The article makes the usual assumptions that Manson is just a talentless crazy, which is not at all true. Back in the day, he had the ears of at least two Beach Boys, Neil Young, producer Terry Melcher and countless young STD-incubators. Personally, I’d rather listen to Manson than Devendra Banhart. What’s the difference, besides multiple homicide and cleaner production? Oh yeah, Charlie is a better singer.
Haven’t heard this stuff yet, but it might not be that great, considering he recorded it in 2005. How’s that for music snobbery? "Dude, I don’t listen to Manson after ’71. He lost his edge after he was incarcerated."
But hey, the CC license means you can share it, remix it, mail it to the pigs in a bloody sack — whatever. They’re also offering a CD version, which you can buy for $15. Don’t worry, Charlie probably won’t see a dime. If he does get paid, I suggest he spend his duckets on laser removal surgery for that horrible forehead tattoo of his.
Call Manson dangerous. Call him manipulative. But don’t call him a hack. Dude is the true forefather of "New Weird America," or whatever the genre jargon is. I say let him out now and put him on a bill with Roky Erickson and Brian Wilson and package it as the American Flashback Tour.
I smell merchandising. . . or is that patchouli and paranoia?