Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

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Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band from Cleveland, Ohio (USA).

Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN) was formed in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. Reznor has served as the main producer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and sole member of Nine Inch Nails for 28 years. This changed in December 2016 when Atticus Ross officially became the second member of the band. Nine Inch Nails straddles a wide range of many styles of rock music and other genres that require an electronic sound, which can often cause drastic changes in sound from album to album. However NIN albums in general have many identifiable characteristics in common, such as recurring leitmotifs, chromatic melodies, dissonance, terraced dynamics and common lyrical themes. Nine Inch Nails is most famously known for the melding of industrial elements with pop sensibilities in their first albums. This move was considered instrumental in bringing the industrial genre as a whole into the mainstream, although genre purists and Trent Reznor alike have refused to identify NIN as an industrial band.
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Nine Inch Nails Discography

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Nine Inch Nails Sampler 'Pretty Hate Machine' TVT Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine (Album) TVT Records, TVT Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (Album, Comp) Nothing Records, Interscope Records, TVT Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile (Album) Nothing Records, Interscope Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails And All That Could Have Been (Live) (Album) Nothing Records, Interscope Records Poland 2002 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth (Album) Nothing Records US 2005 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero (Album) Interscope Records US 2007 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D (Album) Interscope Records Taiwan 2007 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails The Slip (Album) The Null Corporation US 2008 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV (Album) The Null Corporation Australia 2008 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks (Album) Columbia Records Japan 2013 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile: Deviations 1 (Album) The Null Corporation US 2016

Singles & EPs

Nine Inch Nails Down In It (Single, EP) TVT Records, TVT Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Head Like A Hole (Maxi, Single) TVT Records Australia 1990 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Sin (Single, Maxi) TVT Records US 1990 Sell This Version
MCA-9105 Johnny Gill / Ralph Tresvant / Nine Inch Nails / Gang Starr Johnny Gill / Ralph Tresvant / Nine Inch Nails / Gang Starr - Wrap My Body Tight / Sensitivity / Get Down, Make Love / Just To Get A Rep(12", EP) MCA Records MCA-9105 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
663 875 Nine Inch Nails You Get What You Deserve(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Promo) Island Records, TVT Records 663 875 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Physical (Single) Interscope Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Fixed (EP, MiniAlbum) Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic South Korea 1992 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Broken (EP, MiniAlbum) Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic, Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic Canada 1992 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Wish (Single) Interscope Records, Interscope Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Happiness In Slavery (Single) Interscope Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails March Of The Pigs (Single, Maxi) Nothing Records, Interscope Records, TVT Records UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Closer To God (Single, Maxi, EP) Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic UK 1994 Sell This Version
Nine Inch Nails Further Down The Spiral (EP, Album) Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records Taiwan 1995 Sell This Version

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Dubvulture

Dubvulture

December 31, 2016
Putting aside the abysmal news that Atticus Ross is now an 'official' member of Nine Inch Nails – sorry, but he is the worst thing that ever happened to Reznor's music, and the soundtracks they churn out together become more predictable. more by-numbers with every film – we now have news that Reznor is rereleasing on vinyl "the “real” records in their truest form available at a reasonable price".

The Broken EP costs £35 on the NIN shop, for a single piece of vinyl. The double-vinyl of The Downward Spiral is £35 – this would seem not to make any sense. The Fragile is a mere £50. And the new "deviations" version of The Fragile (you used-up the term "deviation" 22 years ago, and it's still pretentious) is a mere £75. "Reasonable price", dear?

Reznor declares the new vinyl issues complete with "no extra bullshit and gimmicks" – ie. extra tracks. That didn't stop him from including such extras on the deluxe 2CD edition of The Downward Spiral some years ago, nor from adding 'Get down make love' to the Pretty Hate Machine remaster. And rather than including "extra bullshit and gimmicks" as bonuses on the new vinyl issues, he is instead getting a whole 4LP out of such things, in the form of the aforementioned "deviations" set. After all, why give away "extra bullshit and gimmicks" to your reissues when you can issue a whole slew of them as a stand-alone product, to the tune of £75 per copy?
classicmyth

classicmyth

December 22, 2016
.FLAC 24/96 downloads now available for anyone who buys the new reissue vinyl albums.
markpotato

markpotato

December 17, 2016
Here they come, all the people listing sub-VG+ NIN records so they can fund the new reissues. On ebay too. Look for deals but pay close attention to condition cause you know why they're selling them.
boxenstien

boxenstien

December 16, 2016
ENTIRE VINYL CATALOG REISSUES INCOMING. NEW EP NEXT WEEK. NIN.COM
markpotato

markpotato

August 12, 2016
Does anyone else find it odd that only the first two albums have ever had vinyl reissues?
MartindellaCava

MartindellaCava

February 3, 2014
Huge artist, highly influential across disciplines, this album move you, inspire, revolutionize. Long live the king
73Juggernaut

73Juggernaut

November 11, 2009
Trent Reznor aka Nine Inch Nails a quintessential industrial rock artist or pathetic poster boy for alternative music in the 90's? The end of 2009 and it turned out that he was to be neither of them. Instead, what we are left with at the end of it all, as Nine Inch Nails "waved goodbye" in 2009, was an artist with scope, savy (business and otherwise) and a man with a huge flourishing talent that, in my opinion, still hasn't peaked. After 2005 and after With Teeth, a newly re-energised Trent Reznor emerged, released a final studio album, Year Zero, with his then Rec Co. Interscope, and set off on a path of reinventing the way an artist could and should work. He essentially fired his record company, set up his own deal, The Null Corporation, and released the massively popular instrumental album Ghosts and in doing so roped every single fan he gathered up over the years and brought them into his world, all the while remaining a mystery. No tabloid baiting bullshit, no hype and most importantly no vacuous pseudo posturing, just music no strings attached and literally so as he released his last studio album The Slip completely for free.

