Portrait Of An American Family

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Release date
26 May 2003
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Prelude (The Family Trip) (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:20 143
2 Cake And Sodomy (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:46 204
3 Lunchbox (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:35 691
4 Organ Grinder (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:22 133
5 Cyclops (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:32 130
6 Dope Hat (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:21 162
7 Get Your Gunn (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:18 464
8 Wrapped In Plastic (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:35 118
9 Dogma (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:22 129
10 Sweet Tooth (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:03 110
11 Snake Eyes And Sissies (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:07 101
12 My Monkey (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:31 86
13 Misery Machine (Album Version (Explicit)) 13:10 54

About this album

Personnel: Marilyn Manson (vocals, brass, loops); Daisy Berkowitz (guitar, acoustic guitar); Trent Reznor (guitar, pandora, brass, programming); Madonna Wayne Gacy (saxophone, brass, calliope, loops, sound effects, Theremin); Hope Nichols (saxophone, background vocals); Sean Beavan (brass, programming); Charlie Clouser (drums, programming); Sara Lee Lucas (drums, sound effects); Chris Vrenna (percussion, programming).

Audio Mixers: Alan Moulder; Sean Beavan; Trent Reznor.

Recording information: Criteria, Miami, FL; Le Pig, Beverly Hills, CA; REcord Plant, L.A., CA; Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Record Plant, LA, CA; The Village Recorder, LA, CA; Village Recorder, L.A., CA.

Editors: Sean Beavan; Trent Reznor; Charlie Clouser.

Photographers: Robin Perine; Jeffrey Weiss.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Hope Nichols; Trent Reznor; Twiggy Ramirez.

While Marilyn Manson’s approach was hardly original (in fact, many of the band’s gimmicks could be directly linked to bands past), few rock groups on a major label had been so unashamedly confrontational and unapologetic. In fact, all the members went by aliases that combined a movie star’s name with a serial killer’s. While such future releases as 1995’s Smells Like Children and 1996’s Antichrist Superstar would place the band at the top of the / heap, it was the group’s debut in 1994, Portrait of an American Family, that got the ball rolling.

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