History Music / NineInchNails

9th Aug '16 5:50:14 AM YoKab
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Cheer up, Trent Reznor, you're famous!]]



* 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.
3rd Aug '16 3:34:16 PM LondonKdS
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* {{Fanvid}}: For a while, "Closer" was '''the''' cliched choice for any FoeYayShipping vid.
27th Jul '16 8:47:25 PM gewunomox
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18th Jul '16 8:02:53 PM Angeldeb82
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'''Nine Inch Nails''' is an [[AlternativeRock Alternative]] / [[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 Inch Nails''' is an [[AlternativeRock Alternative]] {{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?"



* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The fact that [[http://www.ninwiki.com/Recurring_lyrics this page exists.]]

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* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The fact that [[http://www.ninwiki.com/Recurring_lyrics this page exists.]]exists]].



* 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'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzags]] 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: ''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'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzags]] {{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.



** ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' ends with [[spoiler: a suicide attempt, and whether or not it went through is still left to open interpretation.]]

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** ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' ends with [[spoiler: a suicide attempt, and whether or not it went through is still left to open interpretation.]]interpretation]].



** ''Year Zero'' ends with [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]

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** ''Year Zero'' ends with [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].



** 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 when "The Only Time" is performed live; Trent often introduces it with "This song... Is about... [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING.]]"FUCKING]]."



%%** "Echoplex."



%%** "Into the Void".



** "I Do Not Want This," especially if you agree with the popular theory that it's [[SplitPersonality two different sides of the]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext character speaking.]]

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** "I Do Not Want This," especially if you agree with the popular theory that it's [[SplitPersonality two different sides of the]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext character speaking.]]speaking]].



* NietzscheWannabe: The character in ''[[ConceptAlbum The Downward Spiral,]]'' to the point of [[GodIsDead actually quoting him.]] Trent himself had moments like these in earlier interviews. The album's lyrics themselves seem to indicate that Trent may have ''actually read'' Nietzsche, so it's really just the character in question and not Trent himself.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Trent has many songs that seem like this unless you're following the continuity of [[ConceptAlbum the album they're in.]] "Meet Your Master" is a good example of this. Alternatively, you might not realize that songs like "Happiness in Slavery" or "Head Like a Hole" are actually about record labels unless you actually know about Trent's history with them. There's also "Sin," which sounds like a song about D/s, which isn't helped by the ridiculously fetishistic MusicVideo... Which is a lot like [[AndIMustScream most]] [[BoundAndGagged of]] [[WhipItGood their videos.]] It's more like Obligatory Bondage Music Video...

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* NietzscheWannabe: The character in ''[[ConceptAlbum The Downward Spiral,]]'' Spiral]]'', to the point of [[GodIsDead actually quoting him.]] him]]. Trent himself had moments like these in earlier interviews. The album's lyrics themselves seem to indicate that Trent may have ''actually read'' Nietzsche, so it's really just the character in question and not Trent himself.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Trent has many songs that seem like this unless you're following the continuity of [[ConceptAlbum the album they're in.]] "Meet Your Master" is a good example of this. Alternatively, you might not realize that songs like "Happiness in Slavery" or "Head Like a Hole" are actually about record labels unless you actually know about Trent's history with them. There's also "Sin," which sounds like a song about D/s, which isn't helped by the ridiculously fetishistic MusicVideo... Which is a lot like [[AndIMustScream most]] [[BoundAndGagged of]] [[WhipItGood their videos.]] videos]]. It's more like Obligatory Bondage Music Video...



** "Starfuckers Inc." itself counts as one at Music/CourtneyLove, though it's also said to be directed at [[Music/LimpBizkit Fred Durst]] and Music/MarilynManson as well -- [[TakeThat it even imitates Manson's apparent habit of having to record vocals in MANY takes...]] Of course, Manson was also ''[[TheReveal in the video.]]''

