Scott Putesky
Putesky in 2015
Background information
Birth nameScott Mitchell Putesky
Also known asDaisy Berkowitz
SMP
Scott Mitchell
Born(1968-04-28)April 28, 1968
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
OriginFlorida
DiedOctober 22, 2017(2017-10-22) (aged 49)
GenresGothic rock, industrial metal, alternative metal
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1989–2017
LabelsNothing
Interscope
Risk
Scorpion Rising
Associated actsMarilyn Manson
Mrs. Scabtree
Jack Off Jill
Three Ton Gate
The Daisy Kids

Scott Mitchell Putesky (April 28, 1968 – October 22, 2017),[2] also known as Daisy Berkowitz, was an American musician, songwriter, composer, visual artist, and record producer. He was the co-founder of the rock band Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids (later shortened to just Marilyn Manson), and was the guitarist for the band until 1996. After leaving Marilyn Manson, Putesky was involved in a number of other projects such as Three ton Gate, The Linda Blairs, Jack Off Jill, Stuck on Evil (previously called Rednecks on Drugs), Kill Miss Pretty, and The Daisy Kids.[3][4]

Life

Scott Putesky was born in Los Angeles, California, and was adopted and raised in New Jersey. His family is Jewish, but he described himself as atheist. Putesky's first instruments were the flute and the snare drum, and in 6th grade joined the school's chorus, for which he apparently had a talent. He started playing the guitar when he was 15.[1] His early loves were drawing, movies and Star Wars.

Marilyn Manson

Putesky and Marilyn Manson met at a Fort Lauderdale club called The Reunion Room and later at a local after-party in December 1989.[5][6] The two created the concept of Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids poking fun at American media hypocrisy and its obsessions with serial killers and beautiful women. For this act, he took the stage name of Daisy Berkowitz, devised by mixing the names of The Dukes Of Hazzard character Daisy Duke and serial killer David Berkowitz.[7]

In 1996, creative differences with Manson caused Putesky to leave the studio before Antichrist Superstar was completed. Manson had begun to work more with the other members of the band, and the dark environment of Antichrist Superstar's production led to Berkowitz being muscled out of the group. He is, however, credited for writing the music for four songs on the record, among them being the album's second single, "Tourniquet". Due to unpaid royalties, Berkowitz filed a $15 million lawsuit against Manson, which was later settled under confidential terms.[8]

Post-Marilyn Manson work

In late 1998 Scott joined up with longtime Marilyn Manson collaborators Jack Off Jill, replacing departing member Ho Ho Spade and playing live guitar on their 1999 West Coast tour which lasted for only a handful of gigs. His first recorded work with the band was the 1998 EP Covetous Creature, to which he lent guitar and some production.[9] By early 1999, SMP was no longer a member of Jack Off Jill. Putesky himself was vague, but he related to MTV News that the parting was amicable. He returned once again to Ft. Lauderdale to resume work on his own music, primarily seeking a live band to perform his Three Ton Gate material. In the meantime, he successfully sued Marilyn Manson for what he claimed were unpaid royalties for his contributions to Antichrist Superstar. In the same lawsuit, Putesky was also awarded the rights to 21 unreleased recordings by Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids.[10]

In July 2010 Putesky officially joined electro-punk band Kill Miss Pretty after collaborating with them on their single "Judy Garland". Following this the band began working on new material including a cover of the Spooky Kids' song "She's Not My Girlfriend".[11]

Putesky revived Three Ton Gate shortly afterward to play live under that name in a 2011 series of dates across America starting in New York City on October 15.[12]

Death

In September 2013, Putesky was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer.[13] He died on October 22, 2017.[14]

Discography

Marilyn Manson (and the Spooky Kids)
Three Ton Gate
Jack Off Jill
Stuck on Evil
Daisy Berkowitz
Justin Symbol
The Daisy Kids
Guest appearances

References

  1. ^ a b McManson, Jenn. "INTERVIEW: SMP – SCOTT MITCHELL PUTESKY (DAISY BERKOWITZ)". Rock Revolt. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Daisy Berkowitz - The Marilyn Manson Wiki". www.mansonwiki.com. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "Daisy Berkowitz - The Marilyn Manson Wiki". www.mansonwiki.com. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Daisy Berkowitz, Marilyn Manson guitarist 1989 to 1996". www.marilynmansonimages.com. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "Scott Mitchell Putesky ( Daisy Berkowitz ) discusses how he and Brian Warner began Marilyn Manson". blankmaninc.com
  6. ^ "INTERVIEW: SMP – SCOTT MITCHELL PUTESKY (DAISY BERKOWITZ)". RockRevolt Mag. November 29, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Malt, Andy (October 24, 2017). "Marilyn Manson pays tribute to Daisy Berkowitz". Complete Music Update. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "MANSON SETTLES DAISY BERKOWITZ LAWSUIT, DENIES LABEL PRESSURED HIM TO DO SO". mtv.com
  9. ^ "Former Manson Guitarist Putesky Joins Jack Off Jill". MTV News.
  10. ^ "Scott Mitchell Putesky Leaves Jack Off Jill, Contemplates Spooky Kids Release". MTV News.
  11. ^ "killmisspretty.com". killmisspretty.com.
  12. ^ "three ton gate". withtank.com.
  13. ^ "Founding MARILYN MANSON Guitarist Daisy Berkowitz Has Stage Four Colon Cancer". Metal Injection.
  14. ^ RIP Daisy Berkowitz, founding member of Marilyn Manson (1968-2017): The Moshville Times.