Mr. Big (band)

Mr Big is also the name of a 70s UK band, see Mr Big (UK Band)

Mr. Big was a US pop/rock band. They were founded in late 1987 by Billy Sheehan and are probably best known for their 1991 acoustic hit To Be With You. The band broke up in 2002 after selling millions of records world-wide.

Members

Eric Martin (vocals)
Pat Torpey (drums)
Billy Sheehan (bass)
Paul Gilbert (guitar 1987-1997)
Richie Kotzen (guitar 1997-2002)

Gilbert left in 1997 and Kotzen joined, giving the band more of a blues sound. He remained with the band until their break-up in 2002. All of the former members with the exception of Pat are still active in the music industry.

Discography

  • Mr. Big (1989)
  • Raw Like Sushi (1990)
  • Lean Into It (1991)
  • Raw Like Sushi II (1992)
  • Bump Ahead (1993)
  • Japandemonium: Raw Like Sushi 3 (1994)
  • Channel V At The Hard Rock Live (1996)
  • Hey Man (1996)
  • Big Bigger Biggest: Greatest Hits (1996)
  • Take Cover (1996)
  • Not One Night (1997)
  • Live At Budokan (1997)
  • Get Over It (2000)
  • Superfantastic (2000)
  • Static (2000)
  • Deep Cuts (2000)
  • Actual Size (2001)
  • In Japan (2002)

Related links

  • Official Mr. Big site (http://www.mrbigsite.com/)
  • Official Paul Gilbert site (http://www.paulgilbert.com/)
  • Official Billy Sheehan site (http://www.billysheehan.com/)
  • Official Eric Martin site (http://www.ericmartin.com/)
  • Official Richie Kotzen site (http://www.richiekotzen.com/)
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All of the former members with the exception of Pat are still active in the music industry. The entire 2005 US Club tour sold out in under 10 minutes, with tickets selling on eBay and other sources for more than $200. He remained with the band until their break-up in 2002. Surprisingly, this was done without seeking permission, though NIN is credited in the end credits for the song. Gilbert left in 1997 and Kotzen joined, giving the band more of a blues sound. The credit sequence for the David Fincher film Seven uses the NIN song "Closer (precursor)". Eric Martin (vocals)
Pat Torpey (drums)
Billy Sheehan (bass)
Paul Gilbert (guitar 1987-1997)
Richie Kotzen (guitar 1997-2002)
. Reznor himself received a "Music Consultant" credit on the film.

The band broke up in 2002 after selling millions of records world-wide. Man on Fire featured clips from six Nine Inch Nails songs: "The Art of Self Destruction, Part One", "Self Destruction, Part Two", and "The Downward Spiral (the bottom)" from Further Down the Spiral; "The Mark Has Been Made" and "The Great Below" from The Fragile; and "The Wretched" from Things Falling Apart. They were founded in late 1987 by Billy Sheehan and are probably best known for their 1991 acoustic hit To Be With You. The Fan featured a clip from "The Art of Self Destruction, Part One" from Further Down the Spiral. Big was a US pop/rock band. Director Tony Scott has used Nine Inch Nails music in two of his films to date. Mr. Trent Reznor is in possession of John Lennon's mellotron, which he has used on Broken, The Fragile, and Marilyn Manson's second album, Antichrist Superstar.

Mr Big is also the name of a 70s UK band, see Mr Big (UK Band). In their early days, NIN used Phantasy as their practice space and it was home for many of their concerts. Official Richie Kotzen site (http://www.richiekotzen.com/). He assembles different producers, engineers and musicians to assist him in creating new songs, though Reznor writes all of the lyrics himself and is in sole control of the direction of the band. Similarly, Reznor assembles a live backing band for each NIN tour. Official Eric Martin site (http://www.ericmartin.com/). Trent Reznor is the only official member of the band. Official Billy Sheehan site (http://www.billysheehan.com/). More than likely, Reznor will need to finish the tour for With Teeth before he can find time to work on this project.

