31 Fun Facts About the One and Only Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is a musician, actor, author, nightmare inducer, and public figure who has been riling feathers since the late 80s. Known for his incredibly controversial performances, Manson once dominated the music charts, going platinum twice, going gold three times, and having seven albums released in the top ten. He was also rumored to have had ribs removed so he could pleasure himself orally. Great. Good start to this article folks. Keep reading, it gets juicier.
Here are 30 fun facts about the one and only Marilyn Manson:
Marilyn Manson was born Brian Warner, an unassuming midwestern kid. But as David Lynch showed time and time again, there’s a seedy underbelly in every quiet suburb in America. I bet his mother made him peanut butter jelly sandwiches every day of his life, and now we’re all paying for it. Thanks Susan.
Against all better judgement, Manson was a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s aptly named The O’Reilly Factor. During the interview, O’Reilly repeatedly attacked Manson, out and out lying to make his point (a total shock, given that this was a FOX News show), but Manson remained cool and collected and his answers were thoughtful and considerate.
Proving once again that it’s better to look like an alien than to be a massive **insert negative word here**.
Manson and his music have been blamed for influencing the Columbine shooting (because everyone knows a boom box amassed multiple guns and shot up a school…). He even appeared in Bowling for Columbine, a documentary about the tragedy and gun culture in America, discussing the shooting, his accountability (or lack thereof), and the influence media has on acts of violence.
Despite his ghoulish appearance, Manson has a bit of an angel heart when it comes to kids – he supports numerous children’s charities like Music for Life as well as Little Kids Rock. He’s even worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and had a terminally ill fan come to the studio and lay down backing vocals for a track Manson was working on. It’s hard to make a snarky joke about something that’s legit super sweet.
Manson, like Ozzy and Alice Cooper before him, has had some nasty things said about him in the context of animal cruelty. For Mason, it was that 1) he convinced an amped up crowd to tear a living, breathing puppy to shreds and 2) that he once bit the head off a live chicken on stage, two claims that literally not a single person have EVER been able to back up but somehow manage to persist even in spite of the interwebs.
To be clear, more folks would rather believe someone could do terrible stuff to animals than take the LITERAL 45 SECONDS TO DISPEL RUMOURS. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO THINK THIS HAPPENED?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?
Manson is a fan of Anton Lavey, founder of the Church Of Satan, and someone even more reviled and detested than he is. Manson is also a fan of Aleister Crowley (a wholly awful dude – seriously just read up on him), more of an occultist than a Satanist but still…
Mason, in addition to having terrible taste in outfits, also has terrible taste in idols.
As a tribute to the late, great David Bowie, Manson wears two different coloured contacts, each with a differently sized pupil. In Bowie’s case, he suffered from a legit medical condition called Anisocoria, where one pupil is permanently dilated, looking like you smoked a joint, but only from one side of your mouth.
It also created the illusion that both eyes are different colors.
Depths of Depp
Mason and Johnny Depp are so close that they even have matching tattoos! We’re sure we could find out what those tattoos are but it makes us much happier thinking that it’s a butterfly on the lower back. Or some kind of matching monstrous sea-dragons eating baby dolphins. Whatever.
The song “Killing Strangers” off of Pale Emperor, Manson’s 9th album, was inspired by Manson’s own father, who was a member of the Air Force and, if the title of the song holds any credence, was a killer of strangers. Thanks for the cheerful anthem bro, we’re blasting this one when visiting Wal-Mart.
Mason has terrible taste in booze and is a huge fan of absinthe – aka paint thinner for pretentious people. In fact, he’s such a huge fan of the drink and of portmanteaus that he has created his own brand of absinthe called, and I wish I were kidding, Mansinthe. This poorly-name hooch won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2008.
Mason attended Christian Heritage School until the 10th grade, where he was expressly forbidden from listening to the music of the Dark Lord, inadvertently leading him down a path of darkness… We won’t pass our opinion about religion, but as Pink Floyd once said, LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE.
Manson has somehow been engaged three times (while I’ve spent the last 351 Saturdays alone – thanks, universe).
Evan Rachel Wood – Engaged, never married
Rose McGowan – Engaged, never married
Dita Von Teese- Engaged, then married, then divorced
This dude gives up more engagements than I’ve had dates in the last decade…
In ‘89, Manson formed his first band, Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids. They recorded their first demo in 1990 and began gaining local notoriety in ’92 thanks to their ridiculous spooky costumes and bizarre imagery. They quickly realized however that their band name was too incredibly lame long and changed it just to Marilyn Manson, forcing the ego train out of the station because if there’s one thing a man who lives his entire life in costume needs, it’s more attention and ego-stroking.
