Nine inch Nails and Johnny Cash / Hurt

Several years ago my son Justin turned me on to Trent Reznor (NiN) and I was amazed at the talent and attitude he has for music. I'll show you a few examples in videos but I'd like you to really pay attention to the tune titled "Hurt" written by Reznor but hauntingly snatched from him by music legend Johnny Cash. It was one of the last songs Johnny did before his death and the video is chilling and almost hard to watch if you're a Johnny Cash fan. Trent Reznor was so touched that he said he will never do that song again. You gotta' respect that. Here's a bit of history about NiN (I won't do one on Johnny, I think most are familiar with him). Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction.[1] NIN's music straddles a wide range of genres, while retaining a characteristic sound using electronic instruments and processing. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. The touring band features a revolving lineup that often rearranges songs to fit a live setting. On stage, NIN often employs visual elements to accompany performances, which frequently include light shows.

Underground music audiences warmly received Nine Inch Nails in its early years. Reznor produced several highly influential records in the 1990s that achieved widespread popularity; many Nine Inch Nails songs became radio hits, two Nine Inch Nails recordings won Grammy Awards, and have reached record sales exceeding over 20 million albums worldwide,
with 10.5 million sales certified in the US alone. In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time magazine's list of the year's most influential people, and Spin magazine described him as "the most vital artist in music." In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Nine Inch Nails at 94 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Despite this acclaim, the band has had several feuds with the corporate side of the recording industry. In 2007, these corporate entanglements resulted in Reznor announcing that Nine Inch Nails would split from its label and release future material independently.
Since 1989, Nine Inch Nails have made eight major studio releases. The most recent releases, Ghosts I–IV and The Slip, both released in 2008, were released under Creative Commons licenses. Both were initially released digitally, with physical releases coming later. The digital release of The Slip was made available completely free of charge. NIN has been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards and won twice for the songs "Wish" and "Happiness in Slavery", in 1992 and 1995 respectively.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I always liked that music, I don't always agree with the lyrical content, but the energy is infectious, and so is the anger. . . ..guess I'm talking of the "Head Like A Hole" type, etc.

Hurt I knew of from the original; and that was a great album (The Downward Spiral) Of course I prefer albums with real instrumentation, but someone has to dream up the sound.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Good night... comment tomorrow...this is a bit out of my league....:O) HUGS Me


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I love the JC version the best but thank you for this great hub and introduction! God bless Tom! (and Justin too)


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello my dear boyfriend, I am so sorry but once I saw the animal down, hurt and the man and cat, that was it, I couldn't see anymore. My heart hurts to much to see such things or feel such things...there is an arrow that shot right through my heart and now my sorrow is all emcompassing. Love you my dear friend. Happy New Year, darski


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey Todd, several (probably more) years ago my good friend and business partner loved punk and turned me on to some stuff I really liked. I think with every kind of music there's something that I can get next to. As much as we love the old stuff we CAN'T get stuck there. Thanks for checking it out!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Ha, Merle Ann, it's not for everyone. My taste in music surprises a lot of people. Gotta' keep movin' forward! Thanks for stopping by!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey Micky Dee, so does the guy who wrote it. Thanks for stopping by brother. Tom and Justin


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hi Dar, sorry that bothered you but is is part of life. My point of this hub was to show folks that a guy like Trent Reznor, like him or not, writes such good quality songs that even someone as far away in style like Johnny Cash can make it work. If the song is good it crosses all musical tastes. Open your mind and just listen! Peace girlfriend! Tom


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Justin/Tom, a good analogy of music crossing generations and styles, John Cash was my favorite, the violence of the other, for me, represented the face of the world we are living in, and I wish I could not say, I've seen worse; folks here in the US are much to insulated from what well may become our truths, Peace 50


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey 50, I'm glad you got it. All I say is with music you just gotta' keep an open mind. Some of those you think you hate you just haven't given a chance. Thanks for your always appreciated input. Peace!! Tom


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

I like both musicians, like you I have a wide range of music I listen to. This is one of the rare times that the re-make trumps the original. Thanks for the videos!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Whew, thanks ghomefitness. I was starting to wonder if I was the only bozo on this bus. I agree and so does Trent. Thanks a lot for checking out the hub. Peace!! Tom


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Music spans many avenues and I often hear something I'd never thought that I'd like anything of their selections.

Greenday is one, for the most part I didn't care to listen to their stuff. I listen now to "Armed Forces Radio" and get a sampling of what our young warriors listen to, and it exposes me to new things I end up adding to my selections. I have an "I-River" vs an Ipod and have enough tunes to drive for 60 hours never hearing a repeat. It plugs into a jack on my power amp in the jeep and is like a juke box I can pick from a library that I have laid out. Ipod probably would do the same but back when I got it it held 60 gig vs Ipods 10, if I remember right, it's now 6 years old and still going, back to subject, I'll never be surprised that I like the new age music just because I'm in my 60s. I have yet to hear any RAP that made me want to hear it twice, but the door is always open, peace, 50

ps: http://hooahradio.com/configs/Stereo/windows_media...


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I am awake now and I have always followed Johnny Cash and I listened to the song first and was in awe and tears...what a sin and video for him...God Rest His Soul...he lived quite a life.

Then I went and listened to it by NIN is it? the music was ok the video was awful and a real downer, but then the younger people are trying to tell us life sucks for them too I think...

Then I went back and read the comments and I have to agree the cross over can be tough but is a good thing and music is something we all respond too nearly to the day we die...You are always teaching us something new (well me anyways) it is a big yet seems small world out there...:O) HUGS G-Ma


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hi Merle Ann, that's the spirit. I'm probably on the fringe when it comes to music, liking some of just about everything I get a chance to hear. Justin sometimes turns me on to things I might not otherwise know. I never want to be to old to appreciate what the kids are listening to.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

50 you're a step ahead of me, I still listen on this thing. Greenday grew on me, I like some of their stuff. Justin went through a rap phase and I actually found some of that I liked too. Check out Public Enemy, it's more social commentary than some of the other stuff. I'm in my 60's too and we might be old but shit you can't get totally stuck in the past as far as music goes. I'll check out what you sent later tonight. Peace!! Tom


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Cory J. Clark 5 years ago from Portland

Yeah, greenday used to be really cool, and they've changed a lot, which is also what NIN went and did. I still am a huge fan of NIN, but I definitely prefer the older material.

The JC version of Hurt is indeed incredible.

But I'm a little sad about Trent not performing it anymore.

Now noone will....

I just wrote a couple hubs about NIN's career, so this stuff is really fresh in my mind. Plus I'm just a huge fan.

But I really enjoyed your article.

It's nice to see someone getting into new music from their kids. It's cool that you have that kind of relationship with your child. Nice.

See you around...


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey Cory, I think that happens with just about all bands (or individuals)that are together for a long time. I agree about greenday. A friend of mine was playing out in the bay area when they were just starting, now he's not impressed. Justin and I have always done that with music. The first show we went to together was pink floyd. I've always been open to new music. I just found out this morning I'm doing a road trip to see gang of four in Pittsburgh in 2 weeks. Do you know them? Thanks for checking out this hub, take a look at some others music is a common theme. Peace!! Tom


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s82a84 5 years ago from Olympia

Man this song got me through my struggle in the past, it's one of my favorite NlN song along with "Right where it belongs"


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Glad you checked out the hub s82a84. Music will get you through some tough times! Peace!!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

It's a great song that really domes up the han struggle well. Great lyric writing. Johnny cash will always be that soulful voice for me. Great hub.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Me too Victor, thanks for checking out the hub!

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