Trent Reznor

Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965 in Mercer, Pennsylvania), better known as Trent Reznor, is the creative force behind the band Nine Inch Nails. He released most of his work under his former record label, Nothing Records. In 2004, he stated he will have nothing more to do with the label. Until recently, he had lived in New Orleans, Louisiana.

TVT Records signed Trent Reznor, and in 1989 he released "Pretty Hate Machine", Nine Inch Nails' first album. Subsequent works include 1992's eight song EP "Broken", 1994's "The Downward Spiral" and 1999's "The Fragile". His latest album, "With Teeth", is expected to be released on 3 May 2005.

Reznor was the credited producer for Marilyn Manson's albums Portrait of an American Family (1994), Smells Like Children (1995), and Antichrist Superstar (1996), as well as the soundtrack for the film Natural Born Killers.

Reznor likes video games, most notably Doom by id Software, which he has said he played in the Nine Inch Nails tour bus after doing shows. He also created the soundtrack for id Software's hit Quake. (As a side-note, the NIN logo also appears on the nailgun ammo boxes in Quake)

Trent returned to work with id Software in 2003 as the sound engineer for video game Doom 3. However, due to "time, money, and bad management" he had to abandon this project, and his audio work did not make it into the game's release. The original audio files can be found on the internet, although they are not officially endorsed by Reznor or id software. Chris Vrenna, former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, produced the music for Doom 3 with his partner Clint Walsh.

During the five years between his albums The Downward Spiral (1994) and The Fragile (1999), Trent Reznor struggled with depression, writer's block, and the death of his grandmother. He has been reported to be suffering from bipolar disorder. It was reported that Reznor had considered committing suicide during this period. In a 1999 interview for Rolling Stone magazine, he said that "It just took me time to sit down and change my head and my life around. I had to slap myself in the face: 'If you want to kill yourself, do it, save everybody the fucking hassle. Or get your shit together.'"

Trent has collaborated with such artists as Tori Amos, adding backing vocals to "Past the Mission" from Under the Pink. He has also worked with David Bowie, Pigface, Marilyn Manson, The Neptunes, 1000 Homo DJs, and Peter Gabriel.

A collaboration with Danny Lohner, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and Atticus Ross of 12 Rounds known as Tapeworm was in production for almost ten years, but an update on the official Nine Inch Nails website has declared that the project has been terminated. The only known performance of any Tapeworm material was of Keenan's other band, A Perfect Circle performing the song "Vacant" on tour in 2001. "Vacant" appears on A Perfect Circle's third album eMOTIVe, reworked and retitled "Passive".

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The only known performance of any Tapeworm material was of Keenan's other band, A Perfect Circle performing the song "Vacant" on tour in 2001. "Vacant" appears on A Perfect Circle's third album eMOTIVe, reworked and retitled "Passive". Others that have recorded with the Sex Pistols include;. A collaboration with Danny Lohner, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and Atticus Ross of 12 Rounds known as Tapeworm was in production for almost ten years, but an update on the official Nine Inch Nails website has declared that the project has been terminated. The surviving members of the Sex Pistols have performed reunion gigs in 1996 and 2002, and embarked on a US tour in 2003. He has also worked with David Bowie, Pigface, Marilyn Manson, The Neptunes, 1000 Homo DJs, and Peter Gabriel. Opinions differ widely on McLaren's actual responsibility for the band's artistic and cultural relevance. Trent has collaborated with such artists as Tori Amos, adding backing vocals to "Past the Mission" from Under the Pink. Conversely, it can also be argued that the Sex Pistols were a manufactured pop act, insofar as their look and sound was in part an innovation of Malcolm McLaren's.

Or get your shit together.'". Their chord progressions and pounding, primal bass lines can still be heard in the music of bands such as Rancid, The Libertines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and other revivalists. I had to slap myself in the face: 'If you want to kill yourself, do it, save everybody the fucking hassle. It can be argued that the Sex Pistols are the most influential band ever in punk rock. In a 1999 interview for Rolling Stone magazine, he said that "It just took me time to sit down and change my head and my life around. Whereas previous challenges to the class system had come mainly from within, such as the public school and Oxbridge dominated satire boom of the 1960s or the socially realist theatre of the 1950s, the Pistols communicated directly with a much wider audience and, to some extent, the resulting shock waves can still be felt. It was reported that Reznor had considered committing suicide during this period. The Sex Pistols remain influential, however, both for the musical style they were pivotal in helping to define, and in terms of their influence on the British cultural landscape, helping to change the cultural climate.

