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Marilyn Manson: Portrait of an American Family

Marilyn Manson dropped the Portrait of an American Family Album in July of 1994 and brought “shock-rock” to the forefront of the music scene. Discovered and Produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, it was finally certified Gold in 2003.
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It is the first and only Marilyn Manson studio album that bassist Gidget Gein plays on. Gein was fired from the band after its production following a very public and destructive heroin addiction and Twiggy Ramirez, the band’s roadie and friend of Gein and Manson, was put as a temporary replacement while Gein got clean and sober. He eventually took over Gein’s place and briefly adopted his image. Contrary to popular belief, Ramirez did not play bass on the album. Though Sara Lee Lucas was the featured drummer on the album, Nine Inch Nails live keyboardist Charlie Clouser used a drum machine to replace the work Lucas did. Daisy Berkowitz helped compose music for all of the songs except “Prelude (The Family Trip)” and “Sweet Tooth.”

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