Archive for the ‘Marilyn Manson’ Category

SO…back in April of 2015 I made a post here about Favorite Albums, saying that I had been working on compiling a list of mine as a fun exercise to pinpoint a bunch of records that really made me, changed me, supported me, etc etc. Then again in September of 2015 I posted a follow up about not forgetting the project I gave myself that I wanted to share with whomever was interested. And now, fast forward to the present, almost two years later (which is horrifying). I have finally finished said list. It wasn’t necessarily two years in the making or anything like that, but, every time I opened the document with this sprawling list of wonderful records I always redefined it, added to it, subtracted, making subsections until finally this week I said, if not for anyone else I want to finish this crazy little project for myself for multiple reasons. One being because I always finish what I start and two, because I’m a mega music geek. I began this idea saying I was going to do a Top 25, then a Top 50 but came to the conclusion as I sat down in front of a wall of music that it’d be impossible for me, so, I decided to go for a Top 100, and even that was hard (you’ll even see an “honorable mention” section here because 100 just wasn’t enough :::wipes sweat from brow:::). On this list you’ll find: Pop, Metal, Singer/Songwriter, New Wave, Alternative, Rock and ALMOST everything in between. These selections come with a boat load of memories and inspiration for me, it’s not just because I love these records but they also hold little pieces of the puzzle that form my life. I’m happy to have them and thankful to all of these people involved in sharing what they do, because in the end that’s what it’s all about. So here, I share this list with you. Hope you have fun with it. Could this change by next month? Hahaha, it sure can so let me hit that publish button cause then I can’t turn back. If you don’t know these records, find and seek! Rock on!

Jellyfish – Bellybutton
Extreme – Pornograffitti
Jellyfish – Spilt Milk
Extreme – Extreme
Seed – Ling
Marilyn Manson – Portrait of an American Family
White Zombie – La Sexorcisto:Devil Music Vol. 1
Saigon Kick – Water
Moonwater – Invitation
Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
Prince & The Revolution – (Music From) Purple Rain
Darlahood – Big Fine Thing
Mineral – EndSerenading
White Trash – Si O Si, Que?
Engine Alley – Engine Alley
Plexi – Cheer Up
Faith No More – The Real Thing
Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
Nuno – Schizophonic
Nirvana – Bleach
Mr. Reality – Mr. Reality
Sparkler – Wicker Park
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Ghost of a Dog
Spookey Ruben – Modes Of Transportation Vol. 1
Zuckerbaby – Zuckerbaby
Limblifter – Limblifter
Hawksley Workman – For Him and the Girls
Animal Bag – Offering
The Murmurs – The Murmurs
Raging Slab – Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert
Blind Melon – Blind Melon
Flowerhead – The People’s Fuzz
Wig – Wireland
Placebo – Placebo
Jason Falkner – Presents Author Unknown
Sponge – New Pop Sunday
Saigon Kick – The Lizard
Marilyn Manson – Smells Like Children
The Age Of Electric – Make A Pest A Pet
Animal Bag – Animal Bag
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Are You Normal?
Tori Amos – Boys For Pele
Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix
Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing
The Black Crowes – Amorica
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
Aimee Mann – Whatever
Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
Nirvana – InUtero
Savage Garden – Savage Garden
Reigndance – Problem Factory
Muzzle – Actual Size
White Zombie – Astro Creep:2000 Songs of Love, Destruction and other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head
Sugartooth – Sugartooth
Matthew – Everybody Down
Tears For Fears – Songs From the Big Chair
The Escape Club – Dollars and Sex
The Lost Boys – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Spookey Ruben – What’s a Boy To Do? (Modes of Transportation Vol. 2)
Hawksley Workman – (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves
Marilyn Manson – Anitchrist Superstar
Limblifter – I/O
Prince & The Revolution – Parade (Music from the Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon)
Darren Hayes – The Tension and the Spark
Imperial Drag-Imperial Drag
Coward – Coward
Cree Summer – Street Faerie
Sons Of Elvis – Glodean
Robbie Nevil – Robbie Nevil
At The Drive-In – In/Casino/Out
Ours – Precious
AFI – Sing the Sorrow
The Age Of Electric – The Age Of Electric
Wendy & Lisa – Girl Bros.
Wig – Deliverance
Limblifter – Bellaclava
Teenage Fanclub – Songs From Northern Britain
The Sundays – Static and Silence
Veruca Salt – Eight Arms To Hold You
The Tories – Wonderful Life
Howlin’ Maggie – Honeysuckle Strange
Blindside – The Great Depression
Depeche Mode – Violator
The Cure – Disintegration
Ours – Distorted Lullabies
Duncan Sheik – Phantom Moon
Candlebox – Candlebox
Rasputina – Thanks For the Ether
Carole King – Really Rosie (Original TV Soundtrack Recordings)
Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories – Tails
Population 1 – Population 1
Spookey Ruben – Bed
Spookey Ruben – Breakfast
Veruca Salt – American Thighs
Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Ghastly Ones – A-Haunting We Will Go-Go
Skid Row – Slave To the Grind
Dangerous Toys- Dangerous Toys
Martika – Martika
Jeff Buckley – Grace
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Prince – For You
Aimee Mann – Lost In Space
Beatnik Beatch – Beatnik Beatch
Juliana Hatfield – Beautiful Creature
Dishwalla – Opaline
Angie Aparo – The American
Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward
Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe
Poison – Look What the Cat Dragged In
Rasputina – How We Quit the Forest
Savage Garden – Affirmation
Prince – Musicology
Pet Shop Boys – Very
The Cure – Galore
Fudge Tunnel – Creep Diets
Jane Child – Jane Child
Culture Club – Colour By Numbers

