Marilyn Manson


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Marilyn Manson's skill in crafting boldly creative imagery and brutally powerful statements has catapulted his band and persona into the mass media spotlight. His ever-expanding methods and range of creative expression continue to communicate important messages in irresistably memorable ways which simultaneously speak to those who understand him, and rail against those who never will.Current members:Marilyn Manson (2) - vocals (1989-present)Twiggy Ramirez - guitar (2009-present), bass (1993-2002, 2008-2009)Ginger Fish - drums (1995-2004, 2006-present)Chris Vrenna - keyboards (2007-present), drums (2004-2005)Fred Sablan - bass (2010-present)Former members: (incl. previous "The Spooky Kids")Daisy Berkowitz - guitar, programming (1989-1996)Zsa Zsa Speck - keyboards (1989)Olivia Newton Bundy - bass (1989)Madonna Wayne Gacy - keyboards, sampling, percussion (1989-2007)Gidget Gein - bass (1989-1993)Sara Lee Lucas - drums (1991-1995)Zim Zum - guitar (1996-1998)John 5 - guitar (1998-2004)Tim Skold - bass (2002-2005), guitar (2006-2008)Mark Chaussee - live guitar (2004-2005)Rob Holliday - live bass (2007-2008), live guitar (2008)Wes Borland - live guitar (2008-2009)Andrew Gerold - live bass (2009-2010)

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Marilyn Manson is a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States-formed band led by the singer also named Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner on January 5, 1969). Warner chose the name, a combination of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson, to illustrate what he considered to be the extreme dualism of late 20th century American culture. The stage names of each band member were originally created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic mass murderer or serial killer...

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Marilyn Manson is an American rock band founded by Brian Warner and Scott Putesky in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1989. Originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, the band's uniquely theatrical performances gathered a local cult following in the early '90s, that subsequently developed into a worldwide fanbase. The band's lineup almost always changes between album releases. The current members of the band are the eponymous lead singer Marilyn Manson, bassist/guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, drummer Ginger Fish, keyboardist Chris Vrenna and the live bassist Andy Gerold.

The band is one of modern music's most controversial,[citation needed] due largely to frequent clashes with religious and political figures. The name of each band member was originally created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic serial killer (such as Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson), doing so to demonstrate the odd dichotomy of American society. The members of the band dress in outlandish makeup and costumes, and have engaged in intentionally shocking behavior both onstage and off. Their lyrics often receive criticism for their anti-religious sentiment and their references to sex, violence and drugs. Marilyn Manson's music and performances have frequently been called offensive and obscene, and, on several occasions, protests and petitions have led to the group being banned from performing.

As this controversy began to wane, so did the band's mainstream popularity. Despite this, Marilyn Manson has garnered much success: three of the band's albums have been awarded platinum certification, three more have been awarded gold, and the band has seen four of its releases debut in the top ten, including two number-one albums. VH1 has ranked Marilyn Manson as the seventy-eighth best rock band on their 100 Great Artists of Hard Rock.

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