Interviews: Marilyn Manson: Offending People And Proud Of It

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Marilyn Manson: Offending People And Proud Of It
Interview with Marilyn Manson
Date May 5, 1995
Source Sun-Sentinel - Teentime!
Interviewer Michael Stewart and Ely High School

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, you have to admit South Florida's own Marilyn Manson always has something controversial to say or do. Since Marilyn Manson signed with Trent Reznor's (from Nine Inch Nails) Nothing label in early 1993, the group has had a chance to show other Americans its brand of music.

"Getting popular is kind of like being born again. We had reached a certain point in Florida where we had done all these things and played so many times, but now we are starting over again in America, a much bigger picture. We worked real hard to get where we are now, and I don't think you can appreciate anything unless you work real hard for it."

Considering the lyrical content of the group's first full-length album, Portrait of an American Family, and the onstage act, many American cities are not happy about Marilyn Manson's presence. The act can range from destroying papier-mache Cyclops to defacing Bibles. Many cities have tried to ban the group from returning.

"Censorship is ridiculous, but I think there needs to be that kind of conservativeness for Marilyn Manson to be around. There's a real balance there; if there weren't bands like Marilyn Manson, there would be no censor. As far as parental advisory stickers [on albums) are concerned, I think people should be aware there are explicit things on the album, but I think parents should be a little more open-minded about what their kids do."

Marilyn Manson's future looks good. With the addition of drummer Ginger Fish, the band is hoping to put out an EP this summer that will include unreleased material, such as another version of Dope Hat and a cover of the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams.

And there always will be more parents to scare and towns that will ban the group. It is all in a day's work for Marilyn Manson.

Korn will open for Marilyn Manson and Danzig 8 p.m. May 12 (1995) at Sunrise Musical

5555 NW 95th St. $16.75, $19.75. Ticketmaster.