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** "Starfuckers Inc." itself counts as one at Music/CourtneyLove, though it's also said to be directed at [[Music/LimpBizkit Fred Durst]] and Music/MarilynManson as well -- [[TakeThat it even imitates Manson's apparent habit of having to record vocals in MANY takes...]] Of course, Manson was also ''[[TheReveal in the video.]]''video]].''



** "Everything" from ''Hesitation Marks'' is a {{Power Pop}} / PostPunk song.

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** "Everything" from ''Hesitation Marks'' is a {{Power Pop}} PowerPop / PostPunk song.



-->I hope they cannot see I am the GREAT [[BigWordShout DESTROYERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...]]"
* VocalEvolution: Trent's voice and style has changed a lot from the beginning, particularly in how deep it's gotten. This is most evident in ''[[ConceptAlbum Year Zero.]]''
* ZeroesAndOnes: The very last lyric on ''Year Zero.''

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-->I hope they cannot see I am the GREAT [[BigWordShout DESTROYERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...]]"
DESTROYERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR]]..."
* VocalEvolution: Trent's voice and style has changed a lot from the beginning, particularly in how deep it's gotten. This is most evident in ''[[ConceptAlbum Year Zero.]]''
Zero]]''.
* ZeroesAndOnes: The very last lyric on ''Year Zero.''Zero''.
14th Apr '16 8:34:34 PM stuffedninja
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Funny story: Originally, the sessions for ''Hesitation Marks'' was, ostensibly, to provide extra material for a GreatestHitsAlbum. This is still in the works with ''Interscope Records,'' albeit it's in a little bit of DevelopmentHell thus far.

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Funny story: Originally, the sessions for ''Hesitation Marks'' was, ostensibly, to provide extra material for a GreatestHitsAlbum. This is still in the works with ''Interscope Records,'' Interscope Records, albeit it's in a little bit of DevelopmentHell thus far.
3rd Apr '16 3:18:55 PM CassandraLeo
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** ''Music/YearZero'' is also this compared to ''With Teeth'', at least from a musical standpoint (lyrically, though, it ends with [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]).

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** ''Music/YearZero'' is also this compared to ''With Teeth'', at least from a musical standpoint (lyrically, though, it ends with [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]).Teeth''.
3rd Apr '16 3:18:07 PM CassandraLeo
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** ''Music/YearZero'' is also this compared to ''With Teeth.''

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** ''Music/YearZero'' is also this compared to ''With Teeth.''Teeth'', at least from a musical standpoint (lyrically, though, it ends with [[spoiler:TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]).



* MisogynySong: 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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* MisogynySong: MisogynySong:
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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, it was misinterpreted as an example itself.itself.
** "Closer" is another example of a song that was misinterpreted as being a serious example of this trope (mostly because the general public generally failed to pay attention to anything but the song's most famous line); if anything, the intended meaning puts it closer to being a MisandrySong, as it implies that the only way the protagonist finds self-worth is through sex.
2nd Apr '16 9:01:50 PM ThornBrain
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In the past few years, though, Reznor has instead focused on a project with his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, called Music/HowToDestroyAngels, as well as on film soundtracks. Along with Atticus Ross, Reznor has composed the score for ''Film/TheSocialNetwork,'' for which the duo won an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Original Music Score; 2011's ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo;]]" and 2014's ''Literature/GoneGirl.'' [[HeAlsoDid Reznor also provided the soundtrack]] to ''VideoGame/{{Quake|I}}'' and recorded tracks for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' that didn't make it into the final game, although they can still be found in the game files.

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In the past few years, though, Reznor has instead focused on a project with his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, called Music/HowToDestroyAngels, as well as on film soundtracks. Along with Atticus Ross, Reznor has composed the score for ''Film/TheSocialNetwork,'' for which the duo won an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Original Music Score; 2011's ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo;]]" Tattoo;]]'' and 2014's ''Literature/GoneGirl.'' [[HeAlsoDid Reznor also provided the soundtrack]] to ''VideoGame/{{Quake|I}}'' and recorded tracks for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' that didn't make it into the final game, although they can still be found in the game files.
2nd Apr '16 9:00:40 PM ThornBrain
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*** It is believed that the title of "The Line Begins to Blur" on the same album calls back to the very same line from "With Teeth."
** The concept of the presence from ''Year Zero,'' being a call back to "The Wretched:" "...The clouds will part and the sky cracks open and God himself will reach his fucking hand through, just to push you down, to hold you down..."

