Marilyn Manson is an American industrial metal band founded by Brian Warner in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 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, guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, drummer Ginger Fish, keyboardist Chris Vrenna and the newly added bassist Fred Sablan.
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 as a critical and, simultaneously, laudatory appraisal of America and its peculiar culture. 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.
“Portrait of an American Family” was Marilyn Manson's debut album, released in 1994. As with the band's next two releases, this album was co-produced by Trent Reznor.
“Antichrist Superstar,” the second full-length studio album by Marilyn Manson was released on October 8, 1996 by Interscope Records. The album has sold over 1.9 million copies in America and over 2 million copies worldwide and debuted at number three on the album charts. It featured the singles "The Beautiful People" and "Tourniquet."
“Mechanical Animals,” the third full-length studio album by Marilyn Manson, was released on September 14, 1998 by Interscope Records. It debuted at No.1 in its first week of sale, making it the first Marilyn Manson album to do so. It spawned four singles ("The Dope Show", "Rock Is Dead", "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" and "Coma White").
“Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death),” the fourth full-length studio album by Marilyn Manson was released on November 14, 2000 in the US and Australia by Interscope Records. It charted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and spawned three singles ("Disposable Teens", "The Fight Song" and "The Nobodies"). The album has sold 9 million copies worldwide.
“The Golden Age of Grotesque,” the fifth full-length studio album by Marilyn Manson was released in 2003. The album met with modest commercial success. It debuted at #1 in the United States, selling over 120,000 copies in the first week, but was the lowest selling #1 album of the year. To date, the album has sold over 526,000 copies in the United States. "Mobscene" was released as the album’s only charting single.
“Eat Me, Drink Me,” the sixth studio album by Marilyn Manson was released on June 5, 2007, debuting at number 8 in the United States with more than 88,000 copies sold. "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" and "Putting Holes in Happiness" were both modestly charting singles.
“The High End of Low” is the seventh studio album by Marilyn Manson. The album was released on May 25, 2009 in the United Kingdom and May 26, 2009 in the United States. The album's first radio single, "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon," was released on May 18, 2009. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard charts, falling to number 24 and 60 on its second and third weeks. The album has sold over 137,000 copies to date in America.