MARILYN MANSON: I Ended Up Like I Did Because I Went to Christian School

Marilyn Manson talked about his high-school days, telling radio host Zane Lowe (as transcribed by

“I unfortunately got stuck playing triangle in high-school band when I left Christian school.

“I was cast out for putting my grandfather’s d*ldo in the Bible teacher’s desk, Mrs. Price.

“And she wore a control-top pantyhose, so that probably became the fetish for me – pantyhose and things like that.

“And I did not realize that when I went to public school, it was the same bus stop, except I was a kid that used to be at Christian.

“So I got my a—s beat the old-fashioned way. Not cyber bullied, just regular bullied. Which was not fun.

“But it was the beginning of school, I was trying to make a transition, so I joined the band. I started playing the triangle, and that’s when I just heard music for the first time in the Christian school.

“They said, ‘Don’t listen to this.’ They played Led Zeppelin backwards, Black Sabbath, and they played KISS. And they were convinced that it was ‘Knights In Satan’s Service.’

“Friday was called chapel.

“Sounds like a cult, because technically they would be very hard to differentiate. When I made [1996’s] ‘Antichrist Superstar,’ it was against my Christian upbringing.

“My parents were not very religious, they told me they wanted me to go to a Christian school to get a better education, probably not knowing that it would create this.

“Or maybe they did! Maybe they were fortuitous and they thought, ‘We will create this monster people will deal with by sending him to Christian school.’

“Like sort of a tough love. I’m just giving credits to my dad.”