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--Mechanical Animals - Official Website Interview September 9, 1998
Q: What exactly does the name Mechanical Animals mean?
MM:"Mechanical Animals is the way I describe mankind and the path it's following. That people look and act like human beings, but inside, we're losing our souls, that we numb ourselves with drugs, we numb ourselves with television. we numb ourselves with the Internet, with prescription drugs, with whatever we can find, because everyone's afraid to be an individual. And Mechanical Animals is the fear that I have for the world."

--Machines - CMJ Magazine - Issue 64
MM:"The idea of Mechanical Animals is that man makes himself more and more irrelevant with what he creates. You kind of have to remember where it all comes from. If machines someday replace men, they would realize that you can't replace the human soul, so they'd have to try to start manufacturing humans again."

--Speed of Pain - Chart Magazine - October 1998
MM:"Speed of Pain was inspired by the scientific theory that theyíre trying to make machines that operate at the speed of pain, like the human nervous system. Itís more about the coming to terms with manís relevance on earth.† How itís becoming more and more apparent that by our own creations we will destroy ourselves.†The album to me is really a dystopia, the world I see ahead. Itís the second part of my apocalyptic story."

--The Songs - Raygun Magazine - November 1998
MM:"But these songs definitely deal with the idea of love. Definitely deal with the idea of alienation. Being a person that actually has feelings in a place like this where no one does. It's unreal. Like the emptiness of Hollywood. But, you know, with this album I was not afraid to be rock 'n' roll and to be theatrical. And to be bombastic, because that's what rock 'n' roll is. It just doesn't exist anymore."

--Omega - CMJ Magazine - Issue 64
MM:"I was imagining Omega to be the most exaggerated extension of what the Antichrist Superstar was, everything that glam rock has ever been and then some. To me glam rock has always meant a very sarcastic and over-the-top flamboyant image that was hiding something that was darker and more depressing underneath. That was always the irony of glam rock to me. A lot of people never really looked beneath that."

--Shells without Souls - Chart Magazine - October 1998
MM:"This record is kind of about waking up in a world that you didnít expect. I feel like Iíve been away from the world in a way for the past couple of years.†I feel like Iíve numbed myself and now Iíve awakened and started to feel a lot of things I didnít feel before. This record is about trying to gain back those emotions. The more I gain back, the more I can see the world as less and less caring, less human.†I see nothing but mechanical animals, these shells without souls."

--Androids - JANE Magazine - November 1998
MM:"The more I began to feel, the less that it seemed the world felt, and that's when I started seeing everything and everyone as Mechanical Animals. People that looked and acted human, but were, to me, were metaphorically more like androids. There was no soul or spirit inside."

--Drugs on this album - JANE Magazine - November 1998
MM:"I meant narcotics as a metaphor for people's need to numb themselves. That's what Mechanical Animals is hinting at. That we're encouraged to not have emotions, to not be individuals, to not have an opinion. As far as the message on the album, when it comes to drugs, it's not a positive or a negative. In the past I used drugs to fill a void. But now it is more of an inspiration or just purely for recreation. I don't do them in excess."

--Inner Powers - Dutch TV Guide - October 10-16, 1998
MM:"Decadence is a very strong side of my personality.†I consciously play with that on my new album Mechanical Animals. It's also a way to make things clear.†By exaggerating, by magnifying subjects you can pass on your intention in the right way.† Apart from that I am just somebody who's up for everything, to experiment with things and to discover things, even if it was just only to test your own inner powers."

--Unfolding his Personality - Dutch TV Guide - October 10-16, 1998
MM:"There's no flaw in that argument.†What you hear is how I feel.†And on Mechanical Animals I very strongly felt the urge to bring out the new sides to my personality. You can easily say that a rebirth has taken place. Before I could and dared only to show only one side of my Marilyn Manson."

--Identifying with Humanity - Chicago Tribune 1998
MM:"The music is a lot more personal, about me finding myself in the world and trying to identify with humanity instead of fighting it."

