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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

Perhaps more than any other group, Nine Inch Nails helped popularize industrial music with mainstream audiences, especially in America, where band leader, founder and all-around driving force Trent Reznor has arguably become the genre’s most recognizable figure. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 17, 1965, Reznor taught himself multiple instruments and trained as a studio engineer prior to recording Nine Inch Nails’ first demos, virtually single-handedly. These became the foundation of 1989’s official debut, ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ which gained release through independent TVT Records and steadily marched its way to platinum sales, while Reznor and his hand-picked band mates built a large following through relentless touring, including the 1991 Lollapalooza Festival. 1992’s ‘Broken’ EP was unveiled as a stop-gap while Interscope Records extricated Reznor from his TVT deal, so it was 1994’s ‘The Downward Spiral’ that truly elevated Nine Inch Nails to global stardom, with its state-of-the-art industrial art-rock and controversial music videos backing smash hits like ‘Closer’ and ‘Hurt.’ Simultaneously, Reznor further complicated his busy schedule by mentoring and producing new age shock rocker Marilyn Manson across a trio of platinum-selling releases (culminating in 1996’s iconic ‘Antichrist Superstar’) before experiencing a very public falling out with his protege. But at least this finally allowed Reznor to focus again on Nine Inch Nails, which consolidated its career longevity with 1999’s much delayed (and thus highly anticipated) double album, ‘The Fragile,’ which debuted at No. 1 and paved the way to more extensive touring. But another six years would pass before Nine Inch Nails’ next studio effort, ‘With Teeth,’ which saw Reznor emerging from serious substance abuse issues to embark on a period of unparalleled prolificness and technological innovation behind the marketing of fast-recorded followups, ’Year Zero’ (2007), ‘Ghosts ‘ I-IV’ and ‘The Slip’ (both 2008). The latter pair also saw Reznor exiting Interscope and suffering diminished sales, as a result, but the artist’s reinvigorated creative drive and good health carried Nine Inch Nails forward as one of the world’s most popular tour draws and an enduring musical force, as evidenced by 2013’s warmly received ‘Hesitation Marks’ album.

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Nine Inch Nails Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Nine Inch Nails' albums from weakest to strongest.

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Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer’ Covered Live by Father John Misty

Indie rock favorite Father John Misty trotted out his 'favorite love song,' Nine Inch Nails' 'Closer,' during an appearance in Chicago.

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Nothing / Interscope
Nothing / Interscope

22 Years Ago: Nine Inch Nails Sail Upward With ‘The Downward Spiral’

On March 8, 1994, Nine Inch Nails delivered a dark, destructive masterpiece titled 'The Downward Spiral.'

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Photo by Zoe Wiseman
Photo by Zoe Wiseman

Charlie Clouser Talks Nine Inch Nails Past, Film + TV Scoring Present

Former Nine Inch Nails member Charlie Clouser discusses his past with the band and his present doing film and TV scoring and how the worlds intersect.

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Theo Wargo / Jo Hale, Getty Images
Theo Wargo / Jo Hale, Getty Images

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Calls David Bowie a ‘Tremendous Inspiration’ Who Helped Him ‘Figure Out Who I Was’

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor reflects on his relationship with David Bowie, calling him a 'tremendous inspiration.'

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Trent Reznor Promises New Nine Inch Nails Album + ‘Other Stuff’ in 2016

After a quiet 2015, Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor has indicated Nine Inch Nails will be releasing a new album in 2016 along with some 'other stuff.'

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TVT Records
TVT Records

26 Years Ago: Nine Inch Nails Unleash ‘Pretty Hate Machine’

On Oct. 20, 1989, Nine Inch Nails unleashed the industrial tour de force 'Pretty Hate Machine.'

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Nine Inch Nails and Deep Purple Among the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The nominees for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction have just been announced, and Nine Inch Nails and Deep Purple are among the 15 contenders.

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16 Years Ago: Nine Inch Nails Unleash ‘The Fragile’

On Sept. 21, 1999, Nine Inch Nails returned with their double album 'The Fragile.'

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Canadian Politicians Using Nine Inch Nails Logo Asked to ‘Cease and Desist’

In June, three Canadian created a T-shirt fashioned after the Nine Inch Nails logo.

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