And I don’t care who knows it.
I cite him as a major influence.
From Rolling Stone:
“The other night I took an eighty-year-old taxidermied monkey, set it on fire in the pool and filmed it from beneath with an underwater camera,” says Marilyn Manson, sitting in his home in Los Angeles. “It was beautiful, like the Titanic, the Hindenburg and King Kong all mixed into one.”
Manson has come to a crossroads in his career. “I no longer want to make art that other people — particularly record companies — are turning into a product,” he says. “I just want to make art.” And he’s invented a new genre for his new breed of art: “horripilation.” “It’s horrifying, and it’s depilatory,” he explains. “It will horrify the hair off of your legs.”
First up is PHANTASMAGORIA: The Visions Of Lewis Carroll, a set of four short films to be released through his Web site. “It’s the visions of Lewis Caroll — in fact I’m playing Carroll,” he says. In Installment One, Manson explores the origin of Alice in Wonderland’s Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. “I might add that the girls playing Tweedle Dee and Dum are twins who get to have real, genuine sex with each other. I like to make dreams come true.”
Manson is also opening an art gallery in L.A., publishing a book of paintings, planning to convert his basement wine cellar into an opium den (“I don’t drink wine”) and sporting a goatee for an upcoming cameo opposite Lucy Liu in Rise.
He’s also got eighteen songs in the can. “It’s not like I’m going to stop making music and start knitting,” he says. “I just don’t think the world is worth putting the music into right now. First we’re gonna fix the world with horripilation.”
(interview by AUSTIN SCAGGS)