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*** It is believed that the ** The title of "The Line Begins to Blur" on the same album calls back to the very same line from "With Teeth."
** The concept of the presence from ''Year Zero,'' being a call back to "The Wretched:" "...Wretched:"
-->"...
The clouds will part and the sky cracks open and God himself will reach his fucking hand through, just to push you down, to hold you down..."



** "In This Twilight" calls back to "Survivalism:"
-->"...The world we set on fire..."
** "The Big Come Down" contains a brief excerpt of off-key guitars and buzzing nearly identical to "The Downward Spiral." Fitting, given the former song's subject matter.



%%* DarkIsNotEvil: See above.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Trent's sobriety and newly founded family have seemingly made him a much happier individual compared to "The Downward Spiral'' era. The angst factor has significantly dropped because of it. This however divides the fans of the group even to this day, with one side preferring the "old Trent" and the other preferring the "new Trent."
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: How ''Year Zero'' [[TearJerker en]][[DownerEnding ds.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Trent's sobriety and newly founded family have seemingly made him a much happier individual compared to "The ''The Downward Spiral'' era. The angst factor has significantly dropped because of it. This however divides the fans of the group even to this day, with one side preferring the "old Trent" and the other preferring the "new Trent."
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: How ''Year Zero'' [[TearJerker en]][[DownerEnding ds.]][[DownerEnding ends]].



* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: "La Mer" may be an example to some people. Notably, it's in Creole French, which may be because the album was recorded in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans.

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* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: "La Mer" may be an example to some people. Notably, it's is in Creole French, which may be because the album was recorded in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans.



* FunkRock: Pops up on occasion in the ''NIN'' ouvre -- due, no doubt, to his admiration for Music/{{Prince}}. Includes "Closer," "All Time Low," and "Satellite."
** One might add "Sanctified" off ''Pretty Hate Machine,'' as well -- it's even got [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] style slap-bass! And "Ringfinger" is a borderline case as well, though it's closer to FunkMetal, with its distorted riff.

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* FunkRock: Pops up on occasion in the ''NIN'' ouvre -- due, no doubt, to his admiration for Music/{{Prince}}. Includes "Closer," "All Time Low," and "Satellite."
** One might add "Sanctified" off ''Pretty Hate Machine,'' as well -- it's even got [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] style slap-bass! And "Ringfinger" is a borderline case as well, though it's closer to FunkMetal, with its distorted riff.
"Satellite" among others.



** Lately, he seems to be developing this type of relationship with Atticus Ross.

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** Lately, he seems to be developing this type of relationship Trent with Atticus Ross.Ross from the 2000s on.



* IndustrialMetal: The TropeCodifier, too.

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* IndustrialMetal: The TropeCodifier, too.TropeCodifier.



* IntercourseWithYou: So many of their songs to some tropers. [[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. ''Reptile'' and ''Sin'' too, though arguably they're more about the destructive impact of a relationship than actual sex.

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* IntercourseWithYou: So many of their songs to some tropers. songs:
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[[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. ''Reptile'' AntiLoveSong.
** "Reptile"
and ''Sin'' too, though arguably they're "Sin" are more about the destructive impact of a relationship than actual sex.



* LighterAndSofter: "Everything" off "Hesitation Marks" could be the most un-''NIN' song yet. It's an '80s style rock song, with PowerPop and {{New Wave|Music}} influences thrown in -- and even with LyricalDissonance, the narrator's finally accepted the other "thing" inside him from the previous songs.
** As a whole, his post ''The Fragile'' work is this to his older work, with the obvious exception of ''Music/YearZero,'' of course. ''Hesitation Marks'' is the lightest album he's ever released, but [[TropesAreNotBad that's not a bad thing.]]

