In a world where selling CD's has gone the way of cassette tapes and 8-tracks, Marilyn Manson has stepped up to the proverbial plate to challenge the status quo... Except he's not slanging your typical compact disc. He's selling a PlayStation disc!
No, it's not a video game, but it is being manufactured by Sony in the exact same plants that all those games I can't afford get made. How cool is that? The question becomes why, and the answer is because Manson has those die hard fans that love collectibles. And you know they just love this disc since it stands out beyond just having the thick, black look of these video game discs. That's right... It certainly doesn't hurt that it matches the dark gothic packaging and promotional materials for this new The Pale Emperor album, as seen below, but there's an even cooler aspect to it...
And what exactly is this other feature that makes The Pale Emperor so nifty for the supreme Manson collector?
What makes this so cool, or should we say 'hot,' is the thermal coating layer printed on top. Manson won't be the first person to have printed the top of a CD in pure black or pure white, but he's definitely the first to do both at the same time! And by golly, if you're an angsty high school kid with chains on his pants then this kind of gimmick will totally activate your almonds.
As you can see, when the disc heats up or cools, like when it's spinning in your player or your fingers touch it, it shifts through the grayscale between white and black. It's kind of like one of those mood rings from high school, except there's only two moods here: emo and emo.
Jokes aside, Marilyn Manson has managed to stay relevant and maintained a large following through all of these years. His talent and marketing prowess has earned my respect and that of confused teenagers everywhere.
I'm willing to bet that in the next decade some nerd will discover, like Radiohead's OK Computer album, there's a secret computer program or video game embedded in one of the many layers of that disc that's not being used. Maybe it'll have a little Atari style game where you play as Marilyn Manson and try to not swing from one of your giant props on stage in order to not get crushed by it when you knock it over onto yourself (which happened recently as I return to edit this post almost 3 years later).
While I'm here, let me drop some trivia on you. I bet you didn't know that the name "Marilyn Manson" comes from two different names. It's a mash-up of Marilyn Monroe the calendar girl and high-profile escort serving the political class and Charles Manson the cult leader responsible for the Helter Skelter episode. Current and past bandmates of Marilyn Manson have used the same mash-up naming convention to come up with nonsense such as "Olivia Newton Bundy," "Gidget Gein," "Daisy Berkowitz," and "Madonna Wayne Gacy."
If you don't know where those last names come from, you're about to go down a very deep rabbit hole, my friends.