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Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar Is 15: Daisy Berkowitz Speaks

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Fifteen years ago this week, the shock-punk troupe known as Marilyn Manson reached a new peak as a commercial entity with its second proper studio album, Antichrist Superstar. Following its October 8 release, the record was a platinum-selling commercial smash with hit singles "The Beautiful People" and "Tourniquet," but it also reflected the dissolution of friendship between lyricist Brian "Marilyn Manson" Warner and guitarist Scott "Daisy Berkowitz" Putesky, who formed Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in South Florida in 1989.

During drug- and debauchery-laden recording sessions with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor in New Orleans in mid-1996 -- which Manson referred to in his autobiography as "trying to find warmth in a hooker's embrace" -- Putesky felt so much personal and creative friction from his bandmates that he decided to exit the group. The album was completed without him but included six songs credited to Daisy Berkowitz.

In the years to follow, Putesky assembled several other musical projects around South Florida, including his current solo focus, Three Ton Gate. In July of this year, he moved to the Pennsylvania mountain town of Kingston, near Scranton ("an environment of four seasons and deciduous trees where the water is wet and the air is dry"). New Times reached Putesky during a trip to upstate New York to get some reflections on the aftermath of his time in one of the most notorious bands in his era.

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