Mephistopheles was a character in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust: A Tragedy. Mephistopheles is damned already and he warns Faust that making a deal with the devil is going to go poorly for him. So I guess Marilyn Manson, in his Pale Emperor track The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles, is saying that he should serve as a cautionary tale. Don’t follow his example because he is already damned and should serve as a warning to all attracted to the glitter of Los Angeles. The video, directed by Franceso Carrozzini, is shot in moody artistic black and white. Be careful what you wish for.