer was
Trouble in the Manson Family
a pin-up model and Raymond Zum was a serial killer).

Zim Zum performing in Marilyn Manson, During the Dead To


The World tour.

According to Jeordie White (Twiggy Ramirez), he got his


name from his Dungeons & Dragons character, though
Manson has said that the name refers to the Kabbalistic
concept of Tzimtzum. Linton contributed to all but four
of the tracks on the bands epic 1998 release Mechanical
Animals. In July 1998, Zim Zum left Marilyn Manson. He explained that his departure was the result of his
desire to expand on my own music rather than spending the next 18 months on a tour bus or plane and described the split as amicable, despite later animosity
with the frontman.[1] An interview in Guitar World with
Zim stated that being in Marilyn Manson had opened new
doors and new opportunities in music. Linton left/was
replaced before the Mechanical Animals supporting tour
began. His replacement was John 5.

2.18.2

References

[1] Kaufman, Gil (1998-07-23). Zim Zum Quits Marilyn


Manson To Pursue Solo Career. VH1. MTV Networks
(Viacom). Retrieved 2011-06-12.

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Chapter 3

Studio albums
3.1 ''Portrait of an American Family''
Portrait of an American Family is the debut full-length
studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It
was released on July 19, 1994 in the US through Nothing
and Interscope Records. It was produced by Trent Reznor
of Nine Inch Nails. The album was initially known as The
Manson Family Album a direct reference to serial killer
Charles Manson's own band but was retitled prior to
release.
It is the only Marilyn Manson studio album to feature
bassist Gidget Gein. Gein was red from the band after its production following a very public and destructive
heroin addiction and Twiggy Ramirez, the bands roadie
and friend of Gein and Manson, was put as a temporary
replacement while Gein got clean and sober. He eventually took over Geins place and briey adopted his image. Contrary to popular belief, Ramirez did not play
bass on the album. Though Sara Lee Lucas was the featured drummer on the album, Nine Inch Nails live keyboardist Charlie Clouser used a drum machine to replace
the work Lucas did. Daisy Berkowitz helped compose
music for all of the songs except Prelude (The Family
Trip)" and Sweet Tooth.

Recording sessions for its national debut, Portrait of an


American Family, began in July 1993. Working with
producer Roli Mosimann at Criteria Studios in Miami,
Florida,[4] the band recorded a selection of new songs
along with reworked material from their Spooky Kids
repertoire and, by the end of Autumn 1993, had completed the rst version of their debut, a full albums worth
of material collectively known as The Manson Family Album.[5] At the time, Snake Eyes and Sissies was on
track to be the bands rst single, with a single edit having already been made. However the band was simply not
satised with the output of these recording sessions and
shelved the album for a short time.[6]

Within a few months, the band convinced rising star Trent


Reznor to produce the album instead.[7] The abrasive
sonic rawness that Mosimanns production had brought
to such groups as Swans had failed to materialize on The
Manson Family Album; Reznor and all the bands members thought it sucked, and was poorly representative
of Marilyn Mansons dynamic live performances.[4][8] In
October 1993, Reznor agreed to fully commit to the
project, taking them and their tapes to various studios
in Los Angeles. With the help of Reznor and numerous live members of his band, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn
Manson re-recorded and reworked their old material until they were satised and released it under the name Por[9]
The album was certied Gold on May 29, 2003 by the trait of an American Family. Snake Eyes and Sissies
would
never
see
a
single
release
and in the albums credits
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in
Mosimann
is
credited
as
an
engineer
with no mention of
the United States.[3] It spawned three singles ("Get Your
his
production
work.
Gunn", "Lunchbox" and "Dope Hat").
Years later, former guitarist Daisy Berkowitz was asked
about these original recordings in an interview and gave
the interviewer a cassette tape featuring the unused
3.1.1 Background
recordings. The interviewer then released them to the
When we were nally nished, Roli had done the oppo- Internet where they are now widely available, usually lasite of what I'd expected. I thought he was going to bring beled as Portrait of an American Family (Pre-Reznor Mix)
out some sort of darker element. But he was trying to pol- or Portrait of an American Family Demos.
ish all the rough edges and make us more of a rock band,
a pop band, which at the time I wasn't interested in at all.
I thought the record we did with him came out bland and 3.1.2 Themes
lifeless. Trent thought the same thing so he volunteered
to help us repair what had been damaged.[4]
The bands frontman has discussed his thoughts in retroMarilyn Manson discussing the aftermath of the al- spect on Portrait of an American Family with Empyrean
bums initial recording sessions.
Magazine, circa May/June 1995:
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3.1. ''PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY''


Well, the whole point of [Portrait of an
American Family] was that I wanted to say a
lot of the things I've said in interviews [...] But
I wanted to address the hypocrisy of talk show
America, how morals are worn as a badge to
make you look good and how its so much easier to talk about your beliefs than to live up
to them. I was very much wrapped up in the
concept that as kids growing up, a lot of the
things that we're presented with have deeper
meanings than our parents would like us to see,
like Willy Wonka and the Brothers Grimm. So
what I was trying to point out was that when our
parents hide the truth from us, its more damaging than if they were to expose us to things
like Marilyn Manson in the rst place.[10]

3.1.3

Music

Songs
Cake and Sodomy is the second track on the album. In
1990, Manson met a woman at a McDonalds restaurant
in Fort Lauderdale who invited him to spend a weekend
with her in New York City. Upon discovering that the
girl was using her sisters ID because she was too young
to work, Manson abandoned her, shortly after which he
ran into two clubbers from South Florida. Manson spent
the remainder of his stay in New York at the clubbers
hotel room, where he stumbled on Public-access television cable television channels, which were a completely
new phenomenon to him. Manson spent hours ipping
through the station, watching Pat Robertson preach about
societys evils and then ask people to call him with their
credit card number, while on the other channel, a guy
was greasing up his cock with Vaseline and asking people to call and give him their credit card number. This
inspired Manson to grab the hotel notepad and begin penning the songs lyrics. Manson explains in his autobiography The Long Hard Road Out of Hell that I had written
other songs I thought were good, but Cake and Sodomy
was more than just a good song. As an anthem for the
hypocritical America slobbering on the tit of Christianity,
it was a blueprint for our future message.[11]
Lunchbox is the second single and the third track of
the album. It was inspired by a piece of legislation dating back to 1972, which makes it illegal to have metal
lunchboxes in schools. The song tells the story of a school
age child who is bullied and uses his own lunchbox as a
weapon in retaliation, waiting for the day he can grow
up to be a big rock and roll star who is never intimidated
by others. The earliest recording of this song dates back
to the bands After School Special cassette tape, released
in December 1991. The album version of Lunchbox
samples The Crazy World of Arthur Brown song Fire.

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back to the bands The Family Jams cassette, released
in 1992. Whilst the bands keyboardist Madonna Wayne
Gacy was given a music credit for the song on Portrait of
an American Family, curiously his name is absent from
the credits of The Family Jams and Refrigerator, two cassettes a demo of Dope Hat had appeared on beforehand. The singles release was accompanied by a music
video which featured Manson in the role of Willy Wonka
in a shock-horror version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate
Factory.
"Get Your Gunn" is the rst single and the seventh track
of the album. The song was inspired by the abortion
provider David Gunn who was killed in Florida by a
self-proclaimed pro-life activist. The frontman later described his murder as the ultimate hypocrisy I witnessed
growing up: that these people killed someone in the name
of being 'pro-life'".[12]
Wrapped in Plastic is the eighth track on the album.
The earliest recording of this song dates back to the
bands Refrigerator cassette tape, released in 1993. It
recycles lyrics from an earlier Spooky Kids song, I.V.T.V.. The frontman has stated that Wrapped in Plastic
is about his past at his grandfathers basement. The version on The Family Jams cassette gives the listener better
detail of this fact.
Sweet Tooth is the tenth song on the album, and the
only song that former bassist Gidget Gein wrote both guitar and bass parts for. However, of all the album tracks,
Sweet Tooth was the only one not regularly played live.
Snake Eyes and Sissies is the eleventh track on the album. Though Snake Eyes and Sissies was once considered important enough to be a potential single, it was
never given a proper release and has not been played
by the band since the Smells Like Children Tour in
1995/1996.
My Monkey is the twelfth track on the album. Several
verses were taken from Mechanical Man written and
performed by Charles Manson in 1968; the lyrics of My
Monkey are credited simply to Manson. The earliest
recording of this song dates back to the bands The Beaver
Meat Cleaver Beat cassette tape, released in 1990.
Misery Machine is the thirteenth and nal track on the
album, and is a direct reference to the Mystery Machine
from the animated television series Scooby-Doo. Imagery
from the cartoon was prevalent in the early years of the
band, having been used in various yers among other similar cartoon characters.

Samples

One strange thing that happened was we were mixing the


song Wrapped in Plastic. [...] We were using a computer because we had a lot of samples and sequencing.
"Dope Hat" is the third and nal single and the sixth track While we were working on that song the Charles Manson
of the album. The earliest recording of this song dates samples from My Monkey started appearing in the mix.

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CHAPTER 3. STUDIO ALBUMS

All of a sudden we'd hear in the song, 'Why does a child


reach up and kill his mom and dad?' And we couldn't gure what was going on. The chorus of Wrapped in Plastic is, 'Come into our home/Won't you stay?' And we're
in the Sharon Tate house, just me and Sean Beavan [the
records assistant producer]. We totally got scared and
we're like, 'We are done for the night.' We came back the
next day and it was ne. The Charles Manson samples
weren't even on the tape anymore. Theres no real logical
or technological explanation for why they appeared. It
was a truly supernatural moment that freaked me out.[9]
Marilyn Manson discussing paranormal behavior during the albums production.
Portrait of an American Family contains an especially
wide array of cultural references:
The poem recited in Prelude (The Family Trip)"
comes from Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory. Also, the printing of the Marilyn Manson logo on various promotional items during this time, the opening titles of the "Dope Hat"
music video, and the remix album Smells Like Children resemble the printing of the title to the 1971
lm version of the novel.
The words Go on and smile, you cunt!" at the beginning of Cake and Sodomy are spoken by Marlon
Brando in the lm Last Tango in Paris.
Cake And Sodomy contains a clip of Mink Stole
saying white trash taken from the lm Desperate
Living.
Lunchbox contains the sample I bring you re!"
from the song "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur
Brown.
Organ Grinder features the sample Lollipops for
the kiddie winkies, spoken by the Child Catcher
from the lm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
At the start of Cyclops there is a very slowed down
and distorted sample of the preacher from Poltergeist
II: The Other Side singing God is in His holy temple.

Palmer wrapped in plastic, which was one of the


shows most enduring images. It also featured the
distorted words Hallelujah, Come here, Laura,
and Meanwhile from the scenes with The Man
from Another Place in the Black and White Lodge.
This is followed by Palmers distinctive scream.
In the song Dogma, there is a sample from the
John Waters lm Pink Flamingos, when Mink Stole's
character says Burn, you fucker!" before setting re
to a trailer. Although the clip from Desperate Living
is credited in the liner notes, this audio clip is not.
Furthermore, Waters was thanked in the liner notes.
Killing is killing, whether done for duty, prot or
fun is a quote by Richard Ramirez taken from a
court appearance that is an audio clip at the start of
Snake Eyes and Sissies.
The introduction to My Monkey contains multiple
Charles Manson interview audio clips. The rst of
these is Why are the children doing what they're
doing? Why does a child reach up and kill his mom
and dad and murder his two little sisters and then
cut his throat?" in the beginning, and both Raise
up children, kill your moms and dads?" and Where
nothing is real but the medication and their numbers
and then they cut their wrists and write 'I love you
God' all over the walls and hang themselves on the
ventilators. during the songs ending.
The phrase We're gonna ride to the Abbey of
Thelema in the song Misery Machine is a reference to Aleister Crowley's Abbey of Thelema,
which was used as the Headquarters from which the
doctrines of Thelema would be spread throughout
the world. The song also contains a sample from
"Beep Beep" by The Playmates. A few seconds after the track, the sample, Go home to your mother!
Doesn't she ever watch you!? Tell her this isn't some
Communist daycare center! Tell your mother I hate
her! Tell your mother I hate you!" is spoken by
Stole from the Waters lm Desperate Living. After
this, a telephone can be heard ringing very quietly
for several minutes, which is then followed by an
irate answering machine message, presumably from
a mother of a Manson fan.

"Dope Hat" contains the samples The great


Hoodoo!", and Prepare to meet your doom taken
from the Sid and Marty Krot cult television se- 3.1.4 Promotion
ries Lidsville. These words are spoken by the actor
To promote the album, Interscope held two separate reCharles Nelson Reilly.
lease parties for music journalists and fan club members
After the third verse of "Get Your Gunn", there is a the rst of these was held less than a month before its
sample of a crowd murmuring and a gunshot. This is commercial release in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June
the audio from the press conference in which Budd 29, 1994, whilst the second took place a day before the
Dwyer committed suicide in front of a live audience. records scheduled date in Plantation, Florida on July 18,
Wrapped in Plastic is inuenced by the pilot 1994.
episode of David Lynch's television series Twin In March 1995, the band began its rst national headlinPeaks, referencing the image of character Laura ing tour, a two-month outing with Monster Voodoo Ma-

3.1. ''PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY''


chine as support; this would be drummer Sara Lee Lucas last tour with the band. Tension between Lucas and
Manson grew as the tour wore on and, on the next-tolast night of the tour, Manson secretly decided to end the
show with a ourish: during a performance of the thencurrent single, "Lunchbox", he doused Lucas drum kit in
lighter uid and set it ablaze with Lucas still attempting to play on behind it. (Manson apparently forgot that
the band had one more date to play.) Lucas quit the band
after the nal gig the next night.[13] Less than two weeks
later his replacement, Kenneth Wilson, better known by
his stage name Ginger Fish, joined the group. Marilyn
Manson was touring again, this time on a bill with Danzig
and Korn.

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only will no stores carry the album but we're subject to legal retribution from it.' They said if a judge were to look
at it, the law states that if a photograph of a minor elicits
sexual excitement then its considered child pornography.
I said, 'Thats exactly my point. This is a photograph that
was taken by my mother, and its extremely innocent and
very normal. But if you see it as pornography, why am
I the guilty person? You're the person whos got a hardon. Why aren't you punished? Thats still a point I'd like
to make. Peoples morality is so ridiculous: If they get
excited by it, then its wrong.[14]
Marilyn Manson discussing Interscopes objection to
his initial vision of the albums cover art.

The albums original cover art featured no text, simply a


painting of a clown by John Wayne Gacy. The interior
3.1.5 Release
photography included Polaroid pictures (faked by Manson and friends) apparently of a mutilated female body,
Singles
and a photo of what Manson described as one of those
dolls from the '60s and you pull a string on the back of it
Portrait of an American Family was anchored by two and the eyes get really big and they change colors.[14]
singles, "Get Your Gunn" and Lunchbox, along with
In the early stages of the albums conception, Manson
"Dope Hat" which was issued to radio and music video
intended to use a picture of himself as a child sitting
channels without a commercial single release. A total of
nude on a couch in the albums interior artwork. Though
three singles were spawned from the album.
no genitalia is shown in the picture, and it was taken by
The music video for Get Your Gunn, directed by Rod his own parents with no vulgar intent, the label rejected
Chong, features the band performing in a damp attic- the idea on the grounds that it could constitute as child
like scene, intertwined by footage of two feisty teenage pornography, so Manson instead created the clay sculpgirls. It did not receive much airplay.
ture present on the nal cover artwork of the album. On
The music video for Lunchbox directed by Richard the table on this sculpture, there are little models of The
Kern, features a boy being bullied by two older students. Beatles next to the lamp. The boy in the photograph
The boy goes home, fed up with the way he is treated, and on the back cover is Ramirezs half-brother Wes Brown.
shaves his head into a mohawk hairstyle and prepares for Hes holding an ear-piercing needle rather than a syringe.
any future retaliation against the bullies with his metal Portrait of an American Family is notable for being the
lunchbox. The boy later goes to the rollerskating rink bands only studio album not to feature an image of Manwhere the band is performing. The boy gives Manson son on the cover. However, Manson did eventually use a
his lunchbox, which Manson lights on re and parades nude photo of himself as an adult for the inside ap photo
around. The video ends with the boy staring into the burn- for the CD single for Lunchbox but did not expose his
ing lunchbox. It is one of the few music videos with Man- genitals.
son performing without wearing makeup, alongside Get By the time the album became Portrait of an American
Your Gunn and "Tourniquet".
Family, the ideas of using Gacys clown artwork and the
The music video for Dope Hat, directed by Tom Stern, nude photograph was dropped completely.
features the band riding a boat through a psychedelic tunnel directly inspired by the 1971 lm Willy Wonka & the
3.1.6 Reception
Chocolate Factory, which happens to be one of Mansons
favorite lms. In the video, the band members perform
Critical reception
with many children and people resembling the OompaLoompas from the lm aboard the boat.
Upon its release, the album met with mixed reviews from
music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic
gave the album a favorable review but noted that even a
Cover and packaging
few years on from its 1994 release, Portrait of an AmeriI wanted to use a photo in [the album]'s booklet of me can Family began to sound a little dated, especially since
naked on a couch when I was a kid. When you hold up its Nine Inch Nails-meets-W.A.S.P.-meets-Alice Cooper
something to people, usually what they see in it is whats formula was fully realized on Mansons follow-up album,
inside them in the rst place. And thats what happened Antichrist Superstar. Here, its in sketch form, and by the
because the lawyers at Interscope said, 'First o, that pic- end of the album its clear that Warner, Manson, whatever
tures going to be considered child pornography, and not you want to call him, needs a full canvas to truly wreak

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havoc.[15] Rolling Stone gave the album a negative review a living room, much like the one on the album cover artand said that Mansons debut [...] isn't the sharply ren- work. A table with a lamp, candy canes and multiple sixdered cultural critique of America he'd like you to think sided dice were the most commonly seen props.
it is. Most of the record comes o like some low-budget
horror movie.[16]

3.1.9 Track listing

All lyrics written by Manson (except track one, Prelude (The Family Trip)", taken from Willy Wonka & the
In July 2014, Guitar World ranked Portrait of an Amer- Chocolate Factory; track 12, My Monkey which conican Family at number 18 in their Superunknown: 50 tains lyrics written by Charles Manson; track 14, which
was written by Gary Numan[19] .
Iconic Albums That Dened 1994 list.[17]
Legacy

3.1.7

Re-Release

3.1.10 Charts and certications


Singles

2009

In late 2009, it was re-released by Interscope and sold 3.1.11 Credits and personnel
through Hot Topic stores as a special edition boxset combination of a T-shirt bearing the album artwork and col- 3.1.12 References
ored vinyl LP record of the album. The color of the disc
is green, matching most of the bands fonts at the time Footnotes
of the albums original 1994 release, however this reissue
featured some imagery from The High End of Low on its [1] Marilyn Manson Biography. Rolling Stone. Archived
from the original on February 21, 2009. Retrieved June
label, much to the dismay of fans.[18]
9, 2015.

3.1.8

Portrait of an American Family Tour

[2] Shafer, Joseph (April 8, 2015). The 10 Best Marilyn


Manson Songs. Stereogum. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
[3] RIAA Database Search for Marilyn Manson. Recording
Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
[4] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 144
[5] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 123
[6] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 128
[7] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 134
[8] Greg, Baker (1994-07-20). Manson Family Values
(Tabloid). Miami New Times. Village Voice Media, Inc.
Retrieved 2006-09-09.
[9] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 147

Twiggy Ramirez and Marilyn Manson performing at the Slammie Awards show at The Edge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
on July 3, 1994.

[10] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 151


[11] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 95
[12] Marilyn Manson (1999-05-28).

Columbine: Whose

Nine Inch Nails Self Destruct Tour was the rst tour MarFault Is It?". Rolling Stone (op-ed essay). Wenner Media LLC (815).
ilyn Manson embarked on, now under management of
major record label Interscope Records. They were an
[13] Finn, Natalie (August 5, 2007). Marilyn Manson Acopening act for Nine Inch Nails. The band was on the
cused of Bilking the Band. E!. Retrieved March 24,
tour from April 24, 1994 until December 11, 1994.
2016.
The Portrait of an American Family Tour was the second
[14] Manson & Strauss 1998, p. 150
tour Marilyn Manson embarked on. It was also the bands
rst headlining tour under a major label. The band was on [15] Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Portrait of an American
the tour from December 27, 1994 until March 11, 1995.
Family review. AllMusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-06-28.
During these concerts, the stage usually was arranged like

3.2. CRYPTORCHID

[16] "Rolling Stone Album Guide for Marilyn Manson.


Rolling Stone. Wenner Media LLC. Retrieved 2011-0628.
[17] Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Dened 1994.
GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14,
2014.
[18] Portrait of an American Family [Limited Edition Vinyl
Box set with T-Shirt]". Amazon. Retrieved 2011-05-23.

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1998s Mechanical Animals and 2000s Holy Wood (In the
Shadow of the Valley of Death). After the release of Holy
Wood, Manson said that the overarching story within the
trilogy is presented in reverse chronological order; Antichrist Superstar, therefore, is the nale despite being the
rst to be chronologically released.[4] It was recorded at
Nothing Studios in New Orleans and produced by Trent
Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

The album has sold over 7 million copies worldwide,[5]


with 1.9 million of those sold in the United States alone.[6]
It spawned two commercial singles ("The Beautiful Peo[20] Portrait of an American Family Charts & Awards. all- ple" and "Tourniquet"), and an autobiography (The Long
Hard Road Out of Hell). The band supported the album
music. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-05-23.
with the controversial Dead to the World Tour. In the
[21] BPI - Statistics - Certied Awards - Search for Mari- years since its release, it has been heralded by numerous
lyn Manson. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved
publications as a modern classic and essential listening.
[19] Portrait of an American Family. allmusic. All Media
Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-05-23.

2013-10-07.

[22] Until July 2013, the BPI relied on a record company to


request an award. Under the new system, sales gures are
automatically recognised as soon as a record passes the
relevant threshold. in BBC News - Beatles albums nally go platinum. BBC News. BBC. September 2, 2013.
Retrieved October 7, 2013.
[23] Grein, Paul. This Years Gift Is Smaller. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
[24] Portrait of an American Family Charts & Awards Billboard Singles. allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-05-23.

3.2.1 Background
The albums title is a takeo on Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1971 musical Jesus Christ Superstar.[7] Similarly, the
record is a rock opera[7] which, in an issue of Kerrang!
magazine edited by the bands frontman, is stated as
a tribute toand inspired bythe works of German
philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

After the release of Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), Marilyn Manson divulged that his concept
album trilogy is an autobiographical story told in a re[25] Portrait of an American Family credits. allmusic. All
verse timeline (chronologically reverse from their actual
Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-05-23.
release dates). That means Holy Wood opens the storyline
followed by Mechanical Animals and concludes with AnBibliography
tichrist Superstar.[8] Furthermore, though Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals made sense as individual
Manson, Marilyn; Strauss, Neil (February 14, concept albums on their own, there was a hidden overar1998). The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. New ching story running through the three releases.
York: HarperCollins division ReganBooks. ISBN
0-06-039258-4.

3.2.2 Packaging

3.2 Cryptorchid

Antichrist Superstar has elaborate packaging, consisting


of a black cardstock sleeve covering the plastic jewel
case with graphics of Manson on both the front and back,
the latter of which is anked by the red Superstar Shock
logo and the Roman numerals IX, VI, III and VII. The
booklet contains pictures of the band, a visual worm-toangel metamorphosis, medical diagrams, printed lyrics to
each song, and liner notes including traditional thanks and
credits as well as a curious entry found under the lyrics
to the song Irresponsible Hate Anthem, stating it was
recorded live on February 14, 1997, despite the album
being released well before that in October 1996.