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* LighterAndSofter: LighterAndSofter:
** His post ''The Fragile'' work is this to his older work, with the obvious exception of ''Music/YearZero,'' of course. ''Hesitation Marks'' is the lightest album he's ever released.
**
"Everything" off "Hesitation Marks" could be the most un-''NIN' song yet. It's an '80s style rock song, with PowerPop and {{New Wave|Music}} influences thrown in -- and even with LyricalDissonance, the narrator's finally accepted the other "thing" inside him from the previous songs.
** As a whole, his post ''The Fragile'' work is this to his older work, with the obvious exception of ''Music/YearZero,'' of course. ''Hesitation Marks'' is the lightest album he's ever released, but [[TropesAreNotBad that's not a bad thing.]]
songs.



* LyricalDissonance: "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.]]

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* LyricalDissonance: LyricalDissonance:
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"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.]]



** "Echoplex."
** From "The Becoming:" "It won't give up, it wants me dead, and goddamn this noise inside my head." Also counts as NightmareFuel.

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** %%** "Echoplex."
** From "The Becoming:" "It won't give up, it wants me dead, and goddamn this noise inside my head." Also counts as NightmareFuel."



** Also, "Into the Void" ...And more. Trent's very fond of this trope.
** The gut wrenching ending of "I Do Not Want This:" "I wanna know everything, I wanna be everywhere, I wanna fuck everyone in the world, I wanna do something that MATTERS..."

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** Also, %%** "Into the Void" ...And more. Trent's very fond of this trope.
Void".
** The gut wrenching ending of "I Do Not Want This:" "I wanna know everything, I wanna be everywhere, I wanna fuck everyone in the world, I wanna do something that MATTERS..."



* MinisculeRocking: "Pinion," "Big Man with a Gun," "The Frail," "''HYPERPOWER!,''" and "999,999," plus one or two songs from ''Ghosts I-IV.''

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* MinisculeRocking: MinisculeRocking:
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"Pinion," "Big Man with a Gun," "The Frail," "''HYPERPOWER!,''" and "999,999," plus one or two songs from ''Ghosts I-IV.''



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: All over the freaking place, from a 1 or 2 ("Hurt" minus the LastNoteNightmare, "The Great Below," "Right Where It Belongs," "A Warm Place") to an 8 ("Gave Up," "Starfuckers Inc.") or even an arguable 9 ("Big Man with a Gun," some of the stuff on ''Broken''). Most of the heavy stuff's around 6-7, though.
** "March of the Pigs" and "Big Man with a Gun" are a 9, with the former being a borderline 10.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: All over the freaking place, from a 1 or 2 ("Hurt" minus the LastNoteNightmare, "The Great Below," "Right Where It Belongs," "A Warm Place") to an 8 ("Gave Up," "Starfuckers Inc.") or even an arguable 9 ("Big Man with a Gun," some of the stuff on ''Broken''). Most of the heavy stuff's around 6-7, though.
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''Broken''); "March of the Pigs" and "Big Man with a Gun" are a 9, with the former being a borderline 10.10. Most of the heavy stuff's around 6-7, though.



* MoodWhiplash: "March of the Pigs," and "With Teeth." Also arguably "I Do Not Want This," especially if you agree with the popular theory that it's [[SplitPersonality two different sides of the]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext character speaking.]]
** "Head Down." Enough said.
** Song to song transition example: On ''The Downward Spiral,'' the noisy and hyper aggressive "Big Man with a Gun" is followed by the calm ambient soundscapes of "A Warm Place," which is then followed by the slow burning aggression of "Eraser."
** Which is ''then'' followed by the pulsing, ripping sound of "Reptile."
** Let's just say that Trent kinda loves trope.
* MrFanservice: Trent Pre-''With Teeth:'' Somewhat waifish, long flowing black hair, and at times bordering on outright {{bishonen}}. Post-''With Teeth:'' Kicked his drug addictions and took up weight lifting to compensate. The end results were... [[HeroicBuild Impressive,]] to say the least.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Quite a few of Trent's songs are about regret; notable examples are "Gave Up" (After everything I've done / I hate myself for what I've become) and "Zero Sum" (Shame on us / After all we've done).