He has been reported to be suffering from bipolar disorder. Cook and Jones continued to work in the music business, often as session musicians, and also as the more 'conventional' rock band The Professionals. During the five years between his albums The Downward Spiral (1994) and The Fragile (1999), Trent Reznor struggled with depression, writer's block, and the death of his grandmother. Lydon has publically dismissed this film, stating that it has little to do with the reality of what actually happened. Chris Vrenna, former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, produced the music for Doom 3 with his partner Clint Walsh. A fictionalised account of Vicious's relationship with Spungen was later recounted in the 1986 film Sid and Nancy (dir. Alex Cox). The original audio files can be found on the internet, although they are not officially endorsed by Reznor or id software. Vicious continued to gig as a 'solo performer', recording an album of live tracks that many consider to be substandard. He was shortly afterwards arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, in New York, and died of a heroin overdose before coming to trial.

However, due to "time, money, and bad management" he had to abandon this project, and his audio work did not make it into the game's release. Rotten, now using his given name Lydon, went on to form the group Public Image Ltd with his old friend Jah Wobble (John Wordle). Trent returned to work with id Software in 2003 as the sound engineer for video game Doom 3. The remainder of the group soldiered on for a short time, with Edward Tudor-Pole temporarily replacing Rotten, trading on their reputation and gimmicks, such as recording with notorious British criminal Ronnie Biggs, and Vicious releasing a version of "My Way", but after the release of the movie The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, they finally split. (As a side-note, the NIN logo also appears on the nailgun ammo boxes in Quake). The two-week American jaunt was an exhausting, badly-planned, dispiriting experience for all concerned (Vicious was beaten by the bodyguards hired to protect him, Rotten had a fierce head cold, and the band's performances were plagued by bad sound and physically hostile audiences), and on the final date at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on January 14, the disillusioned Rotten quit, famously asking "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" from the stage before walking off. He also created the soundtrack for id Software's hit Quake. (Elvis Costello and the Attractions went on in their stead).

Reznor likes video games, most notably Doom by id Software, which he has said he played in the Nine Inch Nails tour bus after doing shows. Originally they were scheduled to begin the tour in December 1977, beginning with a performance on Saturday Night Live but due to the members' minor scrapes with the law, they were unable to receive passports in time. Reznor was the credited producer for Marilyn Manson's albums Portrait of an American Family (1994), Smells Like Children (1995), and Antichrist Superstar (1996), as well as the soundtrack for the film Natural Born Killers. Early in 1978 an American tour was booked by McLaren. His latest album, "With Teeth", is expected to be released on 3 May 2005. Years later the promoter of the evening show confessed that the Pistols never cashed his cheque. Subsequent works include 1992's eight song EP "Broken", 1994's "The Downward Spiral" and 1999's "The Fragile". The atmosphere in the evening show was counter to the negative publicity that had been generated towards the band by the tabloid press; before the show, Johnny Rotten mingled with the crowd wearing his pith helmet, and the good humour of the matinee (which was a benefit played for free) lingered on.

TVT Records signed Trent Reznor, and in 1989 he released "Pretty Hate Machine", Nine Inch Nails' first album. Those waiting outside for the second show were given turkey sandwiches from the remains of the meal laid on for the strikers' families. Until recently, he had lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tickets for the latter were furtively sold for a secret venue, announced shortly before the gig as a tactic to avoid the attentions of local councillors and the like, who had cancelled many of the Pistols' other shows. In 2004, he stated he will have nothing more to do with the label. They played two shows, a matinee and an evening show. He released most of his work under his former record label, Nothing Records. Despite the band's state of disintegration by this time, the gig was considered by some as a vindication of their anti-establishment stance when they were, for once, united with what might be viewed as their true constituency, the dispossessed English working class.

Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965 in Mercer, Pennsylvania), better known as Trent Reznor, is the creative force behind the band Nine Inch Nails. The Sex Pistols' final UK performance was at Ivanhoe's in Huddersfield on Christmas Day 1977, a benefit for the families of striking firemen. Again the band faced controversy when a record shop in Manchester was threatened with prosecution for displaying the album's 'obscene' cover, although the case was overturned when defending QC John Mortimer produced expert witnesses who were able to demonstrate that the word "bollocks" was a legitimate old English term originally used to refer to a priest, and that although the word is also slang for testicles, in this context it meant 'nonsense'. The album included singles "Pretty Vacant" (released on July 2, 1977), an ode to apathy, and "Holidays in the Sun" (released on October 15, 1977). The promise of the band's early singles was eventually fulfilled by the group's first album Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols, released on October 28, 1977.

Arguably all good fun and a great publicity stunt, but matters took a distinctly uglier turn when young punk followers of the Sex Pistols became victims of physical attacks in the street by 'pro-royalists', and Rotten himself was assaulted by a razor wielding gang of 'Teddy Boys' in Finsbury Park who, it seems, didn't see the funny side of the Pistols' antics. As usual, the event ended in chaos; the boat was raided by the police, and Mclaren, The Pistols and most of their entourage were arrested and taken into custody. Meanwhile, The Sex Pistols decided to celebrate the Jubilee, along with the success of their record, by chartering a boat, upon which they sailed down the Thames, past Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, performing their live set. Nevertheless, in the week of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee, the record officially reached number two in some UK charts (although the number-two spot was, tellingly, left blank in several listings, and many believe, with evidence, that the record actually reached number one, and that the charts were rigged to prevent such a spectacle).

Coming at a time when deference to royalty was still a predominant trait in both the establishment and the country as a whole the record was quickly banned from airplay by the staid BBC, whose Radio 1 dominated music broadcasting. The group's second single, eventually released by Virgin on May 27, 1977, was God Save the Queen, a stinging attack on the British Royal Family, and by extension the institutions of Britain, delivered in Rotten's trademark sneer. According to Jon Savage's biography of the Sex Pistols, England's Dreaming, at live performances his amplifier was often turned down, and most of the bass parts on the band's later recordings were actually played by guitarist Steve Jones or Matlock, who (according to Lydon's autobiography Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs) had been drafted in as a session musician. He was quickly replaced by Rotten's friend and "ultimate Sex Pistols fan" Sid Vicious (real name John Simon Ritchie) of The Flowers of Romance, famously endorsed as a member by McLaren for his looks and "punk attitude" despite his very limited musical abilities.

Matlock himself now claims to have quit voluntarily. According to legend he was sacked because he "liked The Beatles" - although in a 2002 television interview Steve Jones claimed the real reason was that he was "always washing his feet". In February 1977 bass player and principal songwriter Glen Matlock parted company with the band. A shambolic tour of the UK followed, with the majority of the concerts dogged by a hostile press and cancelled by local authorities, and many of the rest ending in states of semi-riot.

After a short and disastrous period spent with the A&M record label, The Pistols were picked up by the (at that time) independent Virgin Records. Although the programme was only seen in the London ITV region (and although Matlock had, unnoticed, been the first to utter the word, fuck), the ensuing furore occupied the tabloid newspapers for days and the band were shortly after dropped by the label. However, on December 1, 1976 the group and their close circle of followers, the Bromley Contingent, created a storm of publicity in the UK when, goaded by interviewer Bill Grundy, guitarist Steve Jones used the word "fuck" on Thames Television's early evening television programme Today, as well as calling Grundy a "rotter" after he made a rather inept attempt at 'chatting up' Siouxsie of Siouxsie and the Banshees. The Sex Pistols were, despite common misconception and as evidenced by their live recordings of the time, a tight and ferocious live band, easily as musically skilled as their non-punk contemporaries.

The Pistols' first single, "Anarchy in the UK", released on November 26, 1976, served as a statement of intent -- full of wit, anger and visceral energy. Following a showcase gig as part of London's first punk festival at the 100 Club in Oxford Street, the band was signed (for a large advance) to the major label EMI. McLaren also claimed that he wanted the Sex Pistols to be "the new Bay City Rollers". All of these figures were doyens of the New York City punk, and later new wave music, scene.

