Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is a controversial American rock musician, performer, painter and former music journalist. He is the lead singer and frontman of the eponymous band, Marilyn Manson which is noted for songs which have been perceived as advocating atheism, nihilism, rape, suicide, drug use and violence.
He derived his stage name by juxtaposing the names of two 1960s American cultural icons, namely, actress Marilyn Monroe and convicted mass murder mastermind Charles Manson as a critical and, simultaneously, laudatory appraisal of America and its culture.
He has openly flouted his anti-Christianity in various interviews while his works mock religion and various other idealisms when wrongly used as tools of manipulation. In one infamous interview during the height of his band's popularity in the late 90's, he declared that he "would like to be remembered as the man who brought an end to Christianity." In 1997, US Senator Joseph Lieberman condemned him and his band as "[p]erhaps the sickest group ever promoted by a mainstream record company."
- Portrait of an American Family (1994)
- Antichrist Superstar (1996)
- Mechanical Animals (1998)
- Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000)
- The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003)
- Eat Me, Drink Me (2007)
- The High End of Low (2009)
- Born Villain (2012)
- Smells Like Children (1995)
- Remix & Repent (1997)
- The Last Tour on Earth (1999)
- Lest We Forget: The Best of Marilyn Manson (2004)
- Lost & Found (2008)
- Charles Manson Trial, 2violent.com.
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