Marilyn Manson (band)

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Marilyn Manson is an American Industrial Metal band founded by Brian Warner in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989. Originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, the band's uniquely theatrical performances gathered a local cult following in the early '90s, that subsequently developed into a worldwide fanbase. The band's lineup almost always changes between album releases. The current members of the band are the eponymous lead singer Marilyn Manson, guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, drummer Ginger Fish, keyboardist Chris Vrenna and the newly added bassist Fred Sablan.

The name of each band member was originally created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic serial killer (such as Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson), doing so to demonstrate the odd dichotomy of American society as a critical and, simultaneously, laudatory appraisal of America and its peculiar culture.[3][4] The members of the band dress in outlandish makeup and costumes, and have engaged in intentionally shocking behavior both onstage and off. Their lyrics often receive criticism for their anti-religious sentiment and their references to sex, violence and drugs. Marilyn Manson's music and performances have frequently been called offensive and obscene, and, on several occasions, protests and petitions have led to the group being banned from performing.

As this controversy began to wane, so did the band's mainstream popularity. Despite this, Marilyn Manson has garnered much success: four of the band's albums have been multi-platinum, and 2 more have been gold, and the band has seen five of its releases debut in the top ten,[5][6] including two number-one albums. VH1 has ranked Marilyn Manson as the seventy-eighth best rock band on their 100 Great Artists of Hard Rock.[7]

Marilyn Manson has sold over 50 million albums worldwide as of May 2009.[8]

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