Mechanical Animals Interviews

Late Show with David Letterman
Marilyn talks about his biography, and cracks jokes about makeup, killing the chicken, and setting the drummer on fire.
Marilyn Manson
1999 Feb 19
David Letterman:
He's just published a biography, here, titled The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, run for your lives America, here's Marilyn Manson, Marilyn! (The band plays and Manson comes in and sits)
 
How you doin'?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Good thanks
 
David Letterman:
You've olympic fever?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Hmmm, I'm not in the sports too much, I remember the thing with the girl hit the other girl on the leg and that's all I remember...
 
David Letterman:
Did you see Bob Doan backstage?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Yeah, he lent me the scarf
 
David Letterman:
(Laughs) Now...hmm...You and I are both from the midwest, you're from Canton Ohio and I'm from Indianapolis Indiana and I'm guessing that's about all we have in common. (Audience and DL laugh)
 
Marilyn Manson:
(Not laughing) Yeah, that's right...
 
David Letterman:
Are you more of a guy like me, or your pretending to be not a guy like me? I don't think anyone should be a guy like me, you understand what I'm saying?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I'm not sure if I understand the question....
 
David Letterman:
You're not sure to underst... do you like bacon? (Audience laughs)
 
Marilyn Manson:
I like Bob Doan
 
David Letterman:
(Laughs) Oh yeah! People, their impression of you is many people like you, of course your fan base, other people are (?) and horrified by you and what you supposedly stand for. is that planned or something?
 
Marilyn Manson:
It's all about majoring success not only by the mind of the people that love you but the ones that hate you too 'cause if you do something that everybody loves it's not gonna work too much.
 
David Letterman:
Do you like to get people upset, is that part of what fuels your...
 
Marilyn Manson:
I like to provoke people so they think, you know, I think it's the healthy part of entertainment... that you don't get too much from the spice girls. (Audience laughs, applauses and cheers)
 
David Letterman:
(Laughs)
 
Marilyn Manson:
To simplify this kind of...think about...hmmm...Ginger Spice is wasteline
 
David Letterman:
(Laughs) You know what I like, maybe I can (Caughs like he's shy) turn you on to this, as the kids say...aaahemmm... the women's hockey team, oh man, I love the women's hockey team
 
Marilyn Manson:
Well, they're the ones that smoked pot 'cause I'm not keeping...
 
David Letterman:
(stops Manson) I think those are the canadians snowboarders...
 
Marilyn Manson:
Ah
 
David Letterman:
Yeah, thanks, we're on our road for a good time. (Audience laughs)

What were you trouted like, typical midwestern in Canton, Ohio there?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Well, hmm... my father spread an age in vietnam, my grandfather was a cross-dressing truckdriver and he collected hmm... beastiality pornography, that I discovered at a early age, and my mother, when I left home, she started keeping rats for pets. She actually had one that she named Marilyn and....it almost died, she did a mouth-to-mouth restitution. She made a little oxygen tank out of a saran wraping, and she sent a little cardword, on a paper. (Audience laughs all the time he talks)
 
David Letterman:
So what you're saying is that you'd pretty much leave it to beaver in your house. (Audience laughs)
 
Marilyn Manson:
Well, that's some kind of deal.
 
David Letterman:
hmmm...But now...what...now...you're mother...hmmmm.... (Audience laughs)

Is this a pose, is your persona a pose or is this actually, this is of you?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I think everything is in the pursuit of art and hmmm...
 
David Letterman:
Performer, Rock and roll music and performer?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Everything is for me, wether it's just hanging out or making something. I put it in every aspects of my life.
 
David Letterman:
Now, you've written a biography here, let me ask you a couple of question about things that people think are true about you that may necessarly not be true and I think you discuss them in the book...hmmm... you set fire to your drummer.
 
Marilyn Manson:
There was a wild rumor saying that we set fire to our drummer and then we killed a chicken but what actually happened was...hmmm... there was a night that we killed our drummer and then we HAD chicken. (Audience and DL laugh)
 
They kind of mixed up everything...
 
David Letterman:
You see how things get blown out of your porch? But there was some kind of fire, you set fire to the guy, you wanted to fire the guy...(Manson interrupts)
 
Marilyn Manson:
I like fire
 
David Letterman:
yeah
 
Marilyn Manson:
I've set fires, one time I set the woods by my house on fire and then one time.... do you remember that John Stewart?
 
David Letterman:
John Stewart? Yeah, the comedian?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I set his stage on fire
 
David Letterman:
Oh yeah?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I got kicked outta there, I commit lighting fire and stuff...
 
David Letterman:
And hmmmm.....
 
Marilyn Manson:
I like to break stuff too, I've been looking at those keyboards, you know, this...(Audience laughs)
 
David Letterman:
What do you think? (Marilyn walks to keyboard) Guy at keyboard: Just...hmm...everyone's but this one, it's fine, I like it, come on. (DL laughing about him all the way)

Now, do you... (Marilyn scares keyboard player that his keyboard's gonna be broken, kind of wants to break it but doesn't)

Great show right here Marilyn!!

You've been arrested a couple of times?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Yeah, but the charges were all dropped, they...(DL interrupts)
 
David Letterman:
Why did they arrest you?
 
Marilyn Manson:
They said I was naked on-stage, but I was just the same I...(DL interrupts again)
 
David Letterman:
You either were or you weren't naked on-stage?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Hmm...I wasn't exactly naked

I think the parts of my body I was showing...(DL interrupts again)
 
David Letterman:
What were the circumstances for them believing you might be naked?
 
Marilyn Manson:
'cause I was kind of naked (Audience laughs)
 
David Letterman:
How do you think you'd do in jail?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I didn't do too good. Hmm... the guy, when I arrive at jail, with his two great large cops, the man who checked me was wearing a first (bap??) of this church of Jacksonville and a base-ball cap so I knew... and a jar of vaseline so I knew their intentions (Audience laughs)
 
David Letterman:
Marilyn, now, are you making this up?
 
Marilyn Manson:
That was to help me remove my make-up
 
David Letterman:
To help you...(Laughs) do you have a moisturizer?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Yeah
 
David Letterman:
You have to moisturize, begin to moisturize, seriously, 'cause you'll start to rankly old age prematurely (Both look at Paul Shaffer)
 
Paul Shaffer: ...
(Audience laughs)
 
David Letterman:
Yeah, look at me... (Audience laughs and applauses)
 
Now, I recognize that this could have been uncomfortable and ackward for you because it was uncomfortable and ackward for me because we don't know one another and I'm thinking...well, this is pretty well, don't you think we had a nice breaker, kinda deal?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Hmmm.... I'm not aroused
 
David Letterman:
But...
 
Marilyn Manson:
But I had a good time
 
David Letterman:
But you've had a good time on WCOW so that's a win, I'll take that, mission accomplished there. But, anyway, what I'm trying to say is you'll come back now, I'm not sure you'll come back but we could talk more easily
 
Marilyn Manson:
Yeah, yeah, I'd like to sing with the band
 
David Letterman:
You'd like to sing with the band? That would be great... (Audience cheers)

Marilyn Manson!! There's the book Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, we'll be right back....