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Trent Reznor Shuts Down Snarky Fan, Says “The Fragile” Re-Release Is “The New Tapeworm” In New Q&A

Along with releasing their full-length debut “Welcome Oblivion” today, How To Destroy Angels also took part in this Reddit AMA. The Q&A saw the groups members—which include Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails—field a number of questions. One answer in particular saw Reznor rather colorfully shutdown a snarky commenter. The question in particular read as follows:

“Why did Trent announce a new NIN tour at the same time your new album is releasing if he is trying to not be a frontrunner of the band? Odd coincidence in my opinion.

As millionaires, why did you sign up with a record label to promote your new album? Especially when Trent has had a history of being screwed over by said labels and managers. If it’s really about the music and getting it out to as many people as possible, why not release it all for free? I understand if you want to make money. It makes sense to want money for your work. However, I don’t buy the “get it to as many people as possible” excuse for signing up with a label. Again, especially when Trent conveniently places a spotlight on his former cash cow a few days before your band releases this new album.

Good marketing, Gene Sim-, er, Trent Reznor.

When can I get my NIN toothpaste?

EDIT: Also, this one is for Trent. How did you manage to get back into the thought process of performing live when you had your farewell tour 3.5 years ago? Must have been hard to get back into the groove.”

Reznor replied directly to the question with the following:

“Sorry, the wifi on our yacht is having issues, we can’t get your full question to load. Try sending me an email at gofuckyourself@youcunt.com”

When asked about the status of Nine Inch Nails‘ long M.I.A. 5.1 re-release of “The Fragile“, Reznor candidly replied:

“I see The Fragile 5.1 is the new Tapeworm… so the only appropriate answer I can give you is “soon.””

Another question saw Reznor share his thoughts on the increasingly prevalent usage of technology in music. That question in particular read as follows:

“In the Sound City documentary, Dave Grohl describes you as being a musician that uses technology as a tool or instrument, rather than a crutch. Which musicians currently creating music today would you point out as doing the same? Who out there impresses you with their use of technology to create music?”

To that Reznor offered:

“I’m not sure if this answers your question or not, but… I don’t really care if you can play an instrument or not. I don’t think that’s a mandatory skill required to make music that can connect with people. I do think computers have made it easy to make lazy music that sounds nice. I find a fair amount of what’s championed today feels to me like it falls in that category – much more fashion than substance. There’s also a lot of current music I think is great – and as someone pointed out below, The Knife is a good example.”

Comments

  • cma3585

    So essentially the person brings up a 100% valid point and Trent can’t handle a dose of truth or exposure so plays that card. Stay classy, Trent.

    • Legion

      That was my thoughts. He didn’t shut the fan down as much as the questioner called him a money grubbing whore who hasn’t been relevent for 10+ years and Reznor went “uh, uh…fuck you!” Hard to believe that this douche is the same guy who brought greatness such as Broken, Downward Spiral and The Fragile into existence. But then again, I guess he never would’ve won an Oscar pandering to his fans.

    • WURST

      What chicken shit pussy gave your comment a thumbs down?
      What a little bitch for resorting to insults when faced with an honest question. Eh, NIN have sucked since The Downward Spiral anyways.

      • Legion

        Meh. The truth hurts, hater’s gonna hate, etc. Had to know someone was going to throw a bitch fit. Reznor’s fans are generally the fanatical variety who would call Trent laying a turd on a plate a grand artistic statement if he were so inclined (and honestly, Year Zero wasn’t too far removed from that analogy). Truth is I used to be a big Reznor fan, and I’m not pissed that he’s lost his validity. People still like Trent and his newfound mediocrity; good for them. What pissed me off reading this is that when faced with a question like that he chose to basically flip the bird instead of answering the question even-remotely intelligently. Sad day when Scott Weiland can put up better retorts than Reznor. C’est la vie.

      • BlueBalls

        An honest question? bahahahaha!!!! Maybe if the guy would have asked, “Trent, you claimed that signing with a label will allow you to reach more people but wouldn’t it be more effective to release the album independently and for free?” But he didn’t. If the troll desired an honest response he wouldn’t have insulted him in the process of asking the question. Some of you have a preexisting negative opinion of Reznor and would accept anything as proof to validate your opinions. This inductive approach tends to make people look foolish.

