Manson is recognized as one of the most divisive figures in the history of music, and his work lives up to the reputation he has earned by being nuanced and thought-provoking. There have been three of his albums that have achieved platinum status, while another two have achieved gold status. Throughout the ’90s, Marilyn Manson was the focus of intense attention from the media due to the perception that he was a corrupting force in the lives of young people. In addition to her acting career, which has brought her a great deal of fame, Marilyn Manson is an outstanding visual artist in her own right.
In the Beginning
Brian Hugh Warner is the real name of Marilyn Manson, and he was born on January 5th, 1969 in the city of Canton, in the state of Ohio. His teachers at Heritage Christian School educated him on the genres of music that violated God’s will and were considered blasphemous by the school. They would, on occasion, perform genres of music that were, in their opinion, morally repugnant. When the young Brian Warner first encountered this style of music, he immediately fell in love with it.
Following his graduation from high school in 1987, Warner enrolled in college to pursue a degree in journalism. Later on, he conducted interviews with a number of musicians who had been early inspirations on his own musical career. These performers included Groovie Mann and Trent Reznor. The latter musician, a member of Nine Inch Nails, turned out to have the most influence on Warner. Later, Reznor assisted Manson in the production of his debut album.
Early Years in the Music Industry
Together with his close buddy Scott Putesky, Brian Warner formed his first band in the latter half of the ’80s. The two musicians gave themselves stage names that were a blend of sex icons from Hollywood and the names of notorious serial killers. Putesky was transformed into Daisy Berkowitz, while Brian Warner was given the identity of Marilyn Manson, a character who is a hybrid of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. At some point, the name of the band changed to Marilyn Manson as well.
During the early stages of her career, Marilyn Manson was swiftly barred from performing at a number of venues. In retaliation, the band underwent a flurry of name changes, including “Mrs. Scabtree” and “Satan on Fire,” amongst others.
Portrait of an American Family was Marilyn Manson’s debut studio album, which was produced by Trent Reznor after he eventually developed a personal interest in the band. As the band toured with Nine Inch Nails, they rapidly amassed a large and devoted following among fans of that band. After the release of their debut extended play (EP), titled Smells Like Children, they saw a meteoric rise in their fan base. This EP was released in 1995, and it featured the big hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” which was a cover of a hit by the Eurythmics from the 1980s. After having their song video played on MTV, the band shot to international fame in what seemed like the blink of an eye.
As Marilyn Manson’s popularity grew, so did the amount of attention she received from the media, and she was quickly mired in controversy. Politicians affiliated with the Republican Party in the United States asserted that the book Smells Like Children featured “pre-packaged nihilism” and that the future of all human civilization was in jeopardy because of it.
Antichrist Superstar was Marilyn Manson’s second album, and it was the one that led to an increase in the number of allegations of satanism and perversion from a variety of figures. Additionally, it was the group’s most successful album to this point, making its debut at number three on the Billboard Top 200 chart. It eventually sold more than 2 million copies in the United States and over 7 million copies in other countries across the world.
Despite this, Antichrist Superstar did not come without a price. Heavy drug usage contributed to tensions within the band, which led to the abrupt departure of founding member Daisy Berkowitz midway through the recording process for the album. In addition, the band was subjected to an increased amount of pressure from a number of activist groups, some of whom even staged protests during the band’s live performances. A congressional investigation was launched into Marilyn Manson’s music after one of his followers took his own life.
After that, in 1998, the band released Mechanical Animals, which marked a shift in their musical aesthetic. Marilyn Manson’s music, which was heavily influenced by glam rock, explored topics such as femininity, celebrity culture, and excess. Even though Daisy Berkowitz was not a part of the band throughout the recording of the album, it was certified platinum and garnered glowing reviews. Holy Wood, released in 2000, did not enjoy the same level of economic success as its predecessor, but the album was nevertheless very highly received by reviewers and did quite well in other countries. With this album, the band made their way back to their traditional industrial metal sound. During this period, Marilyn Manson was notoriously linked to the school shooting that took place in 1999 at Columbine, despite the fact that he denied having any impact on the shooters.
As the subgenre of Nu-Metal became increasingly popular, Marilyn Manson attempted to differentiate himself from the style, which he at the time regarded as archaic. When compared to the band’s earlier albums, The Golden Age of Grotesque featured a sound that was noticeably more electronic in nature. Several veteran members of the band quit the band either before, during, or after the recording of this album, with the majority of them citing differences in artistic vision. The album was met with a variety of reactions from critics.
Eat Me, Drink Me, which was released by Marilyn Manson in 2007, marked a return to form for the artist, and the album made its debut at number eight on the Billboard Top 200. In spite of the fact that there were fewer band members overall, the ensemble was nevertheless able to produce a unique sound that garnered positive feedback. The High End of Low, which was Marilyn Manson’s seventh album and was released in 2009, did not fare as well commercially as the artist’s prior release. As a result of his relationships with Dita Von Teese and Evan Rachel Wood, Manson was suffering with a great deal of emotional anguish at the time, and the album got a variety of reactions from critics.
Manson issued Born Villain in 2012; the album marked a return to the band’s roots while maintaining a very powerful sound. Again, the album received mostly negative and positive reviews from reviewers. The following album to be released by the band was 2015’s The Pale Emperor, which was hailed by reviewers as the band’s finest work in the past several decades. Not only that, but quite a few publications ranked it as the top album of the year 2015 in their rankings. The album had a radically different approach in terms of its musical style, moving away from Manson’s heavy metal roots and toward more of a blues and rock atmosphere. In 2017, Manson released Heaven Upside Down, an album that had incredibly violent lyrics and a hard punk sound. This successful run continued for Manson with the release of Heaven Upside Down.
In addition to working on his own albums, Marilyn Manson has contributed to songs by other musicians, including DMX and Godhead, among others. He was also a producer, most notably for the band Jack Off Jill, and he worked in that capacity. Hell, Etc. is the name of the record label that Manson runs under his own name.
Various Other Enterprises
Manson began making appearances in a variety of films and television series even as early as the late ’90s. To this day, he has racked up an astonishing number of acting credits, some of which include roles on television shows such as Sons of Anarchy. In the past, he has also been active in the directing industry.
In the late 1990s, Marilyn Manson began his artistic career as a watercolor painter. His work has been displayed in a number of galleries all around the world. Manson was also responsible for developing his own brand of absinthe, which was met with a favorable reception.
Throughout the course of his career, Marilyn Manson has been linked romantically with a number of different women. These women include Rose McGowan, Dita Von Teese, and Evan Rachel Wood, among others. In addition to this, Manson is good friends with the actor Johnny Depp and is Lily-Rose Depp’s godfather. Lily-Rose Depp was born in 2003.
In 2013, Manson purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills at a price of $1.1 million. In October of 2021, he put this house up for sale with an asking price of little under $1.75 million.
A singer-songwriter, musician, writer, actor, and visual artist from the United States, Marilyn Manson has a total combined net worth of $5 million.