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Ed Gein: The Inspiration for Buffalo Bill and Psycho

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« on: November 16, 2007, 11:53:51 pm »

The story of Ed Gein has had a lasting impact on popular culture as evidenced by its many appearances in movies, music and literature. Gein's story was adapted into a number of movies including Stephen Johnston's In the Light of the Moon, later to be retitled Ed Gein for the US market as well as Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield and Deranged. Gein also influenced the nature of characters such as celluloid serial killers Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs), Norman Bates (Psycho), and Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Gein's influence can also be seen by the number of musical groups drawing inspiration from his crimes. On The BloodHound Gangs album "Use Your Fingers" in the song titled "Mama Say" rapper Jimmy Pop says the lyrics "Cause I'm in your face like Ed Gein" which is a double entendre reference to Ed Gein and Ed's likening of wearing faces like masks. There are a number of songs written about Gein including Slayer's "Dead Skin Mask", Mudvayne's "Nothing To Gein", Blind Melon's "Skinned",  and Macabre's "Ed Gein",  to name a few. In addition, a number of band names were derived from Gein including a band by the name of Ed Gein, and a New York punk band by the name of Ed Gein's Car. Gidget Gein, a former bassist for the band Marilyn Manson even derived his stage name from Ed Gein. The band Plainfield, which includes the drummer and bassist of Mr. Bungle, took their name from the town that Gein lived and murdered in, as well as a North East England **** band by the name of The Plainfield Deathcount. Also, a track in guitarist John 5's album The Devil Knows My Name, Dead art in Plainfield, is a reference to Gein.
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