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Garbage Pail

Manson Queen

by Matt Sullivan
Illustration by Ans Purins

What’s in a name? For Brian Warner, better known as antichrist superstar Marilyn Manson, the formula is simple. Add the first name of ’50’s movie icon Marilyn Monroe to the last name of ’60’s “counter-culture gone awry” guru Charles Manson, and you’ve got a gender-bending name that’s a little bit glamour, a little bit horror, and a whole lotta rock and roll. Likewise for his band, both past (Daisy Berkowitz, Sara Lee Lucas, Olivia Newton-Bundy, Zsa Zsa Speck, Gidget Gein) and present members (Twiggy Ramirez, Ginger Fish, Madonna Wayne Gacy). The juxaposition of serial killers and female pop-culture stars isn’t even that “shocking” anymore – they’re all celebrities, right?

Here is the Lollipop naming guide for the inevitable incubi of tribute bands that Manson will spawn (since his fans tend to play “let’s dress up like our hero” in a way unseen since the mid-’80’s heyday of Madonna-wannabes). Hey, maybe even Marilyn him/itself should check out our thesaurus and opt for a moniker a tad more contemporary: After all, many of the disaffected youths in his core demongraphic probably think “Candle In The Wind” was written for Princess Diana.

Starlet + Serial Killer/Psycho/Baddy = Your Androgynous Glam-Horror Name

  • Demi Dahmer
  • Jennifer Love Hussein
  • Cameron Cunanan
  • Brandy Buttafuoco
  • Courtney Kazynski
  • Oprah Orenthal
  • Sarah Michelle Hitler
  • Monica Menendez
  • Pamela Lee Gifford
  • Rose Rifkin
  • Gwyneth Kevorkian
  • Ally McVeigh