KERRANG! 08.30.97

My Record Collection: Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson
By Paul Branniga

Favorite dance album?

Well, I don't know if you count this as dance music, but the very first Bee Gees record was cool. IT's more of a housey, folky, Manchester kind of sound thing. That's always been a big influence on me.

Most embarrassing record in your collection?

Ours, Antichrist Superstar. No, really...

First record you bought?

Probably something by Dr. Hook. I used to see one of their albums lying around my mother's house, and it got me excited how disco and country music and drug music interacted. They were one of the first bands I was really into when I was about 10 years old.

Record which changed your life?

Antichrist Superstar again. The process of recording this record and everything that has happened since changed my life drastically, but definitely for the better.

Before that it would be Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden, the first great heavy metal record I heard.

Last record you bought?

The new L7 album, The Beauty Process. I like all their other albums but I'm really fond of the new one - I think it's their best yet. I'm listening to it nonstop at the moment.

Record you'd love to have played on?

One of the early Pink Floyd albums -- maybe Piper at the Gates of Dawn. I like what Syd Barrett (original Pink Floyd vocalist/guitarist) did when he was in the band, and I like the Syd Barrett solo stuff that Dave Gilmour produced.

Pink Floyd are very inspiring to me, even up to today when they've managed to sustain their career. I only got to see them recently, but I'd really love to have seen them play at their peak.

Favorite album sleeve?

Iron Maiden's Piece Of Mind. I always liked Eddie. I thought he was cool, and when I was growing up he really symbolised heavy metal to me. The symbol of Eddie was probably as important as any song in getting me into heavy metal music. And Piece OF Mind was the record which probably stands out from my childhood. Derek Riggs is such a cool artist.

Record you'd put on before a night on the razz?

S.O.D.'s Speak English or Die. Stormtroopers of Death! That's a record I wish I'd played on. I bought it when it first came out and it's one of my favorite records -- really heavy, fast and funny.

Record you'd recommend to a Kerrang! reader?

That Stormtroopers of Death album, Speak English or Die again. It kinda blended punk and heavy metal, and Billy Milano's lyrics are really hilarious. You haven't heard punk rock till you've heard that!