THEY CALL HIM MISTER MANSON!

THE LEADER OF MARILYN MANSON WANTS TO BECOME EVERY PARENT'S NIGHTMARE.

Social decay: "It's a lot like it was 25 years ago. You had war then; we may have war now. You had Woodstock then; you have Woodstock now. You had racial tension then; you have racial tension now. You had Charles Manson then; you have Marilyn Manson now."

Youth culture: "We grew up on sugar, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, television and violence. We became accustomed to all those things--they're a big part of our lives. And now, all of a sudden, America's become conservative and we're supposed to feel guilty about what we were raised to be."

Alternative music: "There are a lot of assholes out there saying a lot of the same things I'm saying--bitching about life and the way they see things. But if it's shitty music, who cares?"

Denver-based talk-show host and Satan-basher Bob Larson: "I can relate to him in many ways, because I don't think what he's doing is a lot different from what I'm doing. I just wish he'd honestly admit his true nature, because I think he has the potential to be a really powerful satanist."

If Mr. Manson's public persona is a mask, it's one that he's careful not to drop: He admires Alice Cooper but vows that he'll never appear on Hollywood Squares or play golf with George Burns. "I'm into the concepts of Nietzsche and [Church of Satan founder Anton] LeVey--of being your own god," he says. "Good and evil are interchangeable, and if you merge them together so that there are no boundaries between them, there's a gray area. There's no sexuality, no morality and no line between on-stage and off-stage. That's where we reside. That's our lifestyle."

Nine Inch Nails, with Marilyn Manson and the Jim Rose Circus. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 20, McNichols Arena, $22, 290-

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