Under McLaren's guidance, the band was initially influenced in part by the simple, chord-based style of The New York Dolls and The Ramones (McLaren had given guitarist Jones the Les Paul guitar used by NY Doll Sylvain Sylvain, and the torn-shirt, spiked-hair look of Richard Hell, bass player for Television. The name, no doubt, was intended to bring to mind the male sex organ, but McLaren has stated that he wanted the band to be "sexy assassins" (in later years band members frequently accused McLaren both of cheating them financially, and of claiming credit for things that were not his idea). McLaren became the new group's manager. Nightingale left the band shortly afterwards, and the remaining members recruited bass player Glen Matlock and vocalist Johnny Rotten, who were among the clientele of the 'SEX' boutique in Kings Road, Chelsea. This shop (previously known as Let It Rock) was owned by the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, and Situationist-inspired impresario Malcolm McLaren, who had briefly been the manager of The New York Dolls.

The group was formed in August 1975 by Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Wally Nightingale. Whilst The Clash were both more articulate and politically motivated, and The Buzzcocks had more astute pop sensibilities, no other group better exemplified the punk movement's spirit and inherent contradictions. Despite their short existence, the Sex Pistols were perhaps the quintessential British punk rock band. 24 Hour Party People Michael Winterbottom, 2002.

Andrew Mcleigh, 1999). Sid's Gang dir. Alex Cox, 1986). Sid and Nancy (dir.

The Punk Rock Movie (Don Letts, 1979) (independent documentary footage shot at the time). DOA (Lech Kowalski, 1981) (includes footage shot during the Pistols' 1978 US tour). The Filth and The Fury (Julien Temple, 2000) (The Pistols' version of events). The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (Julien Temple, 1978) (McLaren's version of the Pistols story).

Jubilee (Derek Jarman, 1978). Sex Pistols Number One (Derek Jarman, 1976) (a short of footage shot at early gigs). Vicious: Too Fast to Live - Alan Parker. .: Sex Pistols and the Shape of Rock - David Nolan.

I Swear I Was There . Destroy: Sex Pistols 1977 - Dennis Morris. God Save the Sex Pistols: A Collector's Guide to the Priests Of Punk - Gavin Walsh. Please Kill Me - Legs McNeal.

I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol - Glen Matlock. England's Dreaming: The Sex Pistols and Punk Rock - Jon Savage. Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs - John Lydon. The Sex Pistols - Fred & Julie Vermorel.

The Boy Looked at Johnny - Julie Burchill & Tony Parsons. May 27, 2002 - "God Save the Queen" (re-issue) #15 UK. from "Jubilee: The Best Of"

    . June 1996 - "Pretty Vacant" (live) #18 UK.

    from "Filthy Lucre Live"

      . October 1992 - "Anarchy in the UK" (re-issue) #33 UK. from "Kiss This: The Best Of"
        . June 4, 1980 - "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" #21 UK.

        October 18, 1979 - "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle" #21 UK. June 22, 1979 - "C'mon Everybody" #3 UK. March 30, 1979 - "Silly Thing" #6 UK. February 9, 1979 - "Something Else" #3 UK.

        June 30, 1978 - "No One Is Innocent" #7 UK. from "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle"

          . October 15, 1977 - "Holidays in the Sun" #8 UK. July 2, 1977 - "Pretty Vacant" #6 UK.

          May 27, 1977 - "God Save the Queen" #2 UK. November 26, 1976 - "Anarchy in the UK" #38 UK. from "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols"

            . December 1979 - "Sid Sings", #30 UK.

            Sex Pistols (box set) (June 2002). Jubilee: The Best Of (May 27, 2002) #29 UK. Filthy Lucre Live (June 1996) #26 UK. Kiss This: The Best Of (October 1992) #10 UK.

            Flogging a Dead Horse (compilation) (February 1980) #23 UK. Some Product: Carri on Sex Pistols (outtakes compilation) (July 27, 1979) #6 UK. The Great Rock & Roll Swindle (February 26, 1979) #7 UK. Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols (October 28, 1977) #1 UK, #106 US.

            sung on "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle", "Rock Around The Clock", and "Who Killed Bambi?", 1979. Edward Tudor-Pole. Ronnie Biggs, sung on "No One Is Innocent" and "Belsen Was A Gas", 1978. Paul Cook, drums.

            Sid Vicious (born John Ritchie), bass guitar 1977-1978. Glen Matlock, bass guitar 1975-1977. Steve Jones, guitar. Johnny Rotten (born John Lydon), vocals.

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