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Nine Inch Nails
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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails (NIN for short, though the second "N" is flipped horizontally on album cover art) was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 as an industrial rock band.

Table of contents
1 History
2 NIN's albums
3 Other NIN works
4 Non-NIN albums that Trent Reznor has also appeared on
5 Nine Inch Nails Members
6 Supporting live bands
7 External links and references


The founder of the band, Trent Reznor, is its principal member and does most of the work on Nine Inch Nails albums; when the band plays live he is joined by a full line-up which has rotated considerably since the band's formation, though Reznor maintains most of the creative control.

Their first album, Pretty Hate Machine (1989), largely consisting of studio versions of demo recordings, went triple platinum in the US. It produced the singles "Head Like A Hole," "Down In It" and "Sin." Music videos were made for "Head Like A Hole", "Sin" and "Down In It".

The second major Nine Inch Nails release was Broken (1992), an EP of six tracks and two "hidden" tracks. The song "Wish" won a Grammy in the "metal" category. Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson of Coil directed a music video for "Happiness In Slavery" which was universally banned due to its graphic content; the video depicts performance artist Bob Flanagan strapping himself to a machine that subsequently tortures and kills him. A full length video entitled Broken - The Movie was also made by Sleazy, but has not seen an official release. Reznor has stated in interviews that "It makes 'Happiness In Slavery' look like a Disney movie"; depictions of torture, mutilation, and staged snuff film-like imagery accompany many of the songs. Some copies of the video can be found on fan sites and file sharing systems. An album of remixes from Broken, entitled Fixed, was officially released.

The second full album, The Downward Spiral, was released in 1994 and went quadruple platinum. It helped the band to much greater prominence, especially through the second single from the album, "Closer." The first single from the album was "March of the Pigs". Music videos were made for both singles, with the video for "Closer" being edited for MTV. The album's final track, "Hurt", would be quite successful when covered by Johnny Cash in 2003. Like Broken, The Downward Spiral produced several remix albums, including Further Down the Spiral and remix EPs based on "Closer" and "March of the Pigs". The Downward Spiral powerfully evokes images of both aggressive and depressive states. Some fans consider it to be Reznor's finest work. Reznor has publicly stated that he has suffered from depression, and has been reported as suffering from bipolar disorder.

The track "The Perfect Drug" recorded and included on the Lost Highway soundtrack spawned the release of a 5 mix EP The Perfect Drug Versions.

There was a long gap before the release of the next album, the double disc release The Fragile (1999). It produced three singles, one released in the US ("The Day The World Went Away"), one in the UK ("We're In This Together") and one in Japan and Australia ("Into The Void"). Like the previous two albums, it was followed by a remix album, entitled Things Falling Apart. Music videos for "We're In This Together", "Into the Void", and "Starfuckers Inc." were aired in the US. A live album and DVD entitled And All That Could Have Been as well as a special edition EP with unreleased and reworked favorites called "Still" were released in 2002, following the "Fragility" tour.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, a list of 150 songs circulated on the Internet, purported to be from radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications to its subsidiaries, with the recommendation that these songs be pulled from airplay (it was later revealed that the list was originally the work of a few specific station program directors, was not an official Clear Channel missive, and changed over time as it was redistributed). NIN's "Head Like a Hole" was on the list.

NIN's albums

Each Nine Inch Nails release is given a matrix number using the form: Halo x, where x is a positive integer. Many independent and new wave records follow similar numbering schemes. The currently releases are as follows:

Halo Year Title Other information
1 1989 Down in It single
2 1989 Pretty Hate Machine
3 1990 Head Like a Hole single
4 1990 Sin single
5 1992 Broken EP
6 1992 Fixed
7 1994 March of the Pigs single
8 1994 The Downward Spiral
9 1994 Closer single
10 1995 Further Down the Spiral US release
10 v2 1995 Further Down the Spiral UK release
11 1997 The Perfect Drug Versions
12 1997 Closure double video set
13 1999 The Day the World Went Away
14 1999 The Fragile
15 1999 We're in This Together / Into the Void both labelled Halo 15
16 2000 Things Falling Apart
17 2002 And All That Could Have Been Live double album, includes Still
18 2004 Bleedthrough Scheduled to be released early 2005

And All That Could Have Been was both a live single and double album. There was also a concert video on VHS and DVD of it. The double album version includes Still bonus disc, which is also available separately.

A new album, said to be titled Bleedthrough has been recorded and is currently is some stage of development. Release date has been push backed from early to late 2004 to early 2005. Given Nine Inch Nails' history, more delays are plausible. Interviews with Reznor say that it will feature no instrumentals (the first NIN album since Pretty Hate Machine to have none).

(Halos 13 and 15 are now out of print, some CDs including Pretty Hate Machine are now difficult to get due to Nine Inch Nails conflict with their label Interscope Records)

Other NIN works

The most famous NIN moment is probably their disastrous, mudsoaked performance at Woodstock 1994.

Reznor also recorded the background music for the id software computer game Quake, released in 1996, but this is not considered a canonical Nine Inch Nails release. Reznor was also put in charge of compiling the soundtrack to the film Natural Born Killers. Some of the tracks on the soundtrack to the David Lynch film Lost Highway are credited to Reznor alone, in addition to it featuring the Nine Inch Nails track "The Perfect Drug." Reznor also contributed the track "Deep" to the soundtrack for the movie Tomb Raider. Though not included on the soundtrack album, Closer (precursor) from the Closer to God EP was used for the opening credits of the movie Se7en.

Trent has collaborated with such artists as Tori Amos, adding backing vocals to "Past the Mission" from Under the Pink. He has also worked with David Bowie, Pigface, Marilyn Manson, The Neptunes, 1000 Homo DJs, and Peter Gabriel.

A collaboration with Danny Lohner, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and Atticus Ross of 12 Rounds known as Tapeworm was in production, but an update on the official Nine Inch Nails website has declared that the project has been terminated. The only known performance of any Tapeworm material was of Keenan's other band, A Perfect Circle performing the song "Vacant" on tour in 2001.

Non-NIN albums that Trent Reznor has also appeared on

Nine Inch Nails Members

Supporting live bands

Fragility 1.0 & 2.0 Tours;: 1999 - 2001

Self Destruct Tours: 1994 - 1996

Hate 1990 Tour

External links and references