Gidget Gein (born Bradley Anne Stewart on September 11, 1969 in Hollywood, Florida and died on October 9, 2008 in Burbank, California) was a American musician, Un-Pop artist. He was the second bassist for Industrial Metal band Marilyn Manson, during which time his stage name was created through the fusion of the names of Gidget (a TV character) and Ed Gein (a notorious American serial killer).
A bit further on in his life in the mid 80s, he would be seen as an occasional clothing model and local band member while spending his leisure time as a south Florida band heckler. His character, style, and reputation caught the attention of a teenage Brian Warner, who would invite Stewart to join Warner's band, then known as Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. The personal stylings, influences, and experiences of each member would showcase as Marilyn Manson and 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 famous, Gidget's personality was becoming more chaotic through extensive drug use, and other various 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 Christman Eve of 1993, when finding himself in a hospital bed after a heroin overdose, Manson was forced by the management to drop Gidget by way of a message delivered by Federal Express, to tell him that his services were "no longer needed" at the peak of the bands success and was replaced by the group’s former groupie Jeordie “Gordy White” White other wise 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 then saw a substitution of his style and personality inserted into Marilyn Manson albums for years to come. Earlier songs Gidget had written like "She Isn't My Girlfriend" would be retitled with different lyrics as the song "1996". This pattern in his old band would continue and the colorful, spooky-cartoon, and psychedelic elements and ideas that Gidget represented in Marilyn Manson would eventually become more of a gothic revision for audiences.Gidget's path of indulgence would continue for years after his departure from the band.
He moved to New York in 1996, befriending many artists and characters over the next few years. As his own art and ideas began to gather, he formed a group called the Dali Gaggers which featured various displays of degenerate art, ideas, and post-punk styled songwriting ("This is not a band. This is libel, slander, and defamation of character" -GG). 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 begun work for the south Florida medical examiner as a "Bag Boy" picking up dead bodies for twenty dollars each and was on 24 hour call. 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 magazines. Over time Gidget formed a friendship with the 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 success continues to grow with the help of his creative wit, friends and fans.
On October 9th 2008, news emerged that Gein had died from a heroin overdose.