Whether you like Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor or you don't, the fact remains that he has dared to go where very few artists of his league and bigger have not dared to go, to lose the shackles of a secure deal and a guaranteed pay check of a major record company. Whether he is a genius or not is not important, whether his music is massively popular or not is not important, whether he produces anymore music heading into the next decade or doesn't is not important. What is important is that he had a vision, he knew he had the talent and that he had the balls to start tearing down the status quo of the current music business model and to start building his own. If you're a musician or you're not, or you're inspired by Trent Reznor's music or you're not, the one thing, I think we can all find inspiration in, is the fact that one man did it on his own and as cheesy as this sounds if he could so can the rest of us. ART IS, RESISTANCE.
royb0t

royb0t

December 26, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Nine Inch Nails is the reason I listen to the music I do, whether because of a remix credit or liner note, collaboration, Nothing Records label-mates, supporting acts, etc., I can trace everything back to Trent Reznor somehow or another, sometimes intentionally other times not. From my first introduction listening to Broken and then Pretty Hate Machine, to the hook-line-and-sinker Industrial Rock played-out "Closer", to the dense double-disc The Fragile, to whatever direction Trent takes his music next, I don't think anyone can deny the musical innovation, integrity, and respect due to Trent.

I personally think that The Downward Spiral is an absolute masterpiece. Pretty Hate Machine is a great early industrial rock near-synth pop album, Broken is just full of metal angst, The Fragile is a terse and complicated listening adventure, and With Teeth is almost a visitation to earlier influences with new perspectives, I still feel TDS is the strongest and tighest audio journey with perfect industrial anthems and hymns.

I think once musicians drop the drugs and go clean their music somehow lacks he same punch as it did prior, and I feel With Teeth illustrates that. But I'd rather have a living Reznor with more albums (assumably 1-2 per decade) than bother having to just collect re-releases. And I don't think at all Reznor is finished, I think he'll prove to be a next-generation David Bowie of industrial rock, on the fringe but to be cited endlessly as an influence. And I hope that's how it plays out.

I would ask Reznor to cut back on all the live video releases, as great as the live stuff works it looks much better in person than staring casually at it in my living room full of interruptions. And aside from continued releases from NIN, I'd love to see more collaborative involvement and maybe someday all the never-to-be-released stuff to surface somehow (like Tapeworm...).
REDDER

REDDER

September 20, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Nine inch nails are a group that has influenced music whether we like it or not. Yes Reznor was a poster boy for teens in the 90's but was that his choice? No. I'm from Europe and to be honest I never even heard of NIN until about a year ago.
There was no real hype about NIN over here or at least no where near as much as stateside so I do not see Reznor as some kind of musical sell out.

NIN has made some of the best written songs to ever come out of the 90's (Hurt, No You Don't , Wish, Piggy, The great below etc) so I don't see why people are questioning that aspect of NIN.

With The Fragile Reznor made one of the albums of the 90's if not the album of the 90's and even though I only got into NIN last year it doesn’t mean I don’t listen to any music back then its just anything from that era I did listen to was pure crap or average at best. Now that’s not to say NIN has flaws. Allot of His work is over produced, he takes too long to make an album (with teeth could be his last) and with has also stopped the steady climb of class that The Downward Spiral and The Fragile had created. But all in all NIN is one of the great alternative groups out there and will always be.
Alastis

Alastis

April 20, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Surprise, surprise - NIN weren't always about music for soccer moms and bored housewives. In fact, you can see a huge improvement from "Pretty Hate Machine" empty youthful anger to more refined lyrical and musical approach on "Broken" and nearly anything done up to 1995 (skip the hit "Closer" (also called "I wanna fcuk You like an animal" by radio listeners) as it became notoriously stale after awhile. After that period, Trent apparently lost a bit of his songwriting abilities. Apparently he have a taste - after all, Coil is one of his favorite bands and he also helped them out somewhat. Coil were also featured on "Further Down A Spiral" which is, quite possibly, one of the best remix albums ever done by anyone, period. But then we also have stinkers like afromentioned "Closer" and his latest "With Teeth" which sounds as if though he is really lazy. See - i'm sure that by now most of his fans (as well as non-fans) will buy anything with the word NIN written on it, even he will produce blank records and call them 4.33 #1, #2 and so on. Its a tragic end for a band/performer which seemed to be going somewhere, but lost it completely and never recovered.

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