Marilyn Manson used to be a populare icon in the 90s. As we all know Manson was looked upon as a relevant force in the populare culture. There was an intellectual force in his artistic sublimity which caused most people to have an opinion about him. Not only music fans, but people in general. With "The Golden Age of Grotesque" Marilyn Manson had his last impact as he himself stated in the song "This is the new shit" that "everything has been said before, there's nothing left to say anymore.... so let us entertain you". He sunk into his own world of post modernism and went from looking at the world to focus his sight inwards. After this it could be argued that Manson lost interest in the philosophical and thought provoking nature which he used to spit in the face of our culture. After three more poetical, romantical inspired albums "EAT ME, DRINK ME", "The High End of Low" and "Born Villain"; Manson knew where he have put himself. In the end of "Born Villain" Manson sings "we just keep on breaking the same old ground". At first sight this is a statement about a personal relationship, but if one is to dig a little deeper it could be a statement about the band and symbol "Marilyn Manson" itself. After x factor, youtube, social networking in general and the modern culture have moved into a much different landscape, Marilyn Manson have lost the pop cultural x factor. With introspective lyrics, substance abuse and a depressive state Manson was no longer the person he used to be, and it can be argued that he lost interest for the world and the progress of our society.
On the other hand I would like to state that this have changed. With "Born Villain" Manson really ended a chapter in his career. The album is looked upon by many fans as the best Marilyn Manson album since "Holy Wood" and even though the popular culture is not as interested as it used to be about Marilyn Manson there is an creative energy within the band which has not been there in this way in many, many years. The new tour have a higher quality of preformances and music videos are realised one after the other. Manson isn't even done with his tour and yet he is already getting into the idea of making a new album. He say he wants a come back, whatever that means. He have also had more acting roles in the last year, and Manson have talked about getting into film making for many years now. He also have a lot of new painting the public is yet to see. Manson said before "Born Villain" came out that he wants to merge his art and make some sort of synthesis.
It is unclear what the future of Marilyn Manson holds. But I would like to argue that the man sounds as inspired as in his "Smells like Children" era, the time before the bands magnum opus "Antichrist Superstar". At this time anything could happen. Personally I would like to see a merged artisitic vision come to life. A Marilyn Manson take on a "Haus of Gaga", "The factory", or "The Wall" kind of approach. What would you predict the future holds for Manson? Do you think there could be time for a pop cultural renaissance for Marilyn Manson? And how do you think you would react if Manson made a new era which even outshined "the tripych"? A context where we would not be a little fan cult, but rather a relevant part in today's pop world? What if new fans were around every corner, Manson could be seen on every cover, and every person again had to aknowledge the consept of Marilyn Manson? I don't even know if this is what Manson wants at this point. But what would it take and how would you as a fan react to this consept?