Monday, June 4, 2018
Nine Inch Nails-Head Like a Hole (halo 3)
Released on March 22, 1990, the single for Head Like a Hole (halo 3) is the second single from Nine Inch Nails from its debut album Pretty Hate Machine. The U.S. maxi-single features five remixes of the song plus two remixes of Terrible Lie, two remixes of Down In It along with its demo. Many of the remixes are by Trent Reznor and Mark “Flood” Ellis as well as contributions from Keith LeBlanc as it play into the song’s presentation of industrial thrash and engaging lyrics.
The first of five remixes for Head Like a Hole opens with the remix entitled (slate) is a more dance-driven song with its warbling layers of synthesizers and emphasis on higher pitches in the synthesizers, bass, and guitar spurts. The (clay) remix by Keith LeBlanc is essentially a single-edit version of the song with vocal layers in the song’s chorus to open the song as it’s the most famous version of the song that would accompany its music video. The (copper) remix is an extension of the (slate) remix but with more warbling beats and pulsating synthesizers in the background as it would feature a coda of Queen’s Body Language repeated in a playful way. The fourth remix entitled You Know Who You Are by Reznor and Flood is an instrumental remix of the track with more emphasis on the pulsating synthesizers and atmospheric textures of the song. The fifth and final remix of the song in (soil) is a more rhythmic take on the song with its emphasis on its beats as well as a warbled mix on the synthesizers.
The first remix of Terrible Lie entitled (sympathetic mix) by Trent Reznor and Flood doesn’t do much with the song as it removes some of the synthesizers in the song as well as create something different for its intro as a single mix for the song. The (empathetic mix) features a much different intro with its beats and emphasis on expanding the song into a six-minute, eleven-second track with different takes on the backing vocals in the chorus and in some of the synthesizers on the track. The two remixes of Down In It in (shred) and (singe) appear on the single as additional tracks with the latter being extended by eighteen seconds. The demo version of that song appears as what one would expect in a demo with hollowed drum machine beats, melodic synthesizer spurts, a guitar spurt, and Reznor singing. The closer for the single is an unlisted track that is essentially an audio snippet of Heather “Princess” Day praising NIN during their infamous appearance on Dance Party U.S.A.
The U.K. version of the single that was released in late 1990 features the (clay) and (copper) remixes of the song as well as an additional remix that didn’t appear in U.S. releases known as (opal). That remix features an array of live instrumentation that is sampled from the song Tambourine by Prince & the Revolution with some distorted and whispering vocals from Reznor as it include some warbling synthesizers and some pulsating beats that is sampled from another Prince track in Release It as it’s one of the finest remixes that Reznor and Flood has done.
Head Like a Hole is a terrific single from NIN as it would help establish the band as a major force in alternative rock at a time when audiences were craving for something different that wasn’t glam metal or polished mainstream rock. The single showcases the song’s importance in underground clubs that would help bring attention to industrial and electronic music into the 1990s.
Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 2 - halo 4 – halo 5 – halo 6 - halo 7 – halo 8 – halo 9 – halo 10 – halo 11 – halo 12 - halo 13 – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)
seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)
Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6) - (null 7)
Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - Natural Born Killers OST – Quake OST - Lost Highway OST
Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed! You Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
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