The Five Silliest Things Trent Reznor Has Ever Said, in Honor of Nine Inch Nails Reforming

What a goofball.

Generation Y's teenage favorites Nine Inch Nails announced their reformation on Monday after four years apart. I say "reformation" and "apart", but really it's just Trent Reznor and whoever plays with him, so that should actually read "Trent reformed with himself after four years of not being Nine Inch Nails". There is to be an extensive tour in 2013 and 2014, although no word on any new material, especially given as Trent's other "band that is mainly Trent", How To Destroy Angels, are about to release a new album. This isn't how you promote a new band, Trent, by instantly going, "Shit, better reform the old band in the lead-up to our debut album." but I was one of the black-clad teens that bought all your records in the first place, so I'm not even mad. In honor of Trent's decision, here are a lovingly curated collection of pretentious quotes from the king of miserable industrial metal.

5. "I think there's something strangely musical about noise."

Come on Trent, all music is noise. You should be able to figure that one out. But, not all noise is music, as the last two or three Nine Inch Nails albums proved so successfully. Bonus - flip the two subjects round, and "I think there's something strangely noisy about music" makes Trent sound about 106 years old.

4. "I thought my goal in life was to be in a successful band, and I had got that, but I was as miserable as I had ever been, and I couldn't understand why that would be."

Cheer up, Trent. It can't be all bad. What about all the black clothing you can afford now? Have you seen pictures of yourself circa Pretty Hate Machine? You needed those new clothes, dude. I guess if you did cheer up, you'd probably not be able to write songs, although a NIN major key album about sunshine and rainbows would probably be my favorite record ever, alongside the much-awaited (by me) downbeat Polyphonic Spree concept album about the Jonestown Massacre.

3. "I foolishly thought that if I just 'made it' then everything would be okay. And everything wasn't okay."

I thought we covered this in the last quote. What's up? Can I help? Do you need some soup? I can get you some soup, dude. Just lie down, alright. I've got a 24 box set, you'll love it. We'll keep you away from mean ol' Mr. Recording Studio.

I mean, surely you must like performing live, at the very least?

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I somehow overlooked this article earlier this year, but upon reading it now, I actually am taking the time to make some sort of account on this site so that I can comment on how embarrassingly juvenile this entire piece comes across as.

Did you even properly look into why Reznor said these things at the times that he did? Or, better yet, did you make any effort to understand why they might have been relevant to his personal sentiments he was feeling at the times that they were said and/or why he was choosing to convey said sentiments in his music? Or to understand which connotations he was using them in to determine if he was or wasn't even being serious? Or, did you even know what contexts he was speaking in? Because, if you didn't do any of those things, then you shouldn't have assumed that you knew how to speak on behalf of HIS quotes. 

What a failed attempt at trying to pick apart his voice and/or his psyche. Yet another example of shitty, ill-prepared writing in today's music journalism. *yawn*


Is that you Andrea Grimes - writing under the pseudonym of Gavin Cleaver?  Haven't read drivel like this since you left.


Clap clap clap. Bad publicity is still publicity, you got the haters (myself included) to visit and comment this article. I guess the rope is around your neck since you're looking for any kind of attention...


 I'm just going to come right out and call you an ignorant bore.  THESE were your top 5 silliest quotes by Trent?  Seriously?  It's funny to me, because I've read quotes from him that were infinitely more entertaining and actually SILLY, in a playful kind of way.  I think your google search could have been a little more in depth.  These are easily his most popular and therefore, most readily available online.  I'm also going to say your responses to each "silly quote" were written in the tone of someone who A. doesn't respect the man and B. needs to learn how to better write a correct and more mature rejoinder if you're actually trying to attract an audience.  

I'm not even sure what kind of point you were trying to get across with this piece of trash, except to show your incapacity to correctly assimilate his every word.  Why would you even attempt to if you're not a fan?  And by fan, I obviously mean someone who respects, listens, and cultivates his work.  I don't think you have to completely agree with him all the time, either.  But who are you to demean the things he has said in certain times of his life that you probably can't or won't understand?  

The article was rubbish.      


Wow, this is the worst written article I've read in a long time.  It's like he did two minutes of research and posed as a fan.  I completely agree with janerleblanc, most of  this is reduntant and pretty offensive to actual fans.


You're a friggin Troll dude .. definition is you.

Was the point humor?  Cuz it really wasn't that funny. 

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