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Portrait of an American Family [Explicit Lyrics]

Marilyn MansonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Prelude (The Family Trip) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (July 19, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: July 19, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Nothing
  • ASIN: B000001Y5X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Every parent's nightmare and every teenager's dream band, Marilyn Manson take no prisoners on their blistering and brutal Trent Reznor-produced debut. Aiming to shock and rock simultaneously, Portrait scores high marks in both arenas. Manson and his grand grimoire take Alice Cooper's tongue-in-cheek mix of glam and death rock to the nth degree with their vision of youth gone wild, personified on cuts like "Cake and Sodomy" and "Lunchbox," a schoolyard revenge fantasy gone horribly awry. One of the most original, hardest rocking albums recorded in the '90s, Portrait of an American Family is a hallmark of the industrial/metal genre, but not for those who are easily offended. --Gail Worley

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manson's brilliant major label debut September 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Before "Antichrist Superstar" made Marilyn Manson a household name, this 1994 major label debut album was the beginning of he and his band invading mainstream America. After shortening the name of the band from Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids to just Marilyn Manson, they signed with Interscope Records and Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor produced this brilliant album; which showcases the social and moral decay of average Amercian family life. Song like "Organ Grinder", "Cake & Sodomy", "Dogma", "Get Your Gunn", "Sweet Tooth", "My Monkey", "Misery Machine", and the chilling "Lunchbox" are all thought provoking songs that really do make the listener think. Forget "Antichrist Superstar", "Mechanical Animals", and "Holy Wood", if there is one Marilyn Manson album to get, make it "Portrait of An American Family", and you will hear that the reason he is the man so many die hard Christian fanatics love to hate, is because he could be right about what he is saying.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The saga begins December 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Most of these songs were written by Marilyn Manson And The Spooky Kids, a long while back. Before The Fallen Angel, before Omega and the Mechanical Animals, before Adam and the revolution. These are songs which tell society as it is, while making fun of it. The bumpy ride beings on Prelude, a demented Willy Wonka rip-off. The singles: Lunchbox, and Get Your Gunn speak of a young boy being picked on and a woman suffering abuse from her husband. Other songs talk about how our youth will follow anything and the "average" family. It really is a Portrait Of An American Family. The strongest tracks are Lunchbox, Get Your Gunn, Dope Hat, and Misery Machine. If you want the glam of Mechanical Animals, or the industrial Hell of Antichrist Superstar, this album is NOT for you. This has a fresh and unique sound not duplicated on any other Manson album. This is truely where the saga began.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essay on Today's Society Values by Marilyn Manson April 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you think KoRn has something to say, you never really listened to Marilyn Manson's debut. Instead of bashing him for not making another Beautiful People kind of riff, go to your nearest cd store and buy this thing. Manson doesn't hate women, or cops, or children, he simply describes the world as it really is and was when he was a kid. This CD has a really bashing sound to it and the lyrics are like targeting a bullet to light-minded persons. Portrait is just what the title suggests and it's one of the best hard rock albums made in the 90s. While KoRn and other i-just-hate-everything-'cause-it's-fashionable losers are enjoying their ADIDAS and NIKE outfits, Manson attacks for the sake of intelligence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe + Charles Manson = Brian Warner November 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mariyln Manson is NOT for children under 13. But frankly who gives a good Goddamn!!! Manson is probably the World's best "Shock Rocker"! Here's how the Songs are
Prelude (The Family Trip) - Decent Instermental 2.5/5
Cake And Sodomy - Probably Manson's most explicit song, but Fu*king Awsome!!! 6/5
Lunchbox - A power anthem for kids being picked on at school, I like the saying "Next Motherfu*ker Gonna' Get My Metal!" 5/5
Organ Grinder - Funny/Sick lyrics, and very good Keyboard/synthysizer/Organ. Good job M.W. Gacy! 4.75/5
Cyclops - Just another ol' track, but catchy. Nice Guitar, Daisy Berkowitz's highlight! 4.5/5
Dope Hat - The most addictive on the album! If you see the video, you can see how it is a sick parody of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. M.W. Gacy pulls through again! 6/5
Get Your Gunn - My 4th Favorite! Twiggy Ramirez's bass is impeccable! 5/5
Wrapped In Plastic - Not very catchy, but good lyrics 4.75/5
Dogma - Creepy, but Impossible not to sing along! 5/5
Sweet Tooth - Nice Saxaphone And Lyrics, this has more of a "Sadistic" aproach. 4.75/5
Snake Eyes And Sissies - KABOOM!!! Another Hit!!! Manson & Pals really can harmonize in a sick way. 5/5
My Monkey - Funny, but Mediocre Lyrics. I think this was origanally based on a Charles Manson song, give or take a few lyrics. 3/5
Misery Machine - Good way to end the album, for some reason theres a 6-7 minute silence period at the end making this song only about 5 minutes compared to 13 mins. 4/5
Overall this album Kicks...!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rock album ever August 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the very last Manson CD i bought, which i now consider a good thing becuase if i would have gotten this first, all of his other work would have paled in comparason. Oddly enough, this album retains a certian rough, unpolished, feel to it, becuase it was manson's first CD, but if you listen to him, he sounds like an old rock star coming back ten years after his heyday to dish out more music. So in the end, it turns out sounding immature but at the same time, as if our little freind here knows damn well what hes doing. Obviously i find this to be his best work, becuase it was his only rock album, and it sounded so out of place in the time it was made. Now i love all of his other stuff, dont get me wrong. But its obvious this could be the crap out of Golden AGe of Grotesque, with its weak porno lyrics, distorted vocals, and cheerleaders. And when he didnt have the millions that he has now, the arch dandy didnt need stage props and flashy outfits to win over a crowd.

