February 28, 2003
MTV asia
Manson Wants To Perform With Siamese Twins For Nude Crowds
Manson and modernist Viennese artist Gottfried Helnwein premiered two paintings
Outside the Osbournes’ mansion last week, Manson and modernist Viennese artist Gottfried Helnwein premiered two paintings from a collection that will be used as The Golden Age Of Grotesque’s artwork and will travel with the singer. Inspired by the glamour of 1930s Hollywood, the grotesque of vaudeville and the erotic art movement in Weimar Berlin, the pieces are disturbing portraits of Manson wearing the classic Mickey Mouse ears hat. "This is an image of innocence and an image of childish nightmares," Manson explained. "This is, to me, growing up in America, what I saw in entertainment and the contrasting extremes of beauty and ugliness.
"People will try and treat what we do as degenerate art, much like things were treated in the ’30s, but we will not be censored," he continued. "If they say that you can’t put it in the store, then we put it in your front yard. ... We are trying to make people feel something. And sometimes it’s bad and sometimes it’s good, but you will always remember it. That is the most important thing."
Along with the paintings, Manson’s live show will feature other oddities, ranging from Siamese twins to child wrestlers. "[There will be] a lot of nudity, but this time I’m going to keep my clothes on because I got in too much trouble last time," he added. "Everyone else is going to be naked, including the audience."
The Golden Age Of Grotesque is Manson’s first album with bassist Tim Skold of KMFDM, who enlisted after Twiggy Ramirez left last spring.
Manson and Skold co-produced the album, a first for the singer. "Usually they don’t like to let people like me be in charge of anything, ... but that’s why I think this record is the most accessible one that we’ve ever done, because we didn’t try. I mean, conventionally it’s not accessible because it’s so [in your face] at every moment in every different way. It’s really about relationships. There’s no politics. There is no religion, because I realized finally that art and music, that is my politics, my religion. That is what I stand for. This album is me."

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