Beautiful People

Marylin Manson is the name of an Industrial Metal group and the stage name of Brian Hugh Warner. The other founding member of the band was Scott Mitchell Putesky, stage name Daisy Berkowitz. Putesky actually left the band during the recording of the album in question. While I don’t like much by this group, I do like this song, and I admire the way they used the reaction they generate to their (commercial) advantage.

The album, Antichrist Superstar, and the band were subjects of 1997 Congressional hearings, because the .gov wants to control what you listen to. Have for a long time. (Add in “what you can read, say, think…” Forget 1984, reread Fahrenheit 451 sometime.) And this predates the coining of the term Streisand-Effect by nearly 20 years.

In November 1997, the band found itself the target of congressional hearings, led by Senator Joseph Lieberman and Representative Sam Brownback, to determine the effects, if any, of violent lyrics on young listeners.[108] This hearing was held by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and was titled “Music Violence: How Does It Affect Our Children”.

You can’t buy that kind of publicity.

This is “Beautiful People” by Marylin Manson from their 1996 album Antichrist Superstar. If you have browser privacy settings set correctly, YT will tell you the video is “unavailable.” Use the link provided if YT complains about the privacy settings in your browser. (Today it seems to be working…)

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