Known as Brian Hugh Warner to family and friends, the man of mystery took the stage name of Marilyn Manson and the rest was history. Surrounded by outrageous rumours which included the removal of ribs to suck his own junk to playing the geeky sidekick of Kevin on The Wonder Years, we heard it all.

Keeping the controversy on stage Warner formed Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids with guitarist  Scott “Daisy Berkowitz” Putesky.  Bassist Jeordie White took the stage name, Twiggy Ramirez, with  Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. on keyboards, using Madonna Wayne Gacy for his. The idea was for band members to combine pop culture icons first names with serial killers surnames.  The band ditched the inclusion of The Spooky Kids in the title, leaving just Marilyn Manson.

Manson also took part in two side projects Satan on Fire and Mrs. Scabtree, along with White and then girlfriend Jessika, vocalist of Jack and Jill, where he was both drummer and bassist. Marilyn Manson caught the eye of Trent Reznor, vocalist of Nine Inch Nails, also the founder of Nothing Records, where he signed them to, producing Manson’s first two records.

The second record, Antichrist Superstar (1996) gained most success thanks mostly to the anthemic single “Beautiful People”, shown in all its glory below.

Today’s edition of Top Shelf Tuesday focuses on the debut, Portrait of an American Family (19994) which gained a cult following. It could have very well been part of last weeks Underrated Albums edition, however, it deserves its own feature.

The album was originally named The Manson Family Album, in reference to serial killer Charles Manson’s band, later changed to the aforementioned title. Bassist, Bradley Mark “Brad” Stewart, who took the Gidley Gein moniker, performed bass on the album and was fired after production, due to a heroin addiction. The addiction was overcome and Stewart’s sobriety didn’t get him back into the band with the roadie at the time, White taking over bass duties.

The first single “Get Your Gunn” drew inspiration from the assassination of abortion provider David Gunn who was killed in Florida by a self-proclaimed pro-life activist.

The second single, “Lunchbox” was inspired by a piece of legislation from 1972, which makes it illegal to have metal lunchboxes in schools. The song tells the story of a young student who is bullied and uses his lunchbox as a weapon in retaliation, waiting for the day he can “grow up to be a big rock and roll star” who is never intimidated by others. The earliest recording of this song dates back to Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids After School Special (1991) cassette tape. The album version of “Lunchbox” samples The Crazy World of Arthur Brown song “Fire”.

Final single,”Dope Hat” was originally recorded for The Family Jams cassette (1992)  The single’s release was accompanied by a music video which featured Manson in the role of Willy Wonka in a shock-horror version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The clip for the standout track can be seen below.

Set to release his tenth studio album, titled Heaven Upside Down, after ditching the original title of Say-10, we will enjoy the underrated gem which started it all for the infamous rocker. Why not throw in a live clip from back in the day when Manson was at his peak. The song “Cyclops” was also featured in Oliver Stone’s, Natural Born Killers (1994)

Horns up to Manson, who is still rocking it out today! \m/

Marilyn Manson’s new album Heaven Upside Down will be available everywhere on October 6.

Listen to the first song WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE everywhere music is streamed and downloaded.

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Heaven Upside Down tracklist:

  1. Revelation #12
  2. Tattooed In Reverse
  3. WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE
  4. SAY10
  5. KILL4ME
  6. Saturnalia
  7. JE$U$ CRI$I$
  8. Blood Honey
  9. Heaven Upside Down
  10. Threats of Romance

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