        And even if it was a legit question, it’s probably a bit easier for a middle-aged guy with a family and multiple projects to reach the maximum number of people when he has a bit of assistance with distribution, marketing, tour financing and other related shit. Maybe the troll would have received a similar answer if he wasn’t acting like a complete douche.

      • HoodooOperator

        @Legion “fans are generally the fanatical”

        Excuse me, but in the dictionary under ‘redundant’ it says ‘see redundant’?

    • BlueBalls

      It was a terrible attempt at trolling and Trent told the person to fuck off. The end.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Agreed. Whatever validity lie in his question immediately got nullified by asking it like a total cunt (Trent’s words). And it disgusts me that at least two morons on this site have no appreciation for NIN. What are you 14? Go fuck yourself (Again, his words).

    • dmoe

      Dude dropped an average question and tried to lob in some little snide jabs. Trent gave the answer the poster deserved. I admire that redditor for trying though. It was pathetic, but he tried.

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      What point? That the person firing the bitchy questions expects Trent to care about his status or credibility with overly critical fanboys over the health and longevity of his career? Fuck him and fuck you too.

      The music is all that matters, and you can’t knock anything Reznor’s put out, no matter how he puts it out, what he calls it, or who he partners with in conjunction with its release.

    • jrr

      That question was a joke. Trent’s already answered it, but the guy decided to ignore the answer based on his oh-so-insightful counterpoint of free being better. Anyone who doesn’t have their head shoved so far up their ass that they can only see their own self-interests should recognize the fault with that.

  • WURST

    Has he admitted to being gay yet? I picture him playing the part of a homosexual Captain Stabbin aboard his yacht.

    • dmoe

      Feeling left out?

    • My Farts Linger

      Wurst, you talk about being gay more than anyone on this site. Furthermore, you are constantly using “gay” as an adjective. Might I speak for the majority and ask, are you gay? Seriously dude, it’s cool if you are.

      • WURST

        Farts, are you still mad that I called you out on your stupid Metallica comment the other day?

        Name another time I called someone gay that wasn’t gay and you win.

      • My Farts Linger

        Wurst, I’m not bad, I’m butt-hurt, ok? Come on broseph, I’m yankin’ yer’ chain! Holler back.

      • My Farts Linger

        That would have been a lot more effective had I not fucked up and typed “bad” instead of “mad”.

      • WURST

        This is me hollering back.

    • WURST

      Damn, look at all the people (thumbs down) butt hurt at the truth of Reznor’s sexuality. Get over it.

      • My Farts Linger

        Personally, I get slightly aroused each time someone gives me a thumbs down.

      • WURST

        Damn, that’s jacked up haha.

      • kturl69

        Ya’ll nigs be crazy. Crazy!

    • jampola

      I did be peeing a little reading this. The imagery is fantastic!

  • http://www.horsetowatermktg.com HorseToWater

    What amuses me is that trolls can’t even see through their own snark. Reznor responded in kind. If you’re not a fan, why follow a fan-based chat on Reddit – or be bothered so much when the frontman of a seminal 90′s bands calls someone else out on their shitty question? Could he have skipped over the question and not responded to the lowest common denominator? Sure. But then you dopes would still complain that he dodged the question. It was a question where he’d win no points no matter how he answered it. What do you want to hear? Even if he were honest – that the most basic of answers is that he took time off to start/establish a family, stopped going at the pace he was going in NIN, established another act and took time to do different things, and then come back to his root act – which he’d indicated previously would simply not tour again b/c he couldn’t do it in the way that it was going…he’s still an artist and still creating. Beats rolling over and dying. Who cares how much money he makes if he goes back out on the road? Look at all the sports athletes out there who ride the pines and earn squillions…at least he’s doing something for the $$. And yeah…NIN toothpaste…not a bad idea….could generate some additional revenue for the NIN kid’s college fund…

    • MyDarkPassenger

      I would buy NIN toothpaste. As long it wasn’t that nasty orange flavor they used to have.

  • adaptedtorment

    I envision that all internet trolls look like “Comic Book Guy” on the Simpsons.

