The Artist Formerly Known As Olivia
by Jennifer Rose
Movie Mirror October 1997: Vol. 39, No. 1
Olivia Newton Bundy (a.k.a. Brian Tutunick) was one of the original Spooky Kids with Marilyn Manson prior to the band inking a major record deal with Interscope Records. Following his days with Manson, Brian was a member of Collapsing Lungs, who released a record on Atlantic Records, and is now down in Florida working on a new project, Nation Of Fear.
J.R.: How did Nation Of Fear come about?
Brian Tutunick: Nation Of Fear began in 1995 after my band, Collapsing Lungs (Atlantic Records), split up. And that band began before Marilyn Manson as an industrial project. Collapsing Lungs became more and more of a rapcore band. I wanted to bring back those industrial elements, while some other members wanted to go hip hop. So we called it quits. Then I met DJ Grinch, who was a fan of Collapsing, and we started Nation Of Fear just as a recording project.
J.R.: Describe the kind of music you're doing with N.O.F.
Brian Tutunick: Nation Of Fear incorporates industrial, gothic, alternative and some hardcore and rap. And we use the most up-to-date computer technology. We're very theatrical. In Marilyn Manson, I brought more of an S&M element, which is now obvious with this band.
J.R.: When did you join Marilyn Manson?
Brian Tutunick: Perry (Zsa Zsa Speck) and I were working on Collapsing lungs. Marilyn (Manson) and I were best friends. He had never done anything musically, but wrote a lot of poetry. He hooked up with Scott (Daisy Berkowitz) and recorded about six songs. They called it Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids and asked Perry and I to help them get started as an actual band. We decided to join, but I always wanted to go back to Collapsing.
We all brought our ideas to Manson as far as performance art, but Marilyn definately knew what direction he wanted to take the band. We played about five shows together from 1989-90 before splitting to do Collapsing. Madonna (Wayne Gacy) was actually a roadie for us when we split. I told them to get him to replace Zsa Zsa on the sampler. Madonna was always an encyclopedia of bizarre facts, so I knew he would be great for sampling.
J.R.: Do you still keep in touch with your former bandmates?
Brian Tutunick: I talk to the other guys past and present whenever we run into each other. The present Marilyn Manson aren't around too much, but when they're in town we usually see each other at a club or something.
J.R.: Has N.O.F. released a record yet? And how can fans get a hold of it?
Brian Tutunick: We have our first self-titled release out now. We are working on a distribution deal, but for now it's available on our website - http://www.nationoffear.com - as well as our live shows. We are our own indie label called Dimar and are now talking to a few major labels.
J.R.: What are your thoughts on the controversy surrounding Marilyn Manson at the moment?
Brian Tutunick: Marilyn Manson is a shock rock band. They are what they are because of controversy. I think it's funny how the religious protesters are the ones making the death threats and getting arrested at shows. I don't know if it's just me, but I think threatening to blow up an entire arena full of kids is a little more evil than some guy just trying to play his music!
J.R.: What are the reasons why you left Marilyn Manson?
Brian Tutunick: I believe that Marilyn and I have our own message that we want to express, many the same, yet some different. That is why I had to leave Manson. I just hope Nation Of Fear can be heard by as many people.
Thought I'd share.