Obviously this CD has tons of metaphors that will go over most of the heads of ignorant americans. Such as 'Get Your Gunn,' which, although the bad connotations of the title, actually is referring to the killing of the abortion doctor, Doctor Gunn. The songs main point is that killing abortion doctors doesnt make you pro-life. And while 'Cake and Sodomy' may sound like a dirty excuse of a song, its a statement about the hypocracy of America. 'Wrapped in Plastic' asks us the maddening question 'does the plastic on the couch keep the dirt out, or does it keep it in?.' And then theres 'lunchbox,' the most ironic track on portriat, for the lyrics 'i want to grow up, i want to a big rock and roll star' well, it happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manson's first, and one of his finest.
Portrait of an American Family debuted in 1994 and shot Marilyn Manson right into the Mainstream music scene. The funny part was, Marilyn Manson was and is not mainstream at all. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Logan West
5.0 out of 5 stars cant wait to purchase here again
wowed at how reasonable this album was and stoked about how quick i received it! if i could purchase an album everyday i would
Published 3 months ago by t.raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Item came in perfect condition, no scratches on the disc, no creases on the booklet. Very good as i expected
Published 5 months ago by Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Debut Album
I love Marilyn Manson, and this album was a great way for him to start his musical career. This is a great 90's Rock album, and the twisted lyrics and sound effects really adds to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jesse Hrehoruk
5.0 out of 5 stars freak of nature
Because I enjoy marilyn mamson I find a good to listen to Marilyn Manson while I work out I especially enjoy the song cake and sodomy is it for nominal artist one of the best out... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Not surprisingly, a great record by a great artist.
Not surprisingly, a great record by a great artist. Overall it's a very interesting piece of work that I always enjoy listening to.
Published 7 months ago by Patrick Kernan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great first album
From the manic whirlwind Prelude to the shocking Cake and Sodomy, Portrait of an American family is an album that stands on its own two feet as being catchy and memorable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paperbackstash
5.0 out of 5 stars Manson's first and finest
I really love this cd because it was raw and it was before MM became so caught up in what he thought people wanted to hear. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Augustisburning
5.0 out of 5 stars so awesome
This to date is one of the best albums Ive ever heard ; def one of the craziest ; in my opinion MM's best album ; being their first album too. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This isn't a greatly produced album, but i'd say its better than Golden Age and everything after it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Craig
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