History Music / NineInchNails

4th Dec '16 3:45:25 PM Jonse
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[[caption-width-right:350: "I am [[RedemptionEarnsLife home...]] [[ReformedButNotTamed I believe."]]]]

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4th Dec '16 3:33:44 PM Jonse
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[[caption-width-right:350: "I am whole...[[ReformedButNotTamed I believe."]]]]

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4th Dec '16 3:30:10 PM Jonse
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4th Dec '16 3:13:24 PM Jonse
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[[caption-width-right:350: Cheer up, Trent Reznor, you're famous!]]

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3rd Dec '16 6:52:02 PM Xtifr
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'''Nine Inch Nails''' is an {{Alternative|Rock}} / [[IndustrialMetal Industrial Rock]] act that's been rolling around the musical scene since 1988, releasing music videos which have ranged from politically subversive to the sort of video which answers the question: "What if ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' had been a set for music videos?"

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'''Nine Nine Inch Nails''' Nails is an {{Alternative|Rock}} / [[IndustrialMetal Industrial Rock]] act that's been rolling around the musical scene since 1988, releasing music videos which have ranged from politically subversive to the sort of video which answers the question: "What if ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' had been a set for music videos?"



They're somewhat unusual in that [[IAmTheBand it's essentially one man,]] '''Trent Reznor,''' who's done all of it. Most members have come and gone, occasionally contributing to albums but mostly staying for the live shows. (One such member, Richard Patrick, has struck out on his own and formed a little band you might've heard of, called Music/{{Filter}}.)

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They're somewhat unusual in that [[IAmTheBand it's essentially one man,]] '''Trent Reznor,''' Trent Reznor, who's done all of it. Most members have come and gone, occasionally contributing to albums but mostly staying for the live shows. (One such member, Richard Patrick, has struck out on his own and formed a little band you might've heard of, called Music/{{Filter}}.)
29th Nov '16 4:16:57 PM stuffedninja
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** ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' is [[UpToEleven even darker]] -- what else can you say about a ConceptAlbum about a descent into madness that may or may not end with suicide?

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** ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' is [[UpToEleven even darker]] -- what else can you say about a ConceptAlbum about a descent into madness that may or may not end with suicide? [[spoiler:suicide]]?


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* RearrangeTheSong: ''Still'' is partly made up of LighterAndSofter rearrangements of songs from previous albums.
28th Nov '16 4:46:28 AM lexxybaby
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**From "Every Day Is Exactly The Same": "I think I used to have a porpoise" as opposed to the actual lyric, "I think I used to have a ''purpose''".
25th Oct '16 5:53:17 PM MasterInferno
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** ''Still'' (2002)

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** ''Still'' (2002)(2002): A companion studio album to ''And All That Could Have Been'' featuring a mix of brand new tracks and LighterAndSofter arrangements of old songs.
11th Oct '16 9:10:22 PM stuffedninja
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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Broken'' is ''definitely'' darker (and angrier) than ''Pretty Hate Machine,'' and ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' is [[UpToEleven even darker]] -- what else can you say about a ConceptAlbum about a descent into madness that may or may not end with suicide? ''The Fragile'' {{zig|ZaggedTrope}}zags this -- it has more LighterAndSofter moments than ''The Downward Spiral,'' but with its [[{{Bookends}} cyclical nature]] and DownerEnding, it ultimately winds up being arguably just as dark overall as its predecessor. ''With Teeth'' is definitely LighterAndSofter though, at least comparatively.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier:
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''Broken'' is ''definitely'' darker (and angrier) than ''Pretty Hate Machine,'' and Machine''.
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''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' is [[UpToEleven even darker]] -- what else can you say about a ConceptAlbum about a descent into madness that may or may not end with suicide? suicide?
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''The Fragile'' {{zig|ZaggedTrope}}zags this -- it has more LighterAndSofter moments than ''The Downward Spiral,'' but with its [[{{Bookends}} cyclical nature]] and DownerEnding, it ultimately winds up being arguably just as dark overall as its predecessor. ''With Teeth'' is definitely LighterAndSofter though, at least comparatively.predecessor.



* {{Industrial}}: Songs like "Heresy" and "The Becoming" off of ''The Downward Spiral'' show that Trent still (back then, at least) could make genuine Industrial music.

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* {{Industrial}}: Songs like "Heresy" and "The Becoming" off of ''The Downward Spiral'' show that Trent still (back then, at least) could make genuine Industrial industrial music.



** [[CaptainObvious ''Closer,'' to nobody's surprise,]] although Reznor in interviews [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denied its inclusion of sexual lyrics]] and instead suggested it to be an AntiLoveSong.

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** "Closer", [[CaptainObvious ''Closer,'' to nobody's surprise,]] although Reznor in interviews [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial denied its inclusion of sexual lyrics]] and instead suggested it to be an AntiLoveSong.



** Often {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when "The Only Time" is performed live; Trent often introduces it with "This song... Is about... [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]]."

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** Often {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when "The Only Time" is performed live; Trent often introduces it with "This song... Is about... [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]]."



* LoudnessWar: {{ZigZagged|Trope}}. Most ''Nine Inch Nails'' albums have sections with significant amounts of dynamics, but Reznor also likes to boost the levels on the loudest parts to the extent that they clip (and, like many artists who do this, this has gotten progressively more pronounced on later releases -- just compare the mastering on ''The Fragile'' to that on ''The Downward Spiral,'' or the latter to that on ''Broken''). This is usually the case even on the vinyl editions. ''Hesitation Marks'' was released in an "audiophile edition" which turned out not to be much more dynamic than the CD, though the vinyl turned out to have decent range in comparison.

