On this day in 1970, Charles Manson’s album Lie: The Love & Terror Cult was released.
In 1968 a man named Phil Kaufman moved in with Manson and his “family” after meeting Manson in prison, Kaufman was interested in recording some of Manson’s music.
Most of the record was recorded at Gold Start Studios in Los Angeles in August of 1968, two tracks from the album, ‘Look At Your Game, Girl’ and ‘Eyes Of A Dreamer’ were previously recorded in June of 1967 as a demo for Uni Records (a division of MCA records).
While in prison on the Tate-LaBianca charges, Manson was calling Kaufman daily asking to have his music put out. Prominent record companies declined to take part in the album and so Kaufman raised $3,000 to have 2,000 copies pressed through a label called Awareness Records.
Many covers and altered versions of Manson’s songs have been recorded over the years.
The most notorious being the Beach Boys incident. In December of 1968 the Beach Boys released their single ‘Bluebirds Over the Mountain’, the B-side held a track titled ‘Never Learn Not to Love’ which was a remake of a Manson song titled ‘Cease to Exist’. Sole credits went to Dennis Wilson.
Marilyn Manson used lyrics from the song ‘Mechanical Man’ to create his song entitled ‘My Monkey’ which was on his debut album Portrait of an American Family. Later an acoustic cover of Manson’s track ‘Sick City’ would surface online but never officially released.
Guns N’ Roses’ album “The Spaghetti Incident?”, covered ‘Look at Your Game, Girl’ in a hidden form. They snuck it in the last track at 2:17 in. This was an Axl Rose idea and his bandmates wanted nothing to do with it. Only Rose and Dizzy Reed (on percussion) would perform on the track.
Record sales helped to pay for Manson’s defense during the infamous murder trial.
Manson’s share of the royalties was assigned to the family of Manson victim Wojciech Frykowski.