Posts Tagged ‘Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids’

downloadThis past week, we found out some unfortunate news as former Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz (real name: Scott Putesky) passed away at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. Putesky was a member of the band right up until Antichrist Superstar (which he composed music on) as he left to start other projects. There is no band spookier than Marilyn Manson back in the 1990’s and this is October so I figured I would pay tribute to him by covering one of the albums that he performed on. The album we chose for this week is the band’s debut album Portrait Of An American Family which was released on July 19, 1994. Besides Daisy and Marilyn Manson (Vocals), the band was comprised of left overs from the Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids band that included Sara Lee Lucas (Drums), Gidget Gein (Bass), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Samples, Keys), and the band is joined by Twiggy Ramirez (Bass) who was just recently ousted out of the band over alleged rape charges. The album did pretty well as it peaked at number 35 on The US Heatseekers Charts and was certified Gold selling over 600,000 copies as it was produced by Trent Reznor.

american family1. Prelude (The Family Trip)– This is an intro track that features a sample from Cahrlie and The Chocolate Factory which he was obsessed with at the time. 4/5

2. Cake & Sodomy– a sample of Mink Stole saying “White Trash” opens up the track is an interesting track that was written by Manson after a trip to New York where he discovered Pat Robertson on access channel preaching about God and your credit card while a man was masturbating on another asking for your credit card as well. 5/5

3. Lunchbox- This is one of my favorite tracks on the record that has a six year kid open up the track while a sample of Arthur Brown saying, “I bring you fire” plays as well.  The track is about a kid who uses his metal lunchbox as a weapon to get revenge on the kids who bully him. In 1972, the US banned metal lunchbox’s from being brought to school. 5/5

4. Organ Grinder– The next track on the record which would be later remixed is a spooky track that features a sample of the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang saying, “Lollipops for the kiddie winkies.” 4.5/5

5. Cyclops– The preacher from Poltergeist II: The Other Side opens up the aggressive rock track as the group slowed it down as he says, “God is in His holy temple.” 4/5

6. Dope Hat– A great track from the album that features samples of Charles Nelson Reilly and some lines from his time on the TV show Lidsville. One of the things I love about the song is the creepy organ track playing on the song. The track is about how drugs can be an never ending circle sometimes. 5/5

Portrait-Of-An-American-Family-2-picture7. Get Your Gunn– A track that was inspired by abortion provider David Gunn who was murdered by a pro-life activist. Manson talked about it saying, “the ultimate hypocrisy I witnessed growing up: that these people killed someone in the name of being ‘pro-life.” The track even features a sample of audio from a press conference in which Pennsylvania representive Budd Dwyer committed suicide in front of a live audience. 5/5

8. Wrapped In Plastic– This is a track that was inspired by the first episode of Twin Peaks which shows Laura Palmer wrapped in plastic. It features a cool bass groove throughout the track that drives the song. 4/5

9. Dogma– a track that Manson fires back at all the conservative religious groups who were on a constant witch hunt against him. The track features another sample of Mink Stole, but this time from the John Water’s film Pink Flamingos. 4/5

10. Sweet Tooth– This is the only track on the album that Gidget Gein wrote guitar and bass parts for and it’s personally a fav of mine. It opens with a cool drum beat from Lucas before Gacy and Gein come in on the track before the rest of the band eventually joins in. I think the track is about violence during sex or at least that is what I got out of it. 5/5

11. Snake Eyes & Sissies– The track opens up with a quote from the Night Stalker serial killer Richard Ramirez. It’s a cool track that is kind of punkish in a way while mixing some Deep Purple like organs in it. 4/5

12. My Monkey– The track opens up with audio samples from Charles Manson with noises from a child’s toy in the background. Then some ska like music starts to play while six year old Robert Pierce sings on it with Manson. 4.5/5

13. Misery Machine– This track features references to some writings of Aleister Crowley while it contains samples once again from Mink Stole during the hidden track. The track also contains samples from The Playmates. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a great album from the band where you can see the foundation from what they would evolve to starts. Gidget Gein would leave the band, but he passed away in 2008. Sara Lee Lucas would also leave the band making way for long time member Ginger Fish before the recording of Smells Like Children. Check out the record for yourself, I am going to give it 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

download (4)For this week’s Heavy Metal Book Report, I chose a book from an artist that I just couldn’t wait to read his autobiography because he is such a polarizing and mysterious figure. Of course, I am talking about shock rocker the one time self proclaimed Anti-Christ Marilyn Manson. Before 1999, we were all wondering just who the man known as Marilyn Manson really was and when he released The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell we were all intrigued to find out exactly who he was as he teamed up with Neil Strauss to write the book and the book predates Motley Crue’s The Dirt so this may have been the most shocking book at the time ro at least a book that could have inspired the Crue to tell their tale. Marilyn Manson even wrote a song with the same name that would accompany the book that was featured on the soundtrack to the film Spawn. Marilyn Manson was ready to tell his side of the story so that we could all understand exactly just who the man was and what helped create the man we all feared. In the book, Manson dives deep into his childhood as well as his formative years coming up in the scene as Marilyn Manson right all the way to the point of the release of Antichrist Superstar. Marilyn starts with the story if his very weird grandfather that is going to set up the stage of how weird and perverse the book can get, but you won’t be able to put it down cause you are hooked.

mansonThere is always this one tale that I am going to briefly tell you about that absolutely shocked me and made me think twice about certain members of his band as well as him. When they weren’t onstage causing mayhem and destruction, they were torturing fans that would volunteer to go into this torture device that test a persons limits . You had to lie in the contraption a certain way or it would choke you to death. One kid who lied int he contraption ended up confessing some messed up information about pimping his sister. There are more twisted stories in this book that either top that story or are just as equally mind boggling. One of the most common themes in this book is Marilyn’s undying quest to find love because it seems to be the most important thing in his life that he wants to fulfill. He talks about so many relationships in this book like one with Traci Lords as well as the singer from Jack Off Jill and so many more. Besides the struggle to find love, you also learn the struggles of trying to be an artist in a world that isn’t allowing you to be one freely. So many times the labels put constrictions on him or he would be wrongfully arrested by the law just cause they didn’t like him. While the book is a shocking read, it is also a very intelligent and articulate read filled with amazing stories that will fulfill any fans desire to know information. I definitely suggest that you go an pick up the book if you can because you learn a lot in this book. I am going to give the book four stars out of five for a final grade. He is the last living rockstar after all in my opinion.