We’re in This Together
I mentioned on Friday that Nine Inch Nails is my favorite band. Oddly enough I haven’t yet featured NIN on a Music Monday post. I don’t know what’s come over me. Today I will rectify that error in judgment.
Nine Inch Nails released their first album, Pretty Hate Machine, which started out as a series of solo demos, in 1989. Since then Trent has released, with the assistance of various musicians but rarely keeping the same artists from album to album, 8 major albums and many singles and remixes. In fact, it is for his remixes that Trent is probably best well known. His singles and his willingness to have his fans play with his music. Trent has released his music into the wild and encourages his fans to work on it and release it back. His latest album was available for free download and he has asked his fans to create a body of video art to go along with it.
I like to call him an Open Source musician. He even encourages his fans to stick it to the record labels and go out create bootlegs and illegal copies of his work.
Now, how can you not think that’s cool? Fuck the RIAA!
However, today is a very special Monday since it is CableDad’s 40th birthday. No, we are not having a party. What’s the point? He’s not 42 yet. But, in light of CableDad’s special day I wanted to dedicate a song to him.
Perhaps it might seem a bit odd that I’d choose a NIN song for CableDad’s birthday. After all, I’ve already mentioned that I have a not so secret lust for Trent Reznor. Not to mention the fact that Trent’s music is the epitome of angst ridden computerized/industrial metal, not exactly what most people might consider romantic.
Ok, I’m not most people, but even I will admit that most of NIN isn’t the best wedding party music:
I’m drunk and right now I’m so in love with you
and I don’t want to think too much about what we should or shouldn’t do.
Lay my hands on heaven and the sun and the moon and the stars
while the devil wants to fuck me in the back of his car.
Nothing quite like the feel of something new.
That said, there is one song in particular that I think is perfectly fit for such an occasion. As much as he drives me crazy, as much as he makes me want to rip my hair out sometimes, as angry and frustrated as he can make me on occasion, I love my CableDad. I might want to kill him sometimes, but I love him to pieces. I committed myself to him seven years ago and I’m not going anywhere. We’re in this together now.
I mean, that’s downright warm and fuzzy for Trent.