  • dmoe

    haha Reznor is awesome.

  • Hotdog Fingers

    Sucked after Downard Spiral? Are you fucking retarded? With Teeth, Year Zero, & Slip are far more superior to anything from the 90′s. All previous were still good albums, but progression in NIN’s case has always been better. Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, & Spiral are pretty dated if you listen to it now…well some of Spiral anyways.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      THANK YOU! There’s a small but strong contingency of musical anemics around here. If you can’t appreciate NIN I dont know what you do find interesting and frankly, i dont wanna know.

      I think the haters are likely youngsters never really exposed to the band properly. Or just death/black metal elitist types. No other scenario fits my world view.

      • Legion

        29 years old. Got into NIN in the mid-ninties. Everything up to “And All That Could’ve Been” was absolute gold. “With Teeth” was passable. Everything since is stale as shit. This is an opinion of course and you’re obviously entitled to disagree. But maybe there’s a way to do it without looking like a complete jackass? Or maybe Reznor’s current fanbase only knows how to express themselves in a similar vein? Just in case I’ll post my response in a way that you all seem to prefer when faced with criticism: any further comments about my opinion can be forwarded to dontbeadouchenozzle@lickmewhereishit.com.

        Oh look how clever I am! Maybe now I’ll belong.

      • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

        The fact that you consider a live album the tipping point of Trent’s career just goes to show you know jack shit about NIN.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Nope still dont belong. Anyone who found an innovation like Year Zero stale can never really hold a lot of clout.

        I like Nine Inch Nails.

    • cma3585

      The Slip, Ghosts, and Year Zero are virtually unlistenable. NIN fans remind me of Tool fans and think it’s so “brilliant” the “art” these guys pull off that essentially are filler albums.

      • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

        Virtually unlistenable to the average 5FDP fan like you, sure. For the rest of us, they may not be as interesting as The Downward Spiral or The Fragile, but they prove Reznor still has plenty of creative muscle left in him and most importantly, can still write heavy, groovy music that is catchy as fuck.

      • dmoe

        I found YZ to be really good and Ghosts a great concept album. It’s in the same vein as what you hear in Aphex Twins ambient works.

      • cma3585

        So “creative” automatically means good? They’re snoozefests. There is no “muscle” to them at all. And honestly, I don’t know where you hear “heavy” in anything done since With Teeth…Reznor’s simply not hungry anymore. He’s like Metallica…he’s rich, he’s done what he needed to do, he no longer has a chip on his shoulder no matter how much he cries about record labels, so now he’s essentially collaborating with Lou Reed.

      • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence

        I love ambient Aphex Twin.

        It’d be a shame to overlook “Me, I’m Not,” “The Warning,” & “The Great Destroyer.”
        I just can’t hang with “The Slip.” Josh Freese is so good though, on the DVD he almost fooled me into thinking it rocked.

      • TheMediaProphet

        Yea man, you really should give Year Zero another spin. Great album.

      • Hotdog Fingers

        You are a fool.

    • scorpions

      WOW! Hotdog, me and you are on the same page today!!! I take back all the fuct up tattoo jokes!

  • Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Snarky snarky snark.

    • Stereotypical Evil Archer

      Is Otep down voting me again? Ha ha!

  • irreversiblemess

    oh how this makes me miss the simpler times. when musicians just made music and weren’t so god-damn accessible and talkative. so around 1998 before we knew who was in slipknot i guess.

    • dmoe

      It’s not very complicated when they asked him to come do an AMA? It’s great when artists actually use the internet to directly speak to people. I wish more artists did that other than dropping ALL CAPS twitter posts about some idiotic political diatribe. Reznor is a computer nerd, speaks about what he does and offers advice.

      Putting bootlegs/demos of his work on the NIN site. Helping fans with their HD compilations of his tours. Allows people on Vimeo to download the source footage Sheridan shoots of their live performances. And the fact that he used The Pirate Bay to promote and torrent some of his own stuff speaks volumes. He uses the internet to his benefit and I wish more artists did.

  • My Farts Linger

    How about some love for Stabbing Westward? Those guys came out with some killer tunes and I absolutely prefer them to NIN.

