Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids! How are you doing Marilyn?
"Hey man, I'm spooky as always. Brand new, how about you?
Hey, doing pretty good. How did Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids originate?
"Well... Scott David, the idea of Marilyn Manson has been brewing in my head in one form or another since I was about twelve years old at a Christian High School in Canton, Ohio. But then you know, I moved and grew up and changed my shoe size and stuff. And then I met this guy named Daisy Berkowitz who's kind of ripping on the guitar. We had two different styles, two different tastes of music, he liked more ethereal, kind of surreal soundscapes of guitar noise and I was more into distinct, hard, definitive sounds, and what-not. But we both had the same ideas as far as art was and what we wanted to do with the band, so we got together, we made this music and it's just what we wanted. As far as the rest of the band they were friends of mine - Olivia Newton Bundy and Zsa Zsa Speck, they were interested in what we were doing so we brought them in, and that's how it happened."
How did the name Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids come about?
"Well you know, that's kind of obvious, because Marilyn Manson is on my birth certificate and all... But, as far as Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids, this is the illegitimate offspring of the world's most infamous, nefarious, and in our eyes brilliant cult psycho, weirdo, wackos in the world. Specifically America of course, because we're an American band."
Well personally you don't really look like a Marilyn, but I guess if your mother named you that, what can I say? How would you describe your music?
"Well, people hate to describe their music. We've come to call it as "Beat up your mom" music. As far as describing what it sounds like, I guess you have to listen. I think it's pretty much like '60s-meets-'90s-psychedelic-industrial-brain-tumour-disorder-thrash, sort of thing. It's kind of groovy, you know groovy, I guess the word groovy will work."
Well I guess that's pretty specific...
Is there a concept or message you're trying to convey in your music?
"Well, Scott David, as far as the concept goes, yeah there is a definite concept, but you know, stuff like that, I put on a lot of ideas in the lyrics and the way we do our thing. So there's a lot of ideas floating around, and people who know what it is, people will pick it up. If they know what to pick up. As far as coming right out and saying anything, I don't think that I could, especially on this radio station."
Well thank you for that.
How do you approach writing new material?
"Well, you know, I've got a lot of words going around in my head, it's like I chewed up a dictionary and puked it over my brain kind of thing. You know, Daisy over here is pretty much the same with his music, so we get together with the guitar, and it's kind of tribal with the percussion, we just work with it and it's really tribal...
We're a triiibe..."
Sounds like an encyclopedia of insanity.
"Yeah, that's kind of cute Scott."
What song did you have the most fun with?
"Well Scott, I could sing it for you really quick, and this is to all the girls I never loved before."
[Manson sings the first verse of My Monkey]
"That's my favourite."
No wonder why you never had any girls that loved you after that... rendition.
Anyway, what artists were influential to you in the past?
"Um, when I was growing up I - I don't know, I can't say that I ever grew up, I'm kind of like an evil little Peter Pan that will never get older. But as far as bands I like that I listen to, I like In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Black Sabbath, Jim Morrison you know, he was one of my all-time idols. A couple of years ago when I got Papa Manson - that's Chuck - his album, it was a great influence on me, very innovative dude. I hate that word 'dude', but I'll say it again. Innovative dude, and he influenced what we're doing right now. To a certain extent."
And a number one best-selling album, may I add.
"Yeah, all the time Manson, he's on Billboard, still."
Who do you find exciting presently?
"Well Scott, not to offend you or you know, any of your listeners the Wax Trax scene and network is really cool, and there'a a lot of bands that are breaking some new patterns here, but you know, Industrial music in general is starting to get homogenized. But I'm really impressed with the new Nitzer Ebb album, because they've done some really different stuff this time around. And the Revolting Cocks."