Official Paul Gilbert site (http://www.paulgilbert.com/). In a response to a question on the official NIN website (http://www.nin.com), Reznor indicated that he would like to release surround sound versions of Pretty Hate Machine and The Fragile, similar to what was done for the 10th anniversary editions of The Downward Spiral. Big site (http://www.mrbigsite.com/). A DVD version of Closure is forthcoming, pending the resolution of some legal troubles. Official Mr. This album will be preceded by the release of the single The Hand That Feeds. In Japan (2002). NIN's fifth major release, With Teeth, is due to be released on May 3, 2005.

Actual Size (2001). More information on Reznor's work outside of Nine Inch Nails can be found in the Trent Reznor entry. Deep Cuts (2000). As a tribute to this, the programmers of the game included a nail gun as a weapon, whose ammo boxes bore the NIN logo. Static (2000). NIN created the ambient music for id software's computer game Quake in 1996. Superfantastic (2000). The band earned a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" for their live performance of "Happiness in Slavery" when it was included on the 1996 Woodstock '94 double CD set.

Get Over It (2000). NIN's mud-soaked performance at Woodstock '94 is one of their most famous moments. Live At Budokan (1997). It also features the song "Help Me I Am in Hell" set to a black screen and the song "Gave Up" set to scenes within the film. Not One Night (1997).
Broken, the unreleased short film directed by Peter Christopherson, contains the videos for "Pinion", "Wish" and "Happiness in Slavery". Take Cover (1996). When any of these will be back in print is unknown.

Big Bigger Biggest: Greatest Hits (1996). Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 are out of print due to Reznor's conflict with his former label TVT Records. Halo 13, Halo 15 and Still from Halo 17 are also out of print. Hey Man (1996).
Many of these releases are now out of print. Channel V At The Hard Rock Live (1996).
. Japandemonium: Raw Like Sushi 3 (1994). Official halos are as follows (colors denote main album eras):.

Bump Ahead (1993). Many independent and new wave records follow similar numbering schemes. Raw Like Sushi II (1992). The Downward Spiral is also known as Halo 8). Lean Into It (1991). Each Nine Inch Nails release is given a sequential number, with the word "Halo" preceding it (eg. Raw Like Sushi (1990). Other complaints have been about it's length and overabundence of computer-generated sound.

Big (1989). A music video for the North American single was chosen not to be released at the last minute, leading to less media impact than expected. Mr. Despite its sprawling size (It was released as a double CD and a triple vinyl), The Fragile is often considered by both fans and critics to be a disapointment. The Fragile was followed by the remix album Things Falling Apart. Music videos for "We're In This Together", "Into the Void", and "Starfuckers Inc." (retitled as "Starsuckers, Inc.") were aired in the US.

It produced three singles, one released in the US ("The Day the World Went Away"), one in the UK ("We're In This Together") and one in Japan and Australia ("Into The Void"). NIN's fourth major release was The Fragile (1999). A remastered version of the album was released in February 2005, with an accompanying CD of b-sides and rarities. The Downward Spiral was followed by the remix EP Further Down the Spiral.

The album's final track, "Hurt", would enjoy success once again when it was covered, with slight alterations to the lyrics, by Johnny Cash in 2003. Music videos were made for the singles "March of the Pigs", "Closer", and "Hurt", with the edited MTV version of "Closer" becoming very successful. One of the singles, "The Downward Spiral" was only released to radio. There were four singles released, "March of the Pigs", "Closer", "Hurt", and "The Downward Spiral".

It went quadruple platinum and is often considered by critics to be NIN's best work. NIN's second full album and third major release was The Downward Spiral ( 1994). Broken was followed by the remix EP Fixed. A full length video informally called The Broken Movie was also made by Sleazy, but has not seen an official release.

A video for "Pinion" aired twice on MTV before being banned for its objectionable content, although images from it did become a fixture in the opening title sequence of the MTV show 120 Minutes. The video depicts performance artist Bob Flanagan strapping himself to a machine that subsequently pleasures, tortures and kills him. Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson of Coil directed a music video for "Happiness in Slavery," which was universally banned due to its graphic content. The song "Wish" won a Grammy in the "metal" category.

It was later released as one CD, with the bonus songs as "hidden" tracks 98 and 99. It was originally released in a fold-out format, containing the first six tracks on a regular CD and an additional three-inch minidisc with the remaining bonus tracks. NIN's second major release was Broken (1992), an EP of six tracks plus two bonus tracks. It went triple platinum in the US and produced the singles "Head Like a Hole," "Down in It" and "Sin." Music videos were made for these three tracks, but only the videos for "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" were ever completed and released.

NIN's debut album, Pretty Hate Machine (1989), largely consists of studio versions of demo recordings. "The Perfect Drug" has the flavor of drum and bass, "Down in It" is essentially a rap, "Happiness in Slavery" is industrial, "The Frail" is a melancholy piano piece, and most of Pretty Hate Machine could be considered dark synth pop. NIN's songs cover a range of genres; as a body of work, they cannot be pigeonholed. So, I'd say I've borrowed from certain styles and bands like that." [2] (http://www.theninhotline.net/archives/articles/axc94a.shtml).

And because someone didn't come up with a new name that separates those two somewhat unrelated genres, it tends to irritate all the old school fans waving their flags of alternativeness and obscurity. I'm working in the context of a pop song structure whereas those bands didn't. We have very little to do with it other than there is noise in my music and there is noise in theirs. "What was originally called industrial music was about 20 years ago Throbbing Gristle and Test Department.

NIN's sound has variously been described as alternative, electronica, heavy metal, rock, synth pop, or, most commonly, industrial. Regarding his music being categorized as industrial, Reznor had this to say in a 1994 Axcess magazine interview:. [In his best he-man voice] Tough and manly! It's a curse trying to come up with band names." [1] (http://www.theninhotline.net/archives/articles/axc94a.shtml). It seemed kind of frightening. It really doesn't have any literal meaning.

Nine Inch Nails lasted the two week test, looked great in print, and could be abbreviated easily. I had about 200 of those. "I don't know if you've ever tried to think of band names, but usually you think you have a great one and you look at it the next day and it's stupid. They asked him how he came up with the name Nine Inch Nails and this was his reply:.

Axcess magazine interviewed Reznor after the release of The Downward Spiral in 1994. Nine Inch Nails (NIИ, the second "N" is flipped horizontally on album and promotional art) is a critically and commercially successful American band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 by Trent Reznor. Jeordie White - Bass, Guitar. Aaron North - Guitar.

Jerome Dillon - Drums. Alessandro Cortini - Keyboard. Danny Lohner - Bass, Guitar, Keyboard. Robin Finck - Guitar, Keyboard.

Jerome Dillon - Drums. Charlie Clouser - Keyboard, Theremin. Charlie Clouser - Keyboards, Drums. Chris Vrenna - Drums.

Danny Lohner - Bass, Guitar, Keyboard. Robin Finck - Guitar, Keyboard. Charlie Clouser - Keyboard (1995). James Woolley - Keyboard (1994).

Chris Vrenna - Drums. Danny Lohner - Bass, Guitar, Keyboard. Robin Finck - Guitar, Keyboard. James Woolley - Keyboard.

Chris Vrenna - Drums (remainder of tour). Jeff Ward - Drums (beginning of tour). Richard Patrick - Guitar. "Deep" appears on the soundtrack for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).

The soundtrack also contains two songs credited only to Trent Reznor. "The Perfect Drug" appears on the soundtrack for Lost Highway (1997), which Reznor also produced. "Burn," "Something I Can Never Have" and "A Warm Place" appear on the soundtrack for Natural Born Killers (1994), which Reznor also produced. "Dead Souls," NIN's cover of the Joy Division song, appears on the soundtrack for The Crow (1994).

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