Scott Mitchell Putesky Leaves Jack Off Jill, Contemplates Spooky Kids Release

Scott Mitchell Putesky, a.k.a. SMP, a.k.a. the artist formerly known as Daisy Berkowitz, is no longer a member of Jack Off Jill, the band he joined last year after falling out with Marilyn Manson in 1996. By most accounts Putesky lost interest in his new group and wandered off after receiving a multi-million dollar settlement from Manson. Putesky himself is vague, but he tells MTV News that the parting was an amicable one. Jack Off Jill has yet to name a replacement.

The out-of-court agreement reached with Manson last fall included an undisclosed amount of cash and ongoing royalties for Putesky’s part in most of “Portrait of an American Family,” and five songs on “Antichrist Superstar.” The deal is a reportedly a sweet one. It was cut when Mechanical Animals was debuting at the top of the charts in its short-lived heyday — #1 with an anchor. The record subsequently sank almost out of sight in a matter of weeks.

The guitarist says that he also holds the rights to 21 unreleased
demo’s by Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, the original band that he and Manson, then a budding rock journalist, co-founded in 1990. Putesky says he’s still deciding what to do with the material, but he’s currently contemplating the releasing the songs on a two-volume CD set, an “authorized bootleg.”

Putesky also has the solo project Three Ton Gate. He released a CD under that name in 1997 and stills says he’d like to put a killer band together around that concept. His main thrust has been writing music for soundtracks.

Another idea being tossed around by the guitarist is a screenplay about life in Ft. Lauderdale in the early ’90s, which includes, but doesn’t solely center on, a budding young goth rock band. Now that’s familiar territory.