STUDIO & LIVE MEMBERS
MADONNA WAYNE GACY
SARA LEE LUCAS
OLIVIA NEWTON BUNDY
ZSA ZSA SPECK
"At a drunken house party, an intoxicated, pie-faced twit with greasy brown hair and monkey arms flopped onto the couch next to me, pretending he was gay and talking about the drapes. He introduced himself as Scott Putesky."
One of the original members of Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, Scott Putesky was known by the moniker Daisy Berkowitz during his time with the band, one of the first to adopt the male/female celebrity figure combination. His was culled from the popular TV character Daisy Duke, of the show Dukes Of Hazzard, and David Berkowitz, the Californian serial killer dubbed "Son of Sam" by the media during the late 1970s.
Berkowitz was featured as band member for all of the early Marilyn Manson demo tapes before they were signed to Nothing/Interscope, and many attribute the unique, playful sound of the band's first major release, Portrait Of An American Family, to the stringed talents of Berkowitz and original bass player Gidget Gein. However, it became more evident as the Manson thematic developed (chiefly with the replacement of Gein by Manson's long-time friend and partner in crime Twiggy Ramirez, and Manson's developing relationship with Trent Reznor), that Berkowitz' more placid, and perhaps even uninteresting persona both on and off stage was incongruous with the direction the band was headed in. Despite being credited and photographed as part of the artwork for Smells Like Children, Berkowitz is clearly the least relevant member to the ethos of the record, even being usurped by the quiet, uncertain addition of drummer Ginger Fish.
In the early part of 1996, Marilyn Manson would undergo a further transformation, as they entered the studio to record Antichrist Superstar. If the nihilistic, caustic themes of the record weren't evidence enough that Berkowitz was simply not right for the band anymore, the notably brief collection of album credits he has on Antichrist Superstar reveal that he was ushered out fairly soon into the recording sessions, and as also revealed, the remainder of the guitar work was completed respectively by Twiggy, Trent Reznor, Danny Lohner and Manson himself.
Whilst not entirely unproductive, Berkowitz' output since leaving Marilyn Manson has been somewhat unremarkable, he recorded and played live with former Manson touring partners Jack Off Jill in the few years following his departure, and launched his own Three Ton Gate project, but in terms of substance or continued exposure, he has been relatively quiet. Ironically, the most memorable Berkowitz incidents in the ensuing years have been the interviews he gave to the VH1:Driven focusing on Manson, (which has been noted by fans as featuring a number of figures who were no longer relevant to the progression of Marilyn Manson), and the brief trial where Berkowitz was awarded $666,000 only in royalties for his contribution to Antichrist Superstar. He was also granted ownership and distribution rights to recordings from the Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids era prior to their record deal as Marilyn Manson.
While Three Ton Gate continues to be a presumably on hiatus project, Putesky has been featured in YouTube videos performing on live club circuits in America as pianist/singer, and during late 2008, it was rumoured that he would be working woth former Manson keyboardist Stephen Bier on an unnamed music project. As of yet, nothing has surfaced or been announced to support these claims.
Position. Studio Lead Guitarist • Live Lead Guitarist
Instrument. Lead Guitar