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What if Marilyn Manson died?

February 12, 2010

If there was ever a man as revered as he was feared, as infamous as he was famous, or as alluring as he was revolting, it was Marilyn Manson. Lead-singer of the band of the same name, artist, and the incarnation of every parent’s worst nightmare, Manson, born Brian Warner, was actually an extremely talented performer.

If he was not nervously derided by Middle America, he was conspicuously protested against. Marilyn Manson was to goth-rock what Nirvana was to grunge – revolutionary, epitomising. Often rejected as unintelligent shock music or ignored for satanic symbolism, Manson’s lyrical prowess and provocative stage presence made him a dangerous pioneer in rock music.

Born in 1969, raised by religious parents in Ohio then Florida, he took on the pseudonym Marilyn Manson from idol Marilyn Monroe and murderer Charles Manson and formed Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in 1989, shortening to Marilyn Manson in 1992.

After being noticed by Nine Inch Nails front-man, Trent Reznor, the band were set to turn their destructively furious music on a wider audience. Their second full-length studio album, Antichrist Superstar in 1996, sparked a world tour, regularly picketed by religious organisations, and even denounced by American senator, Joseph Lieberman.

Manson took the controversy in his stride focusing on the cults of drugs and celebrities in his next album, Mechanical Animals. Influenced by the glamour of David Bowie, the album gave the band a much more universal appeal leading to album chart clockings and MTV appearances. While touring Mechanical Animals the Columbine school shootings took place. Once it was discovered the boys involved were fans of Manson’s ‘violent’ music, the blame was pinned on him and his corrupting music.

Infamy of such led to a relatively quiet period for Manson. When he reappeared in 2000 with Holy Wood, supposedly the third part of a trilogy, his Guns, God and Government Tour draw huge crowds. Exploring the links between death and fame in American society while forever criticising blind obedience to religion and government, Marilyn Manson became a household name. Though maintaining anarchist values Manson’s exposure led to a certain desensitisation around the world. Failing to deliver on the pioneering sound of his early work and victim to the celebrity he so critiqued – he covered Tainted Love for low-brow teen comedy, Not Another Teen Movie – Manson seemed to have lost his way.

Recent albums, The Golden Age of Grotesque and Eat Me Drink Me, do not capture the mix of raw angst and unadulterated talent that encapsulated his rise to success. Ever experimental in drugs to the point of destruction, it is unsurprising it has been his downfall.

Despite his dip in form to the end of his years, Manson, for his observant, shockingly obscene take on the dichotomies of society and vehement iconoclasm, will always be the Antichrist Superstar.

CAVEAT – Manson is not dead. Rock is dead.

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8 comments

  1. marilyn manson and all his followers need to know JESUS CRIST LOVE”S THEWM AND WHANTS TO SAVE THEIR SOUL FROM GOING TO HELL AND SUFFER!…


    • Hahaha you know what, you suck =P

      Marilyn Manson is amazing! And you know what? I have friends who are fans of him also. And we don’t do drugs, we are good students and we love life and are drug free (because we don’t wanna screw up our lives).


    • -YHU SUKK PEDRO..
      NO ONE CARES..!!
      WE ARE WHAT WE CHOOSE
      AND THERS NOTHiNG YOU CAN DO ABOUT iT..
      WHETHER WE ARE SATANiC, AGNOSTiC, OR ATHEiST,
      THERES NOTHiNG YOU CAN DO ABOUT iT BECAUSE THAT iS THE PATH WE CHOOSE…
      THAT’S WHAT WE BELiEVE AND ONE OF YOUR STUPiD COMMENTS WiLL DO NOTHiNG ABOUT iT YHU FAGG..


    • CLAP, CLAP, CLAP…You keep preaching like that and God is going to send you to hell.


  2. Marilyn Manson Truly Rulez!!!!!! omg if he didn’t do what he does i don’t know what would happen to us all…… ❤


  3. Marilyn Manson eu te amo eu quero casar com vc , vc é minha alma gemea


  4. Marilyn Manson should be arrested or dead


    • you should die.



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