The embryo of the band is formed with Manson hooking up with Daisy Berkowitz, Gidget Gein and Madonna Wayne-Gacy. The bands intention is to explore the limits of censorship.
Under the banner of Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids, the band began to gain a loyal following in Florida and were nominated for some local music awards. By the end of the year, the band were known simply as Marilyn Manson.
Trent Reznor offers the band a contract on own label and an opening slot on his tour. Gein was replaced with Twiggy Ramirez and the band won a South Florida Slammie award for Song of the Year with Dope Hat.
Portrait Of An American Family is released. Banned from performing in Utah, but Reznor invites Manson on stage anyway. More controversy arises when he rips up the Book of Mormon. Jailed in Florida for nudity violations, Anton LaVey bestows the title’ Reverend on Manson.
Lucas is replaced with Ginger Fish on drums, Berkowitz is replaced on guitars by Zim Zum. Smells Like Children is released and their cover of Sweet Dreams is picked up by MTV.
Antichrist Superstar released making top 3. Band is nominated for Best Hard Rock Video for Sweet Dreams.
The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, was published.
Zim Zum leaves the band and is replaced by John 5.
October – Mechanical Animals tops the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a week. Marilyn Manson found his first bout of opposition when public officials in Syracuse,NY moved to stop him from appearing in concert there.
Release of Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death).
Tainted Love released.
Holy Wood (In The Shadows Of The Valley Of Death) was certified gold.
The Golden Age Of Grotesque released. Tops Billboard Top 200 Album chart for a week with The Golden Age Of Grotesque selling over 118,000 copies in the US its first week of release.
Manson takes the Ozzfest stage for the third time in his career.