Antichrist Superstar is the second full-length studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. Released
on October 8, 1996 in the US through Nothing and
Interscope Records, the album debuted at No. 3 on the
Billboard 200 which launched the band into mainstream
success.[3] This, allied with the bands uncompromisingly
anti-Christian stance and transgressive performances, led
to picketing and numerous protests from religious and
civic groups. The album displayed a more musically cohesive and developed sound than any of their previous releases. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the albums Also, found on the front of the album cover is a
release marked the end of the grunge era in popular mu- circle surrounded by the words Heart, Mind, Comsic.
placent, and Malice. If one folds the booklet just
As a rock opera and a concept album, it was the rst in- right they can also nd the hidden words Heart,
stallment in a trilogy which included succeeding releases Mind, Complacent, and Malice made up of fold-

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ing the words Heaven/Comfort, Minister/Fiend, Com- 3.2.4 Reception


plaisant/Magnicent and Master/Lice respectively. The
booklet also makes reference to Revelation chapter Critical reception
twelve, verses one to ve, in the Bible.
The album, despite containing a gap of silence a few min- The album received generally positive reviews by critics.
utes long, is cyclical, as both opening and closing seconds Lorraine Ali of Rolling Stone commented The rise of
include the distorted phrase When you are suering, Marilyn Manson marks the end of the reign of punk reknow that I have betrayed you. When the album is placed alism in rock & roll [...] The layered eect of the muon loop, the pacing between the sentences matches that of sic recalls that of Ministry, but Marilyn Mansons exthe additional distorted recitation found in the preceding ecution is not as dense. Instead, Antichrist Superstar
hidden track. The names of the two latter cycles seem writhes with a cool, sinister and taunting feel [...] beto be a reference to two lms by avant-garde lmmaker fore lurching out from the shadows with hammering perKenneth Anger: Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome and cussion and static-loaded feedback [...] For all of the albums attractions, the band could have compressed AnLucifer Rising.
tichrist Superstar into a more powerful blast of evil.[12]
Jim Farber of Entertainment Weekly commented With
Antichrist Superstar, Manson oers a combination vintage concept record and cheesy exploitation ick [...] to
match his antisocial outbursts, Manson oers grinding
3.2.3 Singles and music videos
metal guitars and death-rattle bass lines, letting his own
deformed screech serve as the poison cherry on top [...]
"The Beautiful People" is the rst single of Antichrist At least Mansons high-concept depravity has its own sick
Superstar. The video was released on September 22, charm.[10] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic com1996 and directed by Canadian director and photogra- mented, Though the sonic details make Antichrist Superpher Floria Sigismondi. According to Manson, the ti- star an intriguing listen, its not as extreme as it could
tle The Beautiful People was inspired by a book that have beenin particular, the guitars are surprisingly anecame out in the mid-1960s by Marilyn Bender. This mic, sounding like buzzing vacuums instead of unwieldy
book contains information on the life of the Kennedy chainsaws. Even with that considered, [It] is an unexpectfamily, politics, fashion and culture. Moreover, the single edly cohesive album and will stand as Marilyn Mansons
was awarded gold record certication by the International denitive statement..[9]
Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), reached
number twenty-six in the US Billboard and number eighteen in the UK. The music channel VH1 named this single Commercial performance
twenty-eight of their 40 Greatest Metal Songs.
The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.
"Tourniquet" is the second single from the album. It was
According to Soundscan, the record moved 132,000 units
released on September 8, 1997 and was also directed by
in its rst week.[13] The album has sold at least 7 million
Floria Sigismondi. In the video Manson is a humanoid
copies worldwide,[5] including at least 1,900,000 copies
moving through a wheel. The band uses a variety of
sold in the United States.[6]
bizarre costumes for each scene.
"Cryptorchid" is the third video from the album. The
video was directed by E. Elias Merhige and displays im- Accolades
ages from his 1991 experimental lm Begotten.
According to AcclaimedMusic.net Antichrist Superstar is
"Antichrist Superstar" was released as the fourth video. the 14th best album of 1996,[14] the 180th greatest record
The video was also directed by E. Elias Merhige and de- released during the 1990s[15] and the 973rd greatest of
picts Manson on a podium bearing a lightning bolt sym- all-time.[15] In 2001 Q named Antichrist Superstar as one
bol. In one scene, Manson tears apart the Bible, dumping of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.[16] In 2006,
it on the public. Before its planned launch, the video was sister British magazines Classic Rock and Metal Hamscreened at the 1997 San Francisco Film Festival, how- mer included Antichrist Superstar in The 200 Greatest
ever, Interscope Records was appalled by its content and Albums of the 90s.[17][18] Furthermore, in 2001, Classic
prevented its release. In 2010, the unedited video of An- Rock ranked the album 92nd in its 100 Greatest Rock Altichrist Superstar was leaked on YouTube.
bums Ever.[18][19] The French edition of the British maga"Man That You Fear" was the last video from Antichrist zine Rock Sound ranked Antichrist Superstar 11th in their
Superstar. The music video was directed by W.I.Z. and Top 150 Albums of Our Lifetime (19922006)[20] and
adapted from the Shirley Jackson short story The Lottery. 13th in their 1996 Albums of the Year.[18][21] Kerrang!
The video also contains aesthetic and symbolic references ranks Antichrist Superstar 3rd in their 1996 list of Alto the 1973 lm The Wicker Man and the 1989 Alejandro bums of the Year,[22] 14th on their 100 Albums You Must
Jodorowsky lm Santa Sangre.
Hear Before You Die[23] and 88th in its 100 Greatest

3.2. CRYPTORCHID

79

Rock Albums.[18][24] Dutch magazine Muziekkrant OOR Outtakes


ranked Antichrist Superstar 109th in their 1996 Albums of
"Long Hard Road Out of Hell" appears on the
the Year list.[25] Rolling Stone listed Antichrist Superstar
1997 Spawn soundtrack; also released on the Man
among its Essential Recordings Of The 90s in 1999[26]
That You Fear promotional single
and ranked it 84th in their The 100 Greatest Albums of
the 90s[27] in 2010.[18] The record is also listed in the
The Suck for Your Solution appears on the
book Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings.[18][28] British
Howard Stern: Private Parts soundtrack
magazine Record Collector also list the album among
their 10 Classic Albums from 21 Genres for the 21st Cen Apple of Sodom appears on the Lost Highway
tury.[18][29] German magazine Visions considers the alsoundtrack
bum 37th in its list of The Most Important Albums of the
90s.[18][30] The French FNAC ranks the record 606th in
"Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" unretheir The 1000 Best Albums of All Time.[18][31] Furtherleased; a later recording from the Mechanical Anmore, the French music magazine Rock & Folk lists Animals sessions, with updated lyrics and a dierent
tichrist Superstar among The Best Albums from 1963 to
arrangement, was released on the Celebrity Death1999.[18][32] In 2008, Consequence of Sound identied
match soundtrack as well as the live album The Last
Antichrist Superstar as a modern classic in their Dusting
Tour on Earth
Em O feature due to its counter-cultural and social impact during the late 90s.[33] The album is also included in
the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[34] 3.2.7 Charts and certications
Singles

3.2.5

Dead to the World Tour


3.2.8 Credits and personnel

Main article: Dead to the World Tour

3.2.9 References
Following the release of Antichrist Superstar, Marilyn
Manson staged a worldwide stadium tour, titled the Dead Footnotes
to the World Tour. Beginning on September 5, 1996 and
lasting until September 16, 1997, the tour included eight [1] Shafer, Joseph (April 8, 2015). The 10 Best Marilyn
Manson Songs. Stereogum. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
legs spanning Europe, Japan, Oceania, Hawaii, North
America and South America with a total of 175 shows.
A concert lm was recorded to depict the tour, titled Dead
to the World, and released on February 10, 1998 in VHS
format by Interscope Records.[41] It features live concert
footage of 11 songs culled from performances across the
world.[41] Apple of Sodom, My Monkey, "Rock 'n'
Roll Nigger" and a selection of songs from Antichrist Superstar are on the release.[41]

3.2.6

Track listing

[2] Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson".


March 21, 1997. p. 18.

The Nation.

[3] Marilyn Manson - Awards. Allmusic. All Media Guide


(Rovi). Retrieved 2015-08-16.
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[5] San Roman, Gabriel (2011-10-07). Marilyn Mansons
'Antichrist Superstar' Turns 15 as 'Born Villain' Readies
for Release. OC Weekly. Retrieved 2011-12-08.

All lyrics written by Manson, except Irresponsible Hate


Anthem co-written with Ramirez[42] .

[6] Marilyn Manson: Antichrist indie star. Reuters. Retrieved January 18, 2011.

Notes

[7] Thigpen, David (1997-02-24). Music: Satans Little


Helpers. TIME Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-09.

While consisting of three cycles, the album was released as a single disc, similar to the four cycles of
2000s Holy Wood.

[8] Saidman, Sorelle (2000-09-18). Marilyn Manson Unveils Tour Plans, First Single For Holy Wood. MTV
News (latterly VH1). Retrieved 2010-11-16.
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There are dierent names for the hidden track,


Empty Sounds of Hate. . The Marilyn Man- [10] Farber, Jim (1996-10-11). Antichrist Superstar Enterson Collection on iTunes titles it Ghost Track.
tainment Weekly review. Entertainment Weekly. ReRhapsody titles the track as Untitled.
trieved 2011-01-29.

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[11] Spin (12/96, p.140) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Its 16 songs rock


like '70s Sabbath-style metal, but harder; the arrangements echo Queen in operatic scope but are more intense;
the mood owes its vampiric chill to Bauhaus, but this band
actually bites the vein...
[12] Ali, Lorraine (1996-10-29). Antichrist Superstar Rolling
Stone review. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
[13] Dansby, Andrew (2003-05-21). Manson Golden at
Number One. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
[14] The Top Albums from 1996. Acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

[33] Buchanan, David (2008-09-13). Dusting 'Em O: Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar. Consequence of
Sound. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
[34] Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001
Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
[35] Pazz & Jop Critics Poll of 2001. The Village Voice.
Retrieved 2007-11-04.
[36] Classic Rock The 100 Greatest Rock Albums of AllTime. Retrieved 2007-11-04.

Acclaimedmusic.net.

[37] The Denitive 200. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved
2007-08-18.

[16] "Q Magazine 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time. Q Magazine. Archived from the original on November 11, 2010.
Retrieved 2010-11-22.

[38] Dimery, Robert (February 7, 2006). "1001 Albums You


Must Hear Before You Die.. Universe. New York, NY
(ISBN 0-7893-1371-5). p. 910.

[15] Marilyn Manson Artist Rank.


Retrieved 2011-03-06.

[17] The 200 Greatest Albums of the 90s. Classic Rock &
Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
[18] Antichrist Superstar All Music Guide Info and Review.
Acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
[19] "Classic Rock (Christmas 2001) 100 Greatest Rock Albums Ever. Classic Rock & Metal Hammer. Retrieved
2011-03-06.

[39] A Selection of Lists from Record Collector Magazine.


Rocklist.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
[40] Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001
Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
[41] Dead to the World. Interscope Records. Retrieved
2011-04-19.

[20] Top 150 Albums of Our Lifetime. Rock Sound. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

[42] Antichrist Superstar. Amazon. Retrieved 2010-11-18.

[21] Choix des critiques depuis 1993. Rock Sound. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

[43] International charting positions for Marilyn Manson


Antichrist Superstar (Album)". Irish-Charts. Retrieved
March 5, 2011.

[22] "Kerrang! Albums Of The Year 1996. Kerrang!. Retrieved 2011-03-06.


[23] "Kerrang! 100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Kerrang!. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
[24] "Kerrang! 100 Greatest Rock Albums. Kerrang!. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

[44] International charting positions for Marilyn Manson


Antichrist Superstar (Album)". Charts.us. Retrieved
March 5, 2011.
[45] Chartverfolgung / Marilyn Manson / Longplay.
PhonoNet. Retrieved 2009-03-23.

[25] Jaarlijst Oor 1996. Muziekkrant OOR. Retrieved 201103-06.

[46] Search for Marilyn Manson in the Artist eld. Mahasz.


Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved
2011-09-01.

[26] "Rolling Stone Essential Recordings Of The '90s. Rolling


Stone. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

[47] Zywietz, Tobias. Chart Log UK: M My Vitriol.


Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-12-14.

[27] "Rolling Stone The 100 Greatest Albums of the 90s.


Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

[48] Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums charting.


board.com. Retrieved 2010-11-17.

[28] Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings. Acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 2011-03-06.


[29] 10 Classic Albums from 21 Genres for the 21st Century
(#245). Record Collector. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
[30] Die 100 wichtigsten Platten der Neunziger. Visions.
Retrieved 2011-03-06.
[31] Les 1000 CD des disquaires de la fnac. FNAC (latterly
Listology). Retrieved 2011-03-06.
[32] Choix des critiques ou des lecteurs depuis 1993. Rock
& Folk. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

bill-

[49] allmusic Billboard charts & awards. allmusic Retrieved


2010-11-17.
[50] Marilyn Manson in Argentinian Charts. Argentine
Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
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[52] CRIA Database Search for Marilyn Manson Canadian
Recording Industry Association. Retrieved on March 6,
2011.

3.3. ''MECHANICAL ANIMALS'

81

As a rock opera and a concept album, it is the second


installment in a trilogy which included Antichrist Superstar and 2000s Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley
of Death). After the release of Holy Wood, Manson
[54] Certicaciones. Asociacin Mexicana de Productores de
said that the overarching story within the trilogy is preFonogramas y Videogramas.
sented in reverse chronological order; Mechanical Ani[55] BPI - Statistics - Certied Awards - Search for Mari- mals, therefore, acts as the bridge connecting the two narlyn Manson. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved ratives and remains constant whether the trilogy is viewed
2013-10-07.
in reverse or not.[5]
[53] NZ Top 50 Albums Chart, 7 June 1998. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved May 13,
2015.

[57] International charting positions for Marilyn Manson


The Beautiful People (Song)". Irish-charts. Retrieved
March 5, 2011.

The album has been certied platinum in the US, Canada


and New Zealand. It spawned four singles ("The Dope
Show", "Rock Is Dead", "I Don't Like the Drugs (But
the Drugs Like Me)" and "Coma White"). It debuted at
No. 1 in its rst week of sale, making it the rst Marilyn
Manson album to do so.[6][7]

[58] Alternative Songs charting. billboard.com. Retrieved


2010-11-17.

3.3.1 Recording and production

[56] RIAA Database Search for Antichrist Superstar Recording Industry Association of America. Access date: March
5, 2011.

[59] allmusic Billboard Singles charts & awards. allmusic Retrieved 2010-11-17.

Aborted sessions with the Dust Brothers

Following the conclusion of their year-long Dead to the


World Tour in September 1997, the band relocated from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Hollywood, California.[8]
Work on Mechanical Animals began soon after. By early
[61] Antichrist Superstar credits. allmusic. Retrieved 2010December of that year, the singer began opening up on
11-17.
the then new and unnamed records development, sitting
down with MTV's Year In Rock special on December
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3.2.10

External links

Antichrist Superstar at Interscope Records


Music Emissions Antichrist Superstar

3.3 ''Mechanical Animals'

Mansons friend, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy


Corgan, also served as an unocial music consultant for
the band during these early development stages.[8] After
playing a few of the early songs for him, Corgan advised
the band that This is denitely the right direction but to
go all the way with it. Don't just hint at it.[8]
Sessions with Michael Beinhorn and Sean Beavan

This article is about the album.


Mechanical Animals Tour.

For the tour, see The band subsequently employed Michael Beinhorn as
principal producer, co-producing the record with Marilyn
Manson. Sean Beavan was also brought in to supply ad[11]
By May of that year, havMechanical Animals is the third full-length studio al- ditional production work.
ing
just
completed
his
obligations
for Hole's then-new
bum by American rock band Marilyn Manson, reCelebrity
Skin,
Beinhorns
camp
conrmed that
album,
leased in September 1998 by Nothing and Interscope
the
nascent
Manson
project
was
halfway
complete
and on
Records. The album marked a shift from the industrial
[11]
Manson,
course
for
a
late
summer
or
early
fall
release.
and alternative metal styles of the bands earlier eorts,
into an experimentation with 1970s glam rock. As their for his part, spent the early part of the year on break from
his autobiography, The Long Hard
rst release following the success of their breakthrough the studio to promote
[11][12]
Road
Out
Of
Hell.
album, 1996s Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals
themes primarily dealt with the trappings of fame and During his February 24, 1998 interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air radio talk show to promote the book
drug abuse.

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he divulged that, having exhausted the topic of organized


religion in the previous album, the upcoming release will
see a major shift in thematic focus: After going through
what I just did in the past two years, its almost like
Edward Scissorhands or E.T.someone who feels like
they're in a place where they're not accepted or don't belong [...] Its more from that perspective. Its much more
vulnerable music that I'm making on this new album.
Both sonically and lyrically its about the depression of
alienation, rather than the aggressiveness of it. Its about
the emptiness.[13] Guitarist Zim Zum divulged that in
one instance the band recorded a song a day for two weeks
straight during a particular spree of creativity.[14]

seven are by Alpha (Marilyn Manson). The Omga songs


are typically those most nihilistic and supercial lyrically,
such as "The Dope Show", User Friendly and New
Model No. 15. The album artwork features a dual liner
note book, in which one half has lyrics for the Omga
songs, and when ipped over, has those for the Alpha
songs.

Marilyn Manson later noted in an interview with Rolling


Stone magazine that "Mechanical Animals was to represent the point where the revolution got sold out, a hollow
shell of what the essence of Marilyn Manson was. It was a
satire, and a lot of people interpreted it as 'This is what he
really is.' I was making a mockery of what I was, taking
Final mixing and post-production took place in a studio a shot at myself.[18][19]
in Burbank, California.[8] In July 1998, after having con- After the release of Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valtributed guitar work to 12[N 1] of the albums 14 tracks, ley of Death), Marilyn Manson revealed that his concept
Zim Zum left the band under amicable terms to pursue album trilogy is an autobiographical story told in a rehis own solo project.[14] He was replaced by the former verse timeline (chronologically reverse from their actual
guitarist of English industrial metal band 2wo, John Low- release dates). That means Holy Wood opens the storyline
ery (rechristened by the band as John 5).[16]
followed by Mechanical Animals and concluded with An-

3.3.2

Concept

If 'Antichrist Superstar' was sort of my comparative fall


from grace, Lucifer being kicked from heaven, this next
record is about what happens on Earth now, (Its about)
sort of trying to t into a society that thinks its full of
emotions and that you're a callous person, when in fact
you're the one that actually has all these feelings and its
the world thats kind of numb to them. Its almost the
antithesis of what I just did.

tichrist Superstar.[20] Furthermore, though Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals made sense as individual
concept albums on their own, there was a hidden overarching story running through the three releases.

3.3.3 Composition

The album is like feeling for the rst time, Manson said.
Everything is oversensitized, pain is more extreme and
love is more extreme hence the change in the music,
Marilyn Manson discussing the then unnamed albums which is more in the bombastic tradition of Queen and
Bowie. Some bands are afraid of not sounding hard all
principal motif with MTV News.[9]
the time I'm not. In a lot of ways it is more mainstream,
In the album, Manson takes on two roles: a substance ad- but I'm more mainstream. I don't think I've sold myself
dicted glam rocker and a gender ambiguous Alien called out I've adapted to my surroundings.[21]
Omga (pronounced oh-mee-gah) who, much like David
Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, falls down to earth, is captured, Unlike Mansons previous work, Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals is, on an aesthetic level, far less dark.
placed with a band called The Mechanical Animals and
turned into a rock star product. He has become numb In both image and music, Mechanical Animals is inspired
by 1970s style, Bowie-esque glam rock (Manson has ofto the world, either lost or high in outer space or the
Hollywood Hills, through excessive drug use as a cop- ten cited Bowie as his biggest inuence). The album
also borrows heavily from Bowies 1974 concept album
ing mechanism with his life as a product of his corporate masters. Mansons other role is that of Alpha who Diamond Dogs. Most songs contain lighter melodies;
is based on himself and his experiences around the con- however, this 'lightness does not necessarily extend to the
clusion of the Antichrist Superstar tour/era. Acting as lyrics. Though Glam lends Manson important vocal props
Omgas foil, Alphas emotions have only begun seeping and outts, Mechanical Animals does not adhere to that
goths:
back. Vulnerable and trying to relearn how to use them eras playful mood. Its ultimate sources are the
[22]
Bauhaus,
Love
and
Rockets,
and
early
Cure.
'The
properly, he despairs about how little emotion other peoPink
Floyd's
Speed
of
Pain',
meanwhile,
is
redolent
of
ple feel, observing them to be mechanical animals.
'Welcome to the Machine'.
Both are looking to come back into the world - looking
among the mechanical animals for the thing they need to The song Great Big White World raised concerns,
make themselves whole. They call it Coma White, unsure among some groups, of possibly being a racially motiif she is real or simply a drug induced hallucination.[17] vated reference until Manson himself cleared up the ruSubsequently, seven of the fourteen songs are from the mors by stating that it was about cocaine.
perspective, lyrically and musically, of Omga and his Rolling Stone described Mansons crooning on the title
ctional band The Mechanical Animals, while the other track, Mechanical Animals, as evocative of the sultry

3.3. ''MECHANICAL ANIMALS'


vibe of T. Rex's Marc Bolan".[8]
"I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" features guitar work by Dave Navarro.[8]

3.3.4

Promotion

Five days before the albums release, the band performed The Dope Show at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.[23] The Ziggy-in-Vegas performance saw
Manson strut into the stage in a blue vinyl coat with a
faux-fur collar before stripping down, mid-way into the
song, to a blue skin-tight costume with cut-outs that revealed the prosthetic breasts and androgynous genitalia of
his Omga character.[24] The performance also included
a trio of besequined back-up singers that harmonized
with the frontman as he sang along.[24] Rolling Stone remarked that incontrovertibly, Marilyn Manson stole the
show.[24]

3.3.5

Release

At a time before the ubiquity of peer-to-peer le sharing, the rst singles from both Beinhorn-produced albums
were leaked three weeks before their intended release
dates and played nearly a dozen times on New York radio station WXRK (92.3 FM) and its Los Angeles-based
sister station, KROQ-FM (106.7 FM), on the weekend
of July 31 to August 2, 1998.[25] Interscope neither conrmed nor denied that the leak originated from them but
joined Holes label, DGC Records, in issuing a cease and
desist order to WXRK on August 3.[25]
In spite of this the Manson single, The Dope Show,
was subsequently recorded and converted by a fan into
an MP3 and made available on an unocial fan site
for download soon after.[25] The following weekend, San
Francisco radio station Live 105 (105.3 FM) played both
singles again.[26]

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song is played during the end credits.[27]

Cover and packaging


The shock of the image was increased because it looked
like a real photograph..
The Greatest Album Covers of All Time[28]
The controversial cover art has won critical acclaim and
numerous awards.[28] The infamous photo depicts Manson as an androgynous naked gure with breasts, six ngers and airbrushed genitalia.[8] It is the brainchild of
New York City-based long-time Manson photographer
Joseph Cultice. Designer Paul Brown has said of the
cover, I'm extremely proud of it. I said more in one
of his covers than any novel could. It made people
think and cringe.[28] Contrary to popular internet rumors, the band leader, Manson, did not undergo any plastic surgery for this androgynous, alien look. The breasts
are prosthetic, manufactured specially by Screaming Mad
Georges SMG Eects (now out of business).[28] Manson is, in reality, naked and covered head to toe in latex
paint, provided by the same movie make-up company.
His genitalia are covered by a foam latex appliance to create the androgynous appearance of the alien gure he calls
Omga, which, the singer explained, represents sexlessness and vulnerability, in addition to his own aection
for prosthetic limbs.[28] Originally the make up consisted
of six breasts with nipples. Manson has stated in interviews that his friend, actor Johnny Depp, is the current
owner of these prosthetic breasts, which Manson traded
for Depps strawberry-blonde wig worn in the lm Blow.
In 2003 VH1, declared that Mechanical Animals had the
twenty-ninth greatest album cover of all time.[29] It is also
featured in Grant Scotts book The Greatest Album Covers of All Time.

Singles
Arguably, this albums most successful song is "The Dope
Show", which fared extremely well on both video and
single charts in the United States and abroad. The
Dope Show was written by Manson (lyrics) and Twiggy
Ramirez (music). It continues to reign as the bands
most commercially successful song. The music video debuted the bands controversial new, androgynous glam
rock sound and image to the world. It is inspired by
Alejandro Jodorowsky's controversial art lm The Holy
Mountain as well as the David Bowie lm, The Man Who
Fell to Earth. Again, Bowies inuence has been enormous on this album, with both inuences noted publicly
by Manson himself.
The third single, "Rock Is Dead", was featured in the Alternate cover for the ctitious band Omga and the Mechanical
accompanying soundtrack of the lm The Matrixthe Animals

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The cover art text is an anagram which, when rearranged,
reads 'Marilyn Manson Is An Alchemical Man'.[30] The
album also features an alternate, less obscene cover
which is contained on the reverse side of the album liner
notes. It is incidentally the cover for an album of the same
name by Omga and the Mechanical Animals, a ctitious
band composed of characters played by the members of
Marilyn Manson. The photo featured on this alternative
cover art includes more of the symbolism surrounding the
numeral 15.[31]
The liner notes contain hidden messages in yellow text,
which are viewable through the blue CD packaging or the
transparent blue LP; these messages (now green) include:
"www.comawhite.com" (website no longer available), I
no longer knew if Coma White was real or just a side effect, [sic]" Now children its time for recess, please roll
up your sleeves, A sun with no planets, burning in circles, Even machines can see that we are dead, and In
the end I became them and I led them/ After all none of
us really qualied as humans/ We were hardworn, automatic and as hollow as the 'o' in God/ I reattatched my
emotions cellular and narcotic/ From the top of Hollywood it looked like space/ Millions of capsules and Mechanical Animals/ A city lled with dead stars and a girl
I called Comawhite/ This is my Omga. The reader of
the liner notes is shown how to read these messages in the
booklet: there is a diagram showing a CD case over the
booklet, and a message which reads: Yellow and blue =
green.

CHAPTER 3. STUDIO ALBUMS


stores, but 2003 saw the mass sale of Mansons fth LP,
The Golden Age of Grotesque in nearly all Wal-Marts;
representatives claimed they chose to sell the album because it was commercially viable and was on the Top
Ten charts.