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* MoodWhiplash: MoodWhiplash:
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"March of the Pigs," and "With Teeth." Also arguably "
**
"I Do Not Want This," especially if you agree with the popular theory that it's [[SplitPersonality two different sides of the]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext character speaking.]]
** "Head Down." Enough said.
** Song to song transition example: On ''The Downward Spiral,'' the noisy and hyper aggressive "Big Man with a Gun" is followed by the calm ambient soundscapes of "A Warm Place," which is then followed by the slow burning aggression of "Eraser." Which is ''then'' followed by the pulsing, ripping sound of "Reptile."
** Which is ''then'' followed by the pulsing, ripping sound of "Reptile."
** Let's just say that Trent kinda loves trope.
* MrFanservice: Trent Pre-''With Teeth:'' Somewhat waifish, long flowing black hair, and at times bordering on outright {{bishonen}}. Post-''With Teeth:'' Kicked his drug addictions and took up weight lifting to compensate. The end results were... [[HeroicBuild Impressive,]] impressive,]] to say the least.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Quite a few of Trent's songs are about regret; notable examples are includes "Gave Up" (After everything I've done / I hate myself for what I've become) and "Zero Sum" (Shame on us / After all we've done).



** Following the instrumental dark ambient music of ''Ghosts I-IV,'' ''The Slip'' reverted back to the sound of ''With Teeth.''

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** Following the ''Ghosts I-IV'' is instrumental dark ambient music of ''Ghosts I-IV,'' music.
**
''The Slip'' reverted back to the sound of ''With Teeth.''



*** To be sure, Trent has come a long, long way since 1989, and it's a bit difficult to reconcile stuff like ''Year Zero'' as the same band who did ''Pretty Hate Machine.''
* NietzscheWannabe: The character in ''[[ConceptAlbum The Downward Spiral,]]'' to the point of [[GodIsDead actually quoting him.]] Trent himself had moments like these in earlier interviews.
** On the other hand, the album's lyrics themselves seem to indicate that Trent may have ''actually read'' Nietzsche, so it's really just the character in question and not Trent himself that counts.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Subverted by "Happiness in Slavery."
** Quite frankly, Trent has many songs that seem like this unless you're following the continuity of [[ConceptAlbum the album they're in.]] "Meet Your Master" is a good example of this. Alternatively, you might not realize that songs like "Happiness in Slavery" or "Head Like a Hole" are actually about record labels unless you actually know about Trent's history with them. There's also "Sin," which sounds like a song about D/s, which really isn't helped by the ridiculously fetishistic MusicVideo... Which is a lot like [[AndIMustScream most]] [[BoundAndGagged of]] [[WhipItGood their videos.]] So really, it's more like Obligatory Bondage Music Video...

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*** To be sure, Trent has come a long, long way since 1989, and it's a bit difficult to reconcile stuff like ''Year Zero'' as the same band who did ''Pretty Hate Machine.''
* NietzscheWannabe: The character in ''[[ConceptAlbum The Downward Spiral,]]'' to the point of [[GodIsDead actually quoting him.]] Trent himself had moments like these in earlier interviews.
** On the other hand, the
interviews. The album's lyrics themselves seem to indicate that Trent may have ''actually read'' Nietzsche, so it's really just the character in question and not Trent himself that counts.
himself.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Subverted by "Happiness in Slavery."
** Quite frankly,
Trent has many songs that seem like this unless you're following the continuity of [[ConceptAlbum the album they're in.]] "Meet Your Master" is a good example of this. Alternatively, you might not realize that songs like "Happiness in Slavery" or "Head Like a Hole" are actually about record labels unless you actually know about Trent's history with them. There's also "Sin," which sounds like a song about D/s, which really isn't helped by the ridiculously fetishistic MusicVideo... Which is a lot like [[AndIMustScream most]] [[BoundAndGagged of]] [[WhipItGood their videos.]] So really, it's It's more like Obligatory Bondage Music Video...



