Smells Like Children Interviews

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An internet chat with Marilyn made possible by SPIN. Questions range from Dope Hat's meaning, Alice Cooper and the bands success and exposure.
Marilyn Manson
1995
SPINaps:
OK... We're here in NYC with Marilyn Manson in the offices of SPIN Magazine. Marilyn, what's up?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Just smashed myself in the nose in Boston...
 
SPINaps:
Care to elaborate?
 
Marilyn Manson:
During the first song of our show last night, I cracked my nose open with the microphone--trying to recover. Narcotics?
 
LSDNA:
When is Antichrist coming out?
 
Marilyn Manson:
1996
 
SonicFoo2:
I want to fuck up the world. have any suggestions?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Start by shaving off your eyebrows.
 
LSDNA:
What did you think about the Salt Lake show with NIN?
 
Marilyn Manson:
As everyone knows, I wasn't allowed on stage. They even offered me $10,000 to not show up. But I thought it was important to say what I had to say. And I didn't get the money, but I don't care.
 
BECK TACO:
What's up with all the children stuff, that's kinda sick?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I like to talk about the experiences I had with child abuse growing up. I tend to deal with it in a different way that confuses some people.
 
DSiegel97:
Will you ever go back to Santa Barbara?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I remember Santa Barbara; some asshole sprained my wrist trying to take my microphone from me, and he got smashed in the face. But we'll go back.
 
CristLaVe:
I heard that there will be two shows in New Orleans, one public and one private. Is this true?
 
Marilyn Manson:
If you're talking about the one with the chicken...Yes.
 
SinDdahme:
Hi, I'm Cindy Dahmer, and I want to join the band. I can play the saxophone = )
 
Marilyn Manson:
Can you stick it up your ass?
 
Rockitbab:
Mr. Manson....where in the world did you get those boots?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I got 'em from you, everlasting cocksucker.
 
LthrNun:
Any chance of "Choklit Factory" or "Negative3" making it onto the "AntiChrist" disc?
 
Marilyn Manson:
No...but look for "White Knuckles" & "Suicide Snowman".
 
Tnsprt586:
So, what about this Time/Warner bullshit?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Unfortunately, Time/Warner has been the force that has constantly stifled my creativity, but fortunately, when they're gone maybe things will be better.
 
Slaw09:
Where you over at Trent Reznor's house last night? Someone said they saw you there.
 
Marilyn Manson:
No...I was in Boston smashing my face in.
 
PHAT ALBR:
I'm what you'd call a straight edge kid, how do you feel about the movement and poison free youth crews?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I respect whatever works for people. I myself enjoy balancing between total chaos and self-control
 
Scrizzel:
What is man's greatest flaw?
 
Marilyn Manson:
His inability to control and acknowledge his animal instincts.
 
Sunbean8:
Is it your goal to make people feel innocent again or to rob them of it?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Both at the same time. I like to remain innocent in some ways and also desensitize myself. That paradox works for me.
 
Oswald158:
ARE YOU EVER GOING TO COME BACK TO JAX. FL ? ANY TIME SOON?
 
Marilyn Manson:
No.
 
RACHELG49:
Why did you choose to tear up the Mormon Bible in particular?
 
Marilyn Manson:
It was the Mormons who had protested our appearance.
 
CAC Bass:
What's with all the make-up? It's quewl & all but does it mean anything?
 
Marilyn Manson:
It's part of expressing individuality, and as you become more and more desensitized to the way you look, things tend to get more and more extreme. Sometimes we don't realize that.
 
DopeHat6i:
How do you feel about girls (and some guys) spreading their legs for you without even knowing you???
 
Marilyn Manson:
No comment.
 
Paroxysma:
Would you raise your children as Satanists?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Satanism is the philosophy that I relate to most, but I don't limit it to that. Marilyn Manson and my children. If I had any, would be exposed to many different options that they would be able to choose from. But I'm sure they would choose Satanism. Most children would.
 
SPINaps:
Here's a question from Sleizoid:
Marilyn, what was your mind going through when you made f**k frankie?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Am I going to get caught? And how will I explain to the police all the blood and chicken feathers?
 
Skarekroe:
What about Alice Cooper?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I love the first three records. But I've heard that after leaving a life of drugs and rock n roll he has picked a different crutch--Christianity. That's unfortunate.
 
ILuvMyGui:
Are you really the antichrist superstar?
 
Marilyn Manson:
You have made me that and the embodiment of people who agree with me are also Antichrist superstar.
 
DJ Apathy:
Will Kippy be in any future MM videos?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Just the one for "Fuck Frankie".
 
Slavemnky:
These questions suck...how about, are you gonna perform any new songs at Irving Plaza tomorrow nite?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Yes. Maybe "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" or "Smells Like Children".
 
MONTANA16:
When's the release date of the new album? I can't find it in W. Mass. and nobody knows anything.
 
Marilyn Manson:
Smells Like Children is out.
 
Hemptimes:
Why do you always jerk off on-stage of the Ohio shows. How do I get your shirts????????????????????-666
 
Marilyn Manson:
They work good for absorbing cum.
 
Shleestac:
Is Dope Hat about drug abuse/addiction?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Yes. It's about how people are entertained by my ability to balance between addiction and control.
 
Burnflesh:
Are you against religions that use white magic such as wicca??
 
Marilyn Manson:
I'm not against any religions, I just like to point out their weaknesses to open minds.
 
JakOffJil:
Why did you almost punch Twiggy out on Halloween in Boston?
 
Marilyn Manson:
That's not true. I was aiming for someone else.
 
