Old news: Madonna Wayne Gacy settles lawsuit against Marilyn Manson

By J. DeVoy

In late December, Stephen Bier, aka Madonna Wayne Gacy, aka Pogo, settled his lawsuit against Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, and various management figures from the band’s past.  Though Bier’s action sought $20 million, the Manson camp concluded it for a tidy $380,000.00.  There was one remaining issue regarding a judicial lien filed by the defendant law firm, though, which held up a final resolution.

Bier’s complaint was incredible. His claims included Manson’s using the band’s earnings to buy drugs, assorted Nazi paraphernalia, ex-wife Dita Von Teese’s engagement ring, a stuffed grizzly bear, a pair of baboons, and the skeleton of a 4-year-old Chinese girl.

This all misses the real point: If Manson should be liable for anything, it’s failing to make a single good album since 1998’s Mechanical Animals.  That album and ensuing tour were without question his high water mark, standing noticeably above the preceding and enjoyable Portrait of an American Family and Antichrist Superstar.

4 Responses to Old news: Madonna Wayne Gacy settles lawsuit against Marilyn Manson

  1. Teena Byrd says:

    Pogo’s got penis-envy… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scxu1lN0MUA
    Prime Choice

  2. Christopher Harbin says:

    Screw that Pogo; The other Pogo is the bomb.


  3. meathook says:

    Dude, Holywood was better than mechanical animals. King kill 33 is the best fuckin song I’ve ever heard from him and I’ve heard all of his Spooky Kids works as well as everything else. manson’s career started going downhill when the golden age of grotesque came out…After Twiggy left. Dont diss Holywood else I’ll kick you in the nuts. JK LOL <@;)

    • J DeVoy says:

      Twiggy ruined two bands – Manson when he left, and NIN when he joined. With Teeth and Year Zero are okay albums, but SHIT PURE SHIT compared to The Downward Spiral, The Fragile and even Pretty Hate Machine – which is another genre entirely, for the most part. Holywood has a few good songs for hitting the gym or driving recklessly, but that’s about it (and King Kill 33 was not one of them). Mechanical Animals was a refreshing, unpretentious and unglamorous kind of retrospective from the 1970s through 1990s, although Holywood arguably has more of a 70s rock feel to it (e.g. fight song, disposable teens, the fact that John 5 played a dual-neck SG for a number of songs off that album on the tour, etc.)


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