Funny: Nine Inch Nails

  • Strobe Light, an album produced by Timbaland, featuring Chris Martin, Jay-Z, Bono, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Maynard James Keenan, Alicia Keys and Fergie. A sudden departure from his angsty roots. Released online, April 1st, 2009. See it here.
    • Oh, I see what you did there...
    • There has been an actual NIN/Maynard James Keenan collaboration.
  • somethings gonna get BROKEN
    • Context: During a gig in Philadelphia in 2005, Trent's mic frequently keeps cutting out while performing "Head Like a Hole" and the sound equipment has apparently been glitching out all night. This annoys him.
    "God money not looking for the cure"
    (Mic cuts out)
    (Mic comes back on)
    "God m-"
    (Mic cuts out)
    (Trent turns to the left, presumably to the sound guys)
    (Trent calms down and tries to get back to the song)
    "God mon-"
    (Mic cuts out)
    (Trent throws away the Mic and initiates a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the set while crowd keep singing)
  • Ever want to watch someone do the running man to "Down In It?" Well, here's NIN performing on a cheesy 1980s dance program, Dance Party USA.
    • Trent's comment on the footage is a nice bit of bonus funny.
      Trent: Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they'd be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show... They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered... There's a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo...
  • Started out a 2013 show in the Netherlands with this:
    Trent: How're you tonight? Having a good time? Ready to party, have fun? Yeah, well, that was the last guys. Wrong fuckin' band. We're here to have a bad time. *cues "Copy Of A"*
  • Not only did David Letterman cohort Larry "Bud" Melman introduce NIN at Woodstock '94, he posed with the band backstage. This was literally the first time many people had seen Trent in a good mood.
  • Songwise, try listening The Great Destroyer off of Year Zero, and not laugh at this part:
  • A 2007 performance of "Hurt" in Vantaa, Finland is interrupted by fireworks. Needless to say, a bit of a Moment Killer. Live performances of "Hurt" getting ruined have become a Running Gag in the NIN fandom, but this one takes the cake.
  • During "That's What I Get" on the Pretty Hate Machine Tour,someone threw their underwear onto Trent's mic. What did Trent do? He flipped them off and continued singing. Here's the proof. It's at the 2:12 mark.
  • Whoever it was on the crew who decided to pull a Spinal Tap and put the miniature Stonehenge on stage beside Trent deserves all the praise in the world. They got a hearty laugh out of Trent Reznor. (To say nothing of Robin Finck!)