The Stories Behind 5 Alter Egos of Popular Musicians

  • September 08, 2010
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The story of Omega is a little confusing: Brian Warner uses the stage persona of shock rocker Marilyn Manson to generate controversy and convert feeble-minded children to the wild, wild world of Satanism. During the tour of his Mechanical Animals album, Manson took on the alter ego of glam rock singer Omega. So you have a man playing a character playing a character. Make sense?


How about now?

It makes more sense from the perspective of the album; the first seven songs are presented as being by the band Marilyn Manson and are inline with much of their previous work, being bleak and introspective. The remaining seven songs are presented as being recorded by Omega and the Mechanical Animals, a band glam rock band that sang about drug, sex, and all things superficial. The two pieces served to tell the same story. However, to make drive the distinction home during the album's live tour, the band would switch to the Mechanical Animal's costumes and personas halfway through their show.

Much of Omega was inspired by David Bowie but that didn't help clarify things for the media or fans. An urban legend that Warner had a sex change became so common that he addressed it several times during interviews and on stage. Still, that didn't stop confused, lonely teenagers from doing terrible things to images of Omega. Don't worry, kids. Memories are for repressing!


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

By 1967, Beatlemania had taken its toll on all parties involved: fans, once crazy, started to settle back down. The Beatles themselves had been worn down by the amount of touring they had done. Combine that with assassination fears and stressful in-fighting and you have easy justification to never tour again. The Beatles became a strict studio band. To this end, they wanted to record an album that would could tour for them. If you ignore that that doesn’t make any sort of sense at all, that plan is bulletproof, unlike the Beatles themselves. Zing!

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Sorry, John. And to a lesser extent, George.

The idea of using a fictitious band for the album was allegedly Paul McCartney's idea. Having already grown out their hair, mustaches, and beards to help obscure their identities, McCartney threw flamboyant costumes into the mix.

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Because this is how you avoid drawing attention to yourself, I guess.

The album was intended to focus on themes of childhood but this concept was barely present at all on the final album. Lennon admitted that none of the songs he wrote followed the concept but neither did any other, claiming they would have fit into any other album at all. If not for the references to their alter egos made throughout the piece wouldn't have much of a concept at all.

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