A HISTORY OF STRANGE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DOUBLE M
Bigger than Satan. Unsafe. When we met Manson in a New York hotel following the release of Antichrist Superstar, we found him revelling in the larger-than-life life he had created for himself. “I’m a highly evolved state of what I used to be,” he told us. christian america was panicked.
In the year he released Mechanical Animals, Manson was excited about bringing showmanship back to music. “Grunge killed stardom, all the musicians wanted to be ordinary people, just like their fans,” he said. “We are the complete opposite; we want to bring the glamour and personality back.”
Pressured by his record company to deliver a success, he reinvented himself with the help of KMFDM’s tim Skold, making the Weimar-influenced, dancefloor-filling The
Golden Age Of Grotesque. “[the album] ends up saying, ‘I’m not ashamed that you’re entertained, but this is not just a show, it’s my life.’”
In 2012, ahead of the release of the very decent Born Villain, we sat in a freezing-cold, pitch -black room with a Manson determined to get his career – and his life – back on track. “I was a dog shitting on the floor” he hissed through the darkness. “Now I have fangs again.”