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DO: You've been very candid about your drug use. What role did drugs play in this record?
MM: Ummm...I don't think it was something that was like any of the other records. There was a period of self-destruction in the past, periods of excess. At this point we were being very experimental, so if drugs were involved they were generally...absinthe, if that can be called a drug, was the one thing I found most useful. I don't write, particularly lyrics, any other way than completely coherent, because I can't focus what I'm trying to say. But while recording the music and working with the band there were times when I wanted to let the subconscious work, and that's where things like that come in handy. But we were very inspired and very prolific, so this record wasn't difficult to create, just time-consuming, because there were so many layers to it.
DO: What would you say is the most conservative thing about you?
MM: Showering? I don't get the paper. I don't like coffee. The smell of it reminds me of my parents, which reminds me of getting up for school and it makes me upset. I don't know. I have two dogs. I love animals. And I have a lot of taxidermied animals. I don't think I could take having my own dogs [taxidermied]. That would make me sad. They're like kids to me. Although I probably will have myself stuffed, because when I'm gone, I still want to make people suffer by looking at me. [Laughter]