Manson on her first band
“I was in a theatre group and a boy joined the group and he was in a band and he asked me if I wanted to join his band and I was like, ‘I can’t really play anything’ and he said, ‘You can play the piano’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I can play the piano’, and he’s like, ‘come and play piano in my band and sing back up’ and I was like, ‘okay’– actually he just wanted to get into my pants, and he did get into my pants.”
Manson on the formation of “Garbage”
“I was in a band called Angel Fish we had one video on MTV and it was shown on 120 Minutes at 2 o’clock in the morning… once. And Steve Marker, [who later became] my guitarist in Garbage was sitting up one night, saw me and thought, ‘You know, she’s kind of interesting looking and I love her voice and I’d love to meet her and see if she is interested in singing in the band.’ That’s essentially what happened.
I just got plucked out of the blue and I went to meet the band. They kind of auditioned me and I was terrible and I went back to Scotland and their manager called and said, ‘How did the audition go?’ I said, ‘it was dreadful’ and she said ‘Yeah, I kind of heard it was dreadful, would you like to take another crack at it?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So I went back up and this time I was so much more relaxed, the worst had happened. So we just hit it off and I sang a song and they loved it and it went on from there. It was very strange and… kismet. True kismet.”