* PissTakeRap: The weird, hybrid sing rapping Trent does in "Down in It."
** Also, "Where is Everybody?" and possibly "Capital G" might count.



* ProductPlacement: Could easily be a coincidence, but in [[Literature/MillenniumTrilogy a film that Reznor worked on the soundtrack for]] a character is seen wearing a ''Nine Inch Nails'' T-shirt.

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* ProductPlacement: ProductPlacement:
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Could easily be a coincidence, but in [[Literature/MillenniumTrilogy a film that Reznor worked on the soundtrack for]] a character is seen wearing a ''Nine Inch Nails'' T-shirt.



* SelfBackingVocalist: Virtually all of the background vocals on Trent's songs are... Well, Trent. The only songs with audibly non-Trent contributions from the band's entire career are "La Mer" (which is instrumental apart from Denise Milfrot's French mumbling) and "Pilgrimage" (which is instrumental with indistinct militaristic chanting in the background).
** "The Day the World Went Away" and "Starfuckers, Inc." also contain aversions of this.

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* SelfBackingVocalist: Virtually all of the background vocals on Trent's songs are... Well, Trent. The only songs with audibly non-Trent contributions from the band's entire career are "La Mer" (which is instrumental apart from Denise Milfrot's French mumbling) and "Pilgrimage" (which is instrumental with indistinct militaristic chanting in the background).
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background). "The Day the World Went Away" and "Starfuckers, Inc." also contain aversions of this.



* TitleTrack: ''The Downward Spiral'' and ''With Teeth'' are straight examples.

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* TitleTrack: TitleTrack:
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''The Downward Spiral'' and ''With Teeth'' are straight examples.



* UncommonTime: The verses of "March of the Pigs" are three bars of 7/8 followed by one bar of 8/8.

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* UncommonTime: UncommonTime:
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The verses of "March of the Pigs" are three bars of 7/8 followed by one bar of 8/8.



* {{Understatement}}: The song "Somewhat Damaged" is about a guy who's really, ''really'' damaged. (It was apparently used by Creator/TomHiddleston as psychological preparation for playing Loki in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}},'' if that says anything.)

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* {{Understatement}}: The song "Somewhat Damaged" is about a guy who's really, ''really'' damaged. (It a ''lot'' more damaged than "somewhat".[[note]]It was apparently used by Creator/TomHiddleston as psychological preparation for playing Loki in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}},'' if that says anything.)[[/note]]



-->living inside of me to murder everything

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-->living -->Living inside of me to murder everything



* BoundAndGagged: Trent in "Closer."
** Trent in "Sin," too, though only for the bound part.
** Also, the character in "Help Me I Am in Hell."

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* BoundAndGagged: BoundAndGagged:
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Trent in "Closer."
** Trent in "Sin," too, though only for the bound part.
** Also, the The character in "Help Me I Am in Hell."



* CallBack:
** "In This Twilight" calls back to "Survivalism:" "...The world we set on fire..."
** "The Big Come Down" contains a brief excerpt of off-key guitars and buzzing nearly identical to "The Downward Spiral." Fitting, given the former song's subject matter.



* RuleOfSymbolism: Both "Closer" and "The Perfect Drug," directed by Mark Romanek, hold symbolic imagery that mostly, have to do with famous photos.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Both "Closer" and "The Perfect Drug," directed by Mark Romanek, hold symbolic imagery that mostly, mostly have to do with famous photos.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The "Help Me I Am in Hell" video shows a man casually eating steak and wine... [[{{Squick}} In a room full of flies.]]

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The "Help Me I Am in Hell" video shows a man casually eating steak and wine... [[{{Squick}} In in a room full of flies.]]
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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 music.



* {{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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