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Marilyn Manson Quotes

--Could you explain the vision and concept that you had for Marilyn Manson when you first formed the band?- MTV Europe MM:"Well, the idea, I was writing a lot of lyrics five or six years ago and the name Marilyn Manson, I thought really describes everything that I had to say, you know, male and female, beauty and ugliness, and it was just very American. It was a statement on the American culture, the power that we give to icons like Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson and since that's where it's always gone from there. It's about the paradox. Diametrically opposed archetypes.


--Idea - Kerrang Magazine December 14 1996 MM:"I've always looked at everything I do as if it were my favorite band, you know, I like to present things with every element possible. From the image to the music, to politics, to philosophy, to the religious aspects."
--The Band's concept - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"The whole concept of this band is to present the ugly truth about society - warts and all and let the chips fall where they may."
--Envisioned World - Huh Magazine October 96 MM:"In the world that I envision, Marilyn Manson isn't necessary. But that's not the world we live in."
--Darker Half - Request Magazine MM:"I've rarely had people ask me about my interest in Marilyn Monroe, yet they always gravitate towards the darker half. I think that is a part of the statement of Marilyn Manson itself."
--What is Man's greatest flaw? - American Online Interview MM:"His inability to acknowledge and control his animal instincts."
--Make a Difference - Hit Parader December 1996 MM:"Find out what's really out there. I never said to be like me, I say be like you and make a difference."
--Societys Scapegoats - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"Society has traditionally always tried to find scapegoats for its problems. Well, here I am."
--How is Marilyn Manson gonna make the world a better place? - Guitar World Magazine MM:"It's something people are gonna have to do for themselves. I'm just gonna make them want it. Everybody has the ability. Every man and woman is a star. It just takes the time to realize they need the personal strength to acknowledge what they are, and I'm just trying to wake that up in everybody."
--People hating Marilyn Manson - XS June 29 1994 MM:"What good would Marilyn Manson be if no one hated Marilyn Manson."
--Think - British NME Interview, August 30th, 1997 MM:"I just try to make people think. I don't try to shock them or scare them. I just try and get them to question."
--Pissed off - MTV Europe Headbangers Ball December 10 1996 MM:"So anybody with any bit of intelligence has got to be pissed off because if they see how things are in the world, they're not going to be happy with it."
--Corrupting Youth - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"Parents and legislators love to blame people like us for corrupting the youth of this country, but the kids were corrupted long before we ever got to them."
--Image - CMJ January 1997 MM:"I'm not anything like Brad Pitt or Antonio Banderas, but maybe it's the taboo element of my image, which is almost deathlike, that attracts them. I should be the last person that they should be attracted to."
--Selling out to the Mainstream - Backstage Interview Salt Lake City show MM:"That's part of being a band, being entertainers. The more people that we reach, the better. I don't want to remain an underground secret. However we still want to hang onto what we're about."
--What are your views on Drugs and Drug users? - America Online Interview MM:"I respect strong people. Some people can handle drugs and some people can't. I don't respect drug addicts."
--Marilyn & Manson - Circus Magazine - June 1997 MM:"Nothing is just black or just white. I combined the word "Marilyn" {Monroe} as the white, positive aspect - the light - with the word "Manson" {Charles} which is the black, negative aspect. Light and darkness, life and death are simply two inseparable parts of life. Without darkness you wouldn't know the light and without evil, you wouldn't know what's good. Good and evil go hand in hand, you can't seperate them."
--Journalism - Circus Mag May 1997 - Band Member: Twiggy Ramirez TR:"Marilyn Manson himself was a journalist but I think he just got so fed up with all the crap people fed him and listening to the same shit over and over that he decided to do the talking."
--Right Answers - Metal Edge Magazine - August 1997 MM:"I just thought that I had all the right questions and no one had the right answers, and I knew that I had the right answers, so I thought it would be much more beneficial for me to be answering the questions instead of asking them."
--Do your fans seem to be getting this complex message? - Select Magazine June 1997 MM:"They'll see it. And it doesn't matter if they don't. It's only Rock & Roll. But I do intend to move more into the Mainstream. Marilyn Manson is just the First phase."

--What impression do you want to make on Americas youth? MM:"If I could just get them to WANT AN ANSWER, then they'll find it on their own. I don't have any answer for them. There is a distinct lack of leadership, idols, icons, and superstars for kids to identify with. When I was a kid there was a lot of people that I could look to or look up to and it just seems like there's not that anymore.


--Growing up what did you want to be? - CFNY May 30 1996 MM:"I use to want to be a writer, I wanted to write stories, but I tried that, and found that this was the way to get things across this way."
--Would you like to be on Oprah? - RIP Magazine November 1996 MM:"I don't believe that Oprah deals with any subjects of real value. Not that other talk shows do, but she seems to have gone to a different level and doesn't have the psychological ammo to provide an interesting conversation."
--The album Antichrist Superstar - Circus Magazine February 18, 1997 MM:"There will always be misconceptions, people will misconceive this record as being purely evil, either Satanic or Fascist. But it's so hard to put into any of those terms because it's extreme. Its positive and negative in its purest form."
--Looking past the Album title "Antichrist Superstar" MM:"Those who move beyond the Album's Title and most blatant aspects of what I do, will then understand what I am trying to say."
--What do you hope to accomplish with the album Antichrist Superstar?--Hit Parader Magazine - February 1997 MM:"We are a positive band and people aren't use to seeing the extreme negativity that we represent. I hope this record will have a positive effect on people. It's my personal study of looking at life. I came close to death and found my way back again. Our fans will understand."
--Album interpretations - Hit Parader Magazine February 1997 MM:"This album is a complete piece of art that changes with peoples interpretations"
--Changes in Society - Request Magazine MM:"I do feel the Cassandra Complex , where you know the future, but can't change it. I really want for things to be better, then I get depressed and pissed off and think. Fuck it, why bother? That's where Antichrist Superstar comes from. I expect to see some changes in Society from what I do, and I won't stop till I see a change."
