Marilyn Manson Biography
Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, was born on January 5, 1969 in Canton, Ohio USA; when his family moved to Tampa Bay, Florida, after he graduated from high school, he began to write stories and poems and subsequently worked as entertainment journalist for a local magazine, it was when covering Nine Inch Nails for his magazine that Brian Warner was given an opportunity to meet Trent Reznor, who sponsored Warner's upstart band.
He got the name Marilyn Manson as a combination from the names of the screen icon Marilyn Monroe and the serial killer Charles Manson and in 1990 Marilyn Manson and guitarist Scott Mitchell assembled a band with bassist Gidget Gein, keyboardist Madonna Wayne-Gacy, alias Pogo and drummer Sara Lee Lucas; during their early years, the group built up a solid fan base through gigging around Florida area and made a deep impression on the Industrial Alternative-Metal scene for their stage show which featured naked women, bizarre clothes and satanic images.
In late 1993 Gein was fired and Twiggy Ramirez -- AKA Jeordie White -- replaced him on bass, the group then decided to record their first album, "Portrait Of An American Family", which was issued in the summer of 1994, on Nothing Records, the label founded by Trent Reznor; that same year, Manson had gained the title of 'Reverend' by Anton Szandor LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan.
Over the next year, Lucas was replaced by drummer Ginger Fish, the founder member Scott Mitchell quit and Marilyn Manson pulled in guitar player Zim Zum; in October 1995 the band returned with its second effort, the platinum-certified "Smells Like Children" which included the cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"; released as a single it cracked the top 30 of The Billboard's Rock charts and helped boost the album to #31 on The Billboard Top 200.
Marilyn Manson's big commercial break came a year later when "Antichrist Superstar" soared to #3 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart led by "The Beautiful People", which hit #26 on The Modern Rock Tracks and #29 on The Mainstream Rock chart; the second single, "Tourniquet" also went into the top 30 of Billboard's Active Rock chart.
In September 1998, shortly after guitarist John '5' Lowery joined the band, Marilyn Manson released the instant North American #1 album, "Mechanical Animals"; its main single, "The Dope Show", climbed into the top 20 on both Billboard's Active and Modern Rock airplay charts, it was followed by two more Mainstream Rock top 30 hits: "I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)" and "Rock Is Dead"; the album likewise made significant noise on the other side of the Atlantic where it rocketed to the top 10 of the U.K. Pop Sales chart.
Another two years passed before Manson and his crew returned with the band's fifth studio album, "Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)", the record reached #13 on The Billboard 200 Albums list and failed to match its predecessor's sales generating only one Billboard's Rock charting single: "Disposable Teens".
In December 2001 the band recorded a remake of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" for the film "Not Another Teen Movie", the song became their highest-charting single to date in U.K. managing to enter the top 5 and crawled up to #30 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks.
During the recording sessions for the next album, longtime collaborator Twiggy Ramirez left the group to join A Perfect Circle, his replacement was bass player Tim Skold. Marilyn Manson delivered "The Golden Age Of Grotesque", in May of 2003, the record rose to #1 on both The Billboard Top 200 and the Canadian Albums charts, it also smashed into the top 5 in Australia, Britain and several other European countries charts; the lead single, "Mobscene", reached the #18 spot on The Mainstream Rock chart.
The band returned a year later with the retrospective collection "Lest We Forget The Best Of" which contained the cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus", Manson's highest charting radio single ever, the song crawled up to #12 on The Modern Rock chart and the album peaked at #9 in the States, at #4 in the U.K. and at #3 in Canada. Ginger Fish was badly injured when a performance of the new single came to a close on live TV in Cologne, Germany; he felt down from the back of the very high raised stage and was taken to hospital, bleeding and concussed. Chris Vrenna, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, was brought in to play drums on the "Against All Gods" tour whilst Ginger Fish mends. Vrenna remained in the band as permanent keyboardist while Madonna Wayne Gacy left the group due to a law suit.
In 2006 Marilyn Manson recorded a new version of the song "This Is Halloween", which was featured on the two-disc reissue of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" soundtrack.
Four years since his last studio album, Marilyn Manson returned in June 2007 with "Eat Me, Drink Me" peaking at #8 on both U.S. and Canadian Albums charts; the 11-song set included the Hot Modern Rock top 30 hit "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Guides The Hand)".
The ghoulish metaller's next outing, entitled "The High End Of Low", marked the first time guitarist Twiggy Ramirez rejoined Manson for a studio set since 1998's "Mechanical Animals". The disc, which contained the Active Rock minor hit single "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon", peaked at #4 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
Marilyn Manson's eighth studio record "Born Villain" dropped in May 2012; it rose to #8 on the Top Canadian Albums chart and hit #10 on The Billboard 200. This album featured a new line-up following the departure of Ginger Fish and Chris Vrenna, Manson and Ramirez were joined by Fred Sablan on bass and Jason Sutter on drums. The first single, "No Reflection", was the band's first single in eighth years to break into the 20 of The Mainstream Rock radio chart.