Jeordie Osbourne White (born June 20, 1971), known once professionally as Twiggy Ramirez, shortened to just Twiggy since returning to Marilyn Manson, and sometimes referred to by his real name, is an American musician, mostly known as the bassist and guitarist of the band Marilyn Manson. Previously, he was the bassist for A Perfect Circle and a touring member of Nine Inch Nails, and is currently the vocalist for Goon Moon. He left Marilyn Manson in 2002, and later rejoined the band in 2008. He has been a principal songwriter for the band and has also contributed to some of the Desert Sessions recordings. He also currently hosts the Hour Of Goon podcast with fellow musician Fred Sablan, on the Feral Audio network.
Although born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, he moved to Florida during his childhood. He has an older brother, James. He didn’t know his father for most of his life but united with him in 2008 (It was mentioned in the Love Line radio interview in 2008).
Influenced by the likes of Mötley Crüe, Van Halen and Iron Maiden, he first picked up a guitar at age thirteen. Although a New Jersey native, he spent the better portion of his youth in the Ft. Lauderdale area, where he quickly embraced South Florida’s growing music scene and, by age 15, had joined his first band, The Ethiopians.
Early in his career, White was in a speed metal cover band called The Ethiopians covering songs such as Metallica’s “Trapped Under Ice”. Between 1989 and 1993, White played rhythm guitar and provided backing vocals for Amboog-a-Lard.
(1993–2002) Marilyn Manson
White met Brian Warner on numerous occasions in the late 1980s. After an unexpected meeting at a used records store in the Coral Springs Mall where White was working, the two realized they had much in common, but had yet to work on a musical endeavor. White actively attempted to join Manson’s band while playing in another project. He became an honorary spooky kid, and went by the groupie name Gordy White. In March 1993, White took part in Manson’s side project Mrs. Scabtree and shared vocal duties with then girlfriend Jessicka. Jeordie did not join Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids until Gidget Gein was ejected from the band by the manager in December 1993. White was given the Manson band member name Twiggy Ramirez, which was derived by taking the first name from English supermodel Twiggy and the surname from American serial killer Richard Ramirez. Much of Twiggy’s early look from the multi colored dreadlocks down to the dress style was taken directly from Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka and Gidget Gein. White never played bass until Manson bought him his first instrument right after he joined Manson’s band. In 1998, White made a cameo in Monster Magnet’s music video for “Space Lord”. In 2001, White appeared on an MTV Cribs episode: the “Ozzfest Edition”.
As a result of many lineup changes (specifically guitarists), Twiggy was largely responsible for most of the songwriting on the albums Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood, in this last record shared credits with John 5, who composed more songs than Twiggy. In 2007, White claimed that he is proud of the work that he did in the band.
(2003–2007) After Manson
After departing the band, he played two live shows with California punk metal band Mondo Generator, and auditioned for the role of second guitar in Queens of the Stone Age, which he lost to Troy Van Leeuwen of A Perfect Circle. He also auditioned for a spot as bass player (after Jason Newsted’s departure) in Metallica, but lost out to former Suicidal Tendencies/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Robert Trujillo, which is documented briefly in their film, Some Kind of Monster.
Several months later, White replaced Paz Lenchantin in A Perfect Circle, the project of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel as a full member of the band on bass guitar. White later joined Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme on the ninth and tenth volumes of Homme’s music project The Desert Sessions. He contributed to Melissa Auf der Maur’s solo debut. He assisted in the production of Nine Inch Nails’ album, With Teeth, and toured with them during 2005–06 to support the album and then again in 2007 for Year zero.
White has composed for a range of artists from fictional band Steel Dragon to Bif Naked to his namesake, model Twiggy Lawson with whom he recorded and produced a duet of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You” for the soundtrack of the MTV film Dead Man on Campus. In 2005, White worked with Goon Moon and with them released the EP I Got a Brand New Egg Layin’ Machine, recorded at Rancho De La Luna, Prescription and Regime Studios. The band released their first full-length album “Licker’s Last Leg” in May 2007. White appeared on the UNKLE album War Stories playing bass and synths on the track “Burn My Shadow”.
(2008) Return to Manson
On January 9, 2008 Marilyn Manson posted a bulletin on MySpace confirming that Tim Skold was leaving Marilyn Manson and that Twiggy Ramirez had rejoined the band in his place. He toured with Manson as the band’s new guitarist in support of their seventh studio album. However, Twiggy would stay with Goon Moon after the touring of The High End of Low is finished.
Twiggy also mentioned in an interview that he would keep working with Manson for their next album, Born Villain, which was released on May 1, 2012.
Jeordie White was invited to return to play with A Perfect Circle for their Fall and Winter 2010 Tour in North America, which sold out on all 14 dates scheduled, and continued to play with them until at least 2011.
He is currently co-producing and writing with the industrial band Black Lodge on their upcoming album, The Diary of Tomahawk. While he didn’t participate in the writing or recording of Marilyn Manson’s 2015 album, The Pale Emperor, he continues to tour with the band. Manson confirmed on Reddit that he intends on collaborating with Twiggy for the follow-up to The Pale Emperor.