--New Life - Details Magazine December 1996 MM:"So I hope each time The Album is played, it brings people one step closer to the end of the world in their hearts or in their flesh.
--And when they get to the end of the world what will they arrive at? MM:"The beginning of a new one that's better."
--That sounds kinda Christian Marilyn. MM:"That's the paradox (laughs) sometimes I think the most shocking thing I could do would be to behave politely and speak of Christian morality."
--On Antichrist Superstar - Guitar World Magazine December 1996 MM:"I consider it to be a record about individuality and personal strength, putting yourself through a lot of temptations and torments, seeing your own death and growing from it. In the end it has an even positive, even Christian element to it. But it's by seeing everything else that you get to that point. It's our Alpha and Omega.(Beginning and End)
--Awaken the Individual - Guitar World December 1996 MM:"The mythology of the Antichrist could be as something or someone disbelieving in God. They Make themselves and Antichrist as well. I look at myself as the person to awaken individuals. The record is a different interpretation of the classic story in the Holy Bible of the fallen Angel."
--Antichrist Superstar - Circus Magazine February 18 1997 MM:"The record is about seeing death and growing from it. In the end, It's about being Strong and being Alive. I know there are so many people out there who are so ready to jump on me and blame me for teen suicide when that's the farthest thing from my intentions."
--You've said that Antichrist Superstar was going to change the world, the way that the Manson murders did during the Summer of Love. Has it? - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"I think it is, and will continue to do that. The media and politics really made Charles Manson the scapegoat for a whole generation, and I see that tag being placed on me. And it's a tag I've almost accepted with Antichrist Superstar."
--Generation - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"What Antichrist Superstar will do in the next five years, you know, to my generation, is that it will make people realize the old ways are dead and there's time to be strong."
--Antichrist Superstar - Kerrang Magazine December 1996 MM:"You wont get to see Antichrist Superstar at his greatest, but even at it's weakest, it'll still be greater than most things you'll ever see."
--Do you think Portrait of an American Family is a lot more angrier than Antichrist Superstar? MM:"It's bleaker, you know, because there's a lot of moments of true pessimism, but I think in the end there is a shed of light at the end of the tunnel but it's for everybody to find on their own"
--Is Marilyn Manson a Racist? - Guitar World Magazine MM:"It's beyond fascism and it's beyond racism and sexism. If you were to say "I like only white people." There's a bunch of white people that suck and make it under the fence and they get a free ride. So I couldn't possibly like only white people. I judge people on their intelligence and on their personality. I think the only thing that counts in the world is what you can contribute to society. That's why in a perfect world, America would be run by artists, musicians, writers, and people of that nature because these are the people that make the world worth living."
--God - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"If I believed in an outside force that we wanted to call God - and I believe that there is one. I think God would appreciate what I say, because I can't see God wanting to create a world full of idiots."
-God - Raygun Magazine Dec/January 1998 MM:"I'm not against God. I'm against the Misuse of God.
--God - Long Hard Road out of Hell - His Book - Page 192 MM:"God works in mysterious ways."
--Religion - Rolling Stone Magazine - May 28, 1998 MM:"You can easily find more spirituality in art than in religion.
--Man's Soul - Hit Parader Magazine, September 1997 MM:"There is Good and Evil within all of us. I enjoy searching to bring that out through music. I like it that there are questions brought out by the music. People must look inside themselves for the answers. People are so scared of acknowledging that there is an Evil side to man's soul just as there is a Good side."
--Satan - Movie Mirror Magazine October 1997 MM:"I've never been or never will be a Satan Worshipper, or someone who worships the Devil."
--Ripping Up Bibles - August 13, 1997 - Politically Incorrect TV Show. MM:"They're designed to make people Think. But the point with the Bible or a flag is to say, 'It's only as valid as you make it in your heart.' A piece of paper or a piece of cloth doesn't mean anything. It's what you believe and I want people to think about what they believe. I want them to consider if everything they've been taught, if that's what they want to believe or if that's what they've been told that they have to believe."
--Jesus Christ - Winston Salem, N.C. April 19, 1997 MM:"A long time ago, there was a man as misunderstood as we are and they nailed him to a fucking cross!"
--Is it harder to be an American Teenager now than it was in the past? --RIP Magazine November 96 MM:"Yes there's to much information. People are open to so many things to worry about. Prior to television, people didn't know how ugly the world was because they never had the chance to see it. People didn't know how ugly auto accidents were. People didn't get to see the effects of disease in full color. Children today are very desensitized."
--Desire to be Pure again.- Details Magazine December 1996 MM:"My desire is to be pure again and not dirtied by the world. But it's my duty to be as ugly and as filthy as I am, so the audience can experience what I have."
--On America - Metal Hammer Magazine MM:"I'm everything they're afraid of. Everything they hate. Everything they try and hide, and a lot more besides, I speak my mind and show people what's out there in reality. They're using me as a boogyman, but I'm reflecting it all back like a mirror."
--Your reality - Underscope Magazine November 1995 MM:"If your reality is the same as my reality, then you're in trouble."
--Stupidity - Rolling Stone Magazine January 23 1997 MM:"There's always been this underlying theme in the stuff I do. It's teaching people not to be so stupid"
--How would you react if some kid did something tragically stupid as a direct result of his exposure to a Marilyn Manson album or concert?
--Kerrang Magazine December 14 1996 MM:"I'd feel like they'd proven my point by mis-perceiving me. If somebody were to kill themselves or somebody else, that would just go to show how ignorant people were raised. You know. If they had to use a rock song as an excuse to not go on living, it's pretty weak. I'm creating music, and I'm saying what I experience and what's on my mind. How somebody relates to it is purely up to them. If people want to be like me then they should be themselves because ultimately that's what I'm doing."
--Stupid weak people - RIP magazine February 1995 MM:"I don't really have a place in my heart for stupid or weak people. There's to many people in the world, and they need to make way for the people who can actually contribute something to society."
--Ideal Utopia - Capitol BRM MM:"I think my ideal utopia would be to surround myself with people who are intelligent and responsible for themselves and not what television might want to impress on them. That would be my criteria for intelligence."
--Things have gone to far - Spin Magazine March 1997 MM:"There's days when I'd love everybody to realize that things have gone to far and that we need to be born again. So that we can appreciate the little things. Then there's other days when I think the world deserves to be destroyed. Why should I help anybody? Everybody's stepped on me my whole life. I've put on this crown, but I'm not sure If I want it."
--Love/Hate - SLC "F" Magazine MM:"A lot of people think that I hate everything, but there's some things in life that I love, and the things I do love are very important."
--About the Internet - SLC "F" Magazine MM:"I'm not really into the internet, it just seems to be a gossip column for people who have nothing else to do with their lives, but I'm sure they can turn it into something good eventually."
--A lot of what the album is about seems to be attempting to change peoples perspectives, which I think is a very interesting concept. Is that why the album, you can enjoy it on many different levels? - MTV Europe, Headbangers Ball December 12 1996 MM:"I hope so, I mean, I don't expect everyone to get something, you know, deep out of it. Some people can just listen to it for the music or get their aggressions out, but I think with any great painting or movie or album, or whatever, it's better if people can take what they need from it, that they're not expected to get some particular message.
--Would you like to have a family someday? MM:"I like the idea. I don't know if it's something that could come true or work out possibly. I don't know if I would want to bring a kid into the world, but I would like the opportunity to be a father"
--Understand Manson - Rolling Stone Magazine January 23 1997 MM:"I have people come up to me and ask me if they can cut me while I cut them, or if I can put out a cigarette on their face. I can understand that people are trying to make a first impression, but I think a lot of people don't understand what Marilyn Manson is about."
--Stupid People - Capitol Ballroom November 9 1995 MM:"I don't think stupid people should breed."
--Church of Satan - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"I don't want people to mis-conceive me as a spokesperson for the Church of Satan."
--Smoking - Underscope Magazine MM:"I don't believe in cigarettes, in fact when people smoke, I can't hear what they're saying. I've fine tuned myself to shut out the words of smokers. So I miss out on a lot of conversations."
--Innocent - Rolling Stone January 23 1997 MM:"In many ways, I wish that I could start all over and once again appreciate the taboos. It would be great to be innocent again."
--Only thing he fears - MTV Europe Headbangers Ball December 10 1996 MM:"Usually if I'm afraid, I just take it on. I do it, then I'm not afraid of it anymore. I think the only thing I fear is failure. So I just try my hardest to do the best at what I do."
--Killing - America Online Interview MM:"I don't advocate killing, but killing is killing. Except I don't believe that what Charles Manson did is any worse than what my dad did in Vietnam. At least Manson had a reason."
--Why do you do this? - America Online Interview MM:"Because it's the only way I can deal with life."
--Rock Star - Access Magazine November 1996 issue 20 MM:"I've always wanted a lot of people to hear what I have to say. I've always wanted to be a rock star. It wasn't something that I was trying to avoid, because I think people need an anti-hero to come along and show them the other side and the more people that hear that the better."
--Journalism - Request Magazine MM:"I even considered being a journalist, but I realized that I wanted to have people write about me, instead of write about them."
--Sweet Dreams - Request Magazine MM:"Sweet dreams was a carefully placed piece of cheese on a rat trap. That lured in a lot of people that wouldn't of normally heard of Marilyn Manson. But in that they got their neck snapped on the rat trap. They didn't bargain for the other stuff they were gonna get."
--Being Moody - Request Magazine MM:"I only know I'm moody because people tell me I am. I know it's hard for people to have a relationship with me, because my moods change so drastically. I can be very pissed off, and turn that off in a minute and be in a good mood again. It can go the other way too. I guess I'm just very sensitive to what goes on around me. People expect me to be insensitive because of my extreme behavior, but it's really a reflection of how sensitive I am. If I wasn't sensitive, I wouldn't be so pissed off and feel so strong about things."
--Memory - MTV Europe Headbangers Ball December 10 1996 MM:"I try to do things in a way that people remember' em and that makes people Think."
--Do you want to become innocent again? - Guitar School Magazine MM:"That's what 'Smells Like Children' was about. It was a metaphor for wanting to be a kid again, and wishing that I hadn't been exposed to all the things I have been exposed to, so that I once again could be pure."
--What is the source of your energy? - Guitar School Magazine MM:"It would be easier to say what isn't the source. It's everything. I'm a person who watches everything. When I go places I watch people. I listen to what my dreams are doing. I listen to voices on cellular phones that I'm not suppose to be hearing. I listen to conversations people have. I'm in tune with everything. When you get to the frequency where everything is audible to you, then you find everything really ties together. It can be scary for some people, but if you're a part of it, it's kind of exciting."
--The World - Guitar School Magazine MM:"The world doesn't revolve around the sun, it revolves around a giant cock. That is what the world is about. It's about sex. Anybody who doesn't want to realize this is fooling themselves. People are bored because they've done everything they can do. So now the fear of death is the only thing that gets them excited. That's why some people have made me into some type of sex symbol. I'm death on wheels the way I look."
--Ideas growing up MM:"I had lots of different ideas but no real way to express them, and I decided that music would be the way to make them last forever."
--Good & Evil - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"Good and Evil is the balance that makes a person. People have the potiental to be good, but man as an animal is, by nature, evil because it's the whole Garden of Eden thing, man chose the wrong path."
--About his parents - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"I don't think they understand everything I do."
--Jeans - Kerrang Magazine November 1996 MM:"The most outrageous thing I could imagine ever doing is putting on a pair of jeans and going to the shopping mall for my lunch. That would be pretty gross."
--Hating the way Marilyn Manson looks MM:"That's not wrong, that's a part of human nature. The old saying of looks don't matter, I don't agree with that. It's very important. The way you look is how you represent yourself to people and that's why I look the way I do. I want people to know what I'm about by looking at me. So if they see a picture and they don't like it. Maybe they're not supposed to, it's not right for them. I don't disrespect them."
--Young Teens or Pre Teens listening to Marilyn Manson - Metal Maniacs Magazine Feb 1997 MM:"That's the age when I think people are really trying to find themselves and are looking to find an icon. It's the same age when I got into music."
--Do your fans become scared, converted, entertained or what? - Guitar School Magazine MM:"It's like an amusement park. It's part of people nature to be attracted to their own death and to fear. That's why this record is three cycles of death happening, and that's why people will gravitate toward it. Whether in outrage or in open arms, people will gravitate toward it."
--To the Fans - Circus Magazine January 1997 MM:"It's really important for me to get across to our fans that whenever I put myself in different circumstances. It is to learn from it so I can relay it to others."
--So what do you hate? - Details Magazine December 1996 MM:"I hate when I go somewhere and people are smiling and laughing and having a good time. It makes me depressed."
--Something Important to do - Details Magazine December 1996 MM:"I've had this sense since I was a kid that I've got something important to do."
--What's left to do for the twenty first century? - Details Magazine December 1996 MM:"We can't go any further without starting over. It's like what sexual positions are left, what other violence can you show, what other drugs can you do, what other thing can you get pierced? It's all been done. Sickly enough, maybe we can all be excited by the taboos once again."
--Till then what is your guilty pleasure? - Details Magazine December 1996 MM:"Watching the 700 club hoping they'll mention me."
--What shocks you? - Guitar World December 1996 MM:"I get shocked by people smoking cigarettes sometimes. I get shocked by watching talk shows. Peoples moralities are so far below what I would consider standard. SAT results should be directly linked to a death sentence. Those who don't reach a certain score would be executed."
--Life - Hit Parader Magazine December 1996 MM:"Everything I possess is about appreciating life and not wasting it."
--The Band - Hit Parader Magazine December 1996 MM:"I am only 27. We are a young band with a very long way to go. I have always loved that general icon impact. We hope to be around for a long time to come but we still need to establish ourselves in a way that those great people have inspired us."
--The song title "Man That You Fear" - Metal Edge Magazine January 1997 MM:"It's accepting things for the way that they are and whether that's dying in the world, or if it's being born again or whatever. That's going to be for people to decide how they want to really apply that, but for me that was the way for me to finish this whole thing."
--Children - RIP Magazine November 1996 MM:"I've found fantasy television shows to be a greater escape. The imagination is something that should be appreciated. That's why I think children are innately magic, because they realize the power of their minds and haven't been de-purified by television."
--Creativity - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"If someone listen's to our music, and it makes them creative, that makes me happier than anything."
--End of the World -Metal Edge January 1997 MM:"The end of the world was always something that fascinated me since I was 13, because I was told that it was coming. I kept staying up every night being terrified about the end of the world and at some point when I finally realized that it wasn't happening I guess I almost became what I was afraid of."
--You've been in the Fan position? - Metal Edge Magazine January 1997 MM:"Yeah and have been scarred by other bands the same way people have been scarred by me."
--Grandfather - Spin Magazine March 1997 MM:"He had this train set in his basement, and when he turned on the train, it was to mask the sound of his masturbating. I would tell my parents, but nobody would believe me. He was the one who convinced me that things were supposed to be pure and American. But they weren't."
--Fans - Spin Magazine March 1997 MM:"No matter how much they love you, they want a tragedy.
--Do you want to be remembered? - RIP Magazine November 1996 MM:"Absolutely. I believe your remembrance is your immortality. What you leave in this world is that part of you that lives on forever."
--Being Lonely with an Imagination - Metal Edge Magazine January 1997 MM:"I think that when you're a lonely person, your imagination is your best friend. So I think it comes from that, my childhood."
--As a Kid - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"Escapism was what it was about for me. I didn't really like and wasn't the person that I wanted to be in the world, so I was the person I wanted to be in my own head."
--Something Strong - Huh Magazine October 1996 MM:"I don't care if something's good or bad or if it's Christian or Anti-Christian. I want something that's strong, something that believes in itself."
--How do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Hit Parader Magazine December 1996 MM:"Either dead or the biggest rock band in the world. We'll see what happens. We know our fans will be there for us."
--Tidal Waves - CMJ January 1997 MM:"Without being self agrandizing. I've seen the little tidal waves that I've caused in the music industry, and how people are becoming more evolved in their images. And there are a lot of new Marilyn Mansonesque people, but I don't get mad at those things. It's like there's one real Santa Claus, but there's a lot of fake ones at the mall."
--Human Shit - Kerrang Magazine December 14 1996 MM:"I've never smoked human shit, but I'm willing to try."
--Imagination - Kerrang Magazine December 14 1996 MM"Well I hope that with our music we can inspire other people to be creative and to use their imagination, because it is something that is so lacking nowadays. You have virtual reality, MTV, video games and VCR's. Nobody really wants to think about things or create things. You have programs on a computer which will write a poem for you."
--Beautiful People - CMJ January 1997 MM"The Beautiful People is a statement on the fascism of beauty. With commercialism and television, everything's completely dictated to you, and if you don't fit into the status quo. You're made to feel not as good as everyone else."
--Criticism - Hit Parader Mgazine February 1997 MM:"I could care less about what people in the music business have to say, or what they think of me or my music. The music on our record speaks for itself. Were happy with it and that's enough. So far our fans seem to be happy too. That's all that really matters."
--Critics - Hit Parader Magazine February 1997 MM:"It doesn't bother me because I've never been bothered by what critics say."
--What would you be doing if you weren't in music? - Zine September 24 1994 MM:"I think I might be a third grade teacher or a TV evangelist. Something where I could be getting at peoples minds when they're most vulnerable."
--What does your Mom make of all of this? - Guitar World Magazine MM:"She's very supportive. She feels responsible, so she has no other choice but to accept it. It's a whole other story if I gotta talk about my mom. She doesn't play guitar so I shouldn't say anything."
--What scares you. - September 24 1994 MM:"Probably myself. The fear of losing control of myself. That's probably my biggest fear. I hate weak people. I always try to be in control of my life. I think my biggest fear is being weak."
--How would you raise your kids? - September 24 1994 MM:"Yeah I do want to have kids someday and I would show them everything. I wouldn't hold anything back from them. I think if you show kids reality and stop trying to protect them from it, then they can handle it."
--What influences your music? - CFNY May 30 1996 MM:"I'm influenced by everything I see around me. I take in a lot. I'm kind of a observer, I like to sit around and watch people. I like to see how people do things. I try to put myself through a lot of different experiences so I can learn from them. I've done a lot of things in my time, done a lot of drugs, done a lot of messed up things, and gone through it and seen it all, and been back and I feel like I've got a good outlook on everything now that I've experienced everything. So I just try and take everything in. There's no one thing that inspires me."
--Raising Children - Mmslgrl December 4 1996 - Twiggy Ramirez TR:"We want to raise the children the parents aren't raising."
--I guess Marilyn Manson isn't really Politically Correct at all? - Mmslgrl December 4 1996 TR:"We aren't any Ism's or Ist's either. We aren't racist. We just are. We just exist. That's why we did the song Rock and Roll Nigger. That's how we feel. I think we're more outcast than any group of people. No one cares about kids like us. We are outcasts. I identify with artists like Dr. Dre more than I do with any other bands."
--MM:"I think every man and woman is a star. It's just a matter of realizing and becoming it. It's all a matter of willpower. The world is just how you see it. If you want to have other people tell you how to see it, then you can. But if you want to look at it differently, then it's limitless what you can do. That's why I don't feel the need to be one person. I can be as many people as I like."
--MM:"I hate sports, in fact I don't even acknowledge they exist." --A Message in their Work? SUB-TEXT - MTV Europe December 10 1996 MM:"I hope so, I mean I don't expect everyone to get something deep out of it. Some people can just listen to the music, or get their aggressions out, but I think with any great painting or movie, album or whatever it is. It's better if people can take what they need form it. That they're not forced to get some particular message."
--Selling Souls / Fallen Angel - CFNY May 30 1996 MM:"Well that's absolutely true, I , of course did sell my soul to get to this place. But the thing is, you have to understand that that's what it's about. If you don't get your message across to people, then what's the point of having a message."
--Selling Souls / Fallen Angel - Guitar School Magazine Marilyn Manson Is the fact that you are a kingpen of rebellion a sign that the world is ending or what? MM:"Absolutely. Things need to go to a point of extremism in order to be Born-again. Things need to go past that point as far as they can go, and then we'll become innocent again. It's my job to sort of cleanse the world of all its sins. I'm offering myself up as a sacrifice to the world to become innocent again."
--You are calling for Armageddon. Why would you want the world to end? - Guitar World MM:"Because the way it is. It's not a great place anymore and it can't be. I'm sure it would have been much more enjoyable to be alive in the fifties, when there was at least an illusion of purity, and things that were taboo had such a great power to them. I think it was a time when magic was really alive. There's no imagination anymore. It was eliminated with video games and VCR's. I'm only necessary because of the way the world is. Well, maybe if I manage to make the world a better place then maybe I'd want to have a kid."
--On Serial Killers - Underscope Magazine MM:"It's not out of the question. If I hadn't found a way to express myself through music. Then I could have ended up that way. They're just people. There's not much that separates us from them. That's why people are so fascinated with them.
--Films MM:"Films and things like that are really my first love, so when we get to make videos, it's just as important as the song. To me it's not a commercial, for me it's a whole work of art on its own. So we plan on working on a movie and things like that in the future."
--Movie - Guitar World December 1996 MM:"I saw a movie yesterday that made me feel like I wasn't out of my mind. I believe that when you give your imagination enough room to run wild, the border between what's real and what's not can be crossed and interchanged and swapped. Even something as stupid as that Walt Disney movie, The Santa Clause has a theme that belief is really what makes things real. That's a key to everything we do."
--Music Videos - Kerrang Magazine December 14 1996 MM:"We actually didn't spend as much money as you might imagine on videos. The thing we've always done is if you're given less money and less time to work, you're always more creative. And I've always liked to be a big part of the visual element of the videos. Because it's us we're presenting, not just some directors idea of what the song is."
--Creating a Character MM:"Right as a writer, Antichrist Superstar was something that was created and then it's something that then created where it came from. If you create a personality that's all powerful and all knowing then it has the power to control and create the person who made it at the same time."
--Madonna - RIP Magazine November 1996 MM"At first she wasn't accepted and neither was I but any pioneer has to take a few arrows in his back in order for others to follow. And in history, any form of art, ideology, or religion that have been against the status quo, people have always tried to keep it down. But Time changes that."
--Delusional Self MM:"Coincidence happens a lot, as does deja vu. I suffer from the psychological problem known as "Delusional Self" when you believe that every coincidence in your life is related. I don't consider it to be a disorder. I consider it a higher form of awareness."
--Shock - Guitar World Magazine December 1996 MM:"If I wanted to be purely shocking I could do much more that would be offensive. I just try to express myself in a particular way that grabs peoples attention. But it's never about shock value. It's a vehicle to express myself and get people to listen. There's so much out there to see, you really have to make things powerful in order for them to leave a mark. Everybody has an image. Ours is just more flamboyant. There are much more bands out there that have much more stronger and offensive images than we do. But the thing is. Nobody cares because they don't have the same songs to support it."
--Dealing with Marilyn Manson - Movie Mirror presents Marilyn Manson Magazine - October 1997 MM:"I think that unfortunately for America, Marilyn Manson is much more bigger and more dangerous than Satan because it's real and its here and it's something that they have to deal with."
--Mental Apocalypse- British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997 MM:"I felt desirable to bring about an apocalypse on a mental level, to kill of all the old ways and finally to believe in yourself. If there is a God then he is a part of you."
--Irony- British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997 MM:"Yeah, That's the irony of it, you know. Europeans understand irony a lot better than the Americans do. I think, from what I've seen, everybody but Americans understand what's wrong with America. But for me everything that's wrong with America is what what I like about it. I don't hate America, I don't even hate Christians. Just the fact that fascist America has deformed the true meaning of what being a Christian is all about."
--Emotions - British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997 MM:"I'm not jaded but I'm not controlled by my emotions. It's not that I'm emotionless, I just have the abililty not to be controlled by things like love and hate. I think emotions, a lot of the time, are what cause so many problems."
--Artists and Creators - British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997 MM:"Well, look, if my ideology is a hand then that's just two fingers. I incorporate a lot of Christian morality into what I do and in fact a lot of my beliefs are very conservative - like my desire for the world to be a better place where people use more intelligence. If you had to condense all that I believe in, it's that responsible, intelligent people should be allowed to do what they want. That artists and performers and architects, people who contribute something to the world, that actually have something to say as opposed to a business man or a politician, say, people who actually contribute to society, the power should be traded. The creators are always suppressed - other than the placebo 'fame' that they're always given. I don't really suggest any solution - that we could all kick them out of their positions of power and take over. It's just the idea that if you enjoy what you do, that's why you should do it."
--Fascist America- British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997 MM:"It's also about everybody's need to be accepted. The idea of beauty in America is so fascist because you've got commercials constantly telling you that if you don't look this way or drive this car then you're not going to be accepted by your peers. If you grow up with that constantly it starts to affect you."
--Michael Jackson- British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997 MM:"In terms of real Satanism - not the Hollywood version - I think the most Satanic thing you can do is to be in a pop band. Michael Jackson, for example, is far more Satanic than I am on so many levels. In his greatness, his achievement, his ability to manipulate people. In a way I respect everything that he's done. But that's what makes him great."
--Power is Empty- British Interview Nme, August 30th, 1997 MM:"A lot of that is about resenting vulnerability and about wanting to become more powerful but realizing that when you do become more powerful that it is empty."
--Jerry Maguire- Nme Student Guide -27th September 1997 MM:"I wouldn't have any porno films, but I would have a copy of Jerry Maguire - I think it's essential for any video collection. It's against everything I stand for, but I love that movie in a strange, backwards way."
--Are you romantic?- Vox Magazine October 1997 MM:"I think I am, in a strange way. Probably not in the same way that other people are. Not in conventional terms at least, but I like to do interesting things for people I'm attracted to, I guess. I try to take them to interesting places. But I guess it would be more like something you would read in a horror novel than a romance novel."
--What's the closest you've ever been to death?- Vox Magazine October 1997 MM:"I don't drive a vehicle anymore, but on one of the very last times I did so I was going to visit a friend and I was carrying with me a small snake, and the car burst into flames, and the brakes didn't work, and I had to pull off onto the side of the road. So it all ended up with me standing on the side of the road, holding a snake, and my car was on fire."
--What's your worst habit?- Vox Magazine October 1997 MM:"Doing press."
--Do you favour a particular brand of cosmetics?-Vox Magazine October 1997 MM:"I usually use Mac cosmetics. It's a brand favoured by all the major supermodels."
--Who has been the biggest influence on your career?- Vox Magazine October 1997 MM:"Usually the Christians, I suppose. I think because, if I hadn't gone to a private Christian school, I'd never have built up enough animosity to want to have started a band. And now that I have one, the fact that they are giving me such resistance and publicity, they have made me far bigger than they'd ever have wanted me to have become. So I guess in a strange way the Christians have influenced me the most."
--How do you relax?- Vox Magazine October 1997 MM:"I guess I would just drink a bottle of wine, if I'm feeling a little more sophisticated. Other than that, I'd probably take some painkillers, drink a bottle of Jack Daniels and smash a few things until I finally pass out."
--What is your proudest sporting achievement?- Vox Magazine October 1997 MM:"I'm most proud of not liking sports. That would be my proudest achievement, because America is so wrapped up in sports and sports figures. But I don't believe in them, and when I see it I just pretend like it doesn't exist."
--Positive things- Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM:"There's definitely ritual in music, it just depends if artists are smart enough to use it or not. Anything from a sporting event to a totalitarian rally to a rock concert has a lot of energy, which can be either chaotic or focused. When you focus it, it has a lot of power. A lot of people have learned to do that over the years for evil purposes, whether it be Julius Caesar, Stalin or Hitler. Others, whether it be me, Madonna or Elvis Presley -have used it for positive things."
--Fitting In - Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM:"I grew up feeling like I could never fit in no matter how hard I tried. One day, I realised that I didn't want to fit in. I could make my own standards and I'd live by them. That's what I try to tell people. Don't be afraid to say what's on your mind, and if it pisses someone off that's too bad. If you make everybody happy, you're an idiot."
--Why do you think rock musicians are attracted to the darker side?- Kerrang Magazine - 20th September 1997 MM:"Because the darker element is in everything, and some people are more willing to acknowledge it than others. It's strange for me, because I live in a different world to most people. They come up to me and say, 'Why is your performance so violent, dark and hateful?', and to me it's not. To me, it's very normal. At times, I feel like I'm beyond other people's experience. Like I've been through things they'll never go through."
--Open Minds- Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM:"I think anyone who has any sense of open-mindedness can relate to a lot of what I say, because it boils down to isolation and the feeling of not being able to fit in. Some people don't ever deserve to understand, but those people are necessary. Because what Christianity started out as wasn't anything more than what we saw at the show today. It was one person getting up and saying what he felt, and a lot of people going, 'Yeah, I feel that too.' Jesus was the first rock star, the first sex symbol and the first icon."
--Values- Kerrang Magazine - 20th September 1997 MM:"You just have to have a personal code. A lot of people probably assume that I have no values, but I do. If anything, I'm rather conservative. I try not to judge people for what they look like. I like to get to know somebody before I form an opinion on them. I think that's almost liberal. I'm not a malicious person . But the golden rule is, 'Do unto others as they do unto you.' You always have to assume that people are generally bad by nature."
--Determination- Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM: "I don't think there's anything I want that I can't have, and that's the bottom line. Whether it takes a day or a year, I get what I want. It's up to you whether you want to call that magic or determination, but it's a matter of will power and self-belief. I think everybody has that ability, but mankind is too busy playing with computers and watching TV to tap into their own power. Why fuck with virtual reality when you can have super-reality in your own life?"
--Do you think curses work?- Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM:"I think so. I think karma is a pussy way of looking at energy."
--Charles Manson has always said that he still believes he's living in the desert, not a prison cell.- Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM:"I think Charles Manson had a lot of intelligent ways of looking at things. Maybe he went wrong at some point and expressed himself in the wrong way, but I think he started off on the right track. Everybody becomes a product of their own personal likes and dislikes. Someone like Hitler disliked his father, so he wanted to take it out on an entire race of people. Once you start being controlled by your own personal feelings, that's when you could become an evil person. But I've tried my hardest to stay true to what I think. I mean, when I was growing up I didn't like my dad and he was a furniture salesman, but I don't want to go out and kill all furniture salesmen. I just want to be a better person, and I want other people to be better people. I want people to be strong. I'm sick of living with weak people. But with great power comes responsibility. If you're going to have the power to control other people, then you have to be responsible and act accordingly. For instance, if you had the power to read someone's mind, you'd have to deal with what you see intelligently. That's why the only faith I have is in other life, like angels. There's something there to be looked at, because so many cultures and so many people can't have the same vision without there being something out there. Man is still at the learning stage, and mankind is so arrogant to think that he's the highest form of evolution on earth. There's so much of the brain that we still don't use, and that's all I ever try to do - go to the next level."
--Do you think what you see in hallucinations is really there?- Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM:"I don't think there's any such thing as hallucinations. Dreams are just another dimension of reality. This could be a hallucination. I may wake up tomorrow and be 12 years old, sitting on my bed wishing I was a rock star."
--Do you believe in ghosts?- Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM: "There's a lot of things that can't be explained. Maybe ghosts are misperceived as angels."
--Mankind - Kerrang Magazine- 20th September 1997 MM:"Besides, man by nature will always destroy himself." MM:"I don't really have any place in my heart for stupid or weak people. I try my hardest to be a strong person. I think with anyone, the thing that they hate are their own fears, and I guess through a little bit of self-analysis, I've realised that I have a fear of being a weak person. So Marilyn Manson is a bit of a challenge to people's intelligence. It's almost a little bit of a science project to see how far I can push you, and see exactly what kind of a reaction I can get. If you listen to Marilyn Manson and you decide to go off and commit some act of violence, or you decide to kill yourself, then that's a responsibility you need to take for yourself, that's nothing you can put off on me or off on the television or anything like that. If anyone, your parents should be responsible for raising you to be an idiot, so that you will be influenced so easily by someone in a band. I've never gone out and told anyone to commit these acts, but if somebody kills themselves because of our music, then that's one less stupid person in the world. There are too many people in the world, and they need to make way for the people who actually can contribute something to society. If you've got that kind of mentality where you would so easily be swayed, then you have no contribution, you have no place to stand in my 'movement', if you want to call it that."
--Is there a hint of Charles Manson in any of your philosophy? Is he influential on Marilyn Manson?- RIP Magazine February 1995 by Jim Rose MM:"Absolutely. I think Charles Manson is the greatest rock star of all time. He was all about music. He never even had to have a hit and he's one of the biggest stars that you could ever find. That's something that we can thank America for, whether you like it or not, America put him there. Charles Manson was saying a lot of things that are not unlike what I'm saying today. There's a lot of irony in the way things have come into play, there's an irony in the fact that 25 years ago there was the same kind of tensions socially, racially. There was the same threat of war, there was Woodstock, there was a lot of hypocrisy with the hippie culture and their seed o' love bullshit. Hippie, short for hypocrite, of course. A lot of people don't want to look into what he had to say, because of what he did, but I think it's important to point out that what he did is really no different than what my father did in Vietnam - my father killed people, he didn't believe in it. Charles Manson killed people, he at least believed in it - that he had a reason for it. Neither one is right or wrong, it just is. Killing is killing, there's no difference. Society makes one person a hero and another person a criminal, it's just a popularity contest. Morality is decided by the man with the most artillery. That's pretty much my view on Charles Manson. Good and evil, God and Satan - these words can all be used to replace Marilyn Manson. It's all about that balance of give and take, and the push and pull. That's where real power can be found."
--Meaning in the Music- RIP Magazine February 1995 by Jim Rose MM:"I think that if our music didn't mean anything to anyone, we wouldn't be having this conversation right now. I don't think that people would want to hear what I had to say if they didn't like our music. At the same time, I don't want people to just get away with just liking our music. They need to accept the baggage that comes along with it."
--Raising your Children- RIP Magazine February 1995 by Jim Rose MM:"The message that I'm sending out to them is 'raise your kids better or I'll be raising them for you."
--I notice everywhere your tour bus goes, teams of girls are coming up to the bus. Just what is the sexual attraction of your band?- RIP Magazine February 1995 by Jim Rose MM:"That's a good question. I try to present myself in a very unattractive manner, so that surprises me whenever that happens. Maybe our fans are starting to fall into the ideal of Marilyn Manson and finding beauty in things that the rest of America or society decides is ugly. I don't think that I'm a very attractive person, but if someone were to say that I was, initially I almost take that to offense, but then I realise that maybe they're much like me and they find beauty in awkward places."
--If you could be or do anything, have anything you want, what would you do?- RIP Magazine February 1995 by Jim Rose MM:"I think I'm living that right now. I'm not unsatisfied in any way with my present status. However, I know that when I retire I'll either become a third-grade teacher or a TV evangelist so that I could further the scam that tends to keep perpetuating itself in America. I think what would be really enjoyable when I retire. I would feign being a Born-again Christian and I would get people's money to help me stop other bands like Marilyn Manson, but secretly I would be funding other bands like Marilyn Manson. And that would be the ultimate thing to pull across in America."
--Is Marilyn Manson a cartoon?- RIP Magazine February 1995 by Jim Rose MM: I think the entire world is a badly drawn cartoon and we happen to be the only real characters walking around in it."
--What do you think God hears from you?- Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"If I believed in an outside force that we wanted to call God - and I believe that there is one, maybe it's not necessarily supposed to be worshiped - I think it would appreciate what I say, because I can't see God wanting to create a world full of idiots."
--Victims - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimised than actually standing up for themselves."
--Do you vote? - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"No, I didn't vote. The only way I'd vote was if I was running. People could spend more valuable time buying rock albums, because it's obvious that music is more powerful than politics, or else the President wouldn't have to go on MTV to address anyone."
--Would you be surprised to discover that the F.B.I. has a file on Marilyn Manson? - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"I'm almost positive that they do, not only because of the subversiveness of a lot of things that I do, but I know that anybody who has any affiliation of any sort with Charles Manson has a file."
--Are you as effective as the original Manson?- Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"That whole incident in '69 kind of brought an end to the Summer of Love. Today, with a similar political climate with this pseudo-revival of family values, and everybody pretending to love everybody, and we all want to hold hands and get along. I'm think I'm awakening in impressionable people the reality that this is just a bunch of bullshit, that it's just another reason to sell a T-shirt."
--Do you ever watch wrestling?- Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"No, I do like the aspect that there's some fake violence and the guys are wearing makeup and they all walk around in underwear. It's very homoerotic, but I don't watch it because it's a sport. That, for me, would be a sin, to watch sports."
--Why do you put backward messages in your songs?- Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"Mostly because I like to see how far people really want to look into it, but I feel like the messages that are forward are blatant enough and important enough that I wouldn't have to hide anything. Whenever I put anything backwards it's just for the novelty of it. It's very rock-and-roll."
--Did you say your prayers when you were a little kid?- Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"Up to a certain point, but I always felt embarrased, like someone else was listening besides God. I was even told to not let the devil know you're afraid, because he can hear your prayers also. That scared and excited me at the same time."
--Rock N' Roll Image - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"I think that that's starting to change, now that image is coming back to music. I even see a lot of bands now that are influenced by what we do. I think that in the next few year a new life will be given to rock-and-roll and it'll be like the seventies."
--You say that you like being a rock star, like the money, the chicks, the drugs. - Penthouse Magazine May 1997 MM:"It's everything you've worked for. This album deals with that whole idea. The last line is, "When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed." So there's a double-edged sword. That's what makes it exciting. If it was easy, why would I want it? What's fun about something that's easy?"
--Were you popular with girls as a teenager? - Kerrang Magazine May 24, 1997 MM:"No, I liked them but I didn't have much luck with them. I went through a bit of a misogynist period, because I was resentful that I didn't have any luck and I had a big heartbreak, but then I turned to writing and started the band, and that became my escape from worrying about girls. When you listen to our early songs, there are a lot of spiteful lyrics about relationships which comes from that period."
--The Manic Street Preachers once had a T-shirt bearing the slogan ' All Rock 'N' Roll Is Homosexual'. Do you agree?- Kerrang Magazine May 24, 1997 MM:"It's part of finding yourself, when you can identify with an idol and find someone you can believe in. It goes beyond sexuality, it's something you feel in your heart rather than your crotch. When I was a kid, I didn't have sexual attractions to bands but I wanted to be with them all the time."
--Do you like the idea of finding a 'significant other?- Kerrang Magazine May 24, 1997 MM:"Yeah, there's a lot of worth to that idea. It's great if you can find someone to share your problems and the things you care about. It's good to find someone you can trust, but that's hard. I don't trust myself, so I find it hard to trust others."
--Are you still shy around girls?- Kerrang Magazine May 24, 1997 MM:"I'm a shy person generally, but then a lot of artists and musicians are. I'm comfortable around girls, but it takes a lot for me to open up to anyone. I've found that a lot of people are afraid of me, so I have to try harder to overcome the stigma that's attached to my image."
--How do you feel about being a sex symbol?- Kerrang Magazine May 24, 1997 MM:"I consider myself to be a death sex symbol."
--On America - Alternative Press - April 1996 MM:"I think our band is simply America at its truest. Caffeine, sugar, violence, drugs--these are all the things we were raised on. And as things start to get more and more out of hand in America, everyone's trying to take it all back and give you Nutrasweet and PG-13 and safe sex, but how can they take it away and try to start over? It's like we're listening to a cassette tape of the end of the world. I just want to fast forward it and turn it up louder."
--Powerful - Alternative Press - April 1996 MM:"I mean, if our music didn't matter, we wouldn't be sitting here having this conversation. I think anybody can say what I want to say. Anybody can look like I look. But if the music isn't something that people can identify with, it's not going to matter. I think in the end Marilyn Manson is definitely a band, and we like to write songs. But at the same time I think things need to be powerful, need to hit you in the face these days, because there are so many things in your face, and everyone's so desensitized. You really need to pummel them to get your point across."
--College Bands- Alternative Press - April 1996 MWG:"Why would I want to look like I have some kind of office job, like most of those plaid-shirt college bands, when I'm in one of the only professions there is that allows me to look completely fucking insane?!"
--Getting Into Peoples Minds - Alternative Press- April 1996 MM:"I just like to see what happens, I'm interested. It's always been a bit of a science project for me: I like to find out what scares people, what excites them, what makes them angry."
--Scapegoat - Alternative Press- April 1996 MM:"People love to scapegoat and shove the responsibility off on somebody else.


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