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NINE INCH NAILS WERE ON DANCE PARTY USA

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I love Trent Reznor, but he’s kind of a loudmouth very outspoken, often giving shit to other artists for what he perceives as their unforgivable faults. (I know what you’re thinking: “Uh, Pot? You’re black.” Believe me, I’m aware. I admire Reznor for a reason.) And the consequence of being so judgmental in public is that when people discover something embarrassing about you, they’re going to point and laugh in your face and call you names.

So you can imagine the reaction when this video of Nine Inch Nails performing on a cheesy old show called Dance Party USA surfaced earlier this week:

So, yeah, that’s pretty funny.

Luckily, Reznor is handling the situation like a real mensch. He explained via a series of self-deprecating tweets:

“Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they’d be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time.

They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show (thanks again Sioux Z). They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show.

They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered… There’s a moral in there somewhere.”

And then:

“Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo…”

Which all sounds reasonable enough to me. I mean, at least this footage is of Reznor and company playing a Nine Inch Nails song, and one we still hold in very high regard, and not, say, of Reznor in some terrible pop band.

Meanwhile, I haven’t heard anyone give Richard Patrick from Filter any shit for this, despite the fact that, yep, that’s him playing the guitar. So please let me be the first to point the finger and say “Ha ha, Dick, you looked pretty silly once!”

-AR

[via The PRP]

 

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