Saturday, August 11, 2018

Nine Inch Nails-"The Perfect Drug" Versions (halo 11)

Released on May 13, 1997 from nothing records and Interscope Records, “The Perfect Drug” Versions is a maxi-single release devoted entirely to remixes to the Nine Inch Nails song The Perfect Drug. Featuring a remix from NIN in its leader Trent Reznor with Keith Hillebrandt as well as remixes from two acts from the nothing records label in Meat Beat Manifesto and Plug plus Spacetime Continuum, the Orb, and Aphrodite in an extra track from the record’s vinyl release. The result is one of the strongest single releases from NIN.

The first remix by Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto is a dub-based mix with pulsating sounds of cymbal crashes and break-beats along with bleeping synthesizers and vocals that drive through the song as well as putting Reznor’s vocals in parts of the song with some warbled mixes on the vocals. The second remix by Luke Vibert in his Plug moniker is a more rhythmic mix with its emphasis on whispered vocals, pulsating beats and synthesizers as well as layers of textures in the mixes of the vocals as well as instrumental breaks in the middle of the track. The NIN mix by Reznor and Keith Hillebrandt along with additional mixing by Brian Pollock opens with a slow and warbled mix of Reznor’s vocals with distorted rhythmic beats accompanying the vocals and wind sounds before being covered by sounds of swirling electronics and pulsating drum n’ bass beats where its rhythm would heighten up by its driving synthesizers and distorted beats.

The remix by Jonah Sharp in his Spacetime Continuum moniker opens with chiming instruments and mid-tempo percussion beats with Reznor’s whispering vocals as it would include melodic synthesizer textures and rhythmic electronic swirls that include layers of percussions in the mix. The Orb’s remix from Alex Paterson, Andy Hughes, and Thomas Felhmann with Hughes doing the engineering work opens with warbled electronic sounds and vocals presented in different speeds and pitches which would later include pulsating beats and swirling synthesizers. The final remix by Gavin King in his Aphrodite moniker is from the single’s vinyl release as it include bits of the song’s lyrics in the vocals to a rhythmic and fast-paced track with its pulsating beats, wavy synthesizers, and throbbing bass lines. Added as an extra track for the single’s release in Europe, Australia, and South Africa is the original song from the Lost Highway soundtrack which is this mixture of industrial rock and drum n’ bass elements as it was a transitional single for NIN at the time.

“The Perfect Drug” Versions is a brilliant maxi-single release from Nine Inch Nails. Featuring six incredible remixes of the song that was to represent a thrilling emergence of electronic music in the late 1990s. The single is a reflection of this emergence while managing to give some of these artists the chance to deconstruct one of the group’s most popular songs. In the end, “The Perfect Drug” Versions is an amazing single from Nine Inch Nails.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 2 - halo 3 - halo 4 - halo 5 - halo 6 - halo 7 - halo 8 - halo 9 - halo 10 - 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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