Posted by Brad @ 8:15 pm on May 26th 2007

Music Video of the Week

A slow weekend for us, so I’ll do it a bit early.

Half of the point of these for me is the fun of looking them up; as a side effect, the nostalgia factor is pretty high.

One of my Top Five bands of all time is Nine Inch Nails. Which may be a bit out of character seeming, given the music I usually put up, but they’re one of those bands I got into young and just never got out of. I have everything Trent Reznor’s ever put out, and revisit it often, always discovering something new. As an added benefit, particularly with his remix albums like Further Down the Spiral, nin boasts the best music ever to write to, for me at least. I’ve probably written close to 500 pages of fiction spinning nin records. If you’ve never really given nin a serious listen, give it a chance. Even just as background music.

As an added benefit for blogging purposes, Reznor puts out consistently top notch quality videos. Some of the coolest stuff to ever hit MTV. The early vids were pretty punk rock but with a bit of weird and primitive experimentalism thrown in for good measure. By the time The Downward Spiral came along, Reznor was really pushing the limits of the music video as an art form, and his stuff could go from a kind Gothic Tim Burton / Edward Gorey sort of feel, to a pretty grotesque Tod Browning / Goya thing. Great stuff.

Pretty much none of these are safe for work, I don’t think.

Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug

Nine Inch Nails – Wish

The first song of theirs I heard, I think, and this video still kicks so much ass. If it doesn’t make you want to smash something (no snide remarks, Yank Crank), nothing will.

Nine Inch Nails – Into the Void

Later nin, one of those “great to write to” ones.

And of course….

Nine Inch Nails – Closer

I still hold that The Downward Spiral is one of the Top Three best albums of the 90s, with Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory, and a constantly rotating #3. This would also be a heavy contender for “Best Music Video Ever”.

Bonus Track: One of the most notorious music videos of all time. Very short.


  1. Damnit, it was supposed to be my week.

    You suck.

    Comment by Adam — 5/26/2007 @ 8:26 pm

  2. If you’re in a Nine Inch Nails mood, as I am now…

    “Head Like a Hole”. Their breakthrough. Somehow, neither this song nor the whole Pretty Hate Machine album dates.

    “Something I Can Never Have (Still)”. Unplugged, a softer side.

    “Only”. Reznor-as-office-supply.

    “Survivalism”. Very new. I’d never heard/seen it before.

    “March of the Pigs”. About as simple as a video can be.

    “Starfuckers Inc.”. Not Reznor at his most subtle, but he makes his point I guess.

    “The Day the Whole World Went Away”. Beautiful video/song.

    “We’re In This Together”. Another terrific song for writing.

    “Happiness in Slavery”. Banned outright by MTV. Their most infamous, and hard to find (in the days before YouTube) video.

    Comment by Brad — 5/26/2007 @ 8:31 pm

  3. I thought you buggered off this week?

    Or was that last week?

    Damn. Alright, you get it next week. Mostly I was bored and YouTubing.

    Comment by Brad — 5/26/2007 @ 8:31 pm

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