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Gidget Gein (September 11, 1969 – October 8, 2008), born Bradley Stewart, was an American musician and pop artist. He was the second bassist and co-founder of the alternative metal band Marilyn Manson. His stage name references and dichotomises serial killer Ed Gein and the fictional 1960s surfer girl Gidget played by Sandra Dee in the 1959 movie of the same name.
Gein’s character, style, and reputation at this point had become the prototype for what young Brian Warner would adapt into a Marilyn Manson ideal. As they became closer friends, Bradley and Brian’s personalities expressed themselves through fun ideals in Gidget Gein and Marilyn Manson. The personal stylings, influences, and experiences of each member would showcase as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids to the south Florida music scene and eventually gain the attention of a newly successful Trent Reznor.
As the band became more infamous after dropping the “Spooky Kids” title in 1992, Gidget’s personality was becoming more chaotic through extensive drug use and other various acts of debauchery. In October 1993, Reznor agreed to rework the production on Marilyn Manson’s album, taking them and their tapes to The Record Plant in Los Angeles. On the Christmas Eve of 1993, when finding himself in a hospital bed after a heroin overdose, Gidget discovered through Federal Express, that his services were “no longer needed” by Marilyn Manson.
He was replaced by Jeordie White, now known as Twiggy Ramirez. Noticeably, most of Jeordie White’s signature early “Twiggy Ramirez“ look, down to the multi colored dreadlocks, was taken directly from White’s girlfriend at the time Jessicka (Jack Off Jill) and Gein himself. After writing a great arsenal of music for the band, Gein claimed to see a substitution of his style and personality inserted into Marilyn Manson albums for years to come. Earlier songs Gidget had written such as “She’s Not My Girlfriend” would be retitled with different lyrics as the song “1996”.
Gidget’s path of indulgence would continue for years after his departure from the band. He moved to New York in 1999, befriending many artists and characters over the next few years. As his own art and ideas began to gather, he formed a group called Gidget Gein and the Dali Gaggers with guitarist Al B. Romano which featured various fun displays of degenerate art, ideas, and post-punk styled songwriting. By examining the flyers, lyrics, and propaganda in the Dali Gaggers, it is evident that Gidget was a major influence in the earlier Marilyn Manson newsletters, flyers, and song writing. Before the release of the Dali Gaggers only album Confessions of a Spooky Kid, the temptation of the New York city party scene proved to be too strong for Gein and he headed back to Florida in order to kick his drug addiction for good.
Once back in Florida, Gidget began work for the south Florida medical examiner as a “Bag Boy”. Over years of retrieving and cleaning up after the deceased, Gidget continued to gather extreme experiences and ideas for more and more art. His experiences at the medical examiner’s office have been documented in various international magazines and spurred early production of a motion picture based on this period of his life.
Over time his arsenal of art and ideas began to outweigh his position as a Bag Boy and Gidget found a friendship with the freshly announced UNPOP art movement and, surprisingly, a collaboration with Marilyn Manson and Asia Argento in a music video for the song “(s)AINT”, which was later banned by Manson’s record label Interscope Records.
Leaving Florida behind in 2004 and taking his collection with him, Gidget began to execute art and fashion shows in Hollywood, California, under the organised name GOLLYWOOD. His creation of sculpture, bedroom and bathroom suites, clothing, themed music, and books continued to develop in Hollywood in association with his fans, associates and close friends.
After some years of sobriety, Stewart died of a heroin overdose on October 8, 2008 at 9:30PM – as cited by the Los Angeles County Coroners office, at a friend’s home in Burbank, California. His body was found on the following day.
At the time of his death, he was recording an album with record producer Dave Jerden, in a television deal with Roxane Davis for “Bag Boy” and had been contracted to publish his art.