Thursday, May 15, 2008

Number 499 - Marilyn Manson


Number 499

Marilyn Manson

"The Beautiful People"

(1996)
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Genre:Hard Rock
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When you think of Marilyn Manson you might think of the Anti-Christ or possibly even worse, Hitler wearing a dress. When I think of Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss or Rob Zombie comes to my mind. Not some Satanic madman as most devout religious circles paint him. Most people I am sure, know this is the gimmick he uses to attract his audience, and, does so very well. I have had the pleasure of talking to Mr Brian Warner (his true name & yes it was a pleasure) for thirty minutes once and yes, I did ask him the questions we would all want to ask, if had the chance. Marilyn is as normal as you and myself (if anyone can define normal?) and has the same goals as everyone else, able to live comfortably with what he enjoys the most .... entertaining people. Amen brother .
Love him or hate him, the self-proclaimed "Antichrist Superstar," Marilyn Manson, was indisputably among the most notorious and controversial entertainers of the 1990s. Celebrated by supporters as a crusader for free speech and denounced by detractors as little more than a poor man's Alice Cooper, Manson was the latest in a long line of shock rockers, rising to the top of the charts on a platform of sex, drugs, and Satanism. Though widely dismissed by critics, his brand of metal nevertheless struck a major chord with the youth market -- on the strength of a masterfully orchestrated marketing campaign, he became a mainstream anti-hero, much to the chagrin of conservative politicians and concerned parents. Manson was born Brian Warner in Canton, OH; at the age of 18, he relocated to Tampa Bay, FL, working there as a music journalist. In 1989, he became friends with guitarist and fellow outsider Scott Mitchell; they decided to form a band, with Mitchell rechristening himself Daisy Berkowitz and Warner adopting the name Marilyn Manson.
With the addition of bassist Gidget Gein and keyboardist Madonna Wayne-Gacy, the group -- originally dubbed Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids -- began self-releasing cassettes and playing gigs, their gothic stage show notable for Manson's elaborate makeup and homemade special effects. Jettisoning their drum machine in favor of one Sara Lee Lucas, the band's sound began taking on a harder edge, and by 1992 they were among the most popular acts in the south Florida area. In 1993, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor came calling, offering both a contract with his Nothing Records label as well as the chance to open for NIN the following spring; Manson accepted both offers, and the group's debut LP, Portrait of an American Family, appeared during the summer of 1994. With new bassist Twiggy Ramirez replacing Gein, the group's notoriety began to soar. Most infamously, during an appearance in Salt Lake City, Manson ripped apart a copy of the Book of Mormon while on-stage. The Church of Satan's founder, Anton LaVey, also bestowed upon him the title of "Reverend."
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While some onlookers dismissed Manson's behavior as crass audience manipulation, his cult following -- comprised almost entirely of disaffected white suburban teens -- continued to swell, and with the release of 1995's Smells Like Children EP the band broke into the mainstream, propelled by their hit cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." Berkowitz quit a short time later and was replaced by guitarist Zim Zum; their next LP, 1996's Antichrist Superstar, debuted at the number three spot on the pop album charts. As Manson's popularity grew, so did the furor surrounding him. His concerts were regularly picketed by civic groups, and his music was the subject of widespread attacks from the right-wing and religious fronts. Again, however, his quick embrace of the media spotlight called into question the true sincerity of his revolutionary aims. With a cover story in Rolling Stone and a best-selling autobiography, -The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, some onlookers doubted whether Manson had sold his soul to Satan, or just sold his soul, period. The glam-inspired Mechanical Animals followed in 1998, with the resulting tour yielding the live Last Tour on Earth a year later.
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Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) came out at the end of 2000. The band toured to support the album in 2001, and during a July show in Michigan, Manson was charged with criminal sexual conduct after performing an alleged offensive act on a security guard. December saw Manson's version of "Tainted Love" appear on the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack while another security guard filed a civil suit alleging Manson had rubbed his pelvis on the guard's head. The July 2001 sexual conduct charges were lowered to a misdemeanor in January 2002 and the civil suit was dropped soon after. May 2003 saw the release of The Golden Age of Grotesque, which spent a week on top of the album charts and ended up on more than a few critics' year-end Top Ten lists. In April 2004 the album Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows appeared, credited to Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids -- Spooky Kids being the name of Manson's earliest band. Manson fought the release and court-ordered some artwork removed that was too close to the art to which the singer owned the copyright. At the end of September the Lest We Forget collection was released, covering the highlights of Manson's career and including a new cover version of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." Late in 2005 it was announced that a new album was nearly finished, but it wasn't until 2007 that Eat Me, Drink Me would arrive. The album was produced by Manson and Tim Skold and mixed by longtime associate Sean Beavan. ~ [Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide]
For Ozzy Osbourne see Number 516 & #744
For more Ozzy Osbourne visit Mellow Mix Vol 2 #138
For Kiss see Number 733
For Depeche Mode see Number 804
For Rob Zombie see Number 681
For more Rob Zombie visit Mellow Mix Vol 1 #036
What does Rolling zigzags think about Marilyn Manson?
The rise of Marilyn Manson marks the end of the reign of punk realism in rock & roll. This ill-behaved Florida-based quintet, a visual and aural shake 'n' bake of mutilation theatrics, Alice Cooperesque camp and metal-scraping-metal tonality, is a volatile reaction to five years of earnest, post-Nirvana rock. As ghoulishly animated as the Tales From the Crypt comic strip and gory enough for today's discriminating ambulance chaser, Marilyn Manson offer total escapism as a true alternative, complete with carefully crafted gloom wear (no baggy shorts allowed), a frontman who blatantly begs to be in the spotlight and lyric imagery rivaling that of the best slasher movies.
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The suspense-filled "Beautiful People" offers enough ooh's and ah's to fuel an entire Hammer horror film. The song has a zombielike, repetitive quality, with ghostly electronic sounds that whoosh by like stale air blowing through ancient catacombs. Manson, in turn, hisses his lines, punctuating certain words with a shrill, insane pitch, others with a retching scream. In the morose death march "Cryptorchid," the even gets a little sentimental, recalling the sweet days of his youth: "When the boy is still a worm, it's hard to/Learn to count to the number seven." Still, Marilyn Manson pack all the right ingredients – offensive antics, a groovy image and musical sensory overload – into Antichrist Superstar, the album that could make the group rock's next billion dollar babies. These self-proclaimed superstars may soon be as inescapable as a recurring nightmare. ~ [Source: LORRAINE ALI RS 748 - November 28, 1996]
Rolling Stone deemed "Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy as their 499th best song of all time. Thin Lizzy has not appered in The Definitive 1000 Songs of All Time.
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Now you know why..) and the Album ranked at Number (don't work for us!)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 75.2 out of 108

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