Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Thursday Thirteen - Marilyn Manson members

1. Founding singer Brian Warner paired Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson for both his stage name and that of his band (formerly Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids)

2. Twiggy Ramirez combines the iconic model with Richard Ramirez, who remains on death row

3. Ginger Fish represents Ginger Rogers and Albert Fish, the "Brooklyn Vampire"

4. Zsa Zsa Speck links Ms. Gabor and mass murderer Richard Speck

5. Olivia Newton-John and the unforgettable rapist and killer Ted Bundy go together to create Olivia Newton Bundy

6. Gidget Gein pairs the novel by the name "Gidget" with the notorious Ed Gein

7. Sara Lee Lucas twists the baked goods company with a link to Henry Lee Lucas, whose guilt in hundreds of murders is now questioned

8. Daisy Berkowitz combines the fictional Daisy Duke with David Berkowitz, or "Son of Sam"

9. Madonna Wayne Gacy links the talented singer with John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown

10. Zim Zum is said to be from the concept of Tzimtzum, which kabbalistic teachings define as the place where creation can begin

11. John 5 is another name not following the original formula but he's a great guitarist

12. A fine keyboardist, Chris Vrenna dared to keep his own name

13. Likewise, Tim Sk├Âld rocks out with his birth name - sorry the original intention here lost steam

However you name the members, the band is definitely worth checking out. Happy listening.


  1. Pairing names with those of noted serial killers is a truly creepy concept, even for a rock band. *Shudders*

  2. And yet two broke form and kept their own names. Hunh. I might have to give this band a listen. Seems they've been around for a while, but I've never bothered to buy them. With names like that, who can go wrong?

  3. I have to agree that their names are a bit creepy.

  4. Ditto what Heather said. LOL Happy Thursday, Darla! :)

  5. I can't imagine modelling your stage presence with serial killers. Thats like naming your dog, Bernardo, after Paul Bernardo, an Ontario man who killed three teenage girls (including his wife's sister) with the aid of his wife Karla Homolka.

    Happy T13!

  6. A little disturbing. I can't help but wonder if they are paying tributes to murderers, or if they are just doing it for promotional shock value.

    Must admit I've never given the band much of a listen. I just may, out of curiosity.

  7. Thanks for the great comments! The guys' stage names were definitely started with both shock value and social commentary in mind. Starlets and serial killers both get more attention than is probably healthy for our culture.

  8. I am such a straitlaced midwest american girl. I get a "squicky" feeling when I think of these names. I keep thinking about the families and friends of the murder victims and how they feel about people renaming themsselves this way. Maybe they're pleased because it will help people remember the victims.

  9. This is something I *definitely* didn't know. Interesting, and very, very creepy.

    Happy TT to you!

  10. I agree. Creepy!


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