Jimmy Pilkington was once a promising musician in local band The Buttes. Then he met singer-songwriter Anya Marina at the Del Mar Fair two summers ago. Sitting on the couch of a friend's Golden Hill apartment, Pilkington flips through photos of The Buttes in the band's prime. In the photos, Pilkington sports a wavy brown faux-hawk and tight jeans—he's the epitome of rock 'n' roll swagger. But now, amongst the crack pipes and empty Schlitz cans, he seems like a facsimile of his former self—a skinny, disfigured, broken shell of a rocker whose band fired him.
“Even now, I still love her,” Pilkington says after he plays Marina's musical take on their brief love affair, “Afterparty at Jimmy's,” from her new album, Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II. “What did I do wrong?” he asks, a tear forming in his one good eye. “I mean, I know she lives in L.A. now, but I would totally move up there for her.”
“He's lucky he got out alive,” says Brent Jones, director of the San Diego chapter of the National Authority for the Detection of Succubus (NADS), a paranormal organization. “Most wind up disappearing or dead. But Jimmy will never be the same. His soul is severely damaged.”
Jones and NADS first suspected Marina of being a succubus—a demon that takes the form of an attractive female in order to seduce men and steal their energy—when he heard her on the radio as a deejay for FM 94/9.
“She had a cooing, almost childlike voice,” Jones says. “It was sexy as hell, but since most female deejays are pretty haggard, I didn't really investigate until I got the call.”
The call was from Pilkington, who'd heard about NADS from a friend and wanted to know if, indeed, he'd been the victim of a succubus.
“As soon as he showed me a picture of her, I started investigating,” Jones says. He found a number of men in the San Diego indie-music scene who either displayed the same symptoms as Pilkington or had disappeared altogether after dating Marina. Jones pointed to one of Marina's high-school photos, taken in the '80s.
“Look at this,” he said. “It's clear she hasn't aged.”
Jones also has his own theories about the brazen nature of Seduction.
“My suspicion is that the title of the record itself is a subtle reference to her succubusing ways,” he says.
“It's almost like she's bragging because now she has a whole new city to feed off of,” Jones says, referring to Marina's recent move to L.A. He says the lyrics of Seduction's first single, “Move You”—which has Marina cooing, “Bending spoons with my mind / Manifesting men of all kinds in my spare time”—are proof of her supernatural powers.
“Bending spoons with one's mind is not a normal human capability,” Jones says. “And the manifestation that she speaks of is a clear indication of the energy transference she gets when sucking out her victim's souls.”
He later adds, “You know, this album is a lot better than her last [Miss Halfway]. She probably feeded a lot before she made it.”Jones contacted the local authorities, and while San Diego Police Sgt. Jay Poteet took the accusations seriously at first, he dismissed them after meeting with Marina.“It was my conclusion that succubuses aren't real and this was just a normal woman with a reputation for breaking hearts,” Poteet says. Before hanging up the phone, Poteet asks, “Have you interviewed her yet? How is she?”“She got to the police,” Jones laments. “All I can do at this point is warn men of what they can do to protect themselves.” Jones suggests such things as penis baptism, Israeli sheepskin condoms and pomegranates.Reached for comment, Marina had this to say about the accusations: Editor's note: Seth Combs did not complete this story. He's disappeared. Any information on his whereabouts should be reported to the police.Anya Marina performs with The Traditionist and Wrong Trousers on Friday, April 3, at The Casbah. www.myspace.com/anyamarina.
This story was part of our April Fool's Day issue of 2009. Don't believe it.