When Trent Reznor unleashed "Head Like a Hole" on the world back in 1989, there wasn't anything else out there that sounded quite like it. Thrashing, metal-inspired guitar parts? We'd heard that. Bleak, brooding lyrics full of self-loathing and allusions to S&M? That was something more unusual. But building it all on top of a rollicking electronic dance beat? That was mind-blowing. This is the darkest upbeat song you'll ever hear.
About the Song
Nine Inch Nails
Pretty Hate Machine
Trent Reznor, Flood, Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc
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Money. Power. Sex. Domination. Love. Hate.
Trent Reznor brought all these vital elements of the human experience together in surprising and sometimes uncomfortable ways. (Listening to Nine Inch Nails isn't something you'd usually describe as… pleasant.)