--Songs on Mechanical Animals - Much Music - November 17, 1998
MM:"Seven of the songs on the album are kind of an homage to what people make me out to be, sort of an icon. The other seven songs are more internal, and because the record was about me putting myself back together again after stripping away all my emotions, I was thinking about my childhood a lot, so the music that I liked growing up was very inspirational on this record."

--Coma White - Much Music - November 17, 1998
MM:"Well, the whole album, I speak about this unobtainable entity called "coma white," which at times could be looked at as a drug or a person or even the fans or even myself. And I try and point out on the album that drugs kind of go beyond the obvious and that it kind of exists and just people's need to suppress their feelings. As I started to gain back all my emotions and talk about them on the record, I began to see the rest of the world as being very mechanical, and drugs as a metaphor for how people suppress being actually human, with religion or with television or whatever you want to choose."

--Album Cover - Much Music - November 17, 1998
MM:"The image on the album cover was to represent vulnerability. It was to represent an undefinable persona to represent sexlessness and both sexes at the same time. So it did have feminine elements, but it was also sexless at the same time."

--Explaining Mechanical Animals - Houston Chronicle April 4, 1998
MM:"We're trying for the rawness and sincerity of the Stooges, early Pink Floyd. And the perspective is more in keeping with the way I've felt since writing the book. It's about a person who's been away from the world for a long time and returns. Like Edward Scissorhands or something from 70's science fiction. About how it's quite hard to fit in once you've been exiled."

--California - Time Out Magazine - April 15 1998
MM:"California's just too complicated to explain in one conversation. It's best described as from where I live on the hill, looking down on the city, it's like floating in space. Even the stars seem below you it can be very depressing. So there'll be a lot on this record about the darkness behind the California smile. I want somebody to hear a song from the new album and say thats a really good song, who sings it? and have one of their friends tell them it's marilyn manson."

--Mechanical Animals - Cream Magazine Winter 1998
Q: Tell us Marilyn. Do you fear death?
MM:"My new record represents not so much a fear of dying, but more a reason to live. Iím finally having feelings, having things to fight for, which represents a reason not to die."

--Rock n Roll - Norwegian Radio Interview 1998
Q: Do you feel that you are recognized as a band? I mean musically or just the image of Marilyn Manson as a provocateur?
MM:"Well, different people look at it in different ways so it is hard to say how everybody sees it. I think Mechanical Animals establishes our musical identity very firmly and it will re-establish rock 'n roll in America because it's been dead for ten years. So, I think this is kind of the last hope in this millennium for rock 'n roll."

--The Music - Norwegian Radio Interview 1998
Q: Musically, you are most settled now then on your three first albums. What happened?
MM: It is more sophisticated now. I'm expressing different ideas, different emotions and I think it's something that you can find more of. And, the more you listen to it the more you discover that it is a more complex version of what I have done in the past."

--Mankind Destroying Itself - Norwegian Radio Interview 1998
Q: Do you worry about the future?
MM:"I don't worry about it, but I think Mechanical Animals kind of deals with the fear of the ending of the mankind losing itself. I think man is kind of destined to destroy himself, so it is more about finding something to live for while there is still time."

--Mechanical Animals Album Cover - Select Magazine January 1999
MM:"I think my album cover went about as far as I could go without becoming a skeleton. All clothing and sexuality were stripped away. It made me very innocent. Maybe if I were to dress like Lionel Richie. That could be possibly more offensive. I could make myself black. Michael Jackson made himself white, so it's been something I've been thinking about."

--Machines - Access Magazine Issue 38
MM:"Although I think machines, no matter how fast or how smart that they become, they'll finally realize that you can't duplicate the human soul."

--The Dope Show - Access Magazine Issue 38
MM:"Well, if someone sees something ugly, it's in their own mind. If I say the word 'queers' in 'The Dope Show', which has no reference to homosexuality, if people see that as hateful, then I think thatís in their perception. If I say the word 'white' and all of a sudden thatís racist then thatís reflective of feelings that people have. You could pick any word and make it ugly depending on the context. And I think in my context, I'm not lashing out against anybody."

