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Marilyn Manson 'ready to take on the world' with 'Pale Emperor'

By Jane Stevenson, Postmedia Network

Marilyn Manson. (WENN)

Marilyn Manson. (WENN)

There’s just no stopping Marilyn Manson.

Seriously.

The ‘90s shock-rocker’s long, rambling answers about his new album, The Pale Emperor, among other topics, makes it almost impossible to get a word in edgewise.

“There’s a certain bit of masculinity on the record, which is very confusing for people when I wear lipstick most of the time,” said Manson down the line from L.A. in a Canadian newspaper exclusive with QMI Agency.

“If I go into a place in Hollywood like the Chateau Marmont, I’m well aware that I would stand out but I like to be a person – and I think this is literal and metaphorical – about how I represent myself as a singer on this album. I wear a three-piece suit with a gold switchblade and I carry myself like a gentleman. I shake hands with people. But if you start a conversation with me that ends with me pulling out a switchblade, you started the wrong f---ing wrong conversation. And that’s pretty much what this record is like. I’m willing to take on the world.”

In other words, same old, same old.

Manson – born Brian Hugh Warner in Canton, Ohio, 46 years ago – started out as an highly theatrical shock rock-meets-industrial act from Fort Lauderdale and eventually signed to Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records, distributed by Interscope, before rising to his eventual Antichrist Superstar glory (also the name of his 1996 breakthrough album) amid controversies too numerous to mention.

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But the one-time rock journalist, who recently claimed to have invented the word “grunge,” which is impossible if you do the math, is now on an indie label since his last album – 2012’s mostly forgotten Born Villain.

This time, Manson was inspired by old blues and cinema courtesy of his Pale Emperor collaborator Tyler Bates – a music composer-producer best known for his work in film (Guardians of the Galaxy), TV (Californication – where the pair met) and video games – who will tour with him as his lead guitarist in North America.

“(The Pale Emperor) show will be completely different looking than any shows I’ve done before,” boasted Manson. “It’s very cinematic but it’s very raw and punk rock... I dug my guitar out of the closet and I may play a little bit of Superstar and some of the things I wrote on guitar because I’m in a mode where I have no inhibitions. And not just in the way that I used to take my pants and things like that off on stage. I’ve opened up a new world where when people think I’m going to zig, I’ll zag. But I’m going to make sure that people know that I came to deliver. This record is the payment I owed the devil the first time I sold my soul to become a rock star, paid back with interest.”

Ah yes, the old Manson hyperbole is back with a vengeance.

Apparently, it was a strobe light-enhanced sex scene from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me that got things going sound-wise for him and Bates.

“[There’s a] hypnotic beat, and it sounds sort of like The Cramps mixed with Iggy Pop and The Birthday Party... I mentioned that in a text (to Bates), I didn’t go into all the detail but in my mind that’s what I was thinking,” explained Manson.

“All the vocals were live top to bottom,” he added. “Some of them are actually are first takes and this might have been something that I learned on Sons of Anarchy. That, for me, if I think about something too much and I don’t just do it as I’m meant to it, impulsively from the gut, the first thing that comes out of my mouth is going to be better than if I think about doing it again because it’s instinctual, it’s animalistic, it’s what I’m meant to be on this earth... And I do sing in a different key then I’ve ever sang on any of my other records and it suits me. It was like putting your hand in the perfect glove and making a fist with it, and it made me sing in a way that I suppose I was always meant to sing but I just never had the situation created before... I finally found the right combination with Tyler Bates where I could make a record that represented who I believe myself to be.”

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Manson says 'SOA' role made dad happy

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter was initially invited over to Marilyn Manson’s house by the shock-rocker’s friend Shooter Jennings to contribute a song to the FX series.

In the end, it led to Manson’s casual acting career – he first appeared in David Lynch’s 1997 film, Lost Highway – getting a major boost in the same period he’s bounced back musically with his latest album, The Pale Emperor.

Manson told QMI Agency his jailed white supremacist role on Sons of Anarchy made his father (a fan of the show) happy after his mother died last year after a long battle with dementia.

“In the (Ohio) house where my mother died... we were sitting at the table with the urn, my dad’s just talking, and my manager gets a phone call and it’s Kurt Sutter saying, ‘You’re going to be on the show.’ And I said, ‘Dad, I’m going to be on the show!’ And my manager said, ‘No, it’s not just that. Every scene you’re going to be in with (star) Charlie Hunnam, you’re going to be the head of the Aryan Nation, you’re going to be on half of the series, you get paid also.’ So it made my dad really happy and I think it took away the distraction (of my mother’s death)... My dad used to ride a bike. He would take me riding. I would ride, as they call it, ‘Bitch’ on the back. So that was exciting for me.”

But he emphasizes: “There will be more acting, but right now, my job is to be a rock star.”

Twitter: @JaneCStevenson

jane.stevenson@sunmedia.ca


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