Scott Putesky, who played guitar under the pseudonym Daisy Berkowitz after co-founding Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids with the shock rocker, has died at the age of 49.
Like Manson, Putesky took a stage name that was a portmanteau combining America’s fascination with blonde bombshells and serial killers: Daisy Berkowitz combined the names of Dukes of Hazzard’s Daisy Duke with David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz.
With Putesky serving as lead guitarist and main composer, Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids gained a cult following in the early half of the Nineties, leading to a record deal with Interscope and Trent Reznor’s Nothing; the Nine Inch Nails frontman also produced the band’s 1994 debut LP Portrait of an American Family.
Putesky is credited with writing the music for early Marilyn Manson singles like “Lunchbox” and “Dope Hat” as well as playing guitar on their cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” from the 1995 EP Smells Like Children.
Just as Marilyn Manson were ascending into the mainstream, Putesky left the band during recording sessions for 1997’s Antichrist Superstar, w friction between the guitarist and Manson and producer Trent Reznor led to Putesky’s exit.
Further legal issues stemmed from Putesky’s ownership of the early material he recorded with Manson prior to the Interscope deal.