Twenty-five years plus into his career, Marilyn Manson continues to be an enigma, wrapped tight inside a riddle, not wishing to be fully known. By never making the same album twice with his namesake band, he continues to defy expectations, and be equally loved and hated. While his early albums are masterworks that others from the 1990s would kill to rest their reputations on. However, as the rockstar gains on years and gets further away from his early years, he has transformed into a much more interesting character than when he was freaking out pastors and scarring moms and dads.
Marilyn Manson’s classic song ‘The Dope Show’ from the classic 1998 album Mechanical Animals (Nothing/Interscope) is the theme song of the new Michelle Wolfe comedy special The Joke Show, now appearing on Netflix. Michelle’s quick wit and no-holds-barred hot button shock comedy touches on many topics such as feminism, sex, and abortion in her trademark absurdist fashion. Wolfe made headlines in 2018 when she performed at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Continue reading
Nearly a quarter-century into his career, Marilyn Manson continues to explore the grimy underside of humanity that makes other artists shy away to safety, and enthralls his fans. This is not an easy task and while his missteps have been very public, it would take a very jaded listener to find fault with the recorded consistency he has put down, especially of late. I’m not sure why 2015s The Pale Emperor (Hell, etc) took so many off guard; as if the man wasn’t capable of holding our attention any longer. That album exuded a mature brilliance; an almost “an elder statesman of rock” type of vibe. A modern classic rock album, the type we used to get often, but are now scarce since real rock gods are dead or in hiding. Manson is not ashamed to swing his sticky rock star dick around, but it’s his writing, lyrics and vocal delivery that really sent that album over the top. In some ways he has actually done one better on the follow-up, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista/Caroline International). Continue reading
Marilyn Manson released a new single available on his website for free download. ‘Third Day of A Seven Day Binge’ at first listen musically sounds like a cross between Holy Wood and Mechanical Animals (both Interscope) and lyrically has the old Manson wry intellect going for it which ought to delight fans. You can listen to the track here:
Manson’s next album is the followup to 2012’s Born Villain (Hell, etc, Cooking Vinyl). He tweeted back in September that his new album was “prepared for landing”. The fact that he has new music dropping again so soon is a relief to his fans, as interests such as his fine art and painting and acting career are really taking off and taking up much of his time. Manson can be seen currently on the seventh and final season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy, playing jailed white supremacist leader Ron Tully.