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There are few words to describe controversial Goth-icon Marilyn Manson, born Brian Hugh Warner in 1969. His shock-rock lyrics has often been blamed for the cause of teen suicides and the infamous Columbine school shootings, and his image is the scrutiny of prudish middle-American’s. By the age of 18, Brian Warner, a one-time music journalist wannabe, developed creative passions for music and song writing. Both his ambitions and his image changed, and he became Marilyn Manson.
He first entered the music scene in 1989, forming the aptly named group Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. His fellow band members all shared names of famous murderers, giving way to a storm of criticism, along with a cult following of depressed teenagers. In keeping with their industrial Goth music, they were signed to NIN front man Trent Reznor’s Nothing label. This brought them recognition, in the form of a 1993 ‘Slammy’ award for their single "Dope Hat". Each Manson album has a distinctive sound, coupled with a new and evermore outrageous image from Manson himself. Despite his relentless criticism, his music is recognised world-wide, and his dedicated fan base continue to buy his records, sending three of Manson’s records platinum, and two of them to the top of the charts.
He may come across as a little bit bizarre, but there’s a lot more to Manson than meets the eye. Not only is he the world’s biggest shock-rocker, he’s an artist, an author, a genius songwriter and has even appeared in movies. His new album, "The High End of Low" is out now, although Manson seems to have lost some of that obscenity that we all love to hate.
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