White cites Oasis, The Who, The Kinks and Bee Gees as his influences and favorite bands. White has a Don’t Believe the Truth tattoo as a tribute to Oasis on his left arm. On July 26, 2014 he married Laney Chantal, a special effects makeup artist and current SuicideGirls model.
While in Marilyn Manson, White used the following basses, among many things, showing a strong preference for Gibson instruments, and basses used by his classic rock mentors:
- Jeordie owns multiple Thunderbirds. During the Guns, God, and Government tour, he toured with 5 Thunderbird Basses, most often seen with the pickguard removed, or a plain black pickguard on a black thunderbird. Each bass had different tunings (Standard, EADG) and was used for different songs.
- 1992 Gibson Thunderbird IV Reverse (seen in the “Disposable Teens” video; used extensively in live performances from 1998–2002, and again for live use since his reunion with Manson in 2008.
- 1974 Gibson Ripper L9-S Bass (vintage, as seen in “The Dope Show” video) This guitar was a gift from Gene Simmons who wrote and recorded with the same instrument on KISS’s Destroyer album
- 1977 Gibson RD Artist Bass (vintage, as seen in the “Dope Hat” and “Coma White” videos). This guitar was sold to a fan through a mutual friend of Jeordie and Manson in 2005 via eBay.
- BC Rich Warlock Bass w/ Widow headstock (seen in the “Rock is Dead” video).
- 80’s USA BC Rich Warlock bass (4 on a side headstock) Used in live performances from 1998–1999, notably during the first live performance of “The Dope Show” on the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. Jeordie donated this bass to the Hard Rock Cafe in Ottawa, Canada. It is among their most popular pieces of memorabilia on display.
- Gibson Les Paul bass. Used live and in the studio. Makes many appearances in early videos (Lunchbox, Get Your Gunn) and saw live use from 1994–1997. This bass was given to Dave Navarro and named “The Beautiful People bass” as Jeordie said it was the bass he used to write the now famous line.
During his parting of ways with Manson from 2002–2008, he took up the following models as his preferred instruments:
- Fender Precision Deluxe Bass (live, on tour with A Perfect Circle 2003–2004)
- Spector NS-2 Bass (live, on tour with A Perfect Circle 2003–2004)
- Steinberger Spirit Bass (live, on tour with A Perfect Circle 2003–2004)
- Fender Precision Bass (live, on tour with Nine Inch Nails)
- Music Man StingRay 4 Bass (live, on tour with Nine Inch Nails)
In addition to the aforementioned bass guitars, Jeordie has used numerous other brands and models of electric and acoustic guitar in writing and recording for each band he’s been involved with, and he plays following guitars in live performances.
- Gibson Flying V (With Marilyn Manson)
- Gibson SG (With Goon Moon)
- Gibson ES-335 or Gibson Lucille (With Goon Moon, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson)
- Gibson Les Paul (With Nine Inch Nails)
- Gibson Explorer (With Marilyn Manson)
- Fender Telecaster (With both Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails)
- Mosrite US65-BK (With Marilyn Manson 2009)
- Eastwood Guitars Sidejack Baritone (With Marilyn Manson 2009) during “We’re From America”
- 1996: Dead to the World
- 1997: Lost Highway
- 1999: God Is in the TV
- 2002: Guns, God and Government
- 2004: Some Kind of Monster
- 2005: Backstage Pass 3: Uncensored!
- 2007: Beside You in Time
- 2009: Night of Pan
- 2015: Massacre
- 2016: Blood Bath
- 1993: A New Hope
- Marilyn Manson
- 1994: Portrait of an American Family (live bassist)
- 1995: Smells Like Children
- 1996: Antichrist Superstar
- 1998: Mechanical Animals
- 1999: The Last Tour on Earth
- 2000: Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
- 2009: The High End of Low
- 2012: Born Villain
- 2017: Say10
- The Desert Sessions
- 2003: Volumes 9 & 10
- A Perfect Circle
- 2003: Thirteenth Step
- 2004: eMOTIVe
- 2004: aMOTION
- Nine Inch Nails
- 2007: Beside You in Time
- Goon Moon
- 2005: I Got a Brand New Egg Layin’ Machine
- 2007: Licker’s Last Leg
- Soundtrack work
- 1998: Dead Man on Campus Soundtrack (“I Only Want to Be With You” with Twiggy)
- 2005: Goal! Soundtrack (“Cast No Shadow (UNKLE Beachhead Mix)” Oasis)
- 2001: Rock Star Soundtrack (“Blood Pollution” for the band Steel Dragon)
- 2007: Burn My Shadow
- 2008: I’m Outta Time (Remix)
- 2009: Falling Down (It’s the Gibb Mix by Twiggy and Sardy)
- Cinema Bizarre
- 2009: Lovesongs (Remix)
- Sons of Anarchy
- 2013: You Are My Sunshine (Jamey Johnson Shooter Jennings)