Since the early 90s, the character of Marilyn Manson has been a constant feature of the world of rock.
Back then, Manson and his band (called Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, and later shortened to just Marilyn Manson), appealed to a niche market. Fans were people who considered themselves to be outsiders, dissenters or metalheads, reflected in the gore, leather and chains of the band’s image.
Controversy followed the music and Christians who wanted it banned, accused the band of onstage drug use and portrayals of rape. In 1999, after the Columbine High School shooting, Marilyn Manson’s music was reported as being on the shooters’ playlist and an influence in the tragic incident.
More than a decade later, however, especially after an endorsement from teen idol, Justin Bieber, most people know that many of the myths that make up the character of Marilyn Manson are probably not true, though they remain hard to prove either way.
Here are some things you probably didn’t know about lead singer Marilyn Manson that are 100% provable!
1. Although a self-pronounced atheist, Marilyn attended Heritage Christian School from grades one to ten.
2. Originally called “Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids,’ Marilyn’s band was launched in 1989.
Shortened to just ‘Marilyn Manson’ in 1992, the name is a combination of the infamous serial killer, Charles Manson and 1950s sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe.
3. Marilyn made his acting debut in 1997 in David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’ and more recently played Ron Tully in the final season of Sons of Anarchy.
Marilyn is cited as saying that the most challenging aspect of the role of Tully was growing a goatee.