Austonian:
At any point in your relationship with Trent Reznor, were you and he ever lovers?
 
Marilyn Manson:
We've been naked in the same room together, but I'll leave it at that.
 
Question:
What do you represent?
 
Marilyn Manson:
The part of man that he's ashamed to be.
 
SPINaps:
Why all the monkey references?
 
Marilyn Manson:
On "Portrait", there are three references to the monkey if you piece them together you will understand.
 
Ivampire:
Do you really believe in what you say? - because I believe in you.
 
Marilyn Manson:
What I say is what I am.
 
Ferajie:
What do you think about the writing of Clive Barker?
 
Man666son :
I like his writing but his movies let me down.
 
JNIN13:
Is Twiggy there with you?
 
Marilyn Manson:
He's back at the hotel shaving his legs.
 
GloriaGug:
Did you ever think of touring with Charles Manson? That would be cool.
 
Marilyn Manson:
I think he's a great dancer.
 
CR7243890:
How does it feel to be HATED?
 
Marilyn Manson:
It feels good.
 
BRRN BLAC:
"KILL YR IDOLS"--DOES THAT SAYING WORK FOR YOU?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Become your idol.
 
EvilZombi:
What are your views on drugs and drug users?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I respect strong people. Some people can handle drugs and some people can't. I don't respect drug addicts.
 
DW NIN666:
Hi, my name is Doug Wright...Sweet Dreams is an Eurythmics song, why'd you choose to do it?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Well, Doug...I thought the lyrics were very powerful, and I wanted to share them in the way I saw them.
 
DopeHat6i:
I swear your band must be THEE trendiest band and "koolest" one to like in my school... at least 10 MM shirts a day... Are you pleased?
 
Marilyn Manson:
The more people that experience Marilyn Manson, the better. The integrity of what I stand for won't change. And these people are better off wearing MM shirts than Hootie & the Blowfish.
 
DeborahNI:
What exactly happened to Sara Lee Lucas? Is he in another band now? Rumor says you did not get along and did not like his drumming and ended up firing him...
 
Marilyn Manson:
We actually lit him on fire.
 
GetYrGunn:
I think your next video should star Rockitbabe. Don't you?
 
Marilyn Manson:
If it's a porno.
 
Sunbean8:
How can I keep my childhood going forever?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Kill yourself while you're young.
 
Siva Siam:
I saw you with the Genitorturers (wonderful band if you like pain) are you going to tour with them ever?!
 
Marilyn Manson:
Possibility. We tend to be on the same team, so to speak.
 
HAPPY TAL:
If your penis were to be cut off, what would you do?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I'd get tits and become a stripper.
 
Slaw09:
If you could kill one person who would it be?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Trent Reznor. He put me in this position.
 
XzFLaRE1z:
How come you are making the Reverend answer all these stupid questions?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I don't mind. I get lonely sometimes.
 
TheLimite:
Would you rather be burned in effigy or immortalized in bronze?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I would rather be eaten alive.
 
JCrawf418:
What do you think of MTV's refusal to play your videos more than a couple of times?
 
Marilyn Manson:
It's predictable. MTV's too safe.
 
Burnflesh:
Are you the third?? (trust me this is important)
 
Marilyn Manson:
Elaborate, Burnflesh. There have been many before me...
 
SPINaps:
We've invited Burnflesh onstage to talk to MM. Burn, your quesion was interesting. What did you mean by "the third?"
 
Burnflesh:
Hello Mr. Manson! See I have a theory about the third thing.
 
SPINaps:
Go on....
 
Burnflesh:
Well basically it is a long story...
 
SPINaps:
Type faster Burnflesh or we're gonna kick your butt off-stage.

Burnflesh:
My friend and I created all that existed and we need a third person so that we would not create a paradox. It is a long story. umm,....we created you we are from an alien world!

SPINaps:
What's your question right NOW?

Burnflesh:
This is all my dream.

Marilyn Manson:
I am the alpha and the omega.

SPINaps:
Bye Burnflesh.

Chicalita:
I think you should hook up with one of the chicks from L7..You guys would rock..are you interested?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Yes.
 
Wattie699:
Mr. Manson my Name is Brad and I went to your show in Cleveland on the 21st of October, and I was just wondering why you did not allow mushroom head to Play?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I don't deal with those type of things. However, that band came in with an attitude that we didn't agree with, and they left with it.
 
Scrizzel:
Is Get Your Gunn a reference to Dr. David Gunn, the abortion-doctor killed by activists?
 
Marilyn Manson:
Obviously.
 
GODofFREE:
What do you think of posers?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I don't mind them if they're in women's lingerie.
 
JakOffJil:
Why do you like Traci Lords? Because she's a porno queen?
 
Marilyn Manson:
She understands me.
 
RTWFLY:
What about yourself would you change if you could?
 
Marilyn Manson:
I'd be young again.
 
SPINaps:
OK, we can just take a couple more questions....
 
Ursinius:
What was high school like for you? .......mine sucks
 
Marilyn Manson:
I had to wear a uniform, have my hair cut short, and I wasn't allowed to listen to rock music. Besides that, the kids at public school loved to kick my ass. So it wasn't that great for me either.
 
SPINaps:
OK, ask your question right now and it's guaranteed to go in....
 
DRose9021:
Why the fascination with Willy Wonka?
 
Marilyn Manson:
He was someone that I idolized as a kid. Now I see him as the archetypal devil character. And I relate to the way he deals with his admirers.
 
SPINaps:
OK, time for one last question. Here it is. It's kind of profound.
 
Jezabael:
Why?
 
Marilyn Manson:

Because it's the only way I can deal with life.