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Spooky Kids

By Bryan Schillo

Lunch Boxes and Choklit Cows The long-fabled and overdue Spooky Kids album has finally arrived. Former guitarist and co-founder, Scott Putesky (Daisy Berkowitz) has given old-school Marilyn Manson fans a reason to arm themselves with lunchboxes once again. This is a time warp back to the days when the seeds were first sprouting in Florida, before the arrival of the Antichrist Superstar. It showcases the genuine wackiness, creepiness and originality of the band before Manson became tainted by multi-million dollar success and fired many of the members. These recordings also illustrate how key Putesky was in composing the music. Despite the fact his tenure with the band ended almost a decade ago, longtime fans will never forget his green hair, offset by orange pants, or his famous ouija board guitar. He is a master at his craft and made tremendous use of his talents and equipment. His guitars created the atmosphere of dementia that was so essential to the life force of the music. In addition to him, the lineup featured on this recording consists of Manson, Gidget Gein, Madonna Wayne Gacy and Sara Lee Lucas. While a majority of these demos have surfaced on various bootleg compilations over the years, the music on this disc has been re-mastered from the original 4-track tapes. It is quite an improvement. Some of the rarer tracks featured are "Thrift," "Insect Pins," "Scaredy Cat" and the insanely catchy "Thingmaker." The booklet contains liner notes by Putesky and tons of old photos. A bonus DVD is also included that contains live footage of "White Knuckles," "Meat for a Queen" and "Dune Buggy." However, the sound has been overdubbed with the audio tracks from the CD counterpart. Still, it is a rare treat to see the band at such an early stage in their career. This album isn't a novelty item by any means, it's a wonderful trip back down memory lane; back to a time of wearing striped leg warmers and of asking a friend if they heard Marilyn Manson's music and getting the response, "Never heard of her." - Bryan Schillo

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