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Poll #1415468 A Plump, Unattractive Poll

Trent's recent online statements, particularly that referenced in the title, have led me to

Like or respect him much less
6(37.5%)
Like or respect him somewhat less
2(12.5%)
Little or no effect on my opinion of him
7(43.8%)
Like or respect him somewhat more
0(0.0%)
Like or respect him much more
1(6.2%)

I thought Trent's response to criticism of the "plump, unattractive" comment was

Defensive and obnoxious, not at all truly apologetic
6(42.9%)
Somewhat apologetic, although imperfect
5(35.7%)
A decent apology or explanation of the statement that previously upset people
3(21.4%)

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"Eraser" is another song with an interesting time signature. It goes from 6/4 in the intro to 4/4 when Trent starts singing. I wonder if he plans out time signatures, or if they just fall into place.

I haven't seen much speculation on the meaning of this song, so here is mine. The narrator uses the euphoric feeling of infatuation as a kind of high, but ends up lashing out at the object of his affections. Then he is consumed with guilt to the point of feeling suicidal. His deep depression makes him fall into the same pattern in order to feel a little bit alive. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Barcelona 2007

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"A Warm Place" is the only instrumental (other than a short, barely audible phrase) track on TDS. It bears a marked resemblance to a David Bowie song, "Crystal Japan."

After lashing out, the narrator is alone, physically exhausted and in emotional pain. The only solace he can imagine is death, a return to the warm place (womb) before birth.

This song has not been played live, so here is the video from Closure.

Current Music: Nine Inch Nails - A Warm Place | Powered by Last.fm

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"Big Man with a Gun" always makes me think of other songs. It brings to mind "Sex Type Thing" by the Stone Temple Pilots, "Date Rape" by Sublime, and "Me and a Gun" by Tori Amos. The first two are criticisms of misogyny and rape, and the third is an account of the artist being raped.

Like the rest of TDS, this doesn't seem to be something that Trent would really want to do or thinks is cool. It's an idea that he is exploring in the song. He was also quoted as saying that the song was a criticism of the violent misogyny in gangster rap. But, I think there is a part of him that enjoys exploring this territory guilt-free.

Live, looks like 94/95. (I really need to watch Closure again to make sure I'm not posting videos from that.)

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"I Do Not Want This" oscillates between depression and anger. It's a good song, but "The Becoming" is tough to follow.

Live 1994. The whispered parts seem to be pre-recorded.

Current Music: Nine Inch Nails - I Do Not Want This | Powered by Last.fm

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"The Becoming" is my most-played song on Last.fm. It has a cool time signature, switching from 6/8 and 13/8 and back, giving it the feeling of a ballad that's off-kilter, switching from man to machine and back. Too damaged to relate on a human level, the narrator is in the process of withdrawing into a mechanical shell, attempting to avoid further pain. He is afraid of being hurt again, but also afraid of what he is turning into.

Here's what I hear in the last lines:

"I can see it killing away all my bad parts" || Numbing himself to cover false guilt from past abuse.
"I don't want to listen but it's all too clear" || The emotional pain keeps recurring.
"Hiding backwards inside of me I feel so unafraid" || In a womblike, protected space.
"Annie, hold a little tighter I might just slip away" || Embraced by an empathetic and nurturing woman, but with a lingering threat overshadowing that comfort.

"It won't give up it wants me dead / Goddamn this noise inside my head" || Depression and recurrent suicidal ideation.

Pittsburgh 1995

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"Ruiner" continues (and maybe accelerates) the downward spiral of the album's narrator. This is a dark song on a dark album, though a poppy sample belies the lyrical intensity. Is it about having been sexually abused? Or is it a strong metaphor for an emotionally-wrenching event? "My perfect ring of scars" is a disturbing phrase, when you think about what the cause could have been.

But there is optimism (or perhaps nihilism) at the end of the song - "you didn't hurt me, nothing can hurt me, you didn't hurt me, nothing can stop me now." When compared against the earlier "maybe that fucked me up much more than you'll ever know," it does seem more like shutting down emotionally and deciding not to feel pain, rather than not having experienced any. Recall "nothing can stop me now, 'cause I don't care anymore" from "Piggy."

Musically, my favorite part of this song is the guitar solo, which I'm guessing is played on this album by Adrian Belew. is Trent himself.

Live in Lisboa, Portugal in 2007.

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We already talked about "MotP," so today's track is "Closer." It's MTV's favorite single, and it's the song people think of when you say that you like NIN. I have to admit, I still like it and think it's not only catchy as hell, but still sounds edgy 15 years later. It was also sort of my baptism into being a NIN fan - I had a minor car accident while blasting it.

Anybody who has been to a NIN show has seen this live, so instead here is the video with Trent's commentary.

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Today's song is "Heresy." From what I can gather, the lyrics are about anger at conservative Christianity's depiction of the AIDS virus as some kind of punishment for homosexuality.

This song has some common ground with Year Zero's Vessel, in that both reference God and what the TR or the narrator can put inside of himself.

"Heresy" live in Brixton.

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"Piggy" is unlike any NIN song that precedes it. Subtle and well, jazzy...  its menace is no less real for being understated. The drum solo toward the end is played by Trent.

This "piggy" seems more personal than MotP's pigs. A bad break-up, maybe? And then feeling like there is nothing left to lose, we are introduced to the famous "nothing can stop me now," which repeats in later songs.

2006 in Knoxville, TN... Trent goes into the crowd. I would have completely lost my mind.

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