Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known by his stage name, Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, actor, painter, author, and former music journalist. He is known for his controversial stage personality and image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson, which he co-founded with guitarist Daisy Berkowitz and of which he remains the only constant member. Like other members of the band, his stage name was formed by combining and juxtaposing the names of two American pop cultural icons of the 1960s: actress Marilyn Monroe and criminal Charles Manson.
~ Mechanical Animals is the third studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on September 15, 1998. The album marked a major shift from the industrial metal and alternative metal styles of the band’s earlier efforts, into an experimentation with 1970s glam rock. As their first release following the success of their breakthrough album, 1996’s Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals’ themes primarily deals with the trappings of fame and drug abuse.
~Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) is the fourth studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on November 11, 2000. A rock opera concept album, it is the final installment of a triptych that also included Antichrist Superstar (1996), and marked a return to the industrial metal style of the band’s earlier work, after the glam rock-influenced production of Mechanical Animals (1998). After its release, the band’s eponymous vocalist said that the overarching story within the trilogy is presented in reverse chronological order: Holy Wood, therefore, begins the narrative.
~ The Golden Age of Grotesque is the fifth studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on May 7, 2003 and was their first album to feature former KMFDM member Tim Sköld, who joined after longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez amicably left the group over creative differences. It was also their final studio album to feature keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy and guitarist John 5, who would both acrimoniously quit before the release of the band’s next studio album.
~ Eat Me, Drink Me is the sixth studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on June 5, 2007. It was recorded in a rented home-recording studio in Hollywood by lead vocalist Marilyn Manson and guitarist and bassist Tim Sköld. Upon release it was met with positive reviews from mainstream music critics. It is the band’s first album not to be recorded as a five-piece as John 5 departed from the group in 2004. Instead of replacing 5, Tim Sköld remained with bass and played guitar, and the band continued as a four-piece.
~ The High End of Low is the seventh studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on May 20, 2009. Multiple editions of the record were released by the label, each containing unique bonus tracks. The album’s lyrics were largely inspired by the personal troubles experienced by the band’s eponymous vocalist relating to his divorce from burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, as well as his later relationship with teenage actress Evan Rachel Wood.
~ Lest We Forget: The Best Of is the first greatest hits album by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released on September 28, 2004. The album was conceived by the band’s eponymous vocalist as a “farewell compilation”, and was originally going to feature a duet with Shirley Manson of Garbage. Upon its completion, neither singer was satisfied with the duet, and it remains unreleased. Instead, the band recorded a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” (1989), which became the only new track on the album and was released as a single.