LOS ANGELES -- Many were dressed in head-to-toe black, one brought
out his pet lizard for the occasion, two wore ties and one came in pajamas
and snoozed at the back of the line.
More than 100 Marilyn Manson fans lined up alongside Tower Records on the
Sunset Strip on Monday night, waiting for the store to close and
then reopen at the strike of midnight so they could be the first on the West
Coast to have the ghoul-gone-glam-rockers' new album, Mechanical
Animals, which was released Tuesday (Sept. 15).
"We've got the CD-player in the car," said 18-year-old Farah Fima, who was
sitting propped up against the store wall. Fima, who wore a black dress and
ripped fishnet stockings, had just arrived with her friend, Sandra Jovel, from
a show by the electro-punk duo 12 Rounds at the nearby Troubadour.
"I have a test tomorrow and I'm probably gonna fail 'cause I'm out so
late," said the equally gothified 17-year-old Sandra. "But this is nothing
compared to when [Manson] was here to do his book signing -- it was out of
control; people were lined up all the way down Sunset."
Despite the line, Monday night at Tower wasn't quite the mob scene that one
might have expected, considering that Mechanical Animals has been one
of the most anticipated albums of the year, with songs such as
Friendly" (RealAudio excerpt) and "I Don't Like Drugs (But The Drugs Like
Me)" (RealAudio excerpt). And this was, after all, Hollywood, Tower
supervisor Mario Cruz said.
"Usually, with something like this, we expect more," shift supervisor
Cruz said as he signed his employees' time cards after all the fans had bought
the album and were ushered out of the store. "This album has been so built
up, with a lot of hoopla beforehand, I thought there would be more than a
hundred or 150 people here."
"There were rumors that Manson was going to be here," Cruz continued. "A
lot of people called -- maybe it got around that he wasn't expected to show
up, and people decided they could wait until tomorrow."
Mark Anthony, a Tower Records pop buyer in Chicago, said that suburban
stores typically see more of a rush [than city stores] on the day of the
release for genres such as Manson, "because of all the kids." "I don't
really expect much," Anthony said Monday afternoon. "I don't see having
much more than 20 or 30 people."
But at Virgin Megastore Times Square in New York City, where Marilyn Manson
was scheduled to appear for a signing and CD-listening party
Tuesday night (Sept. 15), excitement was at a higher pitch.
Store manager Rich Zubrod said Tuesday morning (Sept. 15) that the album
so fast we can't keep it on the shelves."
Zubrod said he expects several
thousand fans to come for the in-store, adding that a line for the
appearance began forming before closing time Monday night. "It's going to
be quite the event," said Zubrod, who added that the store will have "major
security" for crowd control.
Fans outside the Tower store on Sunset had plenty to say about their
expectations for Mechanical Animals. "I hope it doesn't suck," said
Finn, 27, who drove up from Orange County with his aforementioned pet
lizard. "Listening to [Manson's last album] Antichrist Superstar, I
thought he was heading for a certain level, and I hope he reaches it with
Finn said he was only planning to listen to the album once on the car ride
home and then go to bed.
After being ushered in and out of the store to buy the release, many fans
stood in the parking lot with their friends while they took off the CD's
protective cover and checked out the art.
"I've heard it already," said 25-year-old JT Harding. As he looked through
the CD jacket, he pointed to a picture of new guitarist John5 and said that
he's an old friend of the musician.
"It's a catchier and poppier album -- easier to listen to," Harding
continued. "I think [Manson's] brilliant, the way he changes the way he
looks and sounds and gives you something new. All the biggest stars do
Others saw confusion in some fans' reactions to Manson's image and sonic
switch. "People are so used to the gothic/industrial thing, that the glam
thing is throwing people off," Fima said.
Still, fan Oscar Aguirre had nothing but solid enthusiasm over the change.
"It's awesome! It's glamorous," he said.
With his legs crunched up so he could rest his chin on his knees, the
20-year-old fan waited at the head of the line from 9:30 p.m. Monday until
midnight to get inside and purchase the album and get a free poster. "I wanted to make sure I'd
get a poster," he said.