About 15, only just heard some alternative stuff hidden in the top 50 (Prodigy - Breathe, 2Pac California Love etc), borrowed the Crow soundtrack off someone didn't think much of it at the time (if only I knew then what I know now huh!) friend gave me a cassette to tape the crow onto. Tape had a mix of ACS and POAFF on it. I listened to it first, never gave it back. Taped over some other shit I had lying around. I asked who it was and was told Marilyn Manson, I had no idea who he was or what he looked like etc at the time and though wow that chick has a wierd voice! (I was a tad naive at the time lol), even after seeing POAFF artwork I had to go uhh, thats a dude right? Right?
The tracklist on the cd was written in a way so that I thought the first song was called Irresponsible Hate, and The Beautiful People was called The Marilyn Manson Anthem. Which sounded right, it was pretty anthemy lol. Figured it out eventually after a few more listens and confused looks from my friend who gave me the tape to begin with. Was a big collecter for a few years back when it was actually hard to obtain stuff haha, I had a wicked collection at the time. Now I can just d/l it all, well I had fun at the time. Still have some rarely traded VHS stuff that I haven't found online. I haven't really listened to THEOL unfortunately, although I did think EMDM was alright (Big fan of Golden Age/MA). I used to love my shirt with the shock symbol on the back and manson holding the slammie on the front. I feel a bit silly wearing it now though (25 and a parent, ahhh where does the time go heh) I think Mrs. Jdrive snuck it into a donate/garbage pile recently.
All my friends that used to be huge MM fans aren't fans anymore actually, not sure if EMDM and THEOL "speak" to the younger generation of today, but I guess we're all just attuned to the POAFF-Holy Wood period. The last time I saw MM live (to previous posters, go alone, I flew interstate to go to a music festival alone once when I was 16 or something, totally worth it) I went with aforementioned friends, and they came out really disappointed.. I was expecting a "hits" package because thats all he ever plays now days, but I guess they were hoping for more alternative songs.
Enough ranting from me - peace.