Mary Anne Hobbs: It's Mary Anne Hobbs, you're listening to the Radio One Rock Show, and I'm joined right now by the winner of the Hall Of Fame Award at the Kerrang! Awards 2000. Marilyn Manson is with us!
(cheering and clapping)
Marilyn Manson: Thankyou very much. Am I the youngest person in it?
MAH: Oh easily yeah, yeah. I mean it is the geriatric award isn't it?
MM: It's strange, because does that mean that I'm old now? I don't know.
MAH: It is the geriatrics award.
MM: No no no, I'm a living legend
MAH: (laughs) Hey, at least Fleetwood Mac didn't get it.
MM: I appreciate it. It's a great honour.
MAH: Yeah. This is the forth year on the trot that you've won a pretty substantial award at the Kerrang! Awards isn't it really?
MM: It is.
MAH: But you've never graced us with your presence. Why did you decide to come this year?
MM: I have when I could, you know it's difficult because of my schedule, but this was important and I wanted to come, and like I said, Kerrang! is one of the few magazines that really cares about music, and it's really geared for the fans. It's not some slick Spin type magazine that's all about advertising, it's a great magazine and it's an honour to be a part of it.
MAH: Yeah, I have to say as well when you were really battered in America after the Columbine killings the British press really strenuously fell behind you. There were some incredible editorials in your support. Do you fell that you're better understood, in a way, in the UK?
MM: In a way. But it works both ways for me because I like to piss people off in America. But you know my hero's, whether it be Oscar Wilde, John Lennon, Bowie, have all been British and all have the same sensibilities I do, so I grew up thinking the way they do. I look at America as an outsider.
MAH: And that's the way you like it?
MM: Yeah I like it. I love America, but I love to fuck with it.
MAH: (laughs) Weren't you worried about your safety, your own personal safety when that was going on? I did an interview with Ice T around about the time of the whole cop killer controversy and he was really seriously afraid that at some point he might be assasinated.
MM: I've had so many death threats that I've become numb to it. I'm almost bored. I'm waiting for someone to come through with it so I'm numb. I stopped being afraid a long time ago.
MAH: (laughs) So, obviously the British fans want to know a little bit more about the album. All we've heard is Phil Alexandra tell us it's the "heaviest album in the world ever" and we'd love it if you'd just expand on that a bit for us.
MM: It's heavy in different ways. Anybody can have a distortion peddle and play metal. But I wanted to approach heavy in a different way. This record has the rage and abrasiveness that Antichrist Superstar has, and it has the melody and songwriting that Mechanical Animals had. Antichrist Superstar began a three part story. I started with the ending and worked my way backwards, so Holy Wood is the begining and the glue that ties the three together. When you put the three albums together it's a whole body of work.
MAH: So, the other really pressing question that we need to ask you is: When are you going to come and play in the UK for heavens sake?
MM: Very soon.
MAH: How soon?
MM: End of the year. End or begining, one of the two.
MAH: Because we're desperate. Desperate to try and get you do something on the Rock Show. We have been since dot.
MM: I think I'm coming here to do some special appearances in October.
MM: Something special.
MAH: That'll be nice.
MAH: Well thankyou so much for talking to us this evening.
MM: No, thankyou.
MAH: And congratulation on a very well received award.
MM: Thanks again.