The Pulse Of Radio reports: Although some pretty sketchy early videos of NINE INCH NAILS founder Trent Reznor have surfaced online in the past few years, an especially embarrassing clip has just found its way onto YouTube thanks to a fan. The clip shows Reznor and an early lineup of NIN lip-synching the track “Down In It” on the Eighties TV show “Dance Party U.S.A.” The track was the very first song Reznor ever wrote, the first NINE INCH NAILS single and later appeared on the band’s 1989 debut, “Pretty Hate Machine”.
The footage was discovered on a video cassette purchased for $100 by a NINE INCH NAILS fan, according to Stereogum.
Reznor discussed the clip in a series of tweets on Wednesday (March 28), writing, “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.”
He continued, “They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and traveled 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. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo.”
After spending last year working on the score for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, Reznor plans to record a new NINE INCH NAILS album this year — minus hairdo — and will also issue the full-length debut disc from HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS, which features Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig and frequent collaborator Atticus Ross.