3.3.6 Reception
Critical reception

The album received generally positive reviews. Analyzing the albums intentions, Barry Walters of The Village
Voice commented, "Mechanical Animals celebrates sexy
celebrity in a typically Mansonian bacchanalia of contradictions. Hes said all along that dirty media dominance
is the cleanest and closest thing to divinity in a world that
crucied the god in itself and replaced it with blind faith.
Now he understands rst-hand that stardom sucks, yet
while he lifts a platform boot against its phony fat ass he
still can't help reveling in the excess. Antichrist Superstar critiqued fame in order to make him famous. Having
been there/done that, Manson wants more because more
is the American way hes hell-bent on subvertingeven
as hes soaking in it.[39] Of the records musical direction
Walters noted Flexing far more range than rage, Mansons feminization shifts his vocal power center from a
diseased gut to a broken heart.[40] You'd think the puppet
couldn't dance without Daddy NIN pulling the strings, yet
Mechanical Animals is melodic, catchy, even soulful in a
A limited tour edition of Mechanical Animals was re- agrantly soulless way [...] Guitars roar and whine, bass
leased in the UK (including other locations like Australia booms, drums race, and synths twitter with a tweeness
and Mexico, where only 100 copies of this edition ar- thats gonna turn Durannie grannie Nick Rhodes's gray
rived) with an illustrated hardcover sleeve by Marcus roots green.[39]
Wild. Though limited edition, the album is easily attainable in certain regions. The packaging is identical to the USAToday praised that Manson and producer Michael
original version except for the bonus eight-page comic Beinhorn have rediscovered the adrenalin in '70s glamGlitter and Ziggy Stardust over
book by Wild, illustrating scenes from the "I Don't Like rock, sprinkling Gary
[41]
Gothic
theatrics.
Jon
Wiederhorn of Amazon obthe Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" music video.
served that Mechanical Animals is a brash, decadent,
and glittery display of self-indulgent hooks and meloControversy As early as August 14, 1998, a month be- dramatic vocals that sounds like Aladdin Sane-era David
fore the release, the three largest retailers in the United Bowie and T. Rex at their most boisterous crossed with
StatesK-Mart, Wal-Mart and Targetrefused to stock the more modern sounds of todays industrial nation.[41]
the album citing the oensive cover and the expectation Ann Powers of Rolling Stone commented "Mechanical
that it will carry a Parental Advisory sticker for violat- Animals gets its cavelike spaciousness from [goth] inuing their policy of not selling material with explicit lyrics ences and tweaks them with an industrial crunch [...] He
or content.[32] In an attempt to appease some of the re- and his band approach its terrain the way a 1960s rocker
tailers Nothing and Interscope discussed plans to cover like Eric Clapton approaches the blues, with respect and a
the breasts with a sticker and enclose the entire pack- sense of entitlement.[42] Annalee Newitz of Salon comage in blue cellophanesimilar to the brown paper bag mented With 'Mechanical Animals Manson is softentactic employed exactly 30 years before by distributors on ing up, turning away from his dour preoccupation with
the explicitly nude cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's religious fascism and toward space-age genderfuck chic.
Unnished Music No.1: Two Virgins.[32][33] Wal-Mart The creamy synth sound and drugged-out lyrics that domstill refused to sell the album, and consequently pulled inate Mansons latest CD prove that two antithetical '80s
all previous albums by Manson in light of the Columbine musical genresheavy metal and new wavecan indeed
High School massacre on April 20, 1999. To this day, be fruitfully combined [...] 'Mechanical Animals is a far
Wal-Marts corporate website states that Mansons work, better album than the recent 'Antichrist Superstar,' takamong the work of other artists, will not be sold in their ing Manson in new directions without turning the volume

3.3. ''MECHANICAL ANIMALS'


down on his magnetic weirdness.[43]
David Browne of Entertainment Weekly commented
Looking back in mascara'd anger, Manson and [producer Michael] Beinhorn have fashioned music steeped in
glam rock and concept-album bombast but updated with
a crunching intensity [...] He layers the songs with cooing backup singers, electronica burbles, skulking guitars,
and synths at their most decadently new wavy. The effect is often spectacular.[44] Lorraine Ali of Los Angeles
Times commented songs swagger with lipstick-wearing
attitude, have fun with sleazy subject matter and actually convey some (gasp) human emotion [...] This album is the rst time we actually experience Manson as
a band, not a phenomenon ltered through Reznors mixing board wizardry or a freak show accompanied by a
soundtrack. An album thats powerful from start to nish is far more surprising than any controversial Manson high jinks [...] this record ensures his further inltration of teenage America and earns him a new spot in
the annals of great, big, pompous pop albums.[45] David
Browne describes that the sound of the album is often spectacular: a lurid cabaret-rock revue for the postglobal-economy meltdown.[46] According to New Musical Express "[...] Mechanical Animals, MM album number four, marks a total shift in Mansons assault. Where
the Antichrist Superstar game plan was about gaining notoriety through outrage, rather than winning souls over
on musical grounds, Mechanical Animals aims straight
for the singalong heart of stadium-land. And rips it out,
and holds it aloft in triumph [...] Of the 14 tracks here,
ten could be singles. On this evidence alone, 'Mechanical
Animals is an unashamedly crass bid for total world domination [...] they already have the goth kids. Now, their
sights have turned on everyone else.[4] Stated on Epinions.com, "Mechanical Animals is an excellent follow-up
to the successful Antichrist Superstar.[47]
Not everyone gave the album a glowing review. Music critic Robert Christgau commented If only the absurd aura of artistic respectability surrounding this arrant self-promoter would teach us that not every icon deserves a think piece, that its no big deal to have a higher
IQ than Ozzy Osbourne, that the Road of Excess leads
to the Palace Theater [...] Its strategy is to camouage
the feebleness of La Mansons vocal aect by pretending its deliberateone more depersonalizing production
device with which to atten willing cerebella whilst confronting humankinds alienation, amorality, and failure
to have a good time on Saturday night.[35] Spin magazine commented Manson may appeal to mopey eighth
graders, but hes essentially mining the same agitprop territory and 'premillenial' confusion that hipster, highbrow
heroes such as Alec Empire and Tricky take for granted.
Manson shares with Empire a preference for destroying
the masters house with the masters tools. Like Tricky,
Manson uses gender confusion as a coping mechanism,
less identity politics than identity evasion.[41]

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is supposed to buy this sudden transformation from selfproclaimed Antichrist Superstar into Ziggy Stardust?
Surely not his fans [...] Surprisingly, those most likely
to appreciate Mansons change in spirit may be honestto-goodness rock 'n' roll fans. Mechanical Animals is
rst and foremost more musical than anything Manson
has done [...] His music packs both industrial muscle
and anthemic conviction, even as it playfully steals from
the Bowie songbook. What it lacks, sadly, is any sense
of wit, as songs doggedly hammer at safe taboos like
drugs, sex, drugs, stardom, drugs, and death. And drugs
[...] But even Manson must realize that with this release, people actually have a reason to line up in the rst
place.[48] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic commented With pal Billy Corgan as an unocial consultant and Soundgarden producer Michael Beinhorn manning the boards, Manson turns Mechanical Animals into
a big, clean rock record [...] It can make for a welcome
change of pace, since his glammed-up goth is more tuneful than his clattering industrial cacophony, but it lacks
the cartoonish menace that distinguished his prior music.
And without that, Marilyn Manson seems a little ordinary [...] Manson should have remembereddemons are
never that scary in the light.[15] Despite this, Greg Burk
of LA Weekly would go on to call Mechanical Animals
one of the greatest albums of its decade.[49]

Commercial performance
In the United States, Mechanical Animals debuted with
a Soundscan-conrmed rst week sales of 223,000
units.[50] Propelled by both the rst singles heavy rotation on the radio and on MTV as well as the bands
attention-grabbing main show performance at the 1998
MTV Video Music Awards, the record briey displaced
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill for the No. 1 position
on the Billboard 200.[50][51][52] By the second week, sales
had dropped to 98,200 units and the album slid to the No.
5 spot.[51][52]
Although critically acclaimed, Mechanical Animals was
initially not too well received by longtime fans who complained about the wilfully radio-friendly sound of the
album and surmised that Marilyn Manson had "sold
out".[53] The album was the lowest-selling No. 1 album
of 1998.[54] Regardless, the album would go on to attain
platinum certication.[55]

Despite its later success, the album was marred by controversy. It was virtually blacklisted when Manson became
the main scapegoat for the Columbine shootings of 1999
(despite the lack of evidence that the shooters were fans
of the band or even that music causes violence), with unit
sales halting very close behind the gure for its predecesJoshua Klein of The A.V. Club commented Really, who sor, Antichrist Superstar.

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Accolades
According to Acclaimedmusic.net Mechanical Animals is
the 44th best album of 1998,[56] the 426th greatest record
released during the 1990s[57] and the 2209th greatest of
all-time.[57] SPIN Magazine ranked Mechanical Animals
the 7th Best Album in their 1998 End Of Year List.[58]
Online music magazine Addicted to Noise ranked Mechanical Animals 25th in their 1998 list of Albums of
the Year.[59] The Village Voice ranked Mechanical Animals 40th in their 1998 list of Albums of the Year.[59]
Kerrang! ranks Mechanical Animals 2nd in their 1998 list
of Albums of the Year.[59][60] Q Magazine listed Mechanical Animals among their picks for their 1998 Recordings
Of The Year.[59][61] Dutch magazine Muziekkrant OOR
ranked Mechanical Animals 18th in their 1998 Albums
of the Year list.[59][62] The record ranked 2nd in the Critics Top 50[63] and 10th in the Popular Poll[64] of German magazine Musik Express/Sounds in their 1998 Albums of the Year.[59] In 1999, American music journalist Ned Raggett listed Mechanical Animals 78th in his
The Top 136 Albums of the Nineties.[59][65] Also in 1999,
Australian magazine JUICE ranked Mechanical Animals
84th in their 100 Greatest Albums of the '90s.[59][66] In
2006, sister British magazines Classic Rock & Metal Hammer included Mechanical Animals in The 200 Greatest Albums of the 90s.[59][67] Also in 2006, Dutch public radio
broadcaster VPRO included Mechanical Animals in their
299 Nominations of the Best Album of All Time.[59][68]
The French edition of the British magazine Rock Sound
ranked Mechanical Animals 56th in their Top 150 Albums
of Our Lifetime (19922006)[69] and 2nd in their 1998 Albums of the Year.[59][70]

Mechanical Animals Tour


Main article: Mechanical Animals Tour
After declining a headlining slot at the failing
Lollapalooza summer music festival (along with
numerous other bands) in early 1998 due to delays in
Mechanical Animals' release, the band launched the rst
of their own headlining tours in support of the album.[73]
It was originally intended to start on June 25, 1998, with
a series of 6 festival dates in Europe lasting until July 12,
1998.[74] However the planned summer European leg
was scrapped and the tours launch date was rescheduled
to October 25, 1998 after drummer Ginger Fish became
ill with mononucleosis.[74]

In the November 2003 issue of Blender magazine, author Chuck Palahniuk included the album in a list of his
favourites, and said: I met Marilyn Manson on a magazine assignment, and he wanted my advice on a novel hes
writing. We drank absinthe once. I'll probably go to his
show when hes in town next week. Its so fascinating to
see somebody exorcise his demons in such a public way. Beginning on October 25, 1998 and lasting until January
31, 1999, the Mechanical Animals Tour included two legs
spanning a Fall to Winter World Tour in Europe, Japan,
and North America and a 6 show headlining stint at the
Big Day Out tour in Australia.[75] In total, the band completed
46 shows out of the 52 originally planned.
3.3.7 Mechanical Animals and Rock Is

Dead Tour
Beautiful Monsters Tour and Rock Is Dead Tour
Following the release of Mechanical Animals, Marilyn
Manson staged two worldwide stadium tours, titled the Main articles: Beautiful Monsters Tour and Rock Is
Dead Tour
Mechanical Animals Tour and Rock Is Dead Tour.
A concert lm was recorded depicting both tours, titled
God Is in the TV.[71][72] It was released on November 2,
1999 in VHS format by Interscope Records and features
live concert footage of 13 songs culled from various concerts across the world as well as backstage and behindthe-scenes clips.[71][72]

Beginning on February 28, 1999, and lasting until August


8, 1999, the tour included three legs spanning Europe,
Japan and North America with a total of 9 completed
shows for the Beautiful Monsters Tour and 43 completed
shows (out of 46 planned) for the Rock Is Dead Tour.

3.3. ''MECHANICAL ANIMALS'


The tour is particularly notable for a number of incidents that plagued its progress. Following the conclusion of the Mechanical Animals Tour in January 1999,
the band was once again oered a headlining slot by the
organizers of the Lollapalooza festival for the 1999 summer season (this time as part of an attempt to resurrect the
by-then-defunct festival) which they declined.[76] Instead,
the band struck a deal with Hole to co-headline the latters Beautiful Monsters Tour.[77] Immediately, the joint
venture began experiencing problems due to disputes between both groups leaders.[77][78] After nine shows (spanning a total of two weeks) the tour imploded,[77][78][79]
resulting in Holes departure on March 14, 1999, and
the tour being renamed Rock Is Dead.[78][80][81] Monster
Magnet, who were already opening for Manson,[77] assumed Holes place on the tours playbill.[82][83] A minor
dispute erupted surrounding the tours revised nomenclature as Korn and Rob Zombie were already in the middle
of another tour with the same name.[84]

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Vinyl version
When released on vinyl, the record was split into two
separately sleeved albums; the rst credited to the character of Alpha (portrayed by Marilyn Manson himself),
pressed on opaque white vinyl, and the latter to Omga
and the Mechanical Animals on transparent blue vinyl.
The Manson album dealt with songs of love and alienation, while the Mechanical Animals disc contained anthems of sex and drug use.[92] The vinyl edition was reissued in 2012, but on black vinyl instead of white and blue.
The track listing however remains the same. Note: This
track list is also in the CD versions booklet.
note
Song length diers from CD version as tracks are not
cross faded and appear in full length form with 1 to 2
second gaps between songs. Additionally, the intro
to I Want To Disappear is tracked as the nal 15
seconds of Posthuman on the CD while it appears
as part I Want To Disappear on the vinyl version.

The rst two performances of the Rock Is Dead Tour


were canceled after Manson suered a hairline fracture
on one of his ankles during the nal show with Hole at The
Forum in Los Angeles. The tour was resumed on March
17, 1999.[78] The tour, however, would stagger yet again B-sides
following the Columbine High School massacre on April
20, 1999. In the ensuing aftermath, the band was accused
"Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" (Origiof being a cause of the tragedy in Littleton,[85][86] promptnally an outtake from Antichrist Superstar)
ing the group to cancel their remaining North American
Get My Rocks O (Dr. Hook Cover)
engagements out of respect for the victims, explaining,
Its not a great atmosphere to be out playing rock 'n' roll
"A Rose and a Baby Ruth" (George Hamilton IV
shows, for us or the fans.[87][88][89]
cover)
Coma White (acoustic version)

3.3.8

Track listing

CD version
All lyrics written by Manson[15][90][91] .

notes

"Golden Years" (David Bowie cover)


Diamonds & Pollen (written in this era, appears
on the "Disposable Teens" single)

3.3.9 Charts and certications


Chart succession
Singles

Australian and Korean releases of the album come


with an additional DVD that contains the music 3.3.10
videos for "The Beautiful People", The Dope
3.3.11
Show and Sweet Dreams.

Credits and personnel


References

Notes
This album features a hidden, fteenth track,
playable only on a computer; it is untitled and ex- [1] The albums liner notes actually credit Zim Zum with only
8 songs.[15]
perimental, further playing on the albums theme of
the character Omga and conformity. Upon entering the album into a computer, an autorun le starts Footnotes
a program that displays two of Mansons paintings
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to be an experiment in synesthesia.[90]

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3.3.12 External links


Mechanical Animals at Interscope Records

3.4 ''Holy Wood (In the Shadow of


the Valley of Death)''

Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) is


the fourth studio album by American rock band Marilyn
Manson, released in November 2000 by Nothing and
Mechanical Animals [Vinyl] [Explicit Lyrics]". Ama- Interscope Records. The album marked a return to the
zon. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
industrial and alternative metal styles of the bands earlier
International charting positions for Marilyn Manson - eorts, after the modernized glam rock of Mechanical
Mechanical Animals (Album)". Irish-Charts. Retrieved Animals. As their rst release following the Columbine
High School massacre of April 20, 1999, Holy Wood was
2011-03-05.
Marilyn Mansons rebuttal to accusations leveled against
Allmusic Billboard charts & awards. allmusic. All Me- them in the wake of the shootings. The bands frontman,
dia Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2010-11-17.
Marilyn Manson, described the record as a declaration
[4]
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A rock opera concept album, it is the nal installment


in a trilogy which includes Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals. After its release, Manson said that the
overarching story within the trilogy is presented in reverse
chronological order; Holy Wood, therefore, begins the
narrative.[5] It was written in the singers former home in

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the Hollywood Hills and recorded in several undisclosed serted that their music had a corrupting inuence on
locations, including Death Valley and Laurel Canyon.
youth culture by inciting rape, murder, blasphemy and
[8]
At its release, Holy Wood received mixed-to-positive re- suicide.
views; many critics noted that while ambitious, it fell
short in execution. The album was not at rst as commercially successful as the groups two previous releases, and
took three years to receive a gold certication from the
RIAA. Nevertheless, with worldwide sales of over nine
million copies as of 2011, it has become one of the most
successful of their career. It spawned three singles and an
abandoned lm project which was modied into the asyet-unreleased Holy Wood novel. Marilyn Manson supported the album with the controversial Guns, God and
Government Tour.
On November 10, 2010, British rock magazine Kerrang!
published a 10th-anniversary commemorative piece in
which they called the album Mansons nest hour ... A
decade on, there has still not been as eloquent and savage a musical attack on the media and mainstream culture ... [It is] still scathingly relevant [and] a credit to a
man who refused to sit and take it, but instead come out
swinging.[4]

3.4.1

Background and development

Further information: Columbine High School massacre


and Rock Is Dead Tour
Ninety-nine was a pivotal year as was 1969, the year
of my birth. The two years share many similarities.
Woodstock '99 [where rape and mass looting were rife],
became an Altamont [the Rolling Stones concert in 1969
where the Hells Angels beat a fan to death] of its own.
Columbine became the Manson murders of our generation. Things happened that could've made me want to
stop making music. Instead, I decided to come out and
really punish everyone for daring to fuck with me. I've
got a big ght ahead of me on this one. And I want every
bit of it.
Marilyn Manson[6]
In the late 1990s Marilyn Manson and his eponymous
band established themselves as a household name as
one of the most controversial rock acts in music history through the commercial success of their albums, Antichrist Superstar (1996) and Mechanical Animals (1998).
By the time of their Rock Is Dead Tour in 1999, the
bands outspoken frontman had become a culture war
iconoclast and a rallying icon for alienated youth.[7]
As their popularity increased the transgressive, confrontational nature of the groups music and imagery angered social conservatives.[8] Politicians across the political spectrum lobbied to have their performances banned,
citing rumors that the shows contained animal sacrices,
bestiality and rape.[7] Their concerts were routinely picketed by religious advocates and parent groups, who as-

On April 20, 1999, Columbine High School students


Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot 12 students and a
teacher to death, wounding 21 others before committing suicide.[9] In the aftermath of the fourth-deadliest
school shooting in United States history, the band became a scapegoat.[4][9] Early media reports alleged that
the shooters were fans of the band and wore the groups
t-shirts during the massacre.[10][11] Speculation in national media and among the public blamed Mansons music and imagery for inciting Harris and Klebold.[4][12]
Later reports revealed that the two considered the band
a joke.[10][13] Despite this, the group (and other bands
and popular entertainment, such as movies and video
games) were widely criticized by religious, political and
entertainment-industry gures.[6][14][15]
Under mounting pressure in the days after Columbine,
the group postponed their last ve North American tour
dates out of respect for the victims and their families.[16]
On April 29 ten US senators (led by Sam Brownback of
Kansas) sent a letter to Edgar Bronfman Jr., president
of Seagrams (which owned Interscope Records), requesting a voluntary halt to his companys distribution to children of music that glories violence.[17][18] The letter
named Marilyn Manson (and other bands) for producing songs which eerily reect the actions of Harris and
Klebold.[17][18] Later that day, the band canceled their remaining North American shows.[19] On May 1 Manson
published a Rolling Stone op-ed response to the accusations, Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?"[20][21] In it, he
wrote:
I chose not to jump into the media frenzy
and defend myself, though I was begged to
be on every single TV show in existence. I
didn't want to contribute to these fame-seeking
journalists and opportunists looking to ll their
churches or to get elected [during the US general election of 2000] because of their selfrighteous nger-pointing. They want to blame
entertainment? Isn't religion the rst real entertainment? People dress up in costumes, sing
songs and dedicate themselves to eternal fandom ... I'd like [the] media commentators
to ask themselves, because their coverage of
[Columbine] was some of the most gruesome
entertainment any of us have seen.[22]
On May 4, a hearing on the marketing and distribution
of violent content to minors by the television, music,
lm and video-game industries was held by the United
States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and
Transportation.[23] The committee heard testimony from
"cultural observers" (such as William Bennett and the
Archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput), professors

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and mental-health professionals.[23] Speakers criticized


the band, its label-mate Nine Inch Nails and the 1999
lm The Matrix for their alleged contribution to a cultural
environment enabling violence such as the Columbine
shootings.[23] The committee requested that the Federal
Trade Commission and the United States Department of
Justice investigate the entertainment industrys marketing
practices to minors.[23][24]

Ramirez were less demanding as they experimented with


absinthe.[34] The band wrote 100 musical fragments; between 25 and 30 became songs,[34] and 19 were selected
for the album.[35]

Concluding the European and Japanese legs of their


tour on August 8, 1999, the band withdrew from public view.[4][5] The albums early development coincided
with Mansons three-month seclusion at his home in the
Hollywood Hills,[5] during which he considered how to
respond to the accusations.[4] Manson said the maelstrom
made him reevaluate his career: "[t]here was a bit of
trepidation, [in] deciding, 'Is it worth it? Are people understanding what I'm trying to say? Am I even gonna
be allowed to say it?' Because I denitely had every
single door shut in my face ... there were not a lot of
people who stood behind me.[5][6] He told Alternative
Press he felt his safety was threatened to the point that he
could be shot Mark David Chapman-style".[5] Manson
concluded that it was unwise for a controversial artist to
allow his detractors to scapegoat his work (and popular
Stylized version of the alchemical symbol for mercury, used by
entertainment in general), beginning work on the album the band as a logo for the album and the character of Adam
as a counterattack.[4][25]
Kadmon[36]

3.4.2

Recording and production

Manson began writing for the album in 1995, before


the release of Antichrist Superstar;[26] the material initially consisted of scattered ideas.[27] Isolating himself
in his attic, he worked the early material into a usable
shape.[28][29] At the end of Mansons three-month retreat,
the band embarked on a year of writing and developing
the material.[4][25][30] Band members maintained a low
prole, and Manson said the bands website would be
my only contact with humanity.[31]

The album was recorded at several locations, including


Death Valley and Rick Rubin's Mansion Studio in Laurel
Canyon.[37] Locations were chosen for the atmosphere
they were intended to impart to the music.[30] Mixing
engineer Dave Sardy co-produced the album with Manson; Bon Harris, of electronic body music group Nitzer
Ebb, did the programming and pre-production editing.[31]
Manson announced on December 16, 1999 that the album was progressing under a working title of In the
Shadow of the Valley of Death, with its logo the alchemical symbol for mercury.[31][38][39]

The band visited Death Valley a number of times to


imprint the feeling of the desert into [their] minds
and avoid composing articial-sounding songs.[40] Experimental recordings and acoustic songs were recorded
with live instrumentation. Manson later explained that
the acoustic songs were acoustic in that they were not
produced electrically; the albums sonic landscape is inMarilyn Manson[32]
trinsically electronic. Harris programming skills proved
natural sounds,
The album is the groups most collaborative eort to date, invaluable as the band recorded unique,
[30]
which
he
molded
into
aural
elements.
with all members contributing to the songwriting process (resulting in a more-unied sound).[30][33] Most of The band spent considerable time at the Mansion Studio,
the work was shouldered by Twiggy Ramirez, John 5 with its cavernous rooms suitable for recording drums.[30]
and Marilyn Manson; keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy Inspired by the space,[41][42] the band found they could acprovided input on President Dead and Cruci-Fiction in complish more there than in the limited environment of
Space, and Ginger Fish did the drum work.[4][34] Man- Mansons home studio.[30][31] Ramirez later had a fuzzy
son said that his songwriting sessions with John 5 were memory of the sessions,[43] explaining that there were
very focused;[34] most of the songs were complete before a lot of dierent emotions racing around [us]"; the
being brought to the band for consideration, and were en- house, which once belonged to Harry Houdini, is said
thusiastically received.[34] In contrast, his sessions with to be haunted.[43] Gacy said that he spent most of his
I'm at that point in my career where I wanted to make
this lm and I'm making this new record, where I really
examine suering and where celebrities come from. How
it all kind of traces back in religion, and celebrities and
Hollywood all kind of relate to each other. And thats
very American.

