Nine Inch Nails - Did You Know?

Nine Inch Nails - Did You Know?September 8, 2018

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American industrial rock band, Nine Inch Nails.




Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band founded by Trent Reznor in 1988, in Cleveland, Ohio.

As a studio engineer and fresh out of the bands The Innocent and Exotic Birds, Reznor started his own project, as he borrowed John Malm jr. from the band Exotic Birds to be his informal manager.

At the time, Reznor used to work as a janitor and assistant for Right Track Studios. There, he recorded his first demos. When he was not able to find like-minded individuals that suited his artistic needs, he played all the instruments himself, except for the drums and went on to support Skinny Puppy at several concerts.

Nine Inch Nails has won 2 Grammy Awards out of 10 nominations, winning the awards in 1992 for the song "Wish" and again in 1996 for the song "Happiness in Slavery." They are also placed on the 94th spot on the list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, done by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004.

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The song "The Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails was written for the film Lost Highway, directed by David Lynch. It was accompanied by a video that was directed by Mark Romanek.

Despite the success of the song all over the world, Trent Reznor considers "The Perfect Drug" to be the piece of work he is least satisfied with.

The "perfect drug" is absinthe, which is a French liquor. One of the ingredients contains wormwood. Wormwood contains a substance called Thujone, which is an epileptic and can cause renal failure in extremely high doses.

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