    Let the hate for this comment begin…

    • Legion

      I’ll second this. I knew of SW before Nails (although not by much) and have listened to their shit more recently (yesterday actually). Criminally underated band.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jayson.ellin jayofdajungle

      Wow dude, you could put together a greatest hits album of Stabbing Westward songs and it wouldn’t stack up to 95% of NIN’s albums.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jayson.ellin jayofdajungle

        I did like one of their albums though, I forget which one. It was probably the most popular one.

      • My Farts Linger

        It’s been years since I have listened to them. When they were popular, I was young and into heavier stuff, so I didn’t pay as much attention to them. Perhaps, I should go back and take a second listen.

      • kturl69

        Actually, both those bands are pretty terrible. Nobody’s a winner here. Nobody.

      • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

        Says the guy with a Motley Crue avatar…

    • irreversiblemess

      i love sw’s singles, but the nin catalog is just a tad deeper. (on a related note, your girlfriend likes it a “tad deeper” when i bang her, while, oddly enough, listening to “piggy” and not “save yourself.)

    • Hotdog Fingers

      Stabbing Westward blows.

      • My Farts Linger

        ‘Wither, Blister, Burn & Peel’ and ‘Darkest Days’ were great albums. I wasn’t a big fan of self-titled or ‘Ungod’.

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      I love me some Stabbing Westward. In fact, I’m rocking Darkest Days as I type this. All four of their albums were rock solid, even the radio-rockish self-titled.

      • My Farts Linger

        ‘Drugstore’ is quite possibly my favorite song on that album.

      • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

        Waking Up Beside You is my jam!

  • ozarka

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/nine-inch-nails-wrap-final-tour-with-epic-los-angeles-show-20090911

    “This is it,” Reznor said early in the set, and added during the night’s third encore: “We’re not going to tour anymore as Nine Inch Nails, but we’re all still going to be making music.”

    yes I was a fan in the past. And my points are fair:

    -Reznor convinced his fans that NIN is finished, whom subsequently fell over each other to be a part of history
    -Big huge dramatic goodbye tour with special guest.
    -Tickets were run through an internal NIN web based system. and all guest info was collected for future marketing and NIN social media app
    -wave goodbye merch sells at premium prices at the shows and on ebay
    -the jerk pulls an Axl Rose and switches venues at the last minute so that the most dedicated fans whom made it a point to get to the very last show are fucked over

    And then after all this bullshit, not even 4 years later, dude announces a comeback to joyous idiots with zero recollection. The rockstar prick made his fortune on MTV, ticketmaster and clear channel, and when the industry collapses he acts like he’s some sort of DIY rebel visionary. No qualms with opening lying to his fans; self loathing Generation Xers that can’t wait to replenish his bank accounts.

    NIN isn’t a band.. its Trent Reznor Inc. and hired guns. Trent is a relic from the rotten dead music industry, and I was happy to see them go out with style.

    Was.

    BTW Tool hasn’t put out a record since 2006 and they never pulled this kind of crap. Lazy yes, but it seems that Maynard is honest and has integrity.

    • BecomesMyVeryShackles

      You had me until the Tool comment. Honest and integrity that has:

      - sold seperate music video DVDS with no easter eggs, live performances, or any goodies of any kind
      - stuck to the same setlist for the past 4-5 years or so, where this could be the kind of band to have a different setlist every night.
      - produced auditory projectile side projects (Mostly just Maynard)

      • BlueBalls

        Tool has a fairly complex stage show, complete with lasers. In no way shape or form could they switch up the setlist every night. They will sometimes change a song or two but for the most part, when you invest that kind of money into a stage show, you can’t re-engineer the entire thing nightly.

        Also, dude above you wrote a bunch of nonsense but jrr already did a good job of calling him out on his bullshit.

      • BecomesMyVeryShackles

        Okay you’re right…maybe that was a stretch. But c’mon even you have to admit that they could play different variations of the new(er) stuff ala Salival.

    • jrr

      Back during the Wave Goodbye tour, it was stated several times that it was not the final time NIN would perform live, that NIN was merely going on an “indefinite hiatus.” Obviously that quote you pulled from the article suggests different, but I’d put more stock in what Trent said to press surrounding the tour versus something said on the stage. There was most likely was supposed to be a heavy emphasis on the “we,” since none of the live members would be returning. So right off the bat, your first two points have no merit. If you sincerely thought NIN weren’t gonna be touring again, then you clearly were not paying enough attention to them as a “fan.”

