For over three decades now, Brian Hugh Warner — renamed Marilyn Manson after a self-destructive superstar and a cult leader — has been the singer, songwriter, visual artist, actor, producer and erstwhile music journalist at the forefront of contemporary shock-rock. Amputated nipples! Child acting roles in The Wonder Years! With ten albums comprehensively bridging half the history of truly heavy metal, a retrospective like this feels as much like a review of the shifting sensibilities and fads of our scene as that of any one artist. Each album and individual Manson release is a telling milestone in its own right, whether featured here or not. Riffing on the horrific irony and rank hypocrisy of the murder of abortion doctor David Gunn by pro-life activists, however, Get Your Gunn remains a standout for its uncompromising stance and dark righteousness. When eighth LP and significant return to form Born Villain was announced with an elaborate trailer on September 1, over six months before the record would drop it was Overneath The Path Of Misery playing over the typically strange and unsettling imagery.
If the state of Florida is a breeding ground of questionable behaviour, one of its crowning achievements is begetting Marilyn Manson , the most twisted of all rock acts. And the best Marilyn Manson songs would chart the furthest extremes of his artistic progression to Antichrist Superstar and beyond. It began with a gimmick: each band member adopting a name that disturbingly aligned a glamour figure with a serial killer. But what was once a rebellious confection rooted in Alice Cooper shock grew into weightier themes and theatrics aimed at dismantling conventional familial life, in particular that of god-fearing conservatives. Marilyn Manson soon dropped Portrait Of An American Family, their Reznor-produced debut album, which was at turns cheeky sampling John Waters dialogue and aggressively anthemic.
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Marilyn Manson has left a lasting mark on millions of people around the world. In the 90s he was Public Enemy Number One and capitalised on that notoriety by making himself larger than life, scarier than ever, the real antichrist superstar. Industrialised wrecking crew Davey Suicide are biiig fans of The God Of Fuck, and the eponymous frontman himself has picked the ten songs he thinks are the best Marilyn Manson songs ever. What do you think of his choices? I love listening to the conviction of the vocals in the verses with headphones.
Marilyn Manson is an undoubted musical powerhouse. During the nineties and early noughties, he was a deliberate attempt to confront the mainstream with something displeasing to their sugar-coated tastes. Today, it feels ubiquitous with the rock and roll scene that Manson is doing something to annoy those certain evangelical groups. It has seen the singer take on new forms and strange new guises. Manson has elevated himself and the whole scene went with him. In his feature for Rolling Stone , Manson stands proudly next to that achievement and dishes out a little insight for those looking for his advice on what music will help them to become successful. Manson chose the below nine tracks as marks of either personal growth, astounding artistry or intense musical bravery. It was a great inspiration to me on Antichrist Superstar. I listen to the version that he played at Folsom Prison — the one where you can actually hear his voice crack.