Marilyn Manson: Controversial Superstar...

What does it take to be a very much talked about metal band in our generation?  A unique mixture of sonic influences?  Controversy?  Elaborate stage personas and costumes?  The religious and political right waging war against you?  Controversy?  In-band turmoil, including an onstage fight?  More lineup changes than you can remember?  Catching the blame for one of the nations most infamous mass shootings?  Did we mention controversy?  These things, at least not all of them, are necessary to be a successful and talked about metal band.  Just don’t tell Marilyn Manson. Marilyn Manson, the band, trace their origins back to 1989 when they were known as Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids.  Fronting the band was Brian Warner, who went by the stage name of Marilyn Manson.  The band members combined the first name of iconic female sex symbols (i.e.: Marilyn Monroe) and the last name of an iconic serial killer (i.e.: Charles Manson).  They did this in order to demonstrate laudatory appraisal of the United States and its peculiar culture.  After dropping the Spooky Kids moniker and releasing the first version of their debut album, then titled The Manson Family, Marilyn Manson released Portrait of an American Family in July 1994 on Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records, along with Interscope Records.  It was met with mixed reviews, with Rolling Stone stating that “Manson’s debut […] isn’t the sharply rendered cultural critique of America he’d like you to think it is. Most of the record comes off like some low-budget horror movie.”  The debut album peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and has since been certified Gold by the RIAA. In late 1995, Marilyn Manson released Smells Like Children, produced by Manson and Reznor.  The album...