Marilyn Manson is a Time LordYes, it's time for the most overdone WMG, but it makes a little sense. The first incarnation was him up through Smells Like Children. The second is The Worm. The third is Omega. The fourth is his pope/reverend persona throughout Holy Wood (during which he was much more actively preaching his views and arguing them. The fifth is his Golden Age of Grotesque persona, more obsessed with classic films and nice suits. The sixth is the short-lived, albumless Celebritarian era, followed by a regeneration into Eat Me, Drink Me Manson, with more traditionally gothic attire, more pronounced references to Lewis Carroll, and more trust and love, which was mistakenly put into Evan. Then, he regenerated into The High End of Low Manson, who was a more depressed incarnation, and the first one to not only be not anorexic, but an active over-eater. Then, he regenerated into Born Villain Manson.
The cover of You're So Vain is addressed to Trent Reznor.The lyrics, although written for another person entirely, are oddly fitting with his past mentor-y friendship with Trent. For the uninformed, Trent "discovered" Manson, mentored him, co-produced his first albums, got Manson extremely drug addicted, got Daisy Berkowitz kicked out of the band, stole the Lost Highway soundtrack deal from him and stopped being friendly over this. Then, Manson was in the Starfuckers, Inc music video, before they apparently had another falling out, with Trent insulting Manson in interviews even in 2011 (saying that "[he] wears suits now" and basically telling Manson to grow up). The two were a duo, and considering the two, there may have been sexual activity involved. Manson and Trent started being close 20 years before the You're So Vain cover came out (which is actually after Johnny Depp and Manson became friends), which would fit the "several years ago" and "young and naive". Plus, unlike some covers, where The Cover Changes The Gender, Manson left it addressed to a man. What man has been more important in Manson's life before being thrown to the side by him? Trent Reznor.
Holy Wood, Mechanical Animals, and Antichrist Superstar are more related than they seem.Manson confirmed that they tell a story in reverse order, but this has been taken with a grain of salt by most. There's evidence for it though: