A little over two decades ago, Marilyn Manson introduced himself to the world with six shocking words: “I am the God of Fuck!” Since then, the self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar has never ceased to find ways to disturb his listeners – and their parents – with videos depicting jocks fighting goths on a high-school football field and various surreal phantasms. It’s a dangerous line to toe. His sayings have gotten kids kicked out of school and his antics earned him the ire of people who wrongly blamed him for the Columbine shooting, prompting him to pen an insightful essay for Rolling Stone about personal responsibility. But despite the controversies, Manson has never backed down.
“My point on Earth is chaos,” the ordained Satanist recently told Rolling Stone. “I’m the third act of every movie you’ve ever seen. I’m the part where it rains and the part where the person you don’t want to die dies.”
Leading up to the release of his upcoming album The Pale Emperor – on which he calls himself the “Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” – Rolling Stone has tracked Marilyn Manson’s most appalling moments. Not-so-sweet dreams are made of these.