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Trent Reznor Comments On The Infamous “Dance Party USA” Footage

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has responded to the recently-unearthed footage of his band performing on “Dance Party USA”. A series of tweets from Reznor regarding the video made earlier today (March 28th) include:

“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.”

He later continued:

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


  • TheGoodDoctor

    i love this guy! hilarious!

  • cma3585

    Shocker, he claims this was a joke to him and the band. Not enough room for Reznor’s ego in here.

    • robishow

      Jealousy is a sickness, my friend…

    • dmoe

      He put this very clip on the Closure dvd for it’s extras. He seems to not give a shit about his past and mocks the dumb shit he’s done back then.

      • BloodyBoneKummer

        He put it on that Closure that has been out for like 15 years (vhs) and like 6 on dvd…but it says the footage was just recently un-earthed…and I never saw this on my Closure dvd

  • slut

    “Yeah we took the show because we were starting out and were nobodies, but then we got huge and now we’re embarrassed and I can’t bear to admit it for fear of my one million douchebag fans killing themselves.”

    • dmoe

      All the bands I’m into were cool from the start.


    “called our bluff”….buuuuuuuuuuuuullshit haha. any national exposure was great exposure in their minds at that time. why doesnt he just say in hindsight it was a lousy choice but we had a blast making fun of the preps.

    • WURST

      One prep didnt like my comment. Nice.

  • HoodooOperator

    What, was all of the Lucky Pierre footage being used for something else?

  • MyDarkPassenger

    Everyone on Earth looks at things through their own unique perspective, regardless of how (in)accurate that perspective may be. A lot of people are saying they took the gig for the exposure, and I don’t think his statement on this gig really refutes that. All he says is their camp reached out to Dance Party USA (an abortion by all accounts) and they said yeah, why not, and then NIN said hmm, this is a totally gay show but there’s a lot of kids with disposable income watching, fuck it. Let’s get hammered and lip-synch.

    See, now everyone gets their way.

    • WURST


  • Surly
    • WURST

      HOLY. SHIT. Now THIS is what should be embarrassing for Trent to look back upon. Why is he the only dude that isnt wearing tacky, 80′s pop threads? And that drummer’s mop is atrocious.

    • cma3585

      He did this as a joke too I’m sure.

    • star_AD

      Surly your avatar rocks.

    • TheGoodDoctor

      that’s awesome! where can i pickl up some slam bamboo tracks???