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Ruskie
(stardust savant)
04/07/04 06:06 PM
Trent Reznor new  

Bowie recently likened Reznor to the twisted Austrian conceptualist Hermann Nitsch, who dredges up inner demons via artwork often comprised of real gore and blood. "I don't think Trent has been doing it quite so consciously, with such an artistic premise in mind," pondered the Thin White Duke, a decadent from way back. "But he's definitely kind of in that place, where he feels like you just have to get right into the miasma of your being and haul out of this gunge. I think it's a really dark place to be – I've touched upon it myself in the '70s and it's not a pleasant experience. But I just hope he gets through that – I think he's one of the most talented writers of his generation, in this country, and I would expect to still see him around in ten, 20 years' time. I just hope he gets through all this so he can be here with us for that long – he is truly a talented kid."

David Bowie, Raygun Issue #74, December 1999

Ruskie
(stardust savant)
04/07/04 06:14 PM
Re: Trent Reznor new [re: Ruskie]  

[After being snubbed by Prince in his own studio]
That strikes a wrong chord in my Midwestern upbringing regarding simple human decency. I don't mean to sound judgmental, but I've no great desire to meet Bowie now, because in my mind, I'd rather think of him as this cool guy.

Trent Reznor, Musician, March 1994

ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/08/04 11:52 AM
Re: Trent Reznor new [re: Ruskie]  

"Actually, I started listening to Low again when I heard Trent Reznor was a big fan of it. I went back to it to find out why and I started to hear the breaking down of the drum sounds and obvious signposts to the way he writes. It was fairly instructive. And what a damn good album it was. I also think Station To Station is great. I've listened to it a few times."

David Bowie, Q, February 1997



Debris
(mortal with potential)
04/30/04 10:16 PM
Re: Trent Reznor [re: Ruskie]  

"Touring with David bowie, I went from being completely awestruck and seeing him as this idol, to his being a very big inspiration for me. I first stumbled into Bowie when Scary Monsters came out, then just in the last six or seven years I've gone back and learned a lot more about his earlier work from around the Hunky Dory-ish era. I went back and really got into it, and that happened to coincide with when we started talking about doing that tour together. I guess what struck me being around him is that he's the same age as my dad, and it was so inspiring to see someone who had gone through a degree of pain and had written about it to be at a state where they seemed content. I don't mean lazy content, because he still has a very, 'Fuck it- I'm gonna try this and it might fail, but I need to do it artistically' attitude. He's very inspirational and I hope I could eventualy get close to that level. I don't mean fame-wise or monetary-wise, but just spiritually. That's the reward I'm looking for."

Trent Reznor, Raygun Interview, 1998

Debris
(mortal with potential)
04/30/04 10:19 PM
Re: Trent Reznor new [re: Ruskie]  

"Bowie's changed music. He's had the balls- not to sound like I'm kissing his ass or anything-but its like every record of his changed. Think of how different it must've been to put out Low after Hunkey Dory or after his Thin White Duke phase to go into electronic and then go into whatever. Sometimes it might've been a very sly recycling of the current trend at the time, but regardless it was done well. To have that sort of musical innovation and then to actually emerge at the other end- that's gotta be a pretty good feeling. And to see him just being happy, to see with his wife-like I'd walk over to his room hungover and he's painting a picture, Iman's calling from the other room-you know, things could be worse."

Trent Reznor, Raygun Interview, 1998

Debris
(mