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Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States (1989 – 1992)

Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids was the predecessor of the rock band called Marilyn Manson, originally formed in 1989 by the frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. With their theatrical performances, they gathered a local cult following in the early 1990s. The name was shortened to Marilyn Manson in 1992.

In 1989, Brian Warner was a college student working toward a journalism degree, and gaining experience in the field by writing music articles for a South Florida lifestyle magazine, 25th Parallel. It was in this capacity that he was able to meet several of the musicians to whom his own band would later be compared, including My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

He met Scott Putesky shortly afterward and, after showing him some lyrics and poems he had written, proposed that they form a band together. Warner, guitarist Putesky, and bassist Brian Tutunick recorded their first demo tape as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids in late 1989, taking on the stage names of Marilyn Manson, Daisy Berkowitz and Olivia Newton Bundy, respectively. They were soon joined by keyboardist Perry Pandrea, also known as Zsa Zsa Speck, who shortly left the band after the fourth show. Stephen Bier, who called himself Madonna Wayne Gacy, was his replacement; Bundy was replaced by Gidget Gein in 1990, born Brad Stewart. In 1991, drummer Fred Streithorst joined the band, with the stage name Sara Lee Lucas.

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