--Next Album - Addicted to Noise - March 3, 1998
MM:"After going through what I just did in the past two years, it's almost like Edward Scissorhands, or E.T. Someone who feels like they're in a place where their not accepted or don't belong. Often times, something that is different, that you don't understand, like a spider, you want to kill it immediately. It's more from that perspective. It's much more vulnerable music that I'm making on this new album. Both sonically and lyrically it's about the depression of alienation, rather than the aggressiveness of it. It's about the emptiness."

--California & Mechanical Animals - Time Out Magazine April 8, 1998
MM:"California's just too complicated to explain in one conversation. It's best described as from where I live on the hill, looking down on the city, it's like floating in space. Even the stars seem below you it can be very depressing. So there'll be a lot on this record about the darkness behind the California smile."

--Manson in Movies - Juice Magazine October 1998
Q: Do you think you may work with Rose MCGowan one day?
MM:"I actually had a cameo in a movie that she has coming out called Jawbreaker. It's just a small role. I play a sleazy person in a bar with a mustache. It's not that explicit. It's more of a PG movie. But I pick her up and we have sex. It won't be out til next year."

--Manson in Movies - Juice Magazine October 1998
Q:Do you want to do more acting?
MM:"Yeah, absolutely. I mean, its something that actually I wanted to do before I started doing music. But I haven't really had the time until now to start getting involved. I have a movie that I'm putting together that goes with Mechanical Animals that will probably be the first thing I'll dedicate myself to in a film."

--Armegeddon - Juice Magazine October 1998
Q:Do you believe in Armageddon?
MM:"Yeah, I think the end of the world is something that mankind has always been destined to invite upon itself. I don't think it has come from any spiritual force. I think man has a basic penchant to destroy himself and I'm sure it will eventually happen. It's not something that I'm afraid of, or think should be stopped, because it's what mankind deserves, really."

--Manson in Movies - Juice Magazine October 1998
Q:Do you want to do more acting?
MM:"Yeah, absolutely. I mean, its something that actually I wanted to do before I started doing music. But I haven't really had the time until now to start getting involved. I have a movie that I'm putting together that goes with Mechanical Animals that will probably be the first thing I'll dedicate myself to in a film."

---Purity - Aardschok Magazine November 1998
Q: When I listen to the lyrics of Mechanical Animals, I sense that you are longing for a pure, honest purity.
MM:"That's indeed the case. Only I try to reach that by going in the opposite direction. The more you go through, the more you can leave behind. It may sound bizarre, but while rooting in the mud pool of life I feel myself getting cleaner bit by bit. I would like to become as pure and immaculate as a child. The boy I once was, but that got stained by life. Exceeding myself to everything was mostly a way to straighten out my youth."

--Mechanical Animals - Hit Parader Magazine December 1998
MM:"This record will only help our fans along to the next level."

--Re-birth - MTV (Manson TV) - Sept 14, 1998
MM:"Its like a re-birth. It's like being an infant, everythings bright, everythings very painful."

--Gift - Official Website Interview September 9, 1998
MM:"This record is my gift to you, and I hope everybody can take something from it and learn the things that I learned while making it."

--The Name Omega - Official Website Interview September 9, 1998
MM:"The name Omega refers to the final chapter in this story that started with Antichrist Superstar. And it is a reference to the end. But it's not necessarily a reference to the end of my career."

--Dope Show Video - Official Website Interview September 9, 1998
Q: What was your inspiration for the "Dope Show" video?
MM:"Living in Hollywood, like I mentioned, it made me feel very alienated. And there's so many people that I've seen around me fall prey to dope, which is really a euphemism not only for drugs, but to fame, to power, to money. And this video is kind of representing how the world tries to put me into a rehabilitated state, tries to shape me, tries to make me into this perfect rock star, tries to make me into something safe. But
that I refuse to be a clone, refuse to be copied, to be a copy."

--Machines Replacing Humans - Official Website Interview September 9, 1998
MM:"And the one ray of faith that I have, that I try to assert on this album, is that if we came to a time when our creations, machines, for lack of a better word, replaced us and made us obsolete. The thing that they would eventually discover is that you cannot duplicate the human soul, you cannot duplicate man's need to create. Something can create, but it will never have the desire and the need to express itself."

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