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Passings: Scott Putesky (Daisy Berkowitz) of Marilyn Manson (1968 - 2017)

by VVN Music

Scott Putesky, who adopted the name Daisy Berkowitz as a member of Marilyn Manson, has died from colon cancer at the age of 49.

His post-Manson band, Jack Off Jill, posted:

Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott - "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy Berkowitz

Brian Warner (aka Marilyn Manson), said:

Scott Putesky and I made great music together. We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more.
Everyone should listen to “Man That You Fear” in his honor. That was our favorite.

Putesky and Warner met in December 1989 while Warner was a student at Broward College in Florida. Through their discussions and friendship, they came up with the concept for Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids.  The two began writing together using Scott's poetry and he taught Warner the finer points of performing, recording and arranging.

By March 1990, a band had officially been formed and they began playing in local establishments, becoming known for their off-beat performances and visuals full of shock value. It took three year but, in the summer of 1993, they became known to Trent Reznor who signed them to Nothing Records.

The band, now known just as Marilyn Manson, entered the studio to record their debut album; however, their first attempt was not successful so Reznor stepped in to rework Portrait of An American Family which was released in July 1994.

In the meantime, Manson went out on tour, opening for Nine Inch Nails on their Self Destruct Tour which gave their exposure a boost but not enough that the album charted. They also undertook their first national headlining tour in December 1994 with Jack Off Jill opening.

In October 1995, Manson released the EP (rather liberally named as it was over an hour lont) Smells Like Children which became their first national hit going to 31.

Starting in February 1996, the band entered the studio to record their second full length album, Antichrist Superstar, but there was a great deal of infighting with much of it aimed at Putesky. According to the guitarist, he had run-ins with Reznor during the recording sessions including the smashing of a prized guitar. In the end, Scott was credited with six songs on the album while Twiggy Ramirez played on the balance.

Putesky went to work on a solo album which became 1997's Vanishing Century under the name Three Ton Gate. On the side, he was playing in the band The Linda Blairs which also featured Jack Off Jill's Jessicka Adams. He joined the band full time in late 1998 and recorded one EP, Covetous Creature (1998) before leaving the band the next year.

Over the next decade, he recorded with Three Ton Gate and Stuck on Evil and in July 2010, joined the band Kill Miss Pretty. He also revived Three Ton Gate in 2011.

Putesky was originally diagnosed with colon cancer in September of 2013 and has been fighting the disease since.