Reasons Why Marilyn Manson Is Cool

At the height of his fame in the 90s, Marilyn Manson was mocked and blamed for the world’s evils, but anyone who ignored the headlines and just listened to his albums would understand differently. While the music is certainly not for everyone, it is often brilliant. The shock metal angle is meant to cause a stir among the conservative Christians who put him down, and he wouldn’t do it that way if it didn’t work. So let’s take a look at some fine Brian Warner moments.

images6 75x75The Beautiful People

Manson’s first big hit was the cover version of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” which made people pause and take notice of him. One hit weirdo, they thought. But then, his album Antichrist Superstar came out with the anchor The Beautiful People and a star was born. The anthem is still heard today at sporting events.

images7Columbine

Immediately after the Columbine High School shootings, idiots came forth and pinned the blame on Manson for inspiring the shooters to take the lives of their classmates (Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold didn’t even like Manson’s music). Manson made wise decisions after that to combat the personal attacks, released statements, and appeared in Michael Moore’s documentary Bowling for Columbine. On the 2000 album Holy Wood, he sang The Nobodies, criticizing the media with these lyrics: Some children died the other day / We fed machines and then we prayed / Puked up and down in morbid faith / You should have seen the ratings that day.

images8 75x75Cruci-Fiction In Space

Form the album Holy Wood, this song wasn’t a hit on the radio, but anyone who had it kept listening. Years later, it was featured in the commercial for the video game “The Darkness.” These lyrics are awesome:
This is evolution
the monkey
the man
then the gun

images9 75x75The Golden Age of Grotesque

We were well into the decade, and Manson, whom everyone wanted to dismiss as a 90s band, remained relevant in 2003 with an album that was inspired by German art. The best songs on this album are The Golden Age of Grotesque, Mobscene, Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth, (S)aint, and Vodevil.

Always a Great Interview

When Marilyn speaks, people can’t help but to watch.

On Letterman:

images10 75x75Mechanical Animals

This is Manson’s best album on so many different levels, a concept album masterpiece drawing inspiration from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. Even if you don’t get into the connectivity of each song to the next, every song on this album is great on its own, especially these: Great Big White World, Mechanical Animals, The Last Day on Earth, Coma White, The Dope Show, Rock is Dead, I Don’t Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me) and User Friendly.