Manson, pre-name change/makeup/controversy, had ambitions of being a music journalist. While pursuing this goal he got the chance to interview a couple of famous rock stars. One such rock star was Trent Reznor, who would later go on to produce two of Manson’s albums, and sign Manson to his Nothing Records.
This could literally be the plot of a Disney movie. Young chihuahua reporter dreams of one day barking on the big stage, interviews the world’s heaviest poodle, they hit it off, chihuahua gets signed to a contract, cue Demi Lovato singing the soundtrack.
Manson has appeared in a number of shows and movies, including Eastbound & Down, Californication, and recurring role as grade A nasty Ron Tully in Sons of Anarchy. Don’t think you can like him less than you do now? Watch him on SoA and have it ruin the rest of your week….
Here’s another rumor that is insane and makes no darn sense: Manson allegedly had his bottom ribs removed so that he could perform oral sex on himself because, of course, a millionaire rockstar would have to pleasure himself at the cost of 2-6 ribs.
Makes sense. Quite normal for a Sunday morning stroll at the surgeon.
Gimme a Grammy
Manson has been nominated for a Grammy four times but has yet to win any. He has, however, won several Kerrang! Awards which is just as good, said no one ever. Better luck next time sir, we, for many, are huge fans of your music.
Even though he’s never won a Grammy, he’s still had two albums go platinum: Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals. And he also has those sweet sweet Kerrang! Awards to fall back on. So when the trophies aren’t coming, make sure the bling is banging. That’s what she said. Maybe. NEXT PAGE.
Marilyn Manson and his original bandmates got their names by mashing up the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and an iconic serial killer, making for hilarious and wholesome results. Manson’s name stems from the inventive combo of Charles Manson and Marilyn Monroe, although if he had waited a few years, he could have been Anna Nicole OJ.
Amongst the myriad Manson rumors out there, here’s one that is not only biologically unsound but also pointless and asinine: Manson’s dilated pupil was not caused by contacts but instead caused by him voluntarily shooting heroin directly into his eyeball, because that’s obviously how heroin works and that makes total sense. No thanks internet.
To mess with the paparazzi, Manson once wrote the F-word across his face (they can’t sell profane photos), making him both more attractive and more offensive all at once. Win, win for everyone…
In his memoir, The Long Road Out Of Hell, Manson discusses how his on-stage frenzy would frequently lead to him cutting himself to the audience’s great pleasure, leaving his body a mess of scars today. Because if there’s one thing Manson needs, it’s a way to make himself less attractive to the public.
You Culkin’ to Me?
Former child actor and member of pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, Macaulay Culkin was the first person to give Manson a smoke. The pair were filming the movie Party Monster and when the scene called for Manson’s character to smoke, Culkin gifted him with his first pack: Virginia Slims, the choice of unhappy Northern Florida divorcees.
Manson collects metal lunchboxes from the 40s and 50s which is probably the oddest hobby he has… OH WAIT, NO, HE ALSO COLLECTS OUTDATED MEDICAL PROSTHETICS AND MEMORABILIA.
Again, not an A-Hole
After learning that Paris Jackson (Michael Jackson’s daughter) tried to kill herself, Manson reached out to her directly, telling her that he hoped she felt better and promised she would be on his guest list any time she wanted.
We don’t know that seeing Marilyn Manson is the best cure for an existential crisis but it’s the thought that counts.
Manson is related to conservative political commentator, former CNN host, and one-time Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan (they are fourth cousins, twice removed), making Manson the 2nd most craziest member of his family.
For years and years, there’s been a strange urban legend that suggests Manson was the dude that played Paul in the Wonder Years. We can confirm this is 100% not true- he actually played Vincent “Vinnie” Salvatore Delpino; Doogie Howser’s best friend on Doogie Howser M.D.
Too Busy for Chainsaws
In 2002, Manson was hired to write, record, and produce the score for the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but never got around to it as he was too busy working on his own album The Golden Age Of Grotesque. It’s hard to imagine two more perfect peas in a pod, a man in women’s leather tights and Leatherface himself…
Manson was born with a condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which results in a rapid heart rate. The condition is due to an extra, abnormal electrical pathway in his heart and not, as I originally thought: the condition of being born part man, part wolf.
Manson is apparently a huge fan of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, so much so that he wanted to play the Wonkster himself in the remake of the film. He eventually lost the role to all-around pretentious windbag, Johnny Depp, who apparently used Manson as inspiration for the part.
Manson once did a photo shoot with (in)famous photographer Terry Richardson, where both he and his dear old dad wore Manson’s trademark face paint. And I can’t even get my dad to watch the Raiders game with me.