3.4. ''HOLY WOOD (IN THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH)''


time working on a computer and synthesizer, mess[ing]
around with prime-number loops where they only intersect every three days and I'd check up on what kind of
music they'd be making. You never know whats going to
happen.[41] Fish worked constantly, and the bulk of his
contributions to the recording process were made at the
Mansion.[42]

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headline. Where if you die and enough people are watching, then you're famous.
Marilyn Manson, on the albums concept[5]

The albums plot is a parable[28] in a thinly-veiled satire


of modern America called Holy Wood, which Manson has described as a city-sized, Disneyesque amusement park where the main attractions are violence and
On February 23, 2000 Manson delivered a 20-minute sex.[5][51] Its literary foil is Death Valley, a metaphor
lecture via satellite to a current-events convention, for the outcast and the imperfect of the world.[52]
"DisinfoCon 2000", aimed at exposing (and dispelling)
disinformation.[44] Six days later, their album was entitled The central character is the ill-fated protagonist "Adam
[4][26][53]
a name borrowed from the Kabbalah
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).[26] By Kadmon",
April 12 the band was in their nal stages of recording, which means primal man. In the similarly-mystical Su
and Manson posted footage of the recording studio.[45] and Alevi philosophies, he is an archetypical perfect or
[26]
Adam Kadmon travels from Death
In pre-release interviews, he noted that the record would complete man.
[52]
be a very sharp pencil which would appeal to Marilyn Valley to Holy Wood; idealistic and nave, he attempts
[46]
a revolution through music.[52]
Manson fans.
Disenchanted when his revolution is consumed by Holy
Woods ideology of guns, God and government, he
Novel and lm
is absorbed by its culture of death and fame in which
celebrity worship, violence and scapegoating are the
Further information: Holy Wood (novel)
moral values of a religion rooted in martyrdom.[4][5][28]
In this religion dead celebrities are revered as saints, and
Mansons ambitions for the project initially included an John F. Kennedy is idolized as a modern Christ.[6][28][52]
eponymous lm exploring the albums backstory.[4][32] Known as celebritarianism,[53] Holy Woods religion
In July 1999, he had reportedly begun negotiating with parallels Christianity. It critiques the dead-celebrity pheNew Line Cinema to produce and distribute the lm nomenon in American culture, with the crucixion of Jeand its soundtrack.[26] At the 1999 MTV Europe Mu- sus as its blueprint.[5][6][28] This concept extended to the
sic Awards in Dublin (where the band performed on world Guns, God and Government Tour supporting the
November 11),[47] he disclosed the lms title and his pro- album; the tours logo was a rie, with handguns arranged
duction plans.[32] Manson met Chilean avant-garde lm- to resemble the Christian cross.[54]
maker Alejandro Jodorowsky at the event to discuss work
on the lm, although no nal decision was made.[47][48] Manson told Rolling Stone that the plot is semiBy February 29, 2000 the deal fell through when Man- autobiographical. While it can be viewed on several levson had reservations that New Line Cinema would take els, he said that the simplest interpretation is to see it as
the lm in a direction which would not have retained his a story of an angry youth whose revolution is commercialized, leading him to destroy the thing he has created,
artistic vision.[26]
which is himself.[33][37]
Abandoning his attempt to bring Holy Wood to the
screen, Manson announced plans to publish two books
accompanying the album.[26] The rst was a graphic Themes
and phantasmagoric novelization, intended for release
shortly after the album by ReganBooks (a division of
Violence is the central theme of the album,[55] which
HarperCollins).[28] The novels style was inspired by
takes a critical look at Americas obsession with rearms,
William S. Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, Aldous Huxley
death and fame and their ramications in the Columbine
and Philip K. Dick,[30] and it would be followed by a
tragedy.[4] Manson sees the root causes of Columbine as
coee table book of images created for the project.[26]
the gun culture, conservative American Christianity and
In a December 2000 interview with Manson, novelist traditional family values. The album illustrates the harmChuck Palahniuk mentioned the Holy Wood novel (due ful roles they play in the glorication (and acceptance)
for release in spring 2001) and complimented its style.[49] of violence in mainstream culture,[25][56] illustrated by
Neither book has yet been released, reportedly due to a the slogan Guns, God and Government.[4][52][57] Drawpublishing dispute.[50]
ing similarities between the Cold War period of 1960s
America and the 1990s, Manson uses allegories from the
former decade and other events and gures in cultural
3.4.3 Concept
history.[28][49][51][58] Music journalist Charlotte Robinson
said that it is dicult to assess the narratives eectiveHoly Woodwhich isn't even that great of a hyperbole ness without the book and lm: the album doesn't tell
of Americais a place where an obituary is just another much of a story, instead presenting variations on the same

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themes.[53]
[Holy Wood is] not necessarily [all] about the Columbine
incident, but more the reason why it happened ... [Its
about] the way America raises its kids to feel like they're
unwanted and made to feel like they're dead already.
They really don't have anything to live for and its also
concerned with the repercussions of that incident.
Marilyn Manson, on the albums prevailing theme[52]
Manson was drawn to The Beatles' White Album because of its role in the Charles Manson Family murders and the parallels he saw between that crime and
Columbine:[6][29][58] "[It] had a lot of very subversive
messages on it. Ones they intended and ones that may've
[sic] been misinterpreted by [convicted mass murder conspirator] Charles Manson. Manson believes it was the
rst piece of music blamed for inciting violence: When
you've got 'Helter Skelter' [taken from a Beatles song of
the same name] written in blood on someones wall, its
a little more damning than anything I've been blamed
for.[6][29][58] Manson appreciates the records power,
which inspired his albums concept. Holy Wood, he said,
is a tribute to what that record did in history.[6][52][58]
Critics also noted similarities between anti-hero Adam
Kadmon and Charles Manson.[6][40][52] Manson echoed
this assessment, describing Holy Wood as a declaration of war on the entertainment industry: their selfcongratulatory attitude, their beliefs that they can never
do wrong, ... that they're the center of the universe[4] ...
[i]n one way its defending Hollywood, and in another way
its attacking it for not being brave enough.[6][40]
A substantial portion of the album analyzes the cultural
role of Jesus Christ and the iconography of his crucixion as the origin of celebrity,[28][59] appraising our relationship with Christ, and how we outgrew that.[6] Manson says that while in the past he critiqued religion, with
this album he accepts the story and looks for things to
which he can relate.[28][30] He discovered that Christ was
a revolutionary gurea person who was killed for having dangerous opinions, and was later exploited and merchandised by Christianity.[28][30] Manson notes the irony
of religious people who indict entertainment as being violent"; the crucixion is an icon of violence which made
Jesus the rst rock star. He feels that the exploitation
of Christ as the rst celebrity made religion the root of
all entertainment.[28][59]
Christs death is compared to Abraham Zapruder's lm of
the assassination of John F. Kennedy,[29] which Manson
called the only thing thats happened in modern times to
equal the crucixion.[5] He sarcastically described the
historic home movie as a good clip of mankinds generosity to share his violence with the world in such a cinematic way.[60] Manson stresses the lms cultural importance, noting the irony of showing such violence on
the news while complaining about violence in the entertainment industry.[28] He watched the clip many times as
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seen[28] and juxtaposing Christ and Kennedy:
Christ was the blueprint for celebrity. He
was the rst celebrity, or rock star if you want
to look at it that way, and [dying on the cross]
he became this image of sexuality and suffering. Hes literally marketedA crucix is
no dierent than a concert T-shirt in some
ways. I think for America, in my lifetime,
John F. Kennedy kind of took the place of
that [as a modern-day Christ] in some ways.
[After being murdered on TV], he became
lifted up as this icon and this Christ gure [by
America].[61]
Manson also cites John Lennon as an assassinated icon,
criticizing the medias veneration of media martyrs and
its conversion of death into spectacle to cater to the
American publics appetite for violence, tragedy and
celebrity. He denies claims that Marilyn Mansons music was responsible for Columbine,[4][6] speculating how
the media would have covered the Crucixion[6] and linking these observations to Columbine during an interview
on the O'Reilly Factor. Bill O'Reilly argued that disturbed kids without direction from responsible parents
could misinterpret the message of his music as endorsing
the belief that when I'm dead [then] everybodys going
to know me. Manson responded:
Well, I think thats a very valid point and
I think that its a reection of, not necessarily this programme but of television in general,
that if you die and enough people are watching
you become a martyr, you become a hero, you
become well known. So when you have these
things like Columbine, and you have these kids
who are angry and they have something to say
and no ones listening, the media sends a message that says if you do something loud enough
and it gets our attention then you will be famous for it. Those kids ended up on the cover
of Time magazine [twice[N 1] ], the media gave
them exactly what they wanted. Thats why I
never did any interviews around that time when
I was being blamed for it because I didn't want
to contribute to something that I found to be
reprehensible.[64]
Despite references to (and fascination with) the iconic
men, Manson was reluctant to draw comparisons between them and himself (saying it would have been
pretentious):[55] "[w]hat I did nd was parallels in their
stories and my story, and I tried to maybe learn from their
mistakes and what they tried to do ... You realise you
can't change the world and you can only change yourself,
and I think thats what [they] found out.[55] He added,
"[f]or me it was about learning from that and trying to
break the evolution of man [since] its mans nature to be
violent.[55]

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3.4.4

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Composition

life thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, but
when he nally [gets there], he realises that its worse than
Is adult entertainment killing our children? Or is killing where he came from and that its truly exploitative.[52]
The line The death of one is a tragedy, the death of milour children entertaining adults?
lions is just a statistic relates to overlooking the deaths
Statement on the bands website during the Holy Wood
of ordinary people, ignored by the media, compared to
[38]
era.
the media frenzy when someone dies dramatically.[51]
In pre-release interviews, Manson said that Holy Wood
Disposable Teens is a signature Marilyn Manson
(In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) was intended to
song,[52] with a bouncing guitar ri and Teutonic, stacbe the "industrial White Album ... in the sense that its
cato rhythm rooted in glam rocker Gary Glitter's song
very experimental. I play a lot of keyboards, we switched
"Rock and Roll, Pt.2".[65] Its lyrical themes tackle the
things around, wrote in the desert ... its experimental
disenfranchisement of contemporary youth, particularly
and when I think of experimental I think of The White
those that have been [brought up] to feel like acciAlbum".[6] The 1969 Rolling Stones album Let It Bleed
dents, with the revolutionary idealism of their parents
(another source of inspiration) was written in the same
generation.[51][52] The Beatles inuence is evident in this
house where Manson wrote Holy Wood.[29]
song,[29][38][51] whose chorus echoes the disillusionment
Sonically, Manson said the record was arrogant in an art of their White Album song "Revolution 1".[38][51] Here,
rock sense and the heaviest record the band has done. the sentiment is a rallying cry for disposable teens
It needs to be to complete the trilogy, he said.[6][30][33] against this so-called generation of revolutionaries inMost of the songs have three or four parts (similar to art dicted in the song: You said you wanted evolution, the
rock), because of the way the story is told.[30] The band ape was a great big hit. You say want a revolution, man,
took great care to avoid being self-indulgent.[30] Man- and I say that you're full of shit.[38][51] Manson singles
son considers the record entertaining: Art rock is only out Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)" as his faself indulgent if it bores you.[30] CMJ New Music Monthly vorite song on the album; to him, it describes every percalled the songs angry and complex.[28] Rolling Stone sons desire for self-actualization.[52][66]
noted that on such songs as 'Target Audience', 'DisposBorrowing a ri from English alternative rock band
able Teens and 'Cruci-Fiction in Space', [the band] disRadiohead,[46] President Dead is a guitar-driven song
mantles the slick, glam-tinged sound of [Mechanical] Anshowcasing John 5s technical skill.[46] It opens with a
imals in favor of the more brutal industrial-goth grind of
sample of Don Gardiners ABC News Radio broadcast
his rst [two] albums.[37]
announcing the death of John F. Kennedy.[51] The song
Like Antichrist Superstar Holy Wood uses a song cycle is 3:13 long a deliberate numerological reference to
structure, dividing the album into four movementsA: frame 313 of the Zapruder lm, the frame with Kennedys
In the Shadow, D: The Androgyne, A: Of Red Earth and fatal head shot and the point at which JFK became an
M: The Fallento frame Kadmons story.[58] The sto- American media martyr because the production value
ryline unfolds in a multi-tiered series of metaphors and of his murder was so grand; the cinematography was so
allusions;[28] for example, the albums title refers not only well done.[51] In the Shadow of the Valley of Death is
to the Hollywood sign but also to the tree of knowl- an introspective song with Adam at his most emotionedge that Adam took the rst fruit from when he fell out ally vulnerable, nearly despairing.[51] Cruci-Fiction in
of paradise, the wood that Christ was crucied on, the Space further explores the Kennedy assassination, conwood that [Lee Harvey] Oswalds rie is made from and cluding that human beings have evolved from monkeys to
the wood that so many cons are made of.[28]
men to guns.[28] A Place in the Dirt is another personal
by Adams self-analysis of his place
GodEatGod follows Adam as he meditates in the song, characterized
[46]
[52]
in
Holy
Wood.
desert. The Love Song is an anthem to Holy Woods
religion, Celebritarianism.[52] Manson said the idea for
the song came from his observation that Love Song is
one of the most common titles in music, and he wove in
a metaphor about guns: I was suggesting with the lyrics
that the father is the hand, the mother is the gun, and the
children are the bullets. Where you shoot them is your responsibility as parents.[56] The chorus is a rhetorical take
on an American bumper sticker, which asks Do you love
your God, gun, government?"[52]
The UK music magazine Kerrang! described The Fight
Song as a playground punk anthem.[46] Manson noted
that the songs theme is Adams desire to be a part of
Holy Wood, and the track is autobiographical.[52] Speaking broadly, it is about a person whos grown up all his

"The Nobodies" is a mournful, elegiac dirge with a harpsichord and synthesized-drum introduction.[28][46] The
verse today I'm dirty and I want to be pretty, tomorrow
I know I'm just dirt has an Iggy Pop-style vocal delivery
building to the adrenaline-fuelled chorus: we are the nobodies, we wanna be somebodies, when we're dead they'll
know just who we are. Some children died the other
day, we fed machines and then we prayed, puked up and
down in morbid faith, you should have seen the ratings
that day.[9][28][46] CMJ noted that the song would be interpreted by some as a tribute to the Columbine shooters,
but its point was not to glorify violence; rather, it was to
depict a society drenched in its childrens blood.[28] The
Death Song is the turning point for Adam; he no longer

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cares.[51] Manson described it as sarcastic and nihilistic:


its like 'We have no future and we don't give a fuck'".[51]
Kerrang! described it as one of the albums heaviest
songs.[46]

Pops.[71] On October 27, the band launched their worldwide Guns, God and Government Tour.[57][72] Video
footage and photographs from shows at the Minneapolis
Orpheum Theatre and the Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
In Lamb of God Manson uses the examples of the as- (showing them performing Disposable Teens and The
Song) were posted on the bands website Novemsassinations of Jesus Christ, JFK and John Lennon to crit- Fight [73]
ber
2.
icize his accusers, illuminating their hunger for venerating dead people as martyrs and superstars and for turning From November 1 to November 13, the UK division of
tragedy into televised spectacle.[4][53] The bridge para- Nothing/Interscope Records held a contest to promote the
phrases the chorus of "Across the Universe".[29] Man- album and launch the UK version of the bands website.
son notes that although John Lennon sang nothings go- The contest invited fans to log onto the site daily to pick
ing to change my world, "[Lennons killer] Mark David up a series of coded clues which led to a message linked
Chapman came along and proved him very wrong. That to the album. Fans who solved the riddle received an exwas always something, growing up, that was very sad and clusive download, and were entered into a drawing for
tragic to mea song that I always identied with.[29] a one-week trip for two to meet Manson in Hollywood,
Burning Flag is a heavy-metal song reminiscent of California.[74]
American industrial-metal band Ministry.[46] Lennons In mid-2001, Universal Music Group was criticized for
"Working Class Hero" was covered between the bands airing commercials promoting the album on MTV's Total
August 30, 2000 appearance at the Kerrang! Awards and Request Live.[75] Manson suspected that Senator and
the November 14 launch of the album.[29][65][67] Describ- former Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joseph
ing Lennons idealism and inuence, Manson said some Lieberman played a role in the criticism.[75] Lieberof Lennons Communist sentiments in his music later in man had recently introduced the Media Marketing Achis life were very dangerous. I think he died because of countability Act (banning the marketing of violent and
it. I don't think his death was any sort of accident. Aside sexually-explicit media to minors) in Congress.[76][77]
from that, I think hes one of my favorite songwriters of The proposed legislation stemmed from a Federal Trade
all time.[65]
Commission investigation he and Senators Sam Brownback and Orrin Hatch requested from US President
Bill Clinton at the May 4, 1999 Senate Commit3.4.5 Promotion
tee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearentertainment-industry marketing practices to
Promotion began on June 9, 1999, with a web update that ing on [23][24][78][79]
minors.
Manson was composing for a new album in tandem with
a screenplay.[31][68] On December 16 he posted a fourminute video clip and written statement, elaborating on
the upcoming albums themes and featuring excerpts of 3.4.6 Release
the band performing two new songs.[38] The rst cut was
a rock song which later became Disposable Teens, and This is the nal piece of a triptych that I began with Anthe second was a rough demo cover of the ballad Little tichrist Superstar. The character of Omga [from MeChild known as Mommy Dear.[38] Manson described chanical Animals] has been disposed of, as he was a ruse
the album as the most violent yet beautiful creation we to lure the commercial mall-goers into the web of destruchave accomplished. This is a soundtrack for a world tion that I've always planned since the beginning.
that is being sold to kids and then being destroyed by Marilyn Manson[31]
them. But maybe thats exactly what it deserves.[31][38]
On February 29, 2000, Manson conrmed that the album
An acoustic version of Sick City, from Charles Man[26]
sons 1970 album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult, later was on track for a fall 2000 release. On August 2, the
appeared on February 14, 2000;[69] however, this song singer announced a new release date of October 24 and
was not intended to be included in the upcoming album posted a draft of the track listing. Manson then began
posting weekly updates on the website, giving fans free
or the Holy Wood feature lm.[69]
access to previews of new songs and artwork.[80] On AuOn April 12, 2000 Manson wrote that they were complet- gust 25, the track listing was released.[36]
ing the nal stages of recording and posted a downloadable, silent movie documenting the process.[45] This was On September 18, Manson announced that the albums
followed on August 9 with a posting of the Holy Wood US release was postponed to November 14 (to ne-tune
mix) and its rst single would be Disposable
novel cover and a sound clip of The Love Song the the nal[29][52][81]
The album was released on November
Teens.
[70]
following day. On August 25 he released three tracks
13,
2000
in
the
UK
and on December 5 in Japan by Noth(Burning Flag, Cruci-Fiction in Space and The Love
[82]
ing
and
Interscope
Records.
[36]
ManSong) for digital download on their website.
son traveled to the UK to perform Disposable Teens on On the evening of November 14, 2000, Manson,
the October 12, 2000 episode of BBC One's Top of the Ramirez, and John 5 took a break from the tour to cele-

3.4. ''HOLY WOOD (IN THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH)''


brate the album with a brief invitation-only acoustic set at
the Saci nightclub in New York City. Tickets were given
out in radio contests, on the bands website and to the rst
100 album buyers at Tower Records on Broadway in New
York. The set consisted of four songs, including a cover
of John Lennons Working Class Hero and "Suicide Is
Painless", theme of the lm (and TV series) M*A*S*H.
Manson noted that the latter song "[was] far more depressing than anything I could have ever written.[67][83]
The following day, he appeared on Total Request Live in a
segment entitled Mothers Against Marilyn Manson.[83]
The band performed Disposable Teens on MTVs New
Years Eve celebration (with a cover of Cheap Trick's
"Surrender") and on January 8, 2001 at the American
Music Awards.[84][85]

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The third single was released on September 3, 2001 in the


UK and October 6, 2001 in the US.[101][102] A remixed
version of the song later appeared in the 2001 Johnny
Depp lm From Hell.[103]
Cover and packaging
The albums artwork was designed by P. R. Brown and
Marilyn Manson.[46] Manson began conceptualizing it as
he wrote the songs, and Brown and Manson worked in
tandem to realize the imagery after deciding to do the
work themselves.[46] It features elements from alchemy
and the tarot.[46]

The symbol for the planet Mercury (common in alchemy)


is a logo. Expanding on its relationship to the albums
concept, Manson said It represents both the androgyne
Singles
and the prima materia, which has been associated with
[36]
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) Adam, the rst man.
spawned three singles, the rst two of which were The singer commissioned a redesigned set of fourreleased in three versions.
The rst, Dispos- teen Major Arcana tarot cards, based on the Riderable Teens, debuted as a music video (directed by Waite deck.[49] He explained that his interest in tarot
Samuel Bayer)[74][86] on Total Request Live October 25, was grounded in an attraction to its symbolism, not
2000.[74][86] During the following weeks, it was released divination.[49] The cards depict each member of the band
as two standalone single EPs. The rst version, Dis- in a surrealistic tableau.[49] Each card was reinterpreted,
posable Teens Pt.1, was released on November 6 in reecting the iconography of the album;[46] the Emperor,
the UK[74][87] and features Mansons cover of Working with prosthetic legs, is sitting in a wheelchair clutching a
Class Hero.[88] It was rereleased as a maxi single in the rie in front of an American ag; the Fool is stepping o
UK on August 21, 2002.[89] The second version, Dis- a cli, with grainy images of Jacqueline Kennedy Onasposable Teens Pt.2, followed on November 14, 2000 and sis and a JFK campaign poster in the background, and
features a cover of "Five to One" by The Doors.[90] This Justice weighs the Bible against the brain on his balance
version was released in the UK as a maxi single on Octo- scale.[49] The albums inner sleeve has nine of these cards:
ber 31, 2000 and a 12 picture disc vinyl EP on November the Magician, the Devil, the Emperor, the Hermit, the
6.[91][92]
Fool, Justice, the High Priestess, Death and The Hiero[46][49]
The remaining cards are the Star, the World,
The second single, The Fight Song, was also released phant.
the
Tower
and
the Hanged Man.[49]
in three versions. The rst, The Fight Song Pt.1, was
released on January 29, 2001 in the US and February
19 in the UK;[93][94] the latter was a 12 picture disc
vinyl EP.[95] Both feature a remix by Joey Jordison of
the heavy metal band Slipknot.[94][96] The second version, The Fight Song Pt.2, was released on February
2, 2001 in the US and March 6 in the UK.[97][98] The
music video was directed by W.I.Z., and sparked controversy for its violent depiction of a football game between jocks and goths (which some thought exploited the
Columbine tragedy).[85][93] Manson dismissed the claims
as hype: "Flak is my job.[94]
On February 10, 2001 Manson indicated that the The
Nobodies would be the albums third single.[99][100] The
music video, directed by Paul Fedor, premiered on MTV
in June.[75] Manson originally wanted to lm the video in
Russia because the atmosphere, the desolation, the coldness and the architecture would really suit the song.[99]
Another early plan was to incorporate the MTV stunt series Jackass, because the song was included in the shows
soundtrack;[75] however, the idea was abandoned when
the show drew the ire of Senator Joseph Lieberman.[75]

The cover art, which portrays Manson as a crucied


Christ with his jawbone torn o, is intended as a criticism of censorship and Americas obsession with media
martyrs.[29] It is a cropped version of the reinterpreted
Hanged Man card.[46] Under it is an obscured copy of
the coroners report for John F. Kennedy with the words
clinical record and autopsy.[104] The Marilyn Manson
typeface uses the same font as the Disney World logo of
the 1960s.[51] Manson explained the cover: I think its
more oensive to Christians for me to say, 'I believe in
the story of Christ and I enjoy the images that you present,
but for dierent reasons than you'. I've taken my own interpretation, thats more oensive than Antichrist Superstar, and just completely disvaluing it. I'm going to turn
a bunch of kids onto Christianity in my own sick, twisted
way.[51]
The cover was controversial; some copies were issued
with a cardboard sleeve featuring an alternative cover,
since some retailers refused to stock the album with the
original artwork.[66][105] A pastor in Memphis, Tennessee
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pulled from shelves.[59] Manson described these actions


as attempts at censorship: the irony is that my point of
the photo on the album was to show people that the crucixion of Christ is, indeed, a violent image. My jaw
is missing as a symbol of this very kind of censorship.
This doesn't piss me o as much as it pleases me, because those oended by my album cover have successfully proven my point.[4][105] Gigwise ranked the cover
16th on its list of The 50 Most Controversial Album
Covers Of All Time!"[106]

Formats
Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) was
released in three formats. The standard jewel-case CD
release has an enhanced CD, a gatefold booklet and a
card-stock outer slipcase.[35] The UK limited-edition CD
features a bonus acoustic version of The Nobodies,
while the Japanese limited-edition CD has the UK bonus
track and a live version of Mechanical Animals.[107]
Universal Music Japan released a remastered version of
the album in Super-High-Material CD (SHM-CD) on December 3, 2008 and a limited-edition 10th-anniversary
commemorative reissue in 2010.[108][109][110] The vinyl
LP release was pressed on two black discs and contained
in a gatefold paperboard slipcase.[111] The cassette release
contained a single cassette tape, a gatefold booklet and a
card-stock outer slipcase.[112] Amazon.com has oered a
digital MP3 version since November 14, 2000.[113]

3.4.7

Reception

From critics
Holy Wood received positive reviews from most
critics.[122] At Metacritic (which assigns a normalized
rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics)
the album received an average score of 72 based on 14
reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[122]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised it as the
denitive Marilyn Manson album, since its tuneful and
abrasive. He complimented the band for gur[ing]
out [how] to meld the hooks and subtle sonic shading of
Mechanical Animals with the ugly, neo-industrial metallicisms of Antichrist [Superstar]", and said that much
of its charm lies in Manson trying so hard, perfecting
details ... theres so much eort, Holy Wood winds up a
stronger and more consistent album than any of his other
work. If theres any problem, its that Mansons shock
rock seems a little quaint in 2000 ...[However,] its to
Warners [frontman Marilyn Manson] credit as, yes, an
artist that Holy Wood works anyway.[115]
Barry Walters of Rolling Stone said, The band truly
rocks: Its malevolent groove eshes out its leaders
usual complaints with an exhilarating swagger thats the
essence of rock and roll.[2] LA Weekly was similarly im-

pressed, pointing out that almost all [the songs] contain a double-take chord change or a textural overdose or a mind-blowing bridge, and they'll be terroristic in concert.[123] Revolver magazine editor Christopher
Scapelliti was impressed by the records earnestness: For
all Holy Woods well-tempered melodies and drunken
pandemonium, what comes across loudest on the album
is not the music but the sense of injury expressed in Mansons lyrics. Like Plastic Ono Band, John Lennons bareboned solo debut, Holy Wood screams with a primal fury
thats evident even in its quietest moments.[34] According to Billboard magazine, the album proved that Manson
is one of the most skilled lyricists in rock today.[123]
Other critics were less impressed. Drowned in Sound
(which assigns a normalized rating out of 10) gave the
album a score of 10; however, they noted There [are] a
number of criticisms that could come Marilyn Mansons
way: too much more of the same, too much philosophical posing, too much sloganeering. Regardless, all this
needs to attain perfection is a few minutes shaved o of
the overall running time ...[and] lyrically it actually says
something intelligent for once and musically it has a lot
more variation and scope than the Limp Bizkits of the
world.[121] PopMatters agreed: The central aw of Holy
Wood is that the power of its message, an important and
provocative one, is watered down by its artistic pretensions. While Holy Wood is often aecting, it would be
a better album if it was shorter and dealt with its subject
matter directly, instead of through the veil of the 'concept
album'.[53] Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times was
also disappointed that Holy Wood did not live up to the
promise of Mechanical Animals". In contrast to Erlewine
of Allmusic, he viewed the musical cross-pollination of
Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals as confusion on the bands part about where to turn [musically],
as if uncertain which is the right move commercially in
a rock world taken over by Limp Bizkit and Eminem".
He concluded that "[t]his is music that sounds reasonable
on the radio but crumbles under scrutiny.[124] Joshua
Klein of The A.V. Club was also unconvinced, remarking that "[this] sort of agitprop is thoroughly predictable,
and the only thing that could prove shocking about Mansons antics would be if the singer actually evinced any
power over his followers. Here, he seems entranced by his
own power, which may be why his dark worldview sounds
baseless even as he oers sharp hooks others would kill
for.[125]

Sales
Since early critical appraisal of Holy Wood was far less
favorable than the bands previous eort, Mechanical Animals, many critics and retailers wondered if the band
still had commercial appeal on the early-2000s music
scene. Best Buy's 2000 sales projections estimated its
rst-week sales at about 150,000 units nationally, significantly less than the 223,000 units sold by Mechanical

3.4. ''HOLY WOOD (IN THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH)''


