Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson
About Alice Cooper:
Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is a rock singer and musician whose career has lasted nearly five decades. He is often referred to as the founder of shock rock due to his gory, theatrical performances. Cooper’s music influenced many musicians and helped shape the sound of punk rock and early heavy metal. The original Alice Cooper band played mostly garage rock with a shock rock image. Since the beginning of Cooper’s solo career in 1974, he has experimented with many different musical styles. These include art rock, hard rock, new wave, psychedelic rock, disco, hair metal and industrial metal. In recent years Cooper has returned to his garage rock roots.
The original Alice Cooper group started in March 1964 as The Earwigs, a The Beatles cover band. After a couple of name changes, they settled on Alice Cooper in 1968 and the group became known for their theatrical and shocking garage rock. The group wore heavy make-up and women’s clothing on stage. They were one of the first shock rock bands, preceded only by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
Alice Cooper was originally the name of the band. Under this name, they released several albums before the band dissolved and Vincent Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper, thus making Alice a solo artist instead of a band. - lastfm.com
About Marilyn Manson:
Marilyn Manson is a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States-formed rock band led by the singer also named Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner on January 5, 1969). Warner chose the name, a combination of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson, to illustrate what he considered to be the extreme dualism of late 20th century American culture. The stage names of each band member were originally created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic mass murderer or serial killer, though this naming convention has not extended to new band members after the mid-90s. Along with Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper he is currently one of the main performers of the shock rock genre.
Formed in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids, the band’s uniquely theatrical performances gathered a local cult following that developed over time into a worldwide fanbase. By the late 1990s the band was considered one of modern music’s most widely-known and controversial acts; this was due, in large part, to Manson’s then-frequent clashes with religious and political groups. Manson’s lyrics often receive criticism for their anti-religious sentiment and for references to sex, drugs, and violence (albeit typically in the abstract as opposed to any specific depiction). The band’s music and performances have frequently been called offensive and obscene. Protests and petitions have sometimes led to the group being banned from performing. - lastfm.com