Marilyn Manson

Amongst the sex, drugs and rock & roll, along came a Satan-worshipping, gothic nightmare in the 1990s to take shock rock to a new level. Taunting, corrupting, blaspheming and doing everything he could to offend, Marilyn Manson and his bandmates became the most notorious rockers of their generation. Starting out as Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, their early demos attracted Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor, who signed them to his label and took them on tour. Their debut album Portrait of an American Family came in 1994 and was followed by a gothic, glam-metal cover of the Eurythmics' “Sweet Dreams”, played heavily by MTV. Their second album Antichrist Superstar in 1996 confirmed them as icons for angst-ridden, disaffected teens, before Mechanical Animals in '98 and The Golden Age of Grotesque in 2003 both topped the US Album Charts. A greatest hits album, Lest We Forget: The Best Of, was released in 2004 and was promoted as the band's final album. By the following year, however, they revealed that their sixth album was in production. Eat Me, Drink Me was released in 2007, during the time of Manson's marriage break-up and highly-publicised affair, and entered into the Billboard 200 at number two. The High End of Low came out in 2009, followed by Born Villain in 2012 and The Pale Emperor in 2015. Heaven Upside Down, their tenth studio album, was released in 2017, with the US #8-charting album We Are Chaos following in 2020. The next year marked a turning point in Manson’s career, however, with a number of A-listers including his ex-fiancée, actress Evan Rachel Wood, accusing him of rape, upskirting and sexual harassment among other offences. His label, manager and agents subsequently cut ties with him, and an investigation was formally launched by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in February 2021.

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