I discovered Marilyn Manson a few months ago. I saw an old documentary about his life, from childhood to adulthood. As I like these types of documentaries, it really caught my attention. I started liking this character along with his music, so I started listening to his songs.
Something about the persona
It all began with Brian Hugh Warner born in 1969 (what a coincidence). He was a quiet child, the nerd type that knows everything. But with a very colorful imagination. While living in a very conservative town, he was always breaking the norm and do something unusual. And it seems like this is the recipe for the crazy genius.
Since he was listening to KISS or Black Sabbath, there’s no doubt from where he got this passion for rock music. He was also a good writer, and a good illustrator, so he was writing poetry, and working for a magazine, taking interviews from rock bands. So, in 1989 he started his own band, Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids. By the way, Marilyn Manson comes from Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. In 1992, it became just Marilyn Manson.
Now, Brian started writing about the band before they even recorded everything. He was very good at promoting what he wanted, so the band got very famous immediately. The lyrics? Scandalous. The shows? Unacceptable, morally speaking. But kids loved it, they loved this character and the band that just made whatever they wanted. His parents were also very supportive.
Even if he wasn’t musically inclined, he got himself around talented people, with the same courage as him. He wasn’t afraid of showing what he can do, and his imagination wasn’t going to stop surprising people. As long as people were reacting, it meant that the band was doing great.
Marilyn Manson had to grow. People had to know about something unpleasant. Brian also took every opportunity given to promote his band and become a rockstar. The band was influenced by pop culture, rock, magazines, everything that was entertaining. The band allowed people to just enjoy something scandalous. Because Brian wanted to break apart what’s normal, and just show the true self of humanity, which is not nice at all.
By the way, did you know that the band had a fan club? Well, more like a cult. They got letters from fans, and he was treating it seriously. His fans mattered the most.
What do you think about Marilyn Manson?