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28 April 1968
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
22 October 2017 (aged 49)
Scott Mitchell Putesky, along with co-conspirator Brian Warner, founded Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids in 1990. Warner re-christened himself Marilyn Manson, combining the names of Charles Manson and Marilyn Monroe to represent the dichotomy of pop cultural iconography. Putesky morphed Daisy Duke with David Berkowitz (the infamous "Son of Sam") to arrive at his own nom-de-plume.
Warner brought to the table his twisted lyrical poetry, undeveloped vocal skills, and a promotional savvy that would eventually propel the band into the national spotlight, while Scott contributed musical talent. The instrumentation on the early demos was completely written, performed, and recorded solely by Scott. Even after Olivia Newton Bundy and Zsa Zsa Speck rounded out the initial lineup so that the band could take their bizarre songs out before an audience, Scott continued to do all of the recording in the studio.
As the band's early lineup solidified with the additions of Gidget Gein on bass, Madonna Wayne Gacy on keyboards, and Sarah Lee Lucas on drums, Scott continued to be the primary song-writer while leading the musical direction of the band. As the credits on Portrait of an American Family acknowledge, Scott wrote or co-wrote (along with Gein) every song except for the intro and Sweet Tooth.
When Gein eventually had to be removed from the band due to his worsening drug problems, Manson brought his long-time friend, Amboog-A-Lard's Geordie White, into the band, dubbing him Twiggy Ramirez. Even though Portrait hadn't even been released yet, this was the beginning of the end for the Spooky Kids. With Twiggy in the band, it shifted the balance of power from a democracy between the two co-founders into Twiggy and Manson on one side versus Scott on the other.
After the band's runaway success with Sweet Dreams, when it came time to record new material it became obvious that an insurmountable rift had developed, and that Manson wasn't interested in working with Scott any longer. Manson had taken hold of the reigns of power in the band, and now that he had another strong songwriter in Twiggy, he was no longer reliant on Scott to provide the music. Manson rejected many of the songs Scott had written for Antichrist Superstar, and after one heated argument during the recording sessions, Scott took a plane ride home to get some distance from the situation. According to interviews, he had intended to collect his thoughts and return to the sessions, but after that point Manson wouldn't even return his phone calls.
Eventually Scott had to take his separation from the band to court (details of the court case can be found in this article in City Link Magazine) because he wasn't getting the royalties he felt he was due. As part of the settlement, both parties are under nondisclosure agreements (meaning they can't talk about the details in public) but Scott got a share of the royalties and the rights to all of the unreleased Spooky Kids music.
Scott remastered all of the Spooky Kids songs and compiled a two-disc set that featured all of the songs excluded from the release of Portrait of an American Family (with the exception of Filth, which was originally recorded for Portrait but scrapped in favor of Wrapped In Plastic when Trent Reznor stepped in). Scott independently released a handful of these sets through his now-defunct Stuck On Evil web page. The discs hung in limbo and were widely bootlegged for years while Scott tried to secure a real record deal.
On April 20th 2004, the first disc was finally released on Empire Music Werks. Lunchboxes & Choklit Cows marks the first official release of the original Spooky Kids material, but all was not to go well for Mr. Putesky. Although he had gained the legal rights to the Spooky Kids' music, the artwork made use of drawings by Manson and photographs of his former bandmates. Manson and Gacy filed a lawsuit against Putesky which was resolved by re-releasing the album in a second version without the unauthorized images.
Since leaving Manson, Scott has been involved in a number of other projects including Three Ton Gate, Jack Off Jill, The Linda Blairs, and Stuck On Evil. Most recently, he made two new Three Ton Gate tracks available at www.threetongate.org.
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