      The third point completely disregards that their ticketing method was done to curb scalpers.

      Merch prices at that show weren’t any different than other high-profile acts (e.g. $30 tees), and I can’t even begin to comprehend why you would bring ebay resellers into the argument. Never mind that a lot of the merch offered on the tour was actually personalized to the specific date and venue of the show.

      Venues weren’t switched at any point. Two shows were rescheduled to be later because Trent had vocal chord problems. I was at the last show before the ones that were cancelled and rescheduled, and you could already hear the problems with his voice then. God forbid he a) not play a show while sick and b) reschedule the shows he had to cancel, as opposed to not “fucking over” fans by depriving them of nothing more than being able to brag about “I was a the last NIN show! Aren’t I sooooo cool and special?!”

      Long story short: No, your points aren’t fair. They’re baseless and are merely the product of butthurt sentiments.

      • ozarka

        “Venues weren’t switched at any point. Two shows were rescheduled”

        “I was a the last NIN show! Aren’t I sooooo cool and special?!”
        “I was at the last show before the ones that were cancelled and rescheduled”

        “Obviously that quote you pulled from the article suggests different, but I’d put more stock in what Trent said to press”

        “Merch prices at that show weren’t any different than other high-profile acts

        Never mind that a lot of the merch offered on the tour was actually personalized to the specific date and venue of the show.”

        Hey Smugfag… Do you enjoy vomiting hypocrisy?

      • jrr

        Wow, that’s quite impressive. Let’s see where you went wrong this time.

        Venues switching and shows being rescheduled aren’t the same thing. I’m not sure why I have to point that out.

        I mentioned that to support my point. I’m not bitching and complaining and overacting claims of being “fucked over” for something to the effect of not being able to say it.

        The quote in that article was second-hand from what the writer heard at the show, as the rest of my sentence stated, so no, it’s not the same as what he makes it a point to say to the press when specifically asked whether NIN would tour in the future.

        You don’t seem to be familiar with what the phrase “never mind” means. Even though some of the merch were part of low-quantity orders specific to each show, which certainly would incur higher costs for production, the prices were still no different then what’s typical for acts like NIN. You can complain about that in general, but it has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

        If you’re up for trying again, see if you can’t address the actual points I made instead of pointing to nonexistent hypocrisy. Or just say a bunch more stuff that shows off how dumb you are. Your choice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jayson.ellin jayofdajungle

      Maynard’s a douche.

    • adamonfire

      I made the nearly 8-hour roundtrip drive to Toronto to see alexisonfire’s “last” 4 shows and I would be fucking ecstatic if they announced they were going on tour in four years. If you’re an actual fan, you would trade in being at the “last” show in a heartbeat for the chance to go to one more. Please don’t forget there are individuals such as myself that have yet to see NIN live, and I will be attending a show if they come within a 3-hour radius.

    • dmoe

      You should read the follow-up Sheridan left for that retards question and basically answers a number of questions people here asked: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/19q0r9/we_are_how_to_destroy_angels_mariqueen_maandig/c8qn61k

      I was kinda hoping theprp would update the article with Sheridan’s answer here.

  • HoodooOperator

    Trent should have replied with the lyrics to Hooker With A Penis.

  • Livedefflo

    I love NIN, been a fan since the start but… I’ll even be the first to say they have been spiraling downward since the downward spiral. His music these days is expecting, nothing ground breaking and actually quite boring really. I miss the Broken and Downward Spiral days. This new stuff is just too…..commercial.

    • Livedefflo

      Not to mention that most tracks he has done for the past 5 years all start out the same and slowly build up just to end.

    • dmoe

      The first to say? How brave of you to join the tons of others who feel the same way!

  • emvath

    NIN is one of my favorite bands, but I do have a couple albums that I think aren’t up to par with the rest of them. I don’t give a fuck what your opinion is of them. The End.

  • frog

    The new NIN lineup has ADRIAN BELEW for god’s sake, how could anyone possibly be complaining about this?

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