Twiggy Ramirez is a career musician, multi-instrumentalist and current lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson.
Between the years 1994-2002, Ramirez was part of the band as studio songwriter and live bass guitarist. He ended one tenure in '02 to pursue other projects, but re-joined Marilyn Manson in 2008, assuming the new role of lead guitarist and chief songwriter.
ONE - EARLY YEARS
Jeordie White was raised in New Jersey with his three younger brothers by their mother Dana, who had performed as a cage dancer for acts such as The Ramones, a band Twiggy has cited as a musical influence. Jeordie and his family later uprooted to the sunshine state of Florida.
He began playing guitar from the age of 13, listening to bands such as Mφtley Crόe, Twisted Sister and British Heavy Metal stalwarts Iron Maiden for inspiration. At age 15 Jeordie formed his first band, The Ethiopians, before joining thrash outfit Amboog-a-Lard in Senior Year. His role was guitarist first, before switching to bass. The band's popularity saw them gaining a strong reputation in the flourishing Florida rock scene, and they shared the stage with heavyweights like Anthrax, The Ramones and Saigon Kick. They were rewarded in their success by winning 5 awards in the local Slammies. Jeordie picked up a personal award for best Rhythm Guitarist. The band's predominant release A New Hope  was centred around the theme of George Lucas' epic space drama Star Wars.
TWO - JOINING MARILYN MANSON
During this time, Jeordie became friends with Marilyn Manson, also part of the burgeoning Florida rock scene. Despite the role of bass player already being filled by Gidget Gein, Manson wanted to find a way to work with Jeordie, as the pair formed an instant bond, with Manson (an only child) often stating that Jeordie was like a brother to him. Non-serious side projects such as Mrs. Scabtree became their first working foray, before Gein was finally asked to leave the band during the recording of their first commercial album Portrait Of An American Family. His drug dependency was seen as destructive and derivative to the chances an up and coming band had at success.
In December of 1993 Jeordie took the vacant position as bassist and was christened Twiggy Ramirez, in keeping with the then recurrent theme of joining the forename of a female sex symbol or character with the surname of a male serial killer. Jeordie was named after British model Twiggy, and Richard Ramirez, popularly known as The Night Stalker. His initial character was developed with him adopting the Kinderwhore image popularised at the time by figures such as Courtney Love (who he would later date, briefly), but adapting it to the darker thematic of Marilyn Manson. The influence for some of this also came from Jessicka, singer with Jack Off Jill, who was also dating Ramirez during this period. Twiggy first worked on the EP Smells Like Children, though was photographed for the predecessing Portrait Of An American Family artwork following Gein's dismissal. So as not to give the impression he was taking credit for Gein's work on the album, his role is listed as a pun, stating that Twiggy Ramirez is responsible for "Base Tendencies" [sic].
From this point onwards (especially as Daisy Berkowitz became less of an asset to the direction the band took in the lead up to Antichrist Superstar), the writing relationship between Manson and Ramirez went from strength to strength, and together, in the years following, they carved out some of the band's most bombastic and memorable songs, the most oft cited by Manson being The Beautiful People and The Dope Show. The Tryptych, though collaboratively stringed between figures such as Trent Reznor, John 5, Zim Zum and even Manson in some instances, was still notable for the rich, intriguingly simplistic guitar and bass work, much of which was compiled solely by Ramirez, as has been revealed since, though at the time, he seemed more content to be credited as bassist, especially in the press and promotionally.
Despite Ramirez's close relationship with his best friend and lead singer, following the release of Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death), and its supporting tour, he grew notably more introvert, and perhaps less involved with the band Marilyn Manson as a whole. Around this time Manson met and started a relationship with burlesque model Dita Von Teese, and various tour media from this period shows the increased amounts of time they spent together. Also, large portions of the Guns, God and Government DVD show Manson also spending more time alone, which was somewhat in contrast to the previous VHS release, God Is In The TV, where Manson and Twiggy are shown conducting much of the Rock Is Dead tour in each other's company. Commenting on the 2000 Ozzfest, which featured Marilyn Manson, former guitarist John 5 said the following in an interview with Total Guitar:-
Ramirez's last appearance as a member of Marilyn Manson following Holy Wood was in the video for Tainted Love (a one off cover recorded for the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack in 2002). The video's evident inclusion of Tim Skold (formerly of KMFDM, and at that time working with Manson on the Resident Evil soundtrack) lead many fans to speculate about what role he was taking in the band, as it was also revealed he would be in part producing the forthcoming album, The Golden Age Of Grotesque, and was known as a bassist. However Skold was most likely featured on invitation at that stage, similar to the appearance of Slipknot's Joey Jordison, after Manson had appeared in the video for Dead In Hollywood, by Jordison's then side project the Murderdolls. Quelled speculations aside, after the Tainted Love video (May 2002) it was announced via Manson's official website that Ramirez was leaving the band, and it was stressed that the decision was an amicable one.
A PERFECT CIRCLE
A PERFECT CIRCLE
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