Brian Warner and Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aren’t names most would recognize if you asked them. They are better known as Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga. I believe Lady Gaga is for the 2000’s, what Marilyn Manson was to the 90’s. I’m dating myself here by bringing up Marilyn Manson; I’m guessing the younger generation wouldn’t know he (or if it was a ‘he’) was.
Marilyn Manson first came on the music scene in the 90’s. Sweet Dreams(Are made of these) was remade by Manson and got him recognized. He followed that up with The Beautiful People in 1997. Marilyn Manson was the king of “shock-rock”. Manson wore outfits that were shocking and followed up with even more shocking performances. I remember watching the performance of The Beautiful People at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards in disbelief. The performance began with a marching band playing Hail to the Chief, Marilyn Manson came out to a podium reading Antichrist Superstar. He gave a brief rant and then began singing The Beautiful People. During the performance Manson took off an over coat to reveal him in a leather corset, net socking and a bare butt. I had never seen anything like it.
The following year Manson and his then girlfriend Rose McGowan shocked everyone with the red carpet attire. Manson with his bright red hair and neon animal print suit and Rose wearing a chain-mail dress with a thong. Marilyn not wanting to be overshadowed by his date performed the hit The Dope Show. I’m not really sure how to describe it the get-up he had on.
Lady Gaga’s fame started with her release of the album Fame. It took awhile for her music to catch on and now she’s every where. Lady Gaga like Marilyn Manson used the VMA’s to make a name for herself. Lady Gaga performed her hit Paparazzi ending it covered in ‘blood’. The next years she followed it up by wearing a meat dress in 2010, took on the Joe Calderone persona in 2011, and shell bikini in 2013. Gaga’s most recent release Do What You Want featuring R. Kelly is super sexual as I’m sure you can imagine. At the AMA’s they ended up on top of a desk together.
Some people compare Lady Gaga to Madonna but I think she is much more like Marilyn Manson. Oddly enough Marilyn Manson’s name is based off Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. Lady Gaga’s AMA performance had her as Marilyn and Kelly as the President. “You wanna escape all of the crazy shit, you’re the Marilyn, I’m the president, and I’d love to hear you sing, girl.” Lady Gaga’s behavior isn’t shocking and new, she’s just the new Marilyn Manson.