"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 that is 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 the 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. 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. Powerful.
"The Fragile" live at the 1999 MTV Music Awards
I also remember the equally haunting commercials for the album of the same name... and what 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 great. ;)
Now to pull $170 out of thin air to go see them play with Queens of the Stoneage in Philly in a couple of months...