Marilyn Manson co-founder Scott Putesky has passed from his four year battle with cancer. There was something magical about the Portrait Of An American Family-era and “Daisy Berkowitz” was a gigantic part of that initial wow factor. The news broke via another of Putesky’s former bands, the incredible cult act Jack Off Jill. Jessicka Addams of JOJ was also in the news this week to tell the world of horrible abuse she allegedly suffered from Manson member Jeordie White. Record companies def cover for money making stars and we hope Addams finds peace and closure. It must be incredibly emotional to have lost her friend Scott so close to already dealing with the torrent of emotions that accompanies speaking up to a bigger power.
I missed that certain cartoony style and buzzy punkish rage that inhabited much of Putesky’s playing after that element was less prominent in Manson’s work (The Golden Age of Grotesque has maybe some of the closest moments). While I am a big fan of a number of later MM releases, there is something about Portrait that will always remind me of doing drugs in high school and escaping into that crazy tape in my walk man when the world seemed huge and too scary to treat as anything other than a mad carnival.
Read a great interview with Scott HERE.
Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott – "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy Berkowitz