About two weeks ago former Marilyn Manson keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy/Pogo (now going by birth name Stephen Bier) made some headlines in the rock community after humorously wishing the death of his former frontman via comments on social media. As you know, the internet loves drama. I was able to connect with Bier and get from him his first interview in years. I wanted to go straight to the source. Any day of the week we can hear about Manson’s rants and raves but his former bandmates still have voices and very much need to be heard. Below is my correspondence with Mr. Bier who happily obliged in answering my questions and shedding some light on the many stories that we have heard over the years.

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MSG – Hey Stephen (Pogo), I’m super excited you took the time out for an interview. Before we begin, how shall I address you? Stephen, MWG, Pogo? Want to make sure I don’t offend.

SB – You have already named me “Gacy”… but I appreciate the fact that you asked after using whatever you chose.

Bier

Stephen Bier

MSG – You were never one to hold back your feelings for your former singer Brian Warner aka Marilyn Manson. And recently you shook up the internet rock community wishing Manson’s death via a social network stating, “I am genuinely amazed at how many prominent entertainers and musicians have kicked-off in the last 30 days…too bad Brian Warner isn’t one of them, I can’t wait to do the electric boogaloo, the Texas two step, the waltz, and an Irish jig on his grave.” We all know there had been a serious animosity there. How did you feel recently waking up to all this… “drama” if we can even call it that?

SB – As mentioned in my actual statement, I was making a general statement about my sadness over the death of so many great artists. I only brought up, post facto and in humor, Brian.

MSG – You were in the band for 17 plus years, upon the release of Manson’s Eat Me, Drink Me album many of us were surprised to see you missing. Without getting too personal, what led up to your exit from the band? How do you feel about the newer records? Or have you not even heard them?

SB – You are correct I have not heard those records… however, I hate them on principle.

MSG – Back around that same time you filed a lawsuit against Manson in relation to money owed to you (Touring, Album and Merch sales) and were met with obvious walls to climb. What was that like for you? Spending all that time in this band with a former friend and then being denied what you were owed must have been a major insult…

SB – He and his cadre of lawyers sued me first, because I needed medical attention and they found worker’s compensation to be a problem. I found out that giving up everything to someone who cares about nothing is good for no parties involved.

MSG – After your exit from the band the songwriting suffered as well as ideas and a vast many other aspects you brought to the band, your presence is sorely missed. I’m sure now you’re completely over the whole thing. But, what if a proposal to have you come back in was ever brought up, what would you do?

SB – Both my lawyers and his lawyers brought up this very question… I simply requested money owed and a substantial salary to equal my value, I know that sounds arrogant, but I don’t give a fuck. I am sorry that being a person who appreciates individual American rights is an ass by some sort of bizarre pseudo judeo-christian values.

In addition, I am an owner of the band as one of the original founders… and by salary I mean recompense for involvement. It all comes down to what is a fair share.

MSG – Again, you’re not one to bite your tongue being active on social media and telling many people daily to go piss off. About a year ago you even mentioned you were happy Scott (Daisy Berkowitz) had become ill. Was that just remaining anger at the whole Manson situation or did you have problems with him as well?

SB – I only recently mentioned that I wish he had died of cancer or had cancer because he shit talks… and even more despicable, he demands people pay for his cancer treatment even though he smoked 2 packs of unfiltered cigarettes a day, while I don’t see my Mother or Brother who had cancer, ever going on GoFundMe to pay for their cancer even though they never smoked.

MSG – Were there any talks of a special Edition of Portrait of an American Family back in 2014 as a 20th Anniversary type deal? I for one hoped there would be. It went mostly unacknowledged. What about this year for Antichrist Superstar, have you heard anything?

SB – No.

Portrait Of An American Family album cover

Portrait of an American Family album cover

Antichrist Superstar album cover

Antichrist Superstar album cover

MSG – Back in the Spooky Kids days you had a strong relationship with Gidget Gein and not too long ago posted about how he was a true artist and very missed. Tell us a bit about him. He was indeed truly…an artist.

SB – Examine his art and judge for yourself.

MSG – What is your take on the Music “industry” today? Will we ever be hearing anything new from you?

SB – The industry is reaping what it has sown… you will hear what you will hear from me.

MSG – And finally, if you were to cross paths with Mr. Manson today. What would it be like?

SB – A beat down.

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And there ya have it!