I knew something was up… new NIN music coming soon.

“I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.” –Trent Reznor

This is news worthy of putting in a larger font. Duh.

My proverbial “Spidey senses” were tingling. I knew something was up. And as a NIN fan of 12+ years, this is awesome news. Admittedly, I am not an “OG” — the band was conceived a year before I was born — but I like to think that I was rockin’ out as a single-celled organism, cerca 1988.

This news makes me reflect on the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards… *cue magical, time warp music*

I was ten years old, and it was one of the first times that I really paid attention to the band, outside of listening to “Closer” and “The Perfect Drug” radio edits occasionally played on Top 40 stations. Admittedly, I was waiting for the Backstreet Boys to come on and perform (laugh, if you must) when Nine Inch Nails came on to play “The Fragile” live in front of a dumbstruck audience that probably didn’t understand what was going on.

Even at the time, I couldn’t help but to think, What is this mystical, haunting, beautiful music?!!?! as I fell in love with the song for the first time — a song that would later become a message of hope and perseverance through some tough times in my life. Laugh, again, if you must, but that song is powerful. Listen to it, and you’ll hear the tale of a struggling soul and someone reaching out to help her through what she is dealing with. It could be a friend in need, a lover, a sister… it can be anybody, in any role — pick one, take a moment to reflect, and you’ll get it.

“The Fragile” live at the 1999 MTV Music Awards

I also remember the equally haunting commercials for the album of the same name… and man, that album was a masterpiece. Hey, Trent: a remastered edition of the “The Fragile”, with B-sides, would be an excellent birthday present. If we can have that before next January, as a follow-up to whatever awesome new music is in the works, that would be super. ;)

Now to pull $170 out of thin air to go see them and Queens of the Stoneage in Philly in a couple of months…