(read Scott's official bio that used to be at the Three Ton Gate page)

Scott Mitchell Putesky, along with co-conspirator Brian Warner, founded the Spooky Kids in 1990. Warner re-christened himself Marilyn Manson, combining the names of Charles Manson and Marilyn Monroe to represent the dichotomy of pop cultural iconography. Putesky morphed Daisy Duke with David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz to arrive at his nom-de-plume.

Warner brought to the table his twisted lyrical poetry, undeveloped vocal skills, and a promtional savvy that would eventually propel the band into the national spotlight. Scott, on the other hand, brought the musical talent. The music on the early demos was completely written, performed, and recorded by no one other than Scott. Even after Olivia Newton Bundy and Zsa Zsa Speck rounded out the initial lineup so the band could take their bizarre songs out before an audience, Scott continued to do all of the recording in the studio.

Even after the band's early lineup solidified with the additions of Gidget Gein on bass, Madonna Wayne Gacey on keyboards, and Sarah Lee Lucas on drums, Scott continued to be the primary songwriter and lead the musical direction of the band. If you look at the credits on Portrait of an American Family, Scott wrote or co-wrote (along with Gein) every song except for the intro and Sweet Tooth.

When Gein eventually had to be removed from the band due to his worsening drug problems, Manson brought his long-time friend, Amboog-A-Lard's Geordie White, into the band and dubbed him Twiggy Ramierez. Even though Portrait hadn't even been released yet, this was the beginning of the end for the Spooky Kids. With Twiggy in the band, it shifted the balance of power from a democracy between the two co-founders into Twiggy and Manson on one side versus Scott on the other.

After the band's runaway success with Sweet Dreams, when it came time to record new material it became obvious that an insurpassable rift had developed and Manson wasn't interested in working with Scott any more. Manson had dictatorially usurped the reigns of power in the band, and now that he had another strong songwriter in Twiggy, he wasn't reliant on Scott to provide the music any more. Manson rejected many of Scott's songs he had written for Anti-Christ Superstar, and after one heated argument during the recording sessions Scott took a plane ride home to get some distance from the situation. According to interviews, he had intended to collect his thoughts and return to the sessions, but after that point Manson wouldn't even return his phone calls.

Eventually Scott had to take his separation from the band to court (details of the court case can be found in this article in City Link Magazine) because he wasn't getting the royalties he felt he was due. As part of the settlement, both parties are under nondisclosure agreements (meaning they can't talk about the details in public) but Scott got a share of the royalties and the rights to all of the unreleased Spooky Kids music.

Scott remastered all of the Spooky Kids songs and compiled a two disc set that featured all of the songs that didn't make it onto Portrait (with the exception of Filth, which was originally recorded for Portrait but scrapped in favor of Wrapped In Plastic when Trent Reznor stepped in). Scott independantly released a handful of these sets through his now-defunct Stuck On Evil web page. The discs hung in limbo and were widely bootlegged for years while Scott tried to secure a real record deal.


On April 20th 2004, the first disc was finally released on Empire Music Werks. Lunchboxes & Chocklit Cows marks the first official release of the original Spooky Kids material, but all was not to go well for Mr. Putesky with this release. Although he had gained the legal rights to the Spooky Kids' music, the artwork made use of drawings by Manson and photographs of his former bandmates. Manson and Gacy filed a lawsuit against Putesky which was resolved by re-releasing the album in a second version without the unauthorized images.

Since leaving Manson, Scott has been involved in a number of other projects including Three Ton Gate, Jack Off Jill, The Linda Blairs, and Stuck On Evil. Most recently, he made two new Three Ton Gate tracks available at www.threetongate.org.

We would like to personally thank Scott for all his help so far in answering our numerous questions for this page. I know we've been a pain in the ass, but we've wanted from the start to make this page as thorough as possible, and get to the bottom of many years of unanswered questions. Thanks Scott!!!

Scott Mitchell Putesky 2004