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* LoudnessWar: {{ZigZagged|Trope}}. Most ''Nine Inch Nails'' NIN albums have sections with significant amounts of dynamics, but Reznor also likes to boost the levels on the loudest parts to the extent that they clip (and, like many artists who do this, this has gotten progressively more pronounced on later releases -- just compare the mastering on ''The Fragile'' to that on ''The Downward Spiral,'' or the latter to that on ''Broken''). This is usually the case even on the vinyl editions.
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''Hesitation Marks'' was released in an "audiophile edition" which turned out not to be much more dynamic than the CD, though the vinyl turned out to have decent range in comparison.



** "Everyday is Exactly the Same" is one of ''NIN'''s softer and, quite frankly, more "mainstream" songs. It's also one of the most [[TearJerker depressing.]]
** "Everything" continues the dark lyrical theme of the previous "Hesitation Marks" song -- it, at first, seems like the narrator is happy, but only because he's accepting whatever has been eating at him away inside and will wither away to die.

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** "Everyday is Exactly the Same" is one of ''NIN'''s NIN's softer and, quite frankly, more "mainstream" songs. It's also one of the most [[TearJerker depressing.]]
** "Everything" continues the dark lyrical theme of the previous "Hesitation Marks" ''Hesitation Marks'' song -- it, at first, seems like the narrator is happy, but only because he's accepting whatever has been eating at him away inside and will wither away to die.



** The ArcWords of ''The Downward Spiral,'' "nothing can stop me now," are often utilized this way, with some variation ("nothing can stop me now 'cause I don't care" in "Piggy," "you didn't hurt me, nothing can hurt me, nothing can hurt me, nothing can stop me now" in "Ruiner," etc.)

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** The ArcWords of ''The Downward Spiral,'' "nothing can stop me now," are often utilized this way, with some variation ("nothing can stop me now 'cause I don't care" care anymore" in "Piggy," "you didn't hurt me, nothing can hurt me, nothing can hurt me, nothing can stop me now" in "Ruiner," etc.)



** Technically speaking, the shortest ''NIN'' track isn't even a song at all; the final track on the ''Head Like a Hole'' single is only four seconds long and consists of a sound clip taken from their performance on ''Dance Party USA'' of host Heather Day saying: "Let's hear it for ''Nine Inch Nails!'' Woo! They're good!"

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** Technically speaking, the shortest ''NIN'' NIN track isn't even a song at all; the final track on the ''Head Like a Hole'' single is only four seconds long and consists of a sound clip taken from their performance on ''Dance Party USA'' of host Heather Day saying: saying "Let's hear it for ''Nine Inch Nails!'' Woo! They're good!"



** Satirized in "Big Man with a Gun" [[http://www.theninhotline.net/archives/articles/xint8a.shtml according to]] WordOfGod, inspired by its prevalence in GangstaRap. Unfortunately, it was misinterpreted as an example itself.

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** Satirized in "Big Man with a Gun" [[http://www.theninhotline.net/archives/articles/xint8a.shtml according to]] WordOfGod, inspired by its prevalence in GangstaRap. Unfortunately, [[PoesLaw it was misinterpreted as an example itself.]]



* PoesLaw: "Big Man With a Gun" was written as a TakeThat to GangstaRap, only to be misinterpreted as a straight, serious example.



** Trent Reznor and then ''NIN'' engineer Sean Beaven created the soundtrack for the game ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}.'' The ''NIN'' logo was used in-game on all of the ammo boxes for the nailgun.

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** Trent Reznor and then ''NIN'' NIN engineer Sean Beaven created the soundtrack for the game ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}.'' The ''NIN'' NIN logo was used in-game on all of the ammo boxes for the nailgun.



* RapRock: "Capital G.," "Down in It," "Where is Everybody?" (The latter is also pretty much a PissTakeRap).

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* RapRock: "Capital G.," "Down in It," "Where is Everybody?" (The (the latter is also pretty much a PissTakeRap).



** "Big Man with a Gun" from ''The Downward Spiral'' begins with a sample of what is apparently a porn star having an orgasm, heavily processed so as to be unrecognizable. The album booklet gives the sample the NonIndicativeName of "Steakhouse."

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** "Big Man with a Gun" from ''The Downward Spiral'' begins with a sample of what is apparently a porn star having an orgasm, heavily processed so as to be unrecognizable. The album booklet gives the sample the NonIndicativeName NonindicativeName of "Steakhouse."



** Sadly, the only music video of the song available online is the radio edit.



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: "Survivalism" and "We're in This Together."

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: "Survivalism" "Pinion", "Survivalism", and "We're in This Together."
9th Aug '16 5:50:14 AM YoKab
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* ImportantHaircut: Trent cut his trademark long, messy hair sometime after getting over his addiction problems and recording ''With Teeth.'' He's had a buzz cut ever since, with a transitional shorter cut seen in the photo at the top of the page.

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* ImportantHaircut: Trent cut his trademark long, messy hair sometime after getting over his addiction problems and recording ''With Teeth.'' He's had a buzz cut ever since, with a transitional shorter cut seen in the photo at the top of the page.
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