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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Marilyn Manson Plays the Villain: The Uncut Edition

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 7:01 AM

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"Ask him if he was really Paul from The Wonder Years." "Ask him about his paintings." "Ask him if he knows he's irrelevant." "Just blame him for Newton and the Boston Marathon a bunch."

Realizing that I would find no true Marilyn Manson fans amongst my friends and associates, I ventured into the darkest point of the internet. The Marilyn Mansion wiki site, http://www.mansonwiki.com, a regularly updated site which has chronicled every interview with the pasty-faced dude.

And I sat, neglecting my entire life, reading early interviews with Marilyn Manson back in his days of terrorizing Fort Lauderdale performing as Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. I learned we already had something in common - Marilyn Manson and I have both formed bands around the Steve Albini project, Big Black. I learned he always had a desire to become famous and influential. I read about how he liked drugs. I watched the band being interviewed on Headbanger's Ball, pissing off Riki Rachtman. They were sullen, genuinely weird, and seemingly uncaring that they were on MTV.

I kept reading.

After being taken under the wing of Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson kind of conquered the world. He took the disturbing imagery and catchiness of Nine Inch Nails and honed it by using the persona of a genderless Satanist. He was a living demon to conservative households everywhere and a hero to every meek, pasty-skinned, kid wearing black.

Then on April 20th, 1999. Two meek, pasty-skinned kids wearing black stormed their high school and started killing people. Marilyn Manson was blamed and it fucked him up. He became the most hated performer on the planet.

The story continues in great detail, but more or less, despite all of his posturing and bold statements on society, it is hard to be hated by everyone. He put out a few more records that kept him on the radio and eventually retreated into a dark depression. When he came out, he put out more records. But people hadn't seemed to care in the same way.

The whole industrial scene had also changed and still remains fairly different. Electronic music is now all pixie-cute artists like Grimes and the weird side is also accessible and comical, like Die Antwoord. Those freak kids with the dyed hair - they all grew up and got jobs fixing computers or got hooked on meth. Or maybe started wearing khakis. Or all became juggalos. Who fucking knows? But where ever they are, the stereotypical Marilyn Manson fan of yesteryear hardly exists outside of the occasional sighting at a shopping mall. Now all the kids who wear black listen to shitty metal.

I had a lot of questions for Mr. Manson prepared. Probably too many, especially after connecting with his personal assistant and realizing I would have about twenty minutes to talk to him. Before connecting with him, I quickly sorted through my notes and tried to prepare my questions about his opinion of G.G. Allin, whether he still follows Killing Joke, how he feels if he enters a room and is not the most interesting person, and so on.

Nervously, I asked him if he had been doing interviews all day. Immediately, I noticed he was probably drunk or high, something he makes no secret of. Throwing me off guard, he immediately started telling me about his day and what he was up to lately.

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