Not only is Marilyn Manson a David Bowie-Alice Cooper wannabe, but his band is not very gracious.

The group performed at the MTV Video Music Awards a couple of weeks back and guitarist John5 threw his instrument into the audience. (The same way a drummer throws drumsticks into the audience after a gig).Well, an eventgoer named Brian Kuehn caught the guitar and was allowed to take it home. When Kuehn requested a certificate of authenticity, the band threatened to sue if Kuehn didn't return the instrument before the band's upcoming tour, according to MTV news services.

What would happen if every drummer demanded all their drumsticks returned?

Sure, a guitar is a tad more expensive, but John5 didn't have to throw his axe into the audience, now did he?

After all, what's a guitar to millionaire rock stars? Just ask Pete Townsend. (Remember how he would smash his guitars at the end of every Who performance?)

- A DASH OF SPICE: The Spice Girls have been adding themselves to a number of duet recipes lately.

Sporty Spice (aka Melanie Chisholm), has teamed up with another duet-happy singer, Bryan Adams. Sporty and Adams recently recorded "When You're Gone" for Adams' upcoming album.

Last summer, Scary Spice (the newly wed Mel Gulzar, whose pre-marital name was Mel Brown) did a duet with Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot called "I Think I Want You Back" for the "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" soundtrack.

Not to be outdone, Baby Spice (Emma Bunton) found her way onto a British TV gig with Rod Stewart in July.

Posh Spice (Victoria Adams) was the only Spice who hasn't done any duets. Unless you count her fiancee, soccer star David Beckham. The two are expecting their first child in a few months.

- SPEAKING OF SOUNDTRACKS: Universal Studios Home Video is releasing special editions of "Animal House," "American Graffiti" and "The Sting."

To celebrate - or more accurately, to capitalize - the video company is also adding a collectible, specially shaped CD to each video.

The CDs, which feature sound-track highlights, will resemble the thematic icon for the film. For example, the "American Graffiti" CD is in the shape of the drive-in car-hop; the one for "Animal House" is a frat house, and "The Sting" CD is planned to be shaped like a fedora.

Hmmmm. Can you imagine what shapes they'd use for CDs of "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs" or "Natural Born Killers"?