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Thread: Thinking Out Loud: Marilyn Manson on drugs, morals and Scooby-Doo

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    Default Thinking Out Loud: Marilyn Manson on drugs, morals and Scooby-Doo

    “When I speak, people listen. That gives me a power over them. I quickly came to realise that being a rock star grants me the same power over people as it would if I were the President. You’re empowered by attention. It goes all the way back to Roman times and Caesar. People give you power, but it’s what you do with it that counts.”

    “When I was seven or eight, I was playing with my Scooby-Doo and Daphne toys, and had a strange feeling. It was my first sexual arousal. Now I feel that all girls with red hair are of the devil.”


    “I trained to be a sniper at age 7. I have good aim. But I was afraid to go and get drafted into the army, because I didn’t want to get a haircut...I’m pretty bummed that my mullet kept me from a free kill-fest.”

    "What I learnt, when I was bored, when I went to a mental hospital, to rehab... were the simple rules. Drink when you’re in a good mood, not when you’re in a bad mood. And don’t smoke crack, because it makes you poor. Cocaine also – it actually makes you poor. And heroin you’ll die, and Methadone makes your teeth look terrible. I’ve never smoked meth or done heroin in my life, because I’ve had too many of my friends die of that shit. That was based on simple observation, not judgement.”

    "Sons Of Anarchy is my dad’s favourite show, so I tried to get on the show just to trick him into coming to Los Angeles, to be on the set. Once I was working on it I changed my lifestyle completely. I flipped it upside-down. I had to wake up at 6 am. So people were saying: ‘Who the fuck are you? You’re up at noon? What are you doing?’ I said: ‘I’m doing my job.’”


    “I get shocked by every single person I meet. No one’s stabbed me or shot me or anything like that, but I’m always shocked at how affected people are by the things that I’ve made and how much it means to them. It's never really worn off, I’ve never become jaded by it. It just makes me surprised that the only way I can connect with people is from a distance, through art."

    “The media held me responsible for basically every act of violence that happened in America, no matter what. So what should I do? Stand there and let them fuck me over or turn around and smash their teeth in? I decided that Iʼm going to do the latter. But Iʼm going to do it with Holy Wood and Iʼm going to do it so hard that theyʼll wish theyʼve never been born. I hope that this is Americaʼs worst nightmare and I hope that we can disrupt the regimented lifestyle people have set out for themselves. Thatʼs what rockʼnʼroll was intended to be and thatʼs what I am and thatʼs what Iʼm always going to be and the day that Iʼm not is the day that I quit.”


    “I’m the type of person that stands by their morals. I have a set of rules, if someone tries to fuck with what I believe in, what I love. You have to be willing to die for what you do. Do I want to die? No. Am I easy to kill? No. If you fuck with me will you get hurt? Probably. I protect what I care about. And that’s a man who stands by his morals. And those morals are dictated by me, and not by some bogus religion, or some egos, or some people I don’t know.”

    “I wonder sometimes if I've outgrown my spotlight. Someone asked me a long time ago, ‘Are you worried your image will overshadow your music?’ No, I'm worried my music will overshadow my image.”


    “While we recorded Antichrist Superstar in New Orleans, we spent a long time experimenting with various extremes of both the natural and supernatural: black magic, drugs, computers and pain threshold experiences all played their part. I consider the record to be a ritual to bring about the apocalypse. Each time someone plays the record, it takes them one step further away from God and one step nearer to becoming an individual. In Christianity’s eyes, a nation of individuals is the apocalypse, because they will no longer have moral control.”

    “Do you want to know why they hate me so much? They call me a junkie and a Satanist. But really I’m much, much worse than any of that. I’m everything they’re afraid of. Everything they hate, everything they try to hide, and a lot more besides. I speak my mind and I show people what’s out there in reality. They’re using me as the bogeyman, but I’m reflecting it all back like a mirror.”


    http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-11-...ons-of-anarchy

    I had to check and make sure this wasn't an interview from 99/00. This is quite the throwback.

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    I'm not overly familiar with the site or the feature, but it seems very much like this is simply a retrospective collection of random quotes from throughout his career, which was published recently, rather than a collection of excerpts from a recent interview.

    I mean, I know the Triptych and time travel, etc., but talking about Holy Wood... in the future tense is kind of a dead giveaway, plus many of those anecdotes are practically ancient.

    But it is still a fun assortment of quotes, fwiw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazekiah View Post
    I'm not overly familiar with the site or the feature, but it seems very much like this is simply a retrospective collection of random quotes from throughout his career, which was published recently, rather than a collection of excerpts from a recent interview.

    I mean, I know the Triptych and time travel, etc., but talking about Holy Wood... in the future tense is kind of a dead giveaway, plus many of those anecdotes are practically ancient.

    But it is still a fun assortment of quotes, fwiw.
    Ah, good thought. I thought the style was weird, but now that you mention it, it appears you are correct. Wasn't reading it as well as I should have.

    Still, it's a nice collection of quotes.

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    Yeah team rock are a bit click baity, skip survey subscribe for full articles etc. It's a cool article, but they don't have much original stuff in there. Mainly raises money for their radio station which is pretty awesome.

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    This is from the "Talking" series. They did one on Kurt Cobain too. I bought "Marilyn Manson: Talking" in about 2003 in Hot Topic. Lots of good memorable quotes. I had forgotten about that book. Thanks for reminding me.

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    Ha! I actually own that book too and didn't even make the connection, lol.

    Good call!


    P.S. Looking into Days of the Dead but don't know how to reach you anymore! HMU, man.

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    There used to be a few of those soundbite books doing the rounds. I recall a reasonably good one I flicked through extensively at the local book store in about '99, but never bought it because I had his biography and preferred to drink from the source.
    "the Serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which
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    He really just needs to publish his own book of quotes like mentioned doing years ago.

    Clearly, it would sell.

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    Manson could release tons of things that would sell, yet they'll probably never see the light of day.

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    I sure they will.

    He's just focusing more on new albums, touring, and the occasional acting work for the moment. Most of the stuff that he's mentioned but hasn't released was from when he was planning to retire early and/or in the last few years leading up to that, as he was growing more disillusioned by the music industry before essentially becoming an independent artist (with a distribution deal).

    I assume he's just thinking more long term than the immediate GIMME-GIMME-GIMME!!! ancillary cash-grab of cranking out distractions from his principal body of work right now. He'll get to that stuff when he gets to it, I'm sure.

    All in good time!

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