Animals during its rst week.[126] In the US the album
debuted (and peaked) at No. 13 on the Billboard 200
with rst-week sales of 117,000, an initial commercial
disappointment.[127]
The album spent 13 consecutive weeks on the charts
before dropping o on March 3, 2001, making it the
shortest-charting full-length LP by the band until The
High End of Low (2009).[128] It was overshadowed by Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals (which spent
52 and 33 weeks on the charts, respectively).[128] The albums sales gures were dismal, and it took three years
to attain a gold certication from the RIAA (in March
2003) for shipments of over 500,000 units.[129] However,
in four other countries (Australia, Austria, Italy and Sweden) the album peaked in the top 10;[130] in the UK, it
peaked at No. 23.[131] As of 2011 the album has sold
over nine million copies worldwide, making it one of the
most successful in the bands catalogue.[132]
Seventeen months after Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the
Valley of Death)'s release, Manson commented on the albums lackluster US sales.[133] He attributed the lack of
commercial appeal to the musical climate of the time, but
argued that it stood up comparatively well to contemporary rock albums.[133] Manson noted that the bands US
sales gures are usually one or two million records, and
did not nd the sales gures disappointing.[133]
Accolades
In 2001 Kerrang! named Holy Wood the years best
album at their annual Kerrang! Awards.[134] Manson
sardonically remarked, "[there is] nothing like a good
school shooting to inspire a record when he collected the
award.[135]
Kerrang! ranked Holy Wood ninth on their 2000 list
of albums of the year.[136] The British magazine NME
ranked the album 34th in their critics picks for the 50
best albums of 2000 in their Decade In Music series,
calling it a series of heroic rallying cries for the disenfranchised, while also baiting the American Far Right for
all its worth.[137] The album ranked 30th in the Critics
Top 50[138] and 9th in the popular poll[139] of the German magazine Musik Express/Sounds in their 2000 Albums of the Year. The French edition of the British magazine Rock Sound ranked Holy Wood 15th in Le choix de
la rdaction (the editors choice) and 5th in Le choix des
lecteurs (readers choice) of their Choix des critiques (critics choice) of 2000 Albums of the Year.[140] The British
magazine Record Collector also ranked the album on their
Best of 2000 list.[141]

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hour. Set against the backdrop of what the rest of the


rock and metal world were attempting at the turn of the
centuryLimp Bizkit were parading their jockishness
with Chocolate Starsh And The Hot Dog Flavored Water
and Disturbed were unveiling their contrived anger with
The Sickness, for exampleit put the singer into a league
of his own ...[and] a decade on, there has still not been
as eloquent and savage a musical attack on the media and
mainstream culture as Manson achieved with Holy Wood
...[It is] still scathingly relevant today ... perhaps thats
where Holy Wood achieved its greatest success. In deecting the attention that was targeted at him back onto
the media, they reacted exactly as he knew they would:
by blustering and further exposing their own inadequacies ... The shame of it all, though, is that so little has
changed. That the album is still so relevant today suggests it failed in its task of changing attitudes. That it
exists at all, though, is a credit to a man who refused to
sit and take it, but instead come out swinging.[4]

3.4.8 Guns, God and Government Tour


Main article: Guns, God and Government Tour
To promote the album, the band began a worldwide stadium tour (the Guns, God and Government Tour) three
days after its scheduled release date and seventeen days
before its actual launch.[57][72] From October 27, 2000
to September 2, 2001, the tour had six legs spanning
Eurasia, Japan and North America with 107 shows (out
of 109 planned).[57] Typical of the band, the concerts
were theatrical[72] and lasted an average of one hour and
forty minutes. Sets were designed with communist, religious and Celebritarian imagery.[142] Manson had a
number of costume changes during each show: a bishops
dalmatic and mitre (often confused with papal regalia); a
costume made from animals (including epaulettes made
from a horses tail and a shirt made from skinned goat
heads and ostrich spines); his signature black leather
corset, g-string and garter stockings; an elaborate Roman
legionary-style imperial galea; an Allgemeine SS-style
peaked police cap; a black-and-white fur coat, and a large
conical skirt which lifted him 12 metres (39 ft) in the
air.[72][143][144]

The Ozzfest leg marked the bands rst performance


in Denver, Colorado (on June 22, 2001 at Mile High
Stadium) after the Columbine High School massacre in
Littleton.[145] After initially canceling due to a scheduling
conict, the band changed their plans to play the Denver
date.[145] The groups decision met resistance from conservative groups; Manson received death threats and demands to skip the date.[146][147] A group of church leaders
and families related to Columbine formed an organizaLegacy
tion opposing the show, Citizens for Peace and Respect,
In their November 10, 2010 issue Kerrang! published which was supported by Colorado governor Bill Owens
a 10th-anniversary commemorative article on the album, and representative Tom Tancredo. On their website, the
Screaming For Vengeance,[4] calling it Mansons nest ad hoc group claimed that the band promotes hate, vi-

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olence, death, suicide, drug use, and the attitudes and


actions of the Columbine killers.[145][148] In response,
Manson issued a statement:
I am truly amazed that after all this time,
religious groups still need to attack entertainment and use these tragedies as a pitiful excuse for their own self-serving publicity. In response to their protests, I will provide a show
where I balance my songs with a wholesome
Bible reading. This way, fans will not only hear
my so-called, 'violent' point of view, but we can
also examine the virtues of wonderful 'Christian' stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrice. Now that seems like
'entertainment' to me.[149]
Two lms of the concert tour were made. The Guns,
God and Government DVD, released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on October 29, 2002, featured live concert
footage from performances in Los Angeles, Europe and
Japan.[150][151] It also included a 30-minute behind-thescenes featurette, The Death Parade, with guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Eminem.[151] Seven years
later, it was followed by Guns, God and Government
Live in L.A. Released on Blu-ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment (a division of Eagle Records) on November 17,
2009, it depicts the entire sixteen-song set of the nal
show of the tour the Los Angeles performance.[152][153]

3.4.9

Track listing

All lyrics written by Manson[35][115] .


Notes
The disc contains a data track leading to a video no
longer hosted by Interscopes website,[35] but later
included as a secret track on the companion DVD
of Lest We Forget.[154]

3.4.10

Charts and certications

Singles

3.4.11

Credits and personnel

3.4.12

References

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of Time, titled The Monsters Next Door, along with their
victims. The killers pictures are colored and superimposed over their victims school photos, which are noticeably smaller, and in black and white.[62] They appeared
again on Time's December 20, 1999, cover, titled The

Columbine Tapes. This time the picture depicts only the


killerswith their weaponsin a screenshot taken from
the schools surveillance camera of the cafeteria during the
rampage.[63]

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External links

Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)


at Interscope Records

3.5 ''The
Golden
Grotesque''

Age

of

The Golden Age of Grotesque is the fth studio album


by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released in
May 2003 by Nothing and Interscope Records. It was
the bands last album recorded as a ve-piece before
John 5 left the group in 2004. The album is marked
by a thematic preoccupation with Degenerate art (Entartete Kunst). Limited edition units included a DVD titled Doppelherz (Double-heart), a surrealist short lm directed by Manson.
Album logo.
It was revealed in a 2007 edition of the British rock magazine Kerrang! that The Golden Age of Grotesque was
intended to be Marilyn Mansons departure from music. In a November 2001 post on MarilynManson.com's mesThe album has received mixed to positive reviews from sage board, Manson stated that the bands fth studio
mainstream music critics; positive reviews praised the al- album would be very much guitar driven, in spite of
bums production, while critics focused on its lack of orig- previous claims that it would be beat-oriented. He also
inality.
revealed that he had been working on a remix of "The
The album was certied gold in Australia, Austria, Fight Song" with Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, and
France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. It spawned that he was collaborating with Tim Skld on an original
two singles ("This Is the New Shit" and "mOBSCENE"). score for the forthcoming Resident Evil movie. On May
The band supported the album with the Grotesk Burlesk 29, 2002, Skld became an ocial band member when
Tour, and the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Twiggy Ramirez amicably left the group, citing creative
dierences.[4]
200.

3.5.1

Production and development

Most of the songwriting eort on The Golden Age of


Grotesque was shared between Tim Skld, John 5 and
Marilyn Manson. Instrumentally, the album is more beatdriven and electronic than previous releases, with several
reviewers commenting that its sound is at times reminiscent of KMFDM which is likely attributable to Skld,
as he was a member of KMFDM immediately prior to
his arrival in Marilyn Manson. In a January 2008 interview with The Heirophant, Manson revealed that the majority of the albums keyboard and synthesizer work was
performed by him, and not the bands then-keyboardist,
Madonna Wayne Gacy. Gacy, according to Manson, had
displayed little to no interest in contributing creatively
during early stages of the albums development, eventually detaching himself from the band to such a degree
that he refused to attend studio sessions when informed
by management of the bands intentions to begin recording in June 2002.[5] As a result, Manson received musical
composition credits for eleven of the fteen tracks found
on the record, in addition to his usual lyrical credits.

In May 2002, Manson began his long-term collaboration with the Austrian-Irish artist Gottfried Helnwein by
working on the album artwork and various other projects,
A photograph, from a set of four, created in 2003 by Gottfried
including several exhibitions, as well as the artwork which
Helnwein.
accompanied Mansons essay for The Rock and Roll Hall

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of Fame and Museum.[6] Helnwein later expressed disap- icon, Mickey Mouse (Manson posed as Mickey Mouse
pointment that this image was not selected as the album throughout the albums publicity.) Lyrically, this album
cover.[7]
is full of historical and pop references, much like Holy
Three months prior to album release, The Mechanism of Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). ReferDesire, a two-minute videoclip, was uploaded to Mari- ences include Peter Pan, Adolf Hitler, and Oscar Wilde.
lynManson.com on February 14, 2003, as an ocial in- As in many of his other works, he frequently makes use of
troduction to The Golden Age of Grotesque era.[8] It de- word play, puns and double entendres, coining words like
picted the band in their new attire, consisting of suits gloominati, scabaret sacrilegends, vivi-sex symbol,
cocaingels, mOBSCENE, vodevil and para-noir.
resembling those of Nazi military bandsmen during the
Second World War, accompanied by clips of Mansons
then-girlfriend Dita Von Teese and close-ups of Mansons
face. The video was accompanied by a soundtrack in 3.5.2 Promotion
which a speech by Alfred Hitchcock can be heard, followed by the audio of Baboon Rape Party. The video On May 12, 2003, a unique launch party took place at
The Key Club in Los Angeles, to celebrate the albums
is no longer available on Mansons ocial website.
release. On May 16, 2003, Marilyn Manson appeared
Limited edition units of the album included a DVD ti- on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing mOBSCENE and
tled Doppelherz (Double-heart), a 25-minute surrealist This Is the New Shit to an audience of eager fans. A
short lm directed by Manson which features art direc- lm called A Grotesque Evening with Marilyn Manson
tion by Helnwein, further extending on themes found on was released in Spain to promote the album.
The Mechanism of Desire.[9] The video was accompanied
with a stream of consciousness spoken word recording of Two singles were released from the album,
Manson from a year prior, in 2002, juxtaposed against "mOBSCENE" and "This Is the New Shit", the
an audio loop of Thaeter. This pressing of the album former topping the charts in Belgium and peaking within
is now out of print, and the lm has yet to see standalone the top 10 in a dozen other countries. A controversial
music video was independently produced for the song
release.
"(s)AINT". Directed by Asia Argento and containing
scenes of violence, nudity, masturbation, drug-use
and self-mutilation, Interscope Records refused to be
Concept and themes
associated with the work and blocked any possibility
of a conventional release, cancelling plans to release
Imagination is a necessity, and I don't think its sort of "(s)AINT as the albums third single. A limited run of
bad. I can dream up some image like I did with Helnwein, DVDs were briey available to purchase on the bands
and they're bad, they're forbidden, but I can take an im- ocial website, and it was later included on international
age thats far worse, thats on CNN and its reality. So we editions of the Lest We Forget: The Best Of bonus
can't get censored. Its the real world. But thats a bad DVD.
message to send to kids growing up, I think.
Marilyn Manson[10]
Incorporating themes from the 1930s, specically the
Weimar Republic era of pre-Nazi Germany,[11] the albums musical and visual themes were primarily drawn
from Mel Gordons 2000 book Voluptuous Panic: The
Erotic World of Weimar Berlin. Concerned that Gordon
might take issue with use of the books material, Manson called Gordon, who said he couldn't imagine a greater
compliment than a popular music album based on an academic book.[12] The album artwork is also inuenced by
the illustrations found in Voluptuous Panic.

3.5.3 Grotesk Burlesk Tour


Main article: Grotesk Burlesk Tour
Grotesk Burlesk was the ninth tour Marilyn Manson
embarked on under management of major record label
Interscope Records. Beginning on April 11, 2003, and
lasting until January 3, 2004, the tour included eight legs,
spanning Eurasia, Japan and North America, with a total
of 105 completed shows out of the 109 planned.[14]

Much of the elaborate attire and clothing worn by Manson


fashion designer and
The Golden Age of Grotesque follows the evolution of on the tour was tailored by French[15][16]
grand
couturier
Jean-Paul
Gaultier.
Manson himself (Thaeter) through to Obsequey (The
Death of Art)", or art into a product. The album takes The stage was designed to resemble that of the classic
on dual-layer storylines, rst as a punk rock balladeer vaudeville and burlesque stage shows of the 1930s, a
spouting the notion of living life to the fullest with the prevalent motif found in the album itself. Encompassing
presumption that there is no future.[13] The second story- this theme most notably were two live dancers dressed in
line takes a parody to the idea that living life to the fullest vintage burlesque costume who would be present on stage
has led us into a nihilistic stupidity, hence the rebel to for most of the show, they danced for mOBSCENE and
sell references within "The Bright Young Things" and the Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", and performed pitransformation into a commercially acceptable happy ano for The Golden Age of Grotesque and oor toms

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Performing live in 2003.

for Doll-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag. They also appeared during performances of Para-noir. Dressed as
if they were conjoined, they accompanied Manson as he
was elevated some 12 metre (39 ft) above the stage, much
like during performances of Cruci-Fiction in Space on
the Guns, God and Government tour. The stage also
utilized a series of platforms. Manson would sing at a
podium for performances of "The Fight Song", donning
blackface while wearing an Allgemeine SS-style peaked
police cap or, alternatively, Mickey Mouse ears. During
performances of "The Dope Show", Manson would wear
elongated arms designed by Rudy Coby, which he would
swing in a marching manner as he walked along the stage.
At the end of each performance of The Golden Age of
Grotesque, Manson played saxophonea rare instance
of the vocalist playing a live instrument in concert.

3.5.4

Reception

Critical reception
Critical response to The Golden Age of Grotesque was
mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating
out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album
has received an average score of 60, indicating mixed or
average reviews, based on 12 publications.[17] Although
ending up in many critics 'best of' lists for 2003, other
critics consider this Mansons weakest album, arguing
that it lacks originality and thoughtful lyrics compared to
its predecessors.
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the albums production,[17] with Q magazine stating
that "Grotesque rocks like a bastard,[25] along with
Alternative Press who commented that the army of noise
behind his bitterness is at once massive and impressive, awarding the album an 8/10 score.[19] Stephen
Thomas Erlewine, in an overwhelmingly positive review
for AllMusic, praised the albums thudding metallic
grind, describing it as light and nimble, even though
its drenched in distortion and screams. Erlewine also
opined that "[...] in an era when heavy rockers have no
idea what happened in the '80s, much less the '30s, its
hard not to warm to this, even if his music isn't your
own personal bag, before summarizing that unlike in
the past, Manson isn't taking himself so seriously. It all
adds up to a very good albummaybe not his best, and
certainly not one that will attract the most attention, but
its a hell of a lot grander than what his peers are producing, and holds its own with his previous records. Its also
a bit more fun, too, and that counts for a lot.[18] Barry
Walters of Rolling Stone commented that Marilyn Manson really should be sucking by now. Whats surprising is
that theres still so much life in what Manson is rehashing.
[...] The album loses momentum as the songs slow and
dull down, but the rst half of Grotesque shines brighter
than it should.[26]

Commercial performance
In the United States, The Golden Age of Grotesque was
met with modest commercial success. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, with
118,000 copies sold its rst week just 1,000 more
than the opening week sales tally of previous album Holy
Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), which debuted at No. 13 and was the lowest selling No. 1 debut
of the year.[27] As of November 2008, the album had sold
526,000 copies in the U.S.,[28] but has yet to be accredited
with a certication from the RIAA. On its second week
of release, the album reached No. 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[29]
In contrast, the album was, by far, Mansons most successful release in Europe, peaking within the top ve in
most of the major European markets. The set reached
No. 1 in ve countries Austria, Belgium (Wallonia),
Germany, Italy and Switzerland while also reaching
the top ve in Belgium (Flanders), France, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.[30][31] In France,
where the set peaked at No. 2, the album was awarded a
gold certication from the Syndicat National de l'dition
Phonographique for shipments of over 100,000 units.[32]
The album has sold over 120,000 copies in the region.[33]
The album received a gold certication from Germanys
BVMI under previous criteria which awarded gold certications to albums that shipped in excess of 250,000 units,
as opposed to the current level of 100,000 units.[34] The
set also attained gold status in Austria,[35] Switzerland[36]
and the UK,[37] indicating shipments of 10,000, 20,000

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& 100,000 units respectively.

[12] The RU Sirius Show Show #49: The Hipster Whores


of Weimar Germany: Mel Gordon pt. 2. Rusiriusradio.com. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2011-12-08.

In Australia and New Zealand, The Golden Age of


Grotesque debuted at No. 5 and No. 16 on the ocial
charts, respectively.[30][38] The album was certied gold [13] Marilyn Manson. Iomusic News. Retrieved 2008-0125.
in Australia by the ARIA, indicating shipments of 35,000
units.[39]
[14] Grotesk Burlesk (tour)". Retrieved 2011-08-25.

3.5.5

[15] For The Record: Quick News On Marilyn Manson And


Jean Paul Gaultier, Bone Crusher, Cam'ron, Pearl Jam,
Jimi Hendrix & More. MTV News. 2003-04-28. Retrieved 2011-03-12.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Manson.

3.5.6

[16] Fashion Rocks Red Carpet. Style Magazine. Archived


from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2011-03-12.

Charts and certications

[17] Marilyn Manson - The Golden Age Of Grotesque.


Metacritic. Retrieved September 3, 2013.

Chart procession and succession

[18] Allmusic Review Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-02-10.

Singles

3.5.7

Release history

3.5.8

Credits and personnel

3.5.9

References

[19] Alternative Press. Jul 2003 issue. p. 117. Check date


values in: |date= (help)
[20] BBC Music Review BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
[21] Price, Dale (2003-05-20). Drowned In Sound Review.
Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2011-03-12.

[1] Marilyn Manson - The Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC


- July 11, 2003. Exclaim!
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of Grotesque (2003)". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved
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SHOWERS
AND
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MarilynManson.com. Marilyn Manson.
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DANCE.
November

[5] Marilyn Manson les countersuit against ex-bandmate


Stephen Bier. SIDE-LINE.com. December 25, 2007.
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[22] Greer, Jim (May 16, 2003). The Golden Age Of Grotesque
Review. Entertainment Weekly. p. 72. Retrieved 201203-14.
[23] Mojo. Jun 2003 issue. p. 100. Check date values in:
|date= (help)
[24] Hreha, Scott (2003-08-26). Marilyn Manson: The
Golden Age of Grotesque. popmatters.com. Retrieved
2013-09-06.
[25] Q magazine. June 2003 issue. p. 103. Check date values
in: |date= (help)
[26] Walter, Barry (2003-05-06). Rolling Stone Review.
RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
[27] Manson Golden at Number One RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2011-02-10.

[6] Marilyn Manson Shocking New Images Revealed. Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group (941). 2003-02-08.

[28] Grein, Paul. The 25 Worst-Selling #1 Albums Yahoo!


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[7] Helnwein, Gottfried (2003-09-01). Album Covers That


Never Were. Gottfried Helnwein. Retrieved 2011-0502.

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September 11 and Kittens?". Kerrang!. Bauer Media
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[31] Discography Marilyn Manson. Hung Medien. Retrieved
2011-02-03.
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[35] Gold/Platin Datenbank sterreichischen. IFPI.at. Retrieved 2008-07-02.


[36] The Ocial Swiss Charts & Music Community. SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
[37] BPI - Statistics - Certied Awards - Search BPI.co.uk.
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3.6 ''Eat Me, Drink Me''


Eat Me, Drink Me is the sixth full-length studio album
by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released
on June 5, 2007 through Interscope Records. It was
recorded in a rented home-recording studio in Hollywood
by lead vocalist Marilyn Manson and guitarist and bassist
Tim Skld. The album was produced by Manson and
Skld, and mixed by Sean Beavan. Upon release it was
met with positive reviews from mainstream music critics.
It is the bands rst album not to be recorded as a vepiece as John 5 departed from the group in 2004. Instead
of replacing 5, Tim Skold remained with bass and played
guitar, and the band continued as a four-piece.
Manson has stated that he sang most of the album lying
down on the studio oor with his hands cupping the studio
microphone, resulting in a very distinctive vocal sound.
Of Sklds compositions a further two are said to have
been turned into fully-edged songs with lyrics, music
and vocals completed but were not put onto album for
fear of making it overwrought.[3]

Hand)" and "Putting Holes in Happiness"). The band supported the album with the Rape of the World Tour. The
album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.

3.6.1 Development and recording


After spending time around the end of the Grotesk
Burlesk Tour in severe depression and contemplating his
permanent departure from the music industry, Manson
had a change of heart and recorded a duet of Don't You
Want Me with Shirley Manson. This was originally intended to support the forthcoming 'best of' release but
was felt by both artists not to live up to their standards
and has yet to see release.
Lest We Forget was released on September 28, 2004. It
was referred to by the singer as his farewell album;
however, he insisted that it would not be the nal Marilyn Manson album. After the release of the single
"Personal Jesus", the band made a number of promotional appearances. Lest We Forget was certied Gold in
2005. When promotion for Lest We Forget concluded the
band returned to the studio and recorded eight embryonic
songssome of which had vocals, and one notably a tribute to Andy Warhol. It was supported by the Against All
Gods Tour. The tour was marked by one release, a 2005
EP of "The Nobodies" featuring a new mix of the song
(by Chris Vrenna) and other remixes.
Manson began his recording sessions on the album
in November 2005 but was focused on his lm
Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, the process of opening an art gallery and personal troubles relating to his marriage. It was after opening the gallery,
the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art on
Halloween night of 2006, that Manson really began his
contribution as a singer by working out melodies and
structures around Sklds already existing compositions,
writing lyrics quickly and usually recording on the same
day.[3] One result of this is that the album features six guitar solos from Skld (comprising 3 minutes, 39 seconds
of the album in total) and many other guitar moments
while bass and keyboardsboth played also by Skld
feature much less than on a usual Marilyn Manson release. Manson explained that "[he] was writing in the way
you would write a diary and as a result thinks that the
record was written from a more mature musical point of
view.[4]

It has been stated that there were originally around 20 embryonic songs, all written by Skld, two of which (that did
not make the album) Manson considered complete with
lyrics and vocals. Manson stated that he had a dicult
time cutting some of them, but felt he had to in order
to prevent the album from being diluted. On May 31,
The album was the last Marilyn Manson album to fea- the entire album was uploaded for streaming on Marilyn
ture band member Tim Skld, and spawned two sin- Mansons MySpace page, ve days prior to its American
gles ("Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the release.

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Concept and themes

The Vampire, whom Manson personied during Eat Me,


Drink Me, in one regard is an inversion of the mythology
of Christ. Both entities rise from the dead but as Christ
This record is denitely so crucial to my life. I think this
oers his body and blood for his disciples to feast upon
record shows a human side of me, shows a vulnerable side
in communion with him, the vampire as contrary to this,
of me, which is linked to Lewis Carroll. [...] it is like the
devours the esh and blood of his victims in order to make
Christ's mythology with the vampires' mythology.
them one with him.[8]
[5]
Marilyn Manson on the albums concept.
Manson probably needed something to shake up his
music, which started to become comfortably predictable
in the wake of his popular/creative peak of Mechanical
Animals, but the stab at soul-baring on Eat Me might not
have been the way to do it. But Manson is such a true believer in rock & roll mythos that hes wound up embracing
the clich of the post-divorce confessional album, peppering this album with songs about broken relationships
and new love.[6] Personal songs are unusual for Manson, but that doesn't mean hes abandoned his tendency
to write about grand concepts. The dierence is that this
time around, Manson himself is the grand concept which
may give him a lyrical hook, but not a musical one. On
a sonic level, this is a bit of Manson-by-numbers, but
it feels as if his usual murky menace has lifted, with the
music sounding clearer, less aected, and obtuse, while
still retaining much of its gothic romanticism and churning heaviness. If anything, Eat Me is a bit too transparent,
as its clean arena rock production makes the album sound
safe, a bit too close to Manson cabaret for comfort, especially when hes penning songs whose very titles feel like
unwitting self-parodies such as If I Was Your Vampire,
You and Me and the Devil Makes 3 and They Said
That Hells Not Hot, or when he lazily spews out profanity as the chorus to Mutilation Is the Most Sincere Form
of Flattery.
The most prevalent literary inuence of the album and
Mansons state of being is that of Lolita by Vladimir
Nabokov, one of the most notorious books of the Twentieth Century. The song Heart-Shaped Glasses is the
most obvious nod to Lolita as according to Manson, Evan
Rachel Wood is also a huge fan of Nabokov and had deliberately worn heart-shaped sunglasses upon meeting for
a tryst when their relationship became romantic.[7]
Connections to the novel are much deeper than simply
the inside joke between Manson and Wood of the obvious age dierence and it should be noted that the heartshaped sunglasses as associated with Lolita appear only
in the promotional poster and cover of Stanley Kubrick's
lm adaptation of the novel, not actually in the movie itself or in Nabokovs novel.[7]
According to Manson, vampirism is just one of the dark
themes running through Eat Me, Drink Me. If I had to do
a record review, I'd say its got a cannibal, consumption,
obsessive, violent-sex, romance angle, but with an upbeat
swing to it. Aside from the obvious Lewis Carroll and
Jesus Christ references, Manson says the albums title was
also inspired by the story of Armin Meiwes, who placed
an ad online for a person consenting to be eaten.

Logos

Logo for the Eat Me, Drink Me era.

In 2007, Eat Me, Drink Me brought with it, for the rst
time in nearly over ten years, a symbol Manson adopted
to represent himself with that did not have an immediate and apparent deeper connotation to the occult, mockfascism or an artistic movement. This logo, later dubbed
the heart-shaped spiral in ocial online store item descriptions, was minimalistically a roughly drawn heart
which spiraled at its center. Manson revealed that it was
an homage to Evan Rachel Wood for inspiring him with
love and creative drive which was the impetus needed to
create the album. He elaborated that as it was tattooed on
his left inner wrist.
The Eat Me, Drink Me eras visuals, was inspired by the
iconography of the 1935 Karl Freund lm Mad Love. As
can be seen within both the album artwork and repeated
on the CD single for Putting Holes in Happiness, we see
a closeup of Mansons eye with a heart as the pupil signifying a romantic and newly inspired Manson with literal
hearts in his eyes. In very close relation to the lm and
artwork of Mad Love, which portrayed an insane and malformed monster of a man who is driven to create his mad
abominations by the love of a woman, Mansons eyes can
be seen to signify this theme likewise in reecting how
Evan inspired his resurgence of creativity needed to compose the album.[9]
Though not particularly esoteric or heavy in symbolism,
the primary Eat Me, Drink Me Marilyn Manson logo were
two blood dripping fang-like Ms to represent the initials
of the band. Fairly self-explanatory in representation, and
included here for the sake of being all-inclusive, the dripping red Ms are nonetheless an iconic logo in themselves

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and work eectively in illustrating the many vampiric explored as well as many subtle allusions to the albums
themes of the album.[9]
inspirations.[8]

3.6.3

Album title

The title, Eat Me, Drink Me, represents a multidimensional group of themes, all of which are relevant to
Celebritarianism.[10] There are prevalent concepts in the
album: Eucharist, also known as the time of Thanksgiving, in which Jesus gave his disciples the instruction to
eat of his esh and drink of his blood. This is precisely
where the concept of Mansons Celebritarianism originates from; that is, in the view presented by Manson of
Christ being the rst celebrity and the crucix being the
rst piece of merchandise, Celebritarianism is the worship of death and celebrity and is thereby, as the word itself implies, the consuming and devouring of celebrity as
taken example from the symbology of the Eucharist.[10]

The album opens with "If I Was Your Vampire", an


industrial-goth song. Quiet ringing guitars are oset by
heavy drums, owing as much musically to the Sisters of
Mercy as it does to Nine Inch Nails. And the lyrics are
as much Bauhaus as Ministry with talk of blood-stained
sheets in the shape of your heart.[12] Majestic would be
another way to describe it, as drenched in irony-deprived
passion, Manson intones Beyond the pale/ Everything is
black/ No turning back.[12]

The lyrical auto-erotica that begins in the lead-o track


(Drive me o the mountain/ Youll burn, Ill eat your
ashes/ Impossible wheels seducing our corpse) continues with the wailing Just a Car Crash Away and the
stand-out Are You the Rabbit?", which harkens back to
the "glammy guitar feel of Mechanical Animals.[12] Are
You the Rabbit?" builds o of Mansons obsession with
Lewis Carroll, while pulling fairy-tale like lyrics o in
Notoriously adopted in popular culture by Jeerson Airstyle with an all-around catchy song and hook.
plane as the rallying cry for the psychedelic generation of
the 60s, as most are familiar with it, the following pas- In what can only be seen as a way to maintain a buzz
sages of Lewis Carroll's creation, Alice in Wonderland are with the generation behind, his very public attachment to
of notable importance as the title Eat Me, Drink Me is Evan Rachel Wood is aunted throughout the peripheral
quite literally taken verbatim from the instructions writ- of this release, from his personal artwork to the song and
ten on the cake and bottle respectively, along with Man- video for the Lolita-inspired rst single, Heart-Shaped
sons numerous connections to Carroll via his production Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)".[12] The song
of Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, and itself is a piece of militant drum cadence mixed with raw
Mansons xation on both Carroll, and his intangible liter- adolescent sexuality in both Mansons lyrics and delivery:
ary creation, Alice, created from the authors own xation Shell never cover up what we did with her dress.[12]
with his child friend Alice Liddell.[10]
The blustery guitar of "You and Me and the Devil Makes
Directly preceding the albums release followed with numerous connections made to vampires, including the
signature goth anthem, "If I Was Your Vampire", and
the song Putting Holes in Happiness described as a
romantic-misogynistic-cannibal-gothic-vampire ballad.,
one can also examine the title of the album, Eat Me, Drink
Me, from a vampiristic perspective, in which the esh is
punctured and sustenance is drawn from the blood of the
host, quite literally the life source of their being.[10]

3" revels in the repetition of the title alongside the menacing delivery of Theres not a word for what I want to do
to you, but its hard to take any song too seriously when
it contains a Murdercute happyrape lyrical chorus.[12]
Although somewhat lyrically stunted, The Red Carpet
Grave is an interesting song on the album, The Red Carpet Grave is perhaps the most confessional track, with
Manson repeating the line, I can't turn my back on you,
but you're walking away. [12]

The new wave elements are present to a lesser extent on


harder-rocking songs like Mutilation Is the Most Sincere
3.6.4 Composition
Form of Flattery. The latter song is one of several that
touch on Mansons marriage and subsequent divorce from
"[The songs] are clearly written to seduce somebody [...] Dita von Teese, as Manson writes about his personal life
I don't want people to think that the record is some kind in his music for the rst time.[13]
of exploitation of my personal life. At the same time, it
also represents exactly who I am and what I feel [...] I Rumors also circulated for some time that Marilyn Manreally wanted to be a singer on this album. This is very son wrote the song Mutilation is the Most Sincere Form
earnest and uncalculated and raw, in the sense that I know of Flattery as an attack on the band My Chemical Romance, for his Eat Me, Drink Me release (which he later
I'm fucked up, and I'm really not ashamed of it.
denied, saying that it was aimed at people in general seekMarilyn Manson, Rolling Stone[11]
ing to imitate him). In another interview Manson stated
The various lyric allusions of Eat Me, Drink Me and the that I'm embarrassed to be me because these people are
imageries which are referenced by Manson, not visual in doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I've
this case but in verse form. As Eat Me, Drink Me has done.[14]
been Mansons most personal album to date, the lyrics are
full of self explorations of past themes which Manson has

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Promotion

Marilyn Manson performing If I Was Your Vampire during the


Eat Me, Drink Me era in 2007.
Marilyn Manson performing during the Eat Me, Drink Me era
in 2007.

On April 15, 2007 Marilyn Mansons Interscope


Records-administered Myspace page went live with promotional artwork.[15] The next day If I Was Your Vampire was added to the player as Myspace Musics Single of the Week.[16] Hours later, Mansons ocial website went through a revision to coincide with the imagery
of the new album.[6] Later still but on the same day, Interscope e-mailed out a press release containing the album artwork by Nela Koenig. Two days later Interscope
opened a "VampireFreaks" account for Manson. The album leaked onto P2P networks on May 1, Manson said he
was unconcerned by the leak as it mainly aects record
companies and not the artists.[3]

cial T-shirts to the racks to coincide with the party and


Manson recorded linking material for the songs.[19]
Newbury Comics gave away licensed Eat Me, Drink Me
pint glasses with each pre-order of the album. Further
promotional oddities were to be found in the UK where
boxes were distributed containing chocolates marked
Eat Me and mini bottles of Tequila with Drink Me
on the back.[20]
An ocial Eat Me, Drink Me mini-site was discovered
through a link found in the EU Heart-Shaped Glasses
(When the Heart Guides the Hand)" single.[21] The site,
www.marilynmansonvault.com, contains lyrics, a photo
gallery, a mosaic, and the ability to stream up to two
tracks per day starting on May 28, 2007. Upon completion of the mosaic, an Eat Me, Drink Me wallpaper becomes available for download, and three preview
tracks (Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides
the Hand)", If I Was Your Vampire, and Evidence)
become available for streaming.[22] The ocial release
of the single coincided with the opening of the vault itself (for those with the single) to access a screensaver,
ringtone and two classic tracks for download (Disposable Teens and The Dope Show).

To promote the album, Manson rst traveled to France,


the United Kingdom and Germany, where he held both
press conferences and listening parties.[16] Similar listening parties for journalists and fan club administrators took
place in other European countries and America.[16] Measures taken to prevent an unauthorized recording or copy
of the album from leaking included bag searching and
the prohibition of recording devices and mobile phones.
Manson appeared twice on BBC Radio 1; on April 17 on
the Zane Lowe Show and on May 23 in the Live Lounge
where he and Skld performed an acoustic version of The song "If I Was Your Vampire" was used in the soundHeart-Shaped Glasses and a cover of Justin Timber- track to the 2010 parody ick Vampires Suck. In the lm
lake's "What Goes Around Comes Around", having been it opens the end credits.
given a choice by the station of Timberlake, Green Day,
Amy Winehouse or Muse.[17][18]
Watercolors
The next signicant promotion took place on May 18
with the uploading to the ocial website of the albums
16-page linear booklet. The uploading coincided with Marilyn Mansons 2007 to 2008 worldwide art exhibition
Mansons in store signing at Hot Topic in California named for its title-piece watercolor which had surfaced
where fans who had obtained an entry wristband days in mid-2006, at the period when Manson had been thorprior were given a copy of the booklet for Manson to oughly immersed in the composition of his lm project
sign though he signed other items on fans request for Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll. As such,
two hours. Also available at the event, and now avail- many of the paintings released simultaneously bore simable in Hot Topic stores and online shop, is an exclusive ilar themes and re-interpretations of the nightmare world
2-track Heart-Shaped Glasses single. All Hot Topic of Carrolls Alice in Wonderland.
stores across the USA held listening parties for the album The title of the painting however evokes the much deeper
on May 25.[19] The stores are also added three new o- and intricate reference of Charles Baudelaire's 1857 in-

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cendiary poetic collection during the era of Romanticism, (you know who you are). Tony, Bobby and everyone else
Les Fleurs Du Mal (English: The Flowers of Evil).[8]
who has forgiven me for my wrongdoings. This record
is dedicated to those who stood by me. Most of all, this
is for Evan.[30] A tour shirt was released to the online
3.6.6 Release
market and it featured the cover of the album.[31]
The front cover was shot by Nela Koenig and the back
"[I was] blown away as Manson debuted his new album,
cover by Anthony Silva. The inside photos were shot
Eat Me, Drink Me. The key cut is If I Was Your Vamby Perou and Nela Koenig and all Polaroids by Manson
pire, a six-minute epic If anyone thought Manson was
and Wood. The Heart-Shaped Eyes were self-portrait by
down for the count, think again.
Manson and the art direction and design by Marilyn ManRolling Stone writer Austin Scaggs[23]
son and Liam Ward.[32]
Manson announced via his website in mid-January that
the record was nearly nished, titled Eat Me, Drink
Me, and that the band would be touring the world in
support of the record that was scheduled for release on
June 5, 2007.[3] The albums artwork was wrapped up
in early February 2007 thus bringing an end to the creative process in preparation for the imminent promotion
and publication of details.[24] Since the release of the album, Manson appeared in Rolling Stone four times: the
March article Mansons Dark Return, a further paragraph from the Smoking Section, a mention in the 50
Albums To Look Forward To This Summer issue and
a small snippet featuring an explicit picture of Manson and Evan Rachel Wood in a hotel after the HeartShaped Glasses video shoot in which a naked Wood lies
over Manson who has his ngers in the vicinity of her
anus.[25][26] Other publications to include original content with Manson have been the April issue of UK magazine Rock Sound, the May issue of Revolver, an interview with French RockMag, an MTV online piece focusing on Mansons suicidal ideation,[27] a longer, more indepth interview in Rock Sound, a long, very descriptive
and open piece in The Observer Magazine (The Life and
Loves of a He-Devil),[28] a partial transcript of a friendly
chat with Alejandro Jodorowsky, an interview in Germanys lifestyle monthly BlondMag, the cover story of
Junes Spin magazine stretched out over eight pages entitled The Last Rock Star?",[29] an article in Rolling Stone
from Austin Scaggs who spends a fair amount of time
with Manson judging by the ve pieces in four months
he has contributed, The Sun newspapers Something For
The Weekend section.[23]
Cover and packaging
The cover art for Eat Me, Drink Me portrayed Manson
as a vampire, dressed with a black-toned outt, standing
still looking at the camera next to a window covered with
blood; the pose bearing a very strong resemblance to the
artwork for Tubeway Army's 1979 album Replicas. The
back of the cover features a photo of a woman with her
eyes covered by a hand, possibly Mansons hand, with
the track listing featured on the left side. In one of the
booklet's page, Manson says: I would like to thank the
loyal few that waited, at the far end of the abyss, for me to
make this record. My mother and father, my best friends

Formats
The album was released in three physical formats.
The standard jewel case CD release contained a single Enhanced CD and a 16-page booklet.[33] The limited edition CD featured bonus tracks with acoustic version of "Putting Holes in Happiness" and three other
remixes of the single Heart-Shaped Glasses. An edition including a bonus DVD was also released. It featured a bonus CD including seven remixes of Putting
Holes in Happiness, Heart-Shaped Glasses and You
And Me and the Devil Makes 3"; and a DVD, including the music videos of Putting Holes in Happiness and
Heart-Shaped Glasses and a Track by track interview
video.[34][35]
An instrumental version of the entire album entitled
Bonus Track and Instrumentals from the Album Eat Me,
Drink Me was leaked in late 2007 on YouTube. It features all tracks from the album without the vocal track and
also includes a remix of Heart-Shaped Glasses (When
the Heart Guides the Hand)", which was released as a
bonus track on most international versions of the album.
It is not a sanctioned release by Interscope. Nevertheless,
a FLAC version of the album was uploaded to torrents
thereafter, which made availability more widespread due
to the price and rarity of pressed, physical copies.

3.6.7 Singles
On April 17, 2007, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the
Heart Guides the Hand)" was released as the lead single of
the album and was added to the Marilyn Mansons ocial
MySpace page on April 24. On April 27, 2007, Marilyn
Manson released a clip featuring the last 34 seconds of the
then upcoming music video for Heart-Shaped Glasses
(When the Heart Guides the Hand)" on YouTube,[36] and
later on the ocial website. The song peaked at #24 on
U.S. Modern Rock Tracks.[37]
"Putting Holes in Happiness" is Marilyn Mansons second single from the album. Written on his own birthday,
Marilyn Manson describes the song as being a romanticmisogynistic-cannibal-gothic-vampire ballad. A twotrack promotional disc was released in June 2007, but no

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conrmation of the song as the albums second single followed until Marilyn Manson conrmed the next single to
be Putting Holes in Happiness on August 7, 2007. The
song has already appeared on the radio in France, where
a promo of the single has been sent out to several major
radio stations. The Guitar Hero Remix by Nick Zinner
version of the single was featured on early special editions of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

In an attempt to clear the air, Spin felt it wise to contact Janine Lindemulder, a porn star who stars alongside
infamous starlet Jenna Jameson in Janine Loves Jenna.
She said: I'm completely convinced. You can't fake that
kind of raw passion, you can tell they are a couple and
you can't fake that kind of stu, Lindemulder told Spin.
Its one of the most erotic things I've ever witnessed, the
subtleties, the realness. It feels like you're peering into
their private sex life. Its hot.[43]

"You and Me and the Devil Makes 3" was released


as a promotional single from the album in September
2007.[38]
Putting Holes In Happiness

3.6.8

Music videos

Heart-Shaped Glasses
The video contains a 2:47 introduction featuring Manson and girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood kissing maliciously
while having simulated sex and scenes of her being covered in blood, overdubbed with an instrumental of the Eat
Me, Drink Me track "Evidence". At the 1:35 mark the
scene cuts to Manson and Wood driving down a highway
in the dark, Wood daring Manson to go faster, to which
Manson proclaims "[I'm] going as fast as I can. Manson
takes his hands o the wheel to take numerous pictures
of Wood, who lifts her leg up to the wheel and holds a
knife to her mouth while wearing heart-shaped glasses.
The two kiss again, concluding the introduction, and the
setting cuts to a club.
On stage, in front of a large crowd, Manson begins singing
as Wood watches him intently, apparently masturbating,
from the crowd (still wearing the heart-shaped glasses),
while numerous photos begin to fall over the audience.
Shots of the two driving are ashed throughout the video,
as the scene once again changes, this time revealing Manson and Wood in a bed, drenched in what appears to be
blood. The two begin kissing vigorously again before the
nal scene returns to the two of them speeding along the
highway. The front of the car erupts in ames, and they
continue along, kissing once again. Manson says Together as one..., and Wood replies Against all others,
before they drive o a cli and fall, the video ending
as they crash.[39] It has been rumored that the scenes in
the video depicting sex between Manson and Wood was
footage of legitimate sex between the two. To make matters more confusing, in an MTV interview with Manson,
he did not conrm or deny the authenticity of the depictions, at one point dismissing it:
And at another point implying the possibility that the sex
was in fact real:
Evan Rachel Wood has said the sex was not real,
however.[41][42]
In response to the videos release, and a string of claims
from those on the set, bloggers across the web have offered their opinions on the validity of the sex act.

The music video, directed by French lmmaker Philippe


Grandrieux, is a simple performance by the band in an
unknown, seemingly outdoor area. There is a young girl
who Manson is seen with many times in the video, and
also a small boy who seems to be frightfully screaming
from something not seen. Manson has stated in various
interviews that select segments of the video were lmed
in Germany during the shooting of the "Heart-Shaped
Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" video in
April 2007.[44]

3.6.9 Reception
Critical response
Upon its release, the album met with positive reviews.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of
100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score 63, based on 23 reviews, which
indicates generally favorable reviews.[45] AllMusic gave
the album a mixed review and said that "[it] is a bit too
transparent, as its clean arena rock production makes the
album sound safe [...] Eat Me, Drink Me becomes an
intriguing muddle, an interesting portrait of Manson at
the cusp of middle-age melancholy even if as sheer music its the least visceral or compelling hes ever been.[46]
The Los Angeles Times praised the albums concept, saying The songs too are sculpted from the darkest stone
with special care. Previous Manson guitarists will envy
the solo space allotted Skld; a number of exceptional ax
workouts perfectly reect moods that range from mounting pride to roiling anguish to moaning abjection. It also
noted that Putting Holes In Happiness stands out as
one of Mansons greatest songs.[48] Jamie Fullerton of
NME gave the album a rating of 7 out of 10, and said
that "[t]his album sees him rising from the hordes of
spider-black hoodies, becoming a musical force beyond
the Download ticket-holders. Eat him, drink him, but
make sure you listen to him too.[50] Popmatters also gave
the album a rating of 7 out of 10, and commented that
"Eat Me, Drink Me should return Manson to his former
successes, and rightfully so. There is an earnestness in
the music designed to speak directly to fucked-up adolescence while often inexplicably foregoing the pander.
There is something to be said for knowing where the line

3.6. ''EAT ME, DRINK ME''


is and when to cross it. Call Manson what you will
genius, has-been, shock rocker, freakbut like his best
work, Eat Me, Drink Me is as fun as it is cartoonishly
scary.[12] Slant Magazine gave the album a favorable review and praised "'Putting Holes in Happiness [as] the
best of the autobiographical tracks, with a melancholic
guitar ri that matches the songs appropriately plodding
arrangement. Hardcore fans may take oense to the lack
of any songs challenging God, government, or society in
general, but its their loss. Eat Me, Drink Me is a bona de
creative rebirth.[13] Rolling Stone magazine gave the album a three out of ve stars and said that Manson hasn't
exactly overhauled his identity, but with Eat Me, Drink
Me, hes at least tweaked his approach a bit. [...] Its
still plenty dark, with Manson dishing about vampires and
mutilation in a horror-ic croak thats rougher than ever.
[...] Some of Eat Me, Drink Me is ho-hum and bone-dry,
with few hot choruses and even fewer chord changes. But
unlike those breast implants he once had, its nothing to
be embarrassed about.[52]

Chart performance
On May 31, the entire album was uploaded for streaming
on Marilyn Mansons MySpace page, ve days prior to its
American release. When released, it debuted at No. 8 in
the United States with more than 80,000 copies sold in the
rst week.[55] The album charted at No. 1 in Estonia and
Turkey. Its peak position was No. 2, on the Austria Albums Top 75, it stayed there for 1 week. Its highest entry
was No. 2 in the Austria Albums Top 75.[56] The albums
initial entries in the charts were positive, it managed to
reach the top ten in several countries including Australia,
Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and
the United Kingdom.[57] The album debuted at No. 15
on the Japanese Oricon album chart, with rst week sales
of over 17,000 copies.[58]

Accolades
About.com nominated the album the 10th best rock album of 2007 and said: One of Marilyn Manson's least
calculatedly shocking records, Eat Me, Drink Me may
also be one of his best, favoring sturdy new wave hooks
instead of cheap horror-movie theatrics. The welcome return to inspired songwriting also reinvigorates his dark introspection, such as on If I Was Your Vampire, a bloodcurdling tale that merges vampire lore with a story of a
dangerously obsessive relationship. Eat Me, Drink Me
is a reminder of what Manson does best: turning scary
industrial rock noises into universal messages of fear and
self-doubt.[59]

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3.6.10 Rape of the World Tour


Main article: Rape of the World Tour
The Rape of the World Tour is the eleventh tour

Marilyn Manson performing The Nobodies, during the Rape


of the World, June 2007.

Marilyn Manson embarked on, under management of


major record label Interscope Records. It was also the
bands seventh tour to span over multiple legs. The band
was on the tour from May 26, 2007 until March 2, 2008.
During the North American dates the band toured with
thrash metal band Slayer and hard rock band Bleeding
Through. During the Australian dates, Manson was supported by Australian pop-punk band The Spazzys, who
received harsh criticism from the crowds.[60] During the
Winter European tour leg the band was supported by
Turbonegro. The support act for the Winter North American tour leg was OURS.[61]
For this tour Manson returned to the theatrics of the
Grotesk Burlesk Tour, some inuenced by Alice in Wonderland. Initially, Manson took to the stage wearing a
leather jacket with cut o gloves and a black, long-sleeved
shirt to perform the opener, If I Was Your Vampire and
the follow-up, "Disposable Teens". When rst performed
as an encore on the European tour, Manson took to the
stage for either Are You the Rabbit?" or The Nobodies
(and in the case of Paris, the albums title song), wearing a striped white-gold, long-sleeved shirt. Manson later
replaced the long-sleeve shirt for a black T-shirt with cut
o sleeves. When the butcher knife microphone debuted,
Manson performed the rst song like this but also wore
black, elbow-length gloves.[62] On certain dates, Manson
wore silver pants with his black shirt. "If I Was Your
Vampire" then began to be performed in a black frilly
shirt and a black feather boa and pink gloves for Are
You the Rabbit?".
Following his appearance with Alice Cooper, Manson
began to take to the stage in a T-shirt depicting a cartoon of a bunny rabbit, or on later occasions, a cut-o Tshirt with a skeleton chest on. Costume changes on these
dates after the distinctly nontheatrical European tour rst
leg featured a top hat and striped pants (occasionally a
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Nachtkabarett. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
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twisted heart on the front and the bleeding MM logo on
[8] Eat Me, Drink Me | Rape of the World Tour. The
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Presley, for "Rock Is Dead" at later dates. Contrasting
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The Nachtkabarett. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
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Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2011-09-10.

Posters
Limited edition tour posters sold during the January to
March 2008 Winter tour became important for the albums promotion. Each poster, printed and designed by
Print Maa, was limited to 100 runs each with a unique
design available for, and exclusively in, each city of the
tour. The dark themed poster designs featured serial
killers (namely many of which the band members adopted
the latter half of their stage names from), models and
actresses (a handful of which the band members adopted
the rst of their stage names from), martyrs, iconic gures which represent the themes of Eat Me, Drink Me and
various horror movies.[8]

3.6.11

Track listing

All lyrics written by Marilyn Manson, all music composed by Marilyn Manson and Tim Skld.

3.6.12

Charts and certications

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Certications

3.6.13

Release history

3.6.14

Credits and personnel

3.6.15

References

[21] MarilynManson.com | Hidden Sister Sites | Celebritarian. The Nachtkabarett. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
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Ocial Eat Me, Drink Me website
Eat Me, Drink Me at Metacritic

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CHAPTER 3. STUDIO ALBUMS

3.7 ''The High End of Low''


The High End of Low is the seventh full-length studio
album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was
released on May 25, 2009 in the United Kingdom and
May 26, 2009 in the United States through Interscope
Records. It was the last Marilyn Manson album released
by long-time record label Interscope Records.

forth an explanation of Twiggys experience working on


the album: This record is the record we always wanted
to make and [Twiggy] is writing from a point of view that
I've always written from lyrically. I don't think earlier on
he had the opportunity to be damaged, and his soul to be
trampled on by women as much as me. So now that his
penis has been cut o metaphorically, and been smashed
into fucking Sloppy Joe's, someone shit on his heart a
thousand times, we tried to put a musical face to that.
A statement by Manson that the band were considering
releasing a song before the end of the year implied that
the album was unlikely to be released in winter 2008, contrary to Mansons announcement in May of that year.[3]

Sean Beavan, who mixed Antichrist Superstar,


Mechanical Animals, and Eat Me, Drink Me, is coproducer of the album along with Chris Vrenna. Manson
describes the album as being inuenced by lm, especially the track I Want To Kill You Like They Do In the
Movies. This is the last album to feature long time band I went through a tough period over Christmas, during
which I learned the dierence between love and dependrummer Ginger Fish.
dence, and the dierence between weakness and desire.
The album spawned two ocial singles ("Arma- And it made a big dierence in my life.
Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon" and "Running to the
Edge of the World"), and one pre-release promo-single So I came back [to the studio] on January 2, and I saw my
("We're from America"), and was supported by The High only friends, which at this point is the band, and everyone
End of Low Tour. The album debuted at No. 4 on the asked me, How're you doing?" And I said, Well, I'm at
the high end of low. And automatically I knew that thats
Billboard 200.
what the record was going to be called.
- Marilyn Manson Interview with Spin Magazine[3]

3.7.1

Development and production

In December 2008, Manson revealed the sonic qualities


of three tracks. One was said to feature a coven of
witchy girls, the other acoustic swampiness that harkens
back to when [he] was living in New Orleans", and the
song Manson plays guitar on also features him snorting
something, whatever it might have been as a percussive
instrument.[3] On March 10, 2009, a blog entry by producer Sean Beavan conrmed two additional titles, 15
and the rumored Four Rusted Horses.

Initially, Manson revealed the recording sessions for the


bands seventh album would take place between March
and May 2008, that two Eat Me, Drink Me b-sides may be
included, and that he would again be working with Tim
Skold, as well as Slayer's Kerry King and the Yeah Yeah
Yeahs' Nick Zinner on the album; a demo of one song was
also recorded during the tour (the song did not make the
albums nal cut), with Manson lling notebooks ideas
for other potential lyrics and tracks. Also rumoured was In a March interview with Kerrang!, Manson revealed
a collaboration with James Iha, although this was never that The High End of Low contains 15 songs, 15 being
its closing track. He also claimed that the fourteenth track
ocially conrmed.[1]
Into The Fire"" is a glorious epic which Twiggy would
In December 2007 Tim Skold had departed from the be most memorable for as a guitarist. Manson also exband, due to the return of former bassist Twiggy Ramirez, plained that the songs on the album are listed by the order
who re-christened himself Twiggy, dropping the serial they were written and recorded. He also revealed the title
killer surname. The reunion was announced in January of another song, "We're from America", which was made
2008. Coincident with the announcement, Manson gave available for free download through the bands website on
an exclusive interview to the now defunct fansite The March 27, 2009.[4] The same month, ve rough mixes of
Heirophant, in which he revealed plans to record an al- songs from the album were leaked to the Internet. Chris
bum with Twiggy and Vrenna after the Rape of the World Vrenna has commented on the leaks, explaining that I
Tour ended.
hate stealing of music in any form. If a band chooses to
In a February 2008 interview with Steppin' Out, Manson put tracks online, that is great. [...] But, downloading
described the new album as, very ruthless, very heavy, unauthorized music is that same as walking into your local CD store and shoplifting the disc! I think true fans
and very violent.
know that usually songs found online before the records
On October 19, 2008, Manson and Twiggy announced
release are either rough mixes of tracks and will wait to
at the 2008 Scream Awards after party that the album
hear the music in the way the artist intended.[5]
would sound more like Antichrist Superstar" and that the
recording sessions are pretty much done. It was also On March 27, 2009, Metal Hammer released a blog derevealed that live guitarist Wes Borland would remain scribing two songs from The High End of Low, Armawith the band while they toured in support of the record, goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon and the previously unsomething which did not materialize.[2] In an interview veried track The Wow (actually titled WOW).[6]
with Spinner.com released the following day, Manson put Later on April 7, 2009, Metal Hammer conrmed the ti-

3.7. ''THE HIGH END OF LOW''


tles of three new songs, Blank and White, Running
to the Edge of the World and White Spider (actually
titled Wight Spider).[7] The report also conrmed the
leaked song maybeharmfulifswallowed has since been
retitled Leave a Scar.[8]
On April 16, 2009, Marilynmanson.com was updated to
include the track listing for The High End of Low, thus revealing three previously unreleased song titles: Pretty as
a Swastika, Unkillable Monster and I Have to Look
Up Just to See Hell. A splash page was also added to
the website, depicting Manson holding a bundle of uorescent lights against his head.

3.7.2

Concept and artwork

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Polaroids by Manson and Evan Rachel Wood.[11]
The logo for The High End of Low appears to be based
on the English logo for The Criterion Edition of the 1963
Akira Kurosawa lm Tengoku to jigoku, which translates
to 'Heaven and Hell', a lyrical theme in Four Rusted
Horses. As its title would suggest, Arma-GoddamnMotherfuckin-Geddon contains numerous parallels to
Biblical iconography. These themes, among others, pervade the song and video for the single, exploring the innate fascism of money, censorship and sensationalism of
American culture. It is one of the most indicting tracks
on the record with the singles video and imagery acting as a prelude to the new eras ethos. The '$' symbol
with the video acts additionally as a veiled reference to
Salvador Dal, stemming from a pointed attack formulated on Breton's belief that Dal had abandoned his artistic integrity and surrealist roots in the pursuit of fame
and wealth. Furthermore, (and much like Manson) Dal
was met with accusations of being a Nazi sympathizer
who held militaristic and fascist ideologies, due to his
unashamed and open fascination with fascism.[11]

"[The title] really denes the record, which is about falling


from grace and trying to t in and be accepted as a mortal
or as a normal person when people don't see you as that.
Its also about giving up what you are to prove that you
love somebody more than you love yourself. When you
get to that point you're unlovable. And for me, halfway
The High End of Low is the rst studio album by Marithrough the record, you can hear it. It went from despair
lyn Manson since their major label debut, Portrait of an
to anger, its like passing through the stages of destruction
American Family, not to feature a conventional title track.
and reconstruction.
However the song I Have to Look Up Just to See Hell
Marilyn Manson interview to Spin[3]
is essentially the albums title track, as The High End of
Many themes permeate The High End of Low, mostly Low is a recurring lyric in the song. Worth noting is the
ones of violence like in the songs Arma-goddamn- EP Smells Like Children, which also did not have a title
was lifted from an
motherfuckin-geddon, Pretty as a Swastika, Blank track, however the title of this release
[12]
unrecorded
song
of
the
same
name.
and White, I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the
Movies"; pain: Leave a Scar and Unkillable Monster";
politics in We're from America"; love and other destructive emotions like in the songs Devour and Running to
the Edge of the World"; death in Four Rusted Horses
and I Have to Look Up Just to See Hell"; and selfrealization/rebirth: Into the Fire.[3] The album is ultimately a closing of previous ideas, morals and the past.
Manson has stated the whole album is inuenced by lm,
particularly the track I Want To Kill You Like They Do
In The Movies. The High End of Low runs rampant
with references to the number 15, a rst since 1998s
Mechanical Animals. These references include the album
having 15 songs, the last of which is titled 15, the number 15 spanning across the MM logo on the back of the
We're from America single, the fact there are 15 letters
in the albums title, and that The High End of Low would
be released roughly 15 years after the bands major label
debut, Portrait of an American Family. Noted in an interview, Manson said he has been long obsessed with the
number fteen as it is the number of the devil in the tarot
card deck.[9]
The cover art for the album is a photograph of Manson
with a halo made of red glow stick rings. The back of
the cover features a photo of Manson with a hat, with the
track listing featured on the left side.[10] The front cover
was shot by Delaney Bishop and the back cover by Mike
Riley. The inside photos were shot by Mike Riley and all

3.7.3 Composition
There are various lyrical references and evocations within
The High End of Low. Film inuences are a common
thread, with the album being Mansons most celluloidinspired record to date, as reected within the album
artwork and lm reel disc itself. The lyrics however
mark a vitriolic return to scathing diatribes against wanton American blindness and occult themes which have
not as prominently been explored since Holy Wood (In
the Shadow of the Valley of Death) and Antichrist Superstar.[11]
One of the most enthralling tracks on The High End of
Low simultaneously serves as one of the most laden with
multi-faceted imagery. Prior to the album release it was
erroneously referred to as White Spider"; however, the
dierence of just a few letters largely sets the tone for
the rest of the piece. Fans of fantasy and etymology
may already be aware of the signicance. A wight is
an archaic terminology that originally derived from Old
English wiht, and its meaning was a creature or otherwise living thing. Through centuries of poetry and fantasy it managed to acquire its more recognizable meaning, which stands at odds with its original denition. The
wight is a form of a supernatural entity, somewhat com-

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parable to that of a wraith-like, ghostly gure. Theyre
akin to that of a shadowy remnant, ultimately being a poor
reection of their former self. As wights are continually
trapped in an existence of nonexistence, it is unsurprising
that they were portrayed as aggressive, and violently lled
with bile and hatred.[13]
The seventh track from The High End of Low, entitled
"Running to the Edge of the World", contains a lyric
which rst arose publicly during the lead up to the abandoned Celebritarian era: I don't seek death, I seek destruction, Until death we seek destruction, We dont seek
death, we seek destruction, Until death we seek destruction. Similarly, the lyric United as one against all others is a notable parallel to what is said by Manson and
Evan Rachel Wood in the "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When
the Heart Guides the Hand)" music video before plummeting their vehicle o the side of the cli. The title of
the song itself may be a reference to the 1937 Michael
Powell lm, The Edge of the World.[13] The twelfth track
o of The High End of Low, "We're From America",
opens with the lyrics Were from America/Were from
America/Where we eat our young. Apart from the analogys condemnation of the way children are reared, exploited and ultimately destroyed, it is also a reference to
a piece of artwork by Franciso de Goya entitled 'Saturn
Devouring His Children'. The painting itself can be seen
during the nal scene of "The Nobodies" music video.
The painting and Mansons usage of it are largely tied
to a series of alchemical concepts which played an integral role throughout Holy Wood, and the perpetual evolution of Marilyn Manson.[13] Unkillable Monster contains an open reference to a lm by Luis Buuel in the
lyrics: Sometimes I dream I'm an exterminating angel,
A travelling executioner from heaven.

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3.7.4 Release
Album
The album was originally scheduled for release in October 2008, although due to touring commitments this date
was pushed back to winter 2008, before a slating of May
2009, which turned out correct. Initially, Manson also intended to release a song from the album before the end
of 2008, however these plans did not materialize.[2] The
album was released in two physical formats. The standard jewel case CD release contained a booklet.[14] On
April 27, the track listing for the deluxe edition of the albums bonus disc surfaced on HMV's website, revealing
that the disc would contain up to seven remixes.[3] The
limited edition CD featured 6 bonus tracks with alternate
versions of four songs and a remixes of the single Armagoddamn-motherfuckin-geddon. The standard edition
also featured two bonus tracks.[15][16]

Music videos
On April 3, Polydor Records alluded to the previously unconrmed music video for Arma-goddamnmotherfuckin-geddon, saying it would be available no
earlier than April 17. On April 6, behind-the-scenes
video clips and photos of the songs music video, directed
by Delaney Bishop[17] between April 4 and 5, 2009, surfaced, which showed that the video would may be somewhat parody the visual themes of Antichrist Superstar
and The Golden Age of Grotesque. UK television station
Channel 4 announced that they would premier the music video during the early hours of April 18, however this
did not occur and the station later explained that due to
unforeseen circumstances, the video was not delivered to
Channel 4 in time to screen it. They also reported that
because other stations had been screening it, Channel 4
did not plan to air it in the future; curiously, this explanation is false. Universal Music later reported that the music
video was expected to premier around May 5, however
this date was not met either. On May 14 however, the
music video, in which Manson and bassist Twiggy, Chris
Vrenna and Ginger Fish appear, debuted on NME.com
in censored form,[18] before appearing on the bands ofcial website in uncensored form hours later. In August
2009, the Directors Cut version appeared on Delaney
Bishops blog. Delaney Bishop, the director for the video,
later released an excerpt of the directors cut of the video
through his website and can be viewed on YouTube. The
excerpt is the entire second verse and is composed of
footage almost entirely dierent from the original.

Blank and White is about censorship and about the day


that the New York Times said "God is dead" and that the
suragettes protested. One particular line in the song,
all you fuckers vote beep beep beep may be a sarcastic political indictment of the voters that seek to effect change through ineectual means. As Manson mentioned in the same Shockhound interview, the fact that
this very line is echoed in the long censoring beep replacing "[shoot the] president of whatever made him
quite happy artistically.[13] The second track of the album is called Pretty as a Swastika. Its something I
said to a girl because of her complexion, with black hair,
red lips and pale skin. I mean, it was a complex and poetic comment that soon led to intercourse, so I felt no
reason for it to be seen as confusing, hateful and destructive. The record label [told Manson to], take it o the
album. Rather than do so, I decided to produce it on the
inside of the sleeve with a dierent name, so it'll be sold
in Wal-Mart or wherever stores sell guns but are afraid to On September 10 and 11 Manson posted three photos on
deal with lyrics. So, I put Pretty as a ($)" because all of his Myspace of stills from the video of "Running to the
Edge of the World". The rst two stills were uploaded
their motivations are based on money.[13]
to his video stills from the future photo album. The
third was released the next day in his My Mobile Photos
photo album. On November 4 at 6:19pm EST, the video

3.7. ''THE HIGH END OF LOW''


was uploaded to the ocial website. It had briey been up
under the title test1 two days prior, but only for a few
hours. The video was directed by Manson and Nathan
Karma Cox, who also directed the video for "Personal
Jesus". It opens with Manson, dressed in a white shirt
singing the song to a camera while partially concealing
himself with a curtain. As the bridge and outro of the
song play, he beats a woman to death, speculated to represent Evan Rachel Wood, played by Kelly Polk.[19]
Singles
"We're from America" was released as a promo single o the album. Kerrang!'s article erroneously states
that the song was released during the second week of
March 2009; however, this did not actually happen until March 27, when it was released for free as an MP3 on
Marilynmanson.com, accompanied by a new layout for
the website. The song was reissued as a digital single on
April 7, 2009, and is currently available on iTunes and
Amazon.
"Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon" was the rst
ocial single released by Marilyn Manson from the album. It has a remix by the Teddybears. The song was
released for download on May 5, 2009, along with the
pre-order of The High End of Low.[20]
"Running to the Edge of the World" was the second ocial single released by Marilyn Manson from the album.
An alternate version of the song was included in the albums bonus CD. The song was released for download on
November 4, 2009, and a music video was produced for
the song.[11]

3.7.5

Promotion

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minute I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies.
Rudy Coby conrmed via his Facebook page that the single had been switched to Arma-goddamn-motherfuckingeddon at the insistence of Marilyn Mansons label,
Interscope Records.
Promoting The High End of Low was a free download
of the song "We're from America". This was followed
by the songs reissue as a digital single on April 7, and
its limited release as a physical single on April 14.[2]
The albums rst conventional single, Arma-goddamnmotherfuckin-geddon, entered airplay on April 13, and
would be released in CD format on May 15 in Germany
and on May 18 in the United Kingdom. The songs music
video, lmed between April 4 and 5, failed to meet two
expected release dates, before premiering on the NME
website in censored form,[18] and hours later on the bands
ocial website in uncensored form. Also in promotion of
the album, The High End of Low was made available for
streaming on Marilyn Mansons MySpace prole before
its worldwide release, and on May 28, Hot Topic hosted
clips from the album on its websites homepage.[2]
On May 7, 2009, an ocial minisite for The High
End of Low went online.[2] Along with a new promotional photo, the site provides partial lyrics to "ArmaGoddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon", links to pre-order
both the album and the Arma-Goddamn-MotherfuckinGeddon CD single, a mailing list and a Facebook application that features lyrics and samples to songs from
the album. The order songs also to feature on this
application were as follows: beginning May 7, Devour, "We're from America" and Arma-GoddamnMotherfuckin-Geddon"; these were replaced on May 15
by Four Rusted Horses, Leave a Scar and Pretty as
a Swastika"; these were replaced on May 22 by Into the
Fire, "WOW" and Blank and White"; than, these were
replaced on May 29 by I Want to Kill You Like They
Do in the Movies, Unkillable Monster and "Running
to the Edge of the World"; and nally, these were replaced on June 5 by I Have to Look Up Just to See Hell,
15 and Wight Spider, after which the fate of the application is unknown.[2] On May 8, 2009, an e-mail sent
through the sites mailing list conrmed that each week
leading up to the albums release, a song will be accessible through phones by texting MANSON to 909090, the
rst of which being Wight Spider.[2]

3.7.6 Reception
Marilyn Manson performing at Quart Festival in 2009

On January 2, 2009, Manson nalized the albums


title,[21] and approximately a month later, on February
2, 2009 the record was revealed through Rolling Stone's
online Smoking Section to be called The High End of
Low. Also in the same news piece, Manson revealed
that a music video would be produced for the nine-

Upon its release, the album met with mixed reviews. At


Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100
to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an
average score 58, based on 11 reviews, which indicates
generally mixed or average reviews.[33] Some critics
felt it sounded diluted and repetitive while others praised
the album for showing Mansons more human face after his divorce and best material since Mechanical Animals". Allison Stewart from The Washington Post gave

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the album a positive review, saying that Mansons divorce from burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese had led to a
new musical high.[32] Spin writer Doug Brod gave a positive review and stated that "[w]hile its still easy to dismiss his shock tactics as puerile and insensitive he hasn't
sounded this vitaland tunefulsince Mechanical Animals.[31] The BBC review stated that the new album saw
Manson resurrected after the lackluster Eat Me, Drink
Me, with credit given to the skilled bass work on the album. The review sums up the album by saying that it
proves theres still a fair dose of blood and bile to pour
from his carcass yet. More impressively, at its best it provides a pointed satirical commentary on noughties America. We're From America was cited as the strongest
track on the new album.[24] Planet Sound gave the album a positive review, citing it as his best work since
Mechanical Animals and that Manson has his preening
condence back. It results in strutting glam and magnificently OTT ballads, with Manson engaged with sounding alien again.[34] Los Angeles Times reviewer Mikael
Wood stated that the band even provide a surprise or
two, as in 'Running to the Edge of the World,' a lush
acoustic power ballad complete with pretty falsetto vocals. Wood also states that High End makes a deeper
impression as a result of Mansons reunion with longtime
guitarist-bassist Twiggy Ramirez; together with producers Sean Beavan and Chris Vrenna, they sculpted a sound
both harder-hitting and more nely detailed than on any
previous Marilyn Manson record.[27] Rolling Stone reviewer Jody Rosen gave the album a mediocre review, citing the diminished shock value of the album compared to
years past. Rosen stated the best parts of the album are in
the ballads like the blues-tinged Four Rusted Horses for
a more endearing depiction of Manson as a melancholy
human rather than Antichrist Superstar.[30] Phil Freeman
of allmusic criticized the lack of variety in the album with
two or three musical ideas are repeated throughout the
disc. He also criticized the lyrics, stating that Manson
"[feels] like hes trying to convince himself as much as
the audience and that he is pretty much advertising that
[hes] out of ideas.[23] A review in The Guardian noted
the lack of novelty in the album, which repeated the
usual entry-level shock-rock histrionics.[35]

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3.7.7 The High End of Low Tour

Marilyn Manson performing at Eurockennes in 2009.

Main article: The High End of Low Tour


To support the release of The High End of Low, Marilyn
Manson staged a worldwide stadium tour, titled The High
End of Low Tour. It is the bands twelfth tour and it is
also the bands eighth tour to span over multiple legs. The
tour spanned from June 3, 2009 until December 21, 2009.
The only known tour date of the tours seventh leg in 2010
has been cancelled, and during the last show in France
Manson announced that there would be no further tour
dates in 2010.[39]

In the vein of the album themes and imagery revolving around Mansons conception of life as a movie, the
live counterpart of the album reects this theatricality by simulating each song in the live tour as a different act. Replete with cinema-derived stage lighting illuminating Manson, the separation between backstage"/"onstage has been lifted to portray this cinematic
eect; Manson reapplies his makeup front-and-center onstage, stagehands assist with wardrobe changes in full
view of the audience, and the nal illustration of this concept is that prior to each songs commencement afterwards, a stagehand emerges and signies that each new
Commercial performance
act has begun by use of a clapperboard in front of Manmantra of lights, camera,
The album debuted at 4 on Billboard 200 with 49,000 son, as if to convey the lmic
[40]
action
and
the
song
begins.
copies sold. Despite reaching a higher charting position
than Mansons last studio eort, Eat Me, Drink Me, which A new theatric stage was revealed within the rst Eurodebuted at 8, it arrived with the lowest opening week pean leg of The High End Of Low Tour. During Great
sum of any of Mansons albums since The Last Tour on Big White World Manson performed within an overEarth began with 26,000 in 1999.[36] Since its debut the sized white lightbox. The entirety of the song was sung
album dropped steadily, falling to the No. 24 position behind the semi-transparent sheet, removed from the auin its second week and 60 in its third.[37] The album dience. If I Was Your Vampire, which also deals with a
debuted at No. 9 on the Japanese Oricon chart, with rst similar lovelorn isolation, was alternately performed with
week sales of 10,583 copies.[38]
this theatrical device on early dates of the tour.[41]

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3.7.8

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Track listing

[10] Back cover at MansonWiki. MansonWiki, 15-08-2011.

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Wight Spider by Ramirez, Vrenna and Manson .
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Swastika. The Nachtkabarett. Retrieved 2011-09-01.

Standard edition bonus tracks


Pretty as a Swastika (Alternate Version) [Independent music store version] 2:26

[13] The High End of Low | Lyrical Allusions. The Nachtkabarett. Retrieved 2011-09-01.

Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon
(Teddybears Remix) [International versions]
3:30

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Deluxe edition bonus disc

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Fifteen (Alternate Version) [iTunes bonus track]
4:17
Into The Fire (Alternate Version) [iTunes preorder & Japanese versions] 4:34
Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon (Alternate
Version) [Hot Topic deluxe edition] 3:39

3.7.9

Charts, sales and certications

3.7.10

Release history

3.7.11

Credits and personnel

3.7.12

References

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Ocial UK album website


The High End of Low at Metacritic

3.8 ''Born Villain''


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Born Villain is the eighth full-length studio album by
American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released
worldwide on May 1, 2012 through Marilyn Manson's
own label Hell, etc. via Cooking Vinyl Records, and
marks the bands rst outing since their release from longtime label, Interscope Records, in late 2009.[3]

[42] The High End of Low. AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-1115.

The album spawned three singles ("No Reection", "SloMo-Tion" and Hey Cruel World...) and a pre-release
[43] The High End Of Low Chart Statistics from aCharts. Ac- short lm entitled Born Villain. The band supported the
cess Date: 31 May 2009.
album with the Hey Cruel World... Tour, and joint concerts with Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper on the Twins
[44] Austriancharts.at - Ocial Austrian Album Charts Access
of Evil Tour and Masters of Madness Tour.[4] The album
Date: 5 June 2009
debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
[45] The High End Of Low Chart Position. Access Date: 31
May 2009.
[46] Canadian Albums Chart Access Date: 5 June 2009

3.8.1 Background

Born Villain entered the writing phase during The High


End of Low Tour in 2009.[5] In November 2010, bassist
Greenday Atop Euro Chart. Access Date: 16 June 2009. Twiggy Ramirez was quoted as saying We've got a new
album [that we're working on]. Its almost done. It'll
Search for Marilyn Manson in the Artist eld. Mahasz.
probably be out next year. [...] Its our best record yet,
Retrieved 2011-09-01.
I think. I mean, everyone always says that, but I think
Italian Albums Chart Source: The Ocial Federation of this is our best work so far... Its kind of like a little more
the Italian Music Industry Website. Access date: 5 June of a punk rock Mechanical Animals without sounding too
2009
pretentious. It is Marilyn Mansons rst album to be reJapanese Album Charts from AllCharts.org Access date: leased via Cooking Vinyl.

[47] Czech Republic Album Chart. Access date: 2 June 2009.


[48]
[49]
[50]

[51]

5 June 2009
[52] Mexican Album Chart NOTE: Downloadable PDF File.
Access date: 5 June 2009
[53] Norwegian Albums Chart. Access date: 3 June 2009
[54] Ocial Polish Albums Chart Access date: 5 June 2005
[55] Marilyn Manson Plots Spring U.S. Tour. Billboard.
2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-18.

On December 3, 2010, it was announced that Marilyn


Manson had parted ways with long-time label Interscope
Records, stating we've even started writing new songs
on the road, so I think people can expect a new record
a lot sooner than [you think].[6] It was also announced
that special one-o concerts were in development for the
near future. These performances would see each album
from the Triptych (Holy Wood, Mechanical Animals and
Antichrist Superstar) being played in its entirety over three

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125

dierent nights in the one venue. The tour would take Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 lm The Holy Mountain,
them throughout the United States and a few select dates Buuel and Dal's 1929 short lm Un Chien Andalou,
in Europe.[7]
Shakespeare and theology.[14] LaBeouf explained that
macabre
On February 24, 2011, the bands longtime drummer we tried to make Mansons 'Un Chien Andalou'
[14]
'Macbeth'

thats
sort
of
what
that
became.
Manson,
Ginger Fish announced his resignation from the group,
prompting a search for a replacement.[8] On September for his part, described his intention with the lm as both
an homage and a mockery of the history of Cinema.[9]
2, 2011, the album was ocially titled Born Villain.[9]
The following month, the lms website announced the
projects August 28, 2011, inaugural screening at the L.A.
Silent Theater.[18] Drummer Chris Vrenna has claimed
3.8.2 Production and development
that Born Villain is not a music video but a full thing.[13]
He also mentioned that the lm contains short clips of the
We will always be our worst audience, until we stop bealbum and its own score.[13]
ing an audience and start being an artist. Any art is esh
and blood, no matter how you perform, decorate or dis- A coee table book of photographs, titled Campaign, was
play it. But we all want the passionate horror of that also attached to the project.[14][19] Released alongside the
lm by LaBeoufs Grassy Slope Entertainment producblood. And blood is what I am here to bring.
tion company through various retailers, the book conMarilyn Manson, describing his intentions during the
tains images of Los Angeles taken by LaBeouf and his
[10]
albums early development.
girlfriend, Karolyn Pho, during a night traversing the city
The prospect of an eighth studio album by the band was with Manson.[20] A DVD of Born Villain is also included
rst conrmed by the frontman himself during an inter- with the book.[14]
view with Metal Hammer on December 3, 2009.[5] He
LaBeouf and Pho took an unconventional approach to
elaborated, We've just been released from our record
promoting the project by vandalizing various locations in
contract with Interscope so I think a lot of the creative
the city with handbills of the book and lms promotional
control on which my hands were tied on a lot of choices
posters.[21] Simultaneously, the book was made available
the music videosthings like that. And the rst examfor pre-order and served as a ticket to an in-store book
ple is the newest video, they clearly wouldn't have alsigning with LaBeouf and Manson as well as a private
lowed me to make that video. So we started writing
screening of the lm at bookstore Hennessey & Ingalls
new songs on the roada bit like [David Bowie's album]
Hollywood outlet on September 1, 2011.[14]
Aladdin SaneI think people can expect a new record a
lot sooner than we [expected].[5] On January 24, 2010,
Manson conrmed on the bands ocial MySpace prole 3.8.3 Music and lyrics
that the new album is ocially in motion.[11] In April
2010, Manson conrmed during his appearance at the Musical style
Revolver Golden Gods Awards that the band had recorded
13 songs, one of which failed to appear in a television se- Marilyn Manson attests that the lyrical content of the
ries about vampires. He also mentioned the album in an album will be more romantic yet self-abusive.[5]
interview with Full Metal Jackie, where he stated that the Manson also referred to the album as really death
album is halfway nished.[12]
metal, voicing interest in releasing the album dierBook and lm
Born Villain, a short lm directed by actor Shia LaBeouf,
was a promotional trailer released concomitantly for the
then-upcoming album.[13] The idea for the lm originated
after Manson and LaBeouf struck up a friendship at a
concert of The Kills.[14] The actor, who has always been
intrigued with the singer, then oered to direct his next
music video.[14] In order to convince him, LaBeouf gave
Manson a screening of Maniac his directorial collaboration with American rappers Kid Cudi and Cage.[14]
Impressed, Manson commissioned the aspiring director
to create a making-of video documenting the albums
recording and production.[15][16][17]
Manson and LaBeouf produced the lm throughout July
2011.[13] The lm borrows a variety of very intense,
graphic imagery from a number of sources including

ently from previous Marilyn Manson records, and also


citing his friendship with Slayer as a vague inuence on
the record.[22] On May 7, 2010, both entertainer Rudy
Coby and New York-based artist Nick Kushner[23] previewed material from the album, the latter describing it
on Facebook as fuckin' hardcore. Elaborating on the
bands musical direction, Manson commented on Twiggy
being inuenced by his touring experiences in 2009,
particularly during the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. On
September 10, Manson and Ramirez attended the opening of Kushners art exhibit at the Studio Servitu gallery
in Downtown Los Angeles where, at Kushners behest,
Manson quickly turned the show into an impromptu listening party of the entire album for attendees. Alternative newspaper LA Weekly attended the event and conrmed a release date now set for 2012.[23] They also gave
rst impressions of the new music, describing it as arty,
dramatic, salacious, depraved and classic Manson.[23]
They further noted the presence of slower tempo songs,

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and a track with a super catchy chorus that could do


the K-ROQ rounds.[23] Manson himself explained that
"[t]he new record put simply has the ambition and determination of how I started making music in the rst place.
It sounds like the rst record in that its not afraid to do
anything. I had to remove myself from my lifestyle and
start fresh.[24][25]

Inspiration
In a March 2012 interview with Revolver magazine, Manson described the album as "[not] really sound[ing] like
any of my old records. In fact it sort of sounds like what
I listened to before I made records, (Killing Joke, Joy Division, Revolting Cocks, Bauhaus, Birthday Party)... Its
very rhythm-driven. Its actually very bluesy. Its the rst
record where I repeat verses. I just sing the words in a different key, the next time. I've never done that before, because I've always felt like I needed to write a lot of words
in the past I think this will probably be the grandest concept record of all.[24][25] "[Born Villain] felt like
making a rst record because I went in with only ambition and only the condence and determination to impress
people that heard it for the rst time, he says. Knowing
that there might be people that have never heard my music and without being arrogant or ignorant knowing that
theyve heard it already.[26]

Unveiled on May 22, 2011, the new CMYK-styled logo is used


by the band to signify the eighth studio album and their new
era.[30][31]

3.8.4 Release and promotion

The album was the bands rst since the expiration of their
contract with Interscope Records in late 2009. The album
was released on May 1, 2012. For much of the early half
of 2011, Marilyn Manson removed himself from the pubIn an interview with Loudwire, April 2012, Marilyn Man- lic spotlight and ceased almost all communication with
son said about the album:
his fans or the outside world.[32]
The albums lead single, No Reection, received its rst
airplay on March 7, 2012 on KROQ Los Angeles. It
was released in digital format on March 13, 2012 through
Lyrical content
Cooking Vinyl and Hell, etc., over a month ahead of the
albums
release. The single was also released in physiIn a recent interview with Loudwire, Marilyn Manson said
cal
format
on April 21, 2012 as a limited-edition white
about the lyrics of the songs:
vinyl, available only in the UK and Europe in celebration
of Record Store Day. A music video directed by Lukas
Ettlin[33][34] was released to promote the single, and also
features Roxane Mesquida. The music video premiered
Concept
on April 4, 2012 on Marilyn Mansons VEVO channel.
Marilyn Manson stated in whilst talking with NME that
Born Villain is about Its a question of nature or nurture, are people raised to be villains or vilied like I have
become?"[28] In an interview with CNN, Manson gave insight into the concept of the album. In any story, the
villain is the catalyst. The heros not a person who will
bend the rules or show the cracks in his armor. Hes
one-dimensional intentionally, but the villain is the person who owns up to what he is and stands by it. He'll do
the things that are sometimes morally questionable, but
he does it because its his nature to do it and it doesn't
uctuate. Its the fable of the frog and the scorpion, all
those stories that just say, whatever you're going to be,
stick to it in condence. Don't waver or life will fuck you
over.[29]

On May 22, 2011, the bands website underwent a complete overhaul. A short 26 second snippet of a new song,
tentatively titled, I am among no one (excerpt from an
undisclosed song with an unreleased title)"[30] was uploaded to the redesigned main page along with a new
logo to signify their eighth studio album and the new era.
The logo consisted of the letter M repeated four times
in a spiral pattern, each with one long tail. At the end
of the blue and yellow tails is the Chinese trigram (
l) of the I Ching. Read lengthwise or up-and-down, it
formed Hexagram 30, Radiance, also called the clinging and the net. The origin of the character is rooted
in symbols of long-tailed birds such as the peacock or the
legendary phoenix. The CMYK coloring was also notable with regard to an acrostic formed by Manson, in a

3.8. ''BORN VILLAIN''


journal entry that accompanied the site changes, which
spelled out the words Christianity Manufactures Yesterdays Killers.[30][31] On June 2011, Manson appeared live
via the Ustream broadcast of Fleischers Universe directed
by Victor Borachuk where he announced that the new album title will be revealed within a week. He also divulged the lyrics, The center of the universe cannot exist
without edges, of a yet to be released song.[35] In December 2010, Marilyn Manson held a photo shoot session that
leaked onto the Internet in early 2011.[36]
Marilyn Manson performed live at the Revolver Golden
Gods Awards on 11 April 2012, with actor and guitarist
Johnny Depp joining the band on stage for performances
of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and "The Beautiful People".

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On June 27, 2012, Manson announced via his Facebook
page that a music video for "Slo-Mo-Tion" was in the
making. The status was uploaded via mobile, reading,
Shooting Slo-Mo-tion. --MM.[40] On August 10, 2012,
Manson updated his Facebook and Twitter with four new
images, one which included the caption, Just nished the
slo-mo-tion moving picture show., suggesting that the
music video was now complete. The music video was
ocially released on August 21, 2012. It was directed by
Manson himself, and features a cameo appearance from
Eastbound & Down's Steve Little.
On September 28, 2012, a music video for "Hey, Cruel
World..." was released on the Amp Rock TV channel on
YouTube and on the ocial Marilyn Manson website.
The video was directed by Tim Mattia for ARTV. The
entire music video is in black and white.

Artwork

3.8.5 Reception
Dean Karr shot the artwork for the album, having previously worked with Manson on Antichrist Superstar and
Lest We Forget cover artwork.[37] Karr also served as the
photographer for a Revolver magazine cover featuring the
lead singer.[37] On March 16, 2012, Steven Coy conrmed through his Facebook page that the artwork was
being nalized. Six days later on March 22, the cover
art for Born Villain appeared on Amazon, before going
into heavy rotation on other retailer websites, as well as
on the bands own Facebook page and ocial website.
Dean Karr has conrmed that his photography work was
not chosen to serve as the album cover, and that the chosen image was taken by another photographer. The album
cover image is the work of photographer Lindsay Usich,
who is also Mansons current girlfriend.

Singles
On February 9, 2012, Marilyn Manson conrmed on The
Alan Cox Show that the rst single of the album would be
"No Reection". Details were sketchy, with Manson only
stating that the single would be coming soon. Manson
also told The Alan Cox Show host that he would be starting
work on a music video for No Reection the following
week. A few weeks later on March 6, the single artwork
and a release date of March 20 were announced via Amazon. The song quickly made its debut on the radio station
KROQ before spreading all over the Internet.[37] Shortly
before the song aired, Manson encouraged his fans to tune
in via his Twitter feed.[38] A music video for the single
premiered on April 4, 2012 on Marilyn Mansons VEVO
channel, directed by Lukas Ettlin. The song plays during
the end credits of Chernobyl Diaries. The music video
went on to win Loudwires readers poll for rock music
video of 2012,with the comment, Marilyn Manson rebounded in a big way in 2012 and the fans responded by
making his No Reection clip the 2012 Loudwire Music
Awards Rock Video of the Year.[39]

Critical reception
Upon its release, the album was met with mixed reviews.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of
100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on 10 reviews, which
indicates mixed or average reviews.[41] Darryl Sterdan
of the Ottawa Sun gave the album itself a positive review
and said: Just when you thought it was safe to write o
Manson, he rises again like the slasher-ick anti-hero he
deserves to be. The shock rockers eighth album nds
him musing about destructive love, pondering his humanity and quoting Macbeth, while riding a downward spiral
of slow-grinding goth-metal and glam-slam.[48] GyZ of
Noise Shaft was especially impressed with the impertinently awless production values of Born Villain. The
album packs an exceptionally superb and well dened
bite and there is exactly zero mud or fuzz or thresholdcrossing to be heard.[50] Gary Gra of Billboard noted
that the album nds a seemingly refreshed and clearminded Manson and his band poring through a diverse set
of moods and styles in songs that cut a little deeper than
the deliberate provocation of many of his previous works.
The raw and often stripped-down set is built on sophisticated dynamics, while references to the Stooges (The
Gardener), glam rock (Slo-Mo-Tion) and even blues
(Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms) accent the pulsing
industrial undercurrent and foreboding spookiness that
are Mansons stock in trade.[42] Kerrang! reviewer Tom
Bryant praised album closer and ballad Breaking the
Same Old Ground as the most emotional note of the
record. Against slow rich swathes of synth, Manson delivers tender melody, nding pathos and feeling with it.
For a man whos spent so long appearing not to be human,
the deliverance of naked soul makes for a nice twist. Perhaps this should be where his future lies?" Kill Hipsters
noted in particular the insanely good bass lines, bordering along post-punk/punk-rock in some parts, and con-

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sidered Born Villain as overall one hell of a comeback
album for a guy everyone thought was well and truly dead
and gone. In true Marilyn Manson style hes managed to
resurrect a dead career and get people to start paying attention to his music again (even if not in the same way
people used to). It sounds like Manson still has some
gas in the tank.[51] Matthew Horton of Virgin Media
saw the album as a new, snarly step forward, bristling
with a vitality that Manson has no right to still have in
his locker this far down the line. He attributes this to a
reconnection with his early favourite bands, the likes of
Killing Joke and Nick Cave's The Birthday Party, but its
far fresher than its goth forebears.[52] Fred Thomas of
allmusic commended the record as valiant and exciting
an eort as the group has come up with in years. While
not reaching the dizzying heights of Marilyn Mansons
early material, it suggests a band getting its legs back after a long period out to sea, and could lead the way to even
brighter future wickedness.[2] British newspaper The Independent gave the album a positive review commenting:
On the rst listen, you notice references to Shakespeare,
Baudelaire and the Greek myths. Say what you like about
Marilyn Manson: you don't get that stu from Slipknot.
Since standing down or being stood down as a lightning rod for moral panic, Manson has been free to pursue his artistic vision unhindered. Frustratingly, over the
past two albums, hes failed to exploit that freedom. Until
now. [...] [It] features some of his nest lyrics yet and,
musically, it often approaches the heyday of Holy Wood
and Mechanical Animals. It is, then, something approaching the stunning return to form of rock-crit clich".[43]
The Arts Desk were more critical stating that Born Villain is business as usual but noted a certain unexpected
funk in the rhythm section. Accompanied by long term
co-songwriting wingman and guitarist Twiggy Ramirez,
Manson comes up with tasty intro ris, ecked with electronic eects. In fact, most of the songs start with a real
groove, but then the stentorian metal hammering takes
over. [...] However, there are exceptions, notably the enjoyable glam stomp of Pistol Whipped and Flowers
of Evil which has a smashing punk tune and comes on
like Patricia Morrison-era Sisters of Mercy. As a general rule, when the singer is adopting his strangled David
Bowie imitation and the bass is leading, all is well, but
when he steps into death metal growling and the bludgeoning guitars arrive, things grow more predictable.[53]
Stephen Dalton of The National deemed Born Villain as
a respectable career ghtback, full of crunchy ris and
punchy vocals, but not quite the knockout blow needed
to regain his title as the world heavyweight champion of
shock rock.[54] Writing for NME, Hamish MacBain admitted there is just a lack of magic, a lack of something
special going on. Its not bad. Its not good. Its just...
Well, look, the thing is, for a guy whose whole raison
detre is American Psycho-esque dark comedy/shock horror, getting shrugs and six out of 10 dened as better
than average is not really what its all about. It should
be zeroes and tens. But musically, it just aint.[55] British

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magazine Rock Sound were left unconvinced admitting
a core essence of Manson is denitely there throughout, with his sadistic calls and menacing tones occasionally making themselves known, but all too often it comes
across as both lethargic and lacking. They close their review by calling Born Villain a disappointing, disjointed
return. Senior Writer of Loudwire Graham Gruhamed
Hartmann on the other hand felt the album somewhat fullling, stating the multi-talented artist created one of the
best albums of his career. Born Villain is not just a collection of songs, its an album with a distinct beginning,
middle and end. The review goes on to explore the various tracks of the album, before concluding Despite the
notion put forth by naysayers that Mansons best work is
behind him, Born Villain proves not only that the connection between Manson and his fans can still grow stronger,
but that the rock icon still has much more to say.[45] Similarly, Rick Florino of Artistdirect felt the album very satisfying. From top to bottom, its Mansons most vicious
and vibrant eort since Antichrist Superstar. Make no
mistake about it; this is Manson at his best. Elegantly,
he slices throats and puts up a middle nger to everyone
once more.[56] A review written by Chris Lockett sums
up The Bottom Line: Not only is Born Villain Marilyn Mansons comeback album, its also one of his best
albums PERIOD..[57] Mansons album went on to win
top of album of 2012 on Loudwire.com, a well respected
rock website, with the site declaring Marilyn Manson
had an incredibly decisive victory for Rock Album of the
Year in the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards.[58]

Commercial performance
The album debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, with
rst week sales of over 39,000 copies,[59] while in the
United Kingdom it peaked at No. 14 ve places higher
than previous album The High End of Low selling almost 7,000 copies in its rst week on the chart.[60] The
album also sold 5,825 copies on its rst week to debut
at No. 18 on the Japanese Oricon album chart.[61] As of
December 2013, the album has sold over 120,000 copies
in the United States according to Cooking Vinyl founder
Martin Goldschmidt.[62]
In its rst week on sale, Born Villain broke iTunes Top 10
album charts in 22 countries, placing eighth in Poland;
seventh in Ireland; sixth in the Czech Republic; fourth
in Japan and Canada; third in Germany, Denmark and
Spain; second in the United Kingdom, Austria, Finland,
Italy, Norway, Spain and Japan; and rst in Belgium,
New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland,[63] Luxembourg,[64]
France and the United States; in the United States, the
album peaked at number three on the iTunes chart for
all genres.[65] By May 3, Born Villain claimed the top
position of Loudwires Top Rock Albums of 2012 (So
Far) list.[66] The album made its debut at number 3 on
the Billboard Rock Albums, number 1 on the Billboard
Hard Rock Albums Chart, number 1 on the Billboard In-

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dependent Albums Chart, number 2 on the Billboard Al- 3.8.7 Track listing
ternative Album Chart, number 5 on the Billboard German Album Chart, number 8 on Billboard Canadian Al- All lyrics written by M. Manson, except You're So Vain
bum Chart, number 10 on the Billboard Digital Albums words by Carly Simon.
Chart, and number 4 on the Billboard Tastemaker Albums Chart.

3.8.8 Credits and personnel


3.8.9 Charts

Awards

Year-end charts
On Loudwire, the album was nominated for and won the
Rock Album of the Year 2012 award. Born Villain re- 3.8.10 Release history
ceived the highest percentage of votes on the Rock Album
of the Year polls, with the nal results showing Mansons 3.8.11 References
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Hey Cruel World... Tour / Twins of


Evil Tour / Masters of Madness Tour

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3.8.12

External links

Ocial website of the Born Villain lm


Ocial website of Campaign

Chapter 4

EPs
4.1 ''Smells Like Children''

After the tour ended, mention of Wiggins or any aliation of with him was unknown. Manson later described
[5]
Smells Like Children is an EP by American rock band him as a vacuum cleaner for sin, and claims him to be
indirectly
responsible
for
his
own
disappearing
innocence
Marilyn Manson. It was released on October 24, 1995
[6]
and
human
emotions
on
the
road.
in the US through Nothing and Interscope Records. It
was produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The
release represents an era of the band full of drugs, abuses,
4.1.2 Themes
tours, sound experiments, and is also a reference to the
villain The Child Catcher from the 1968 musical lm
The bands frontman has discussed his thoughts in retroChitty Chitty Bang Bang.
spect on Smells Like Children within his autobiography
The release was initially proposed to strictly be a remix The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, circa 1998:
single for "Dope Hat", but various contributions by engiManson has considered the release to be An album that
neer and Skinny Puppy producer Dave Ogilvie, Nine Inch
looks like an album for children that is not for children";
Nails live keyboardist Charlie Clouser and new material
in fact, on the outer rim of the CD label the printed words
by the band resulted in an eclectic and unusual combiKeep this and all drugs away from small children are
nation of material. All the ideas and tracks for this EP
visible.
were created and composed throughout the touring cycle
in support of Portrait of an American Family, and is the
rst Marilyn Manson work that features longtime mem4.1.3 Music
bers Twiggy Ramirez on bass, and Ginger Fish on drums.
The album was certied Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[2] Spearheaded
by its sole single, a cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of
This)", originally written and performed by Eurythmics
in 1983, the song became a staple on MTV and helped to
establish the band in the mainstream.

4.1.1

Background and development

After the conclusion of the Portrait of an American Family Tour, the band undertook the opening slot position
for Danzig's 4p Tour from March 24, 1995 until May
14, 1995. During their tenure, Danzig/Pantera tour
bus driver Tony F. Wiggins befriended Marilyn Manson, bassist Twiggy Ramirez and keyboardist Madonna
Wayne Gacy and went on backstage drug binges, perverse
acts and other unusual escapades with them.[3]
The most well-known and notorious of Wiggins-related
events was a series of backstage makeshift torture, interviews and confessions administered by himself, Manson,
Ramirez and Gacy to disturbed, emotionally unstable and
otherwise strange individuals who were both strangers
and Marilyn Manson fans alike.[4]

Songs
A number of cover songs are included in the track listing,
most famous of which is the bands cover of Eurythmics'
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", which helped to
skyrocket the band into the mainstream. The other covers
on the album are the Patti Smith song "Rock N Roll Nigger" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You",
with the latter later featured on the soundtrack for David
Lynch's 1997 psychological thriller lm Lost Highway.
A recorded telephone conversation between Mansons
mother and grandmother, titled May Cause Discoloration of the Urine or Feces, is sometimes included
on early bootlegs under the title Procardia, in a heavily modied version which is actually a fan-made track,
and not an actual track from either pressingthis version contains the original track in the left channel, and
an extract from Raggedy Ann in the right. The Smells
Like Children version was previously featured as part of
the sound scape Revelation #9, released on the single
for "Get Your Gunn". Some of these bootlegs may also
contain bonus tracks, including a demo for the song My
Monkey from Portrait of an American Family, and another track called Choklit Factory taken from the bands

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ing her 7-year-old male cousin.[7] These were replaced by


The album alludes to famous occult author Aleister Crow- The Hands of Small Children and May Cause Discolley, particularly in the Dope Hat re-recording Diary of oration of the Urine or Feces, respectively.
a Dope Fiend after the Crowley novel Diary of a Drug The tracks Sympathy for the Parents and Dancing with
Fiend. The Frankie referred to in Fuck Frankie is the One-Legged... are distorted sound clips taken from
Frankie Proia, Mansons tour manager at the time who an appearance by Manson, Ramirez and Gacy on The Phil
embezzled $20,000 from the band during their tour for Donahue Show.[9] The episode discussed the dangers of
their previous release, Portrait of an American Family.[7] moshing at concerts. The excerpt used in Sympathy for
Wiggins recorded an acoustic rendition of the song Cake the Parents features Ramirez responding to a question
and Sodomy under the title White Trash. Manson about the attire worn by the band members by playing a
stated the irony of having Wiggins strum and twang a cassette tape recording of Scabs, Guns and Peanut Butredneck version of the song was perfect for its message, ter, before Mansons answer to the same question.
since [it] critiques southern Christian white trash.[7]
Spooky Kids-era.

The One-Legged... referred to in Dancing with the


4.1.4 Release
One-Legged... was a battered doll of Huggy Bear, the
pimp from the 1970s cop thriller television series, Starsky
Singles
and Hutch, which was missing a leg. Manson explains,
Inside that empty plastic socket was where we hid our
drugs throughout the Tony Wiggins tour. Whenever we
ingested the contents of that extra orice, we referred to
it in code as 'dancing with the one-legged pimp'".[7] The
untitled sixteenth track contains a slower, more ominous
remix of Shitty Chicken Gang Bang and, approximately
6 minutes in, an unusual audio experiment sometimes referred to as Poop Games.
Samples
The only solace was that through some unfortunate error
someone at the record pressing plant made several thousand copies of our original version of the album, thinking
it was the new one. Without even listening to them, the
record company sent them out as promotional copies to
radio stations and journalists before realizing their mistake. Now, they are available to anyone who wants to
hear them on the Internet. Though someone at the label actually accused me of plotting it, I wish I was that
resourceful. God, however irrelevant he may be to me,
works in mysterious ways.[7]
Marilyn Manson discussing the state of the removed
tracks
Early promotional copies of Smells Like Children featured
unauthorized samples from the lms Willy Wonka & the
Chocolate Factory and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well
as other sound bites considered too extreme, therefore
resulting in the track listing to be re-edited accordingly
for public release, much to Mansons chagrin.[7] Interscope was not interested in buying licenses to use the lm
samples and demanded written adavits from the participants in the sound bites, certifying their consent to be
recorded.[7] The removed clips were the original opening
track,"Abuse, Part 1 (There is Pain Involved)", featuring
the voices of Manson and Wiggins as they attempted to
calm down a masochistic girl when things got rather outof-hand,[8] and Abuse, Part 2 (Confessions)", featuring
an interview with a teenage girl who confesses to molest-

Marilyn Manson in the music video for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made
of This)"

Smells Like Children was anchored by only one single,


a cover version of Eurythmics 1983 hit "Sweet Dreams
(Are Made of This)".
Manson often drew musical inspiration from his dreams,
but the idea to cover this song came from his rst experimentation with LSD at a house party, according to his
autobiography. He says that he hallucinated a slower,
meaner version of the dance hit playing, sung in his
voice.[10] He also stated that Nothing did not want to release this as a single. Daisy Berkowitz stated When the
song was released it divided people they loved it or
hated it. This was good. Just like us, as a band, if loved
youre loved. If hated, people that hate you talk about
you even more so.[11] They wanted to release their cover
of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You", which,
according to Manson, was far too dark, sprawling and
esoteric, even for some of our fans.[7]
The music video for Mansons cover was a gateway to
popularity for the band, eventually being nominated at
the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rock Video, and
contains several clips of Manson and band members in
what appears to be an old, decrepit asylum whilst wearing a variety of strange costumes. The overall video was
shot with unusual lters: this was one of the rst videos
shot with director Dean Karr's initial vision intact, not

4.1. ''SMELLS LIKE CHILDREN''


based solely on whatever ideas the band had come up with
prior. In between these clips are a number of surreal shots
of Manson wearing a wedding gown, Manson wandering around an abandoned street in a tutu, birds uttering
around him and leaving dropping on his body, and footage
of him riding a pig wearing a cowboy hat whilst covered
with mud which Manson rides during the songs climax.

4.1.5

Reception

Critical reception
Upon its release, the album met with mixed to negative reviews from music critics. allmusic gave it a mixed
review and said: Where the full-length debut showed
sparks of character and invention beneath industrial metal
sludge, Smells Like Children is a smartly crafted horror show, lled with vulgarity, ugliness, goth freaks, and
sideshow scares. Manson wisely chose to heighten his
cartoonish personality with the EP. Most of the record
is devoted to spoken words and samples, all designed to
push the outrage buttons of middle America. Musically,
it may not amount to muchits goth-metal-industrial,
as good as the "Dope Hat, "Lunchbox, and Cake
and Sodomy trilogy that distinguished the debutbut
as a sonic sculpture, as an objet d'art, its eective and
wickedly fascinating. Its exactly what Brian Warner
needed to do to establish Marilyn Manson as Americas
bogeyman for the late '90s.[1]

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other feature to the show was the addition of giant trees
on each side of the stage from which hung ventriloquist
dummies from the branches. The stage was usually set up
to accommodate small audiences, as most of the shows
took place in clubs, rather than arenas.
This was the rst tour in which Manson began using stilts.
The band also began their signature bizarre looks during
these concerts as well, by shaving their eyebrows, and
donning makeup and sexually suggestive clothes (with
Manson wearing jock straps to pulling his pants down and
tucking his penis between his legs, and with Ramirez beginning his traditional kinderwhore cross-dressing gimmick).
Once an occasional sight on the bands previous tours,
Manson was now regularly seen cutting himself on stage
most nightsparticularly during performances of Sweet
Dreams (Are Made of This)". He got his main chest scarring from this tour as he got into a heated argument with
a crowd member and broke a glass bottle and ran it across
his chest.

4.1.7 Track listing


4.1.8 Charts and certications
Singles

4.1.9 Credits and personnel

In his review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert


4.1.10 References
Christgau dened Smells Like Children as an Unmitigated consumer frauda mess of instrumentals, covers,
Footnotes
and remixes designed to exploit its well-publicized tour,
genderfuck cover art, titillating titles, and parental warn[1] Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Smells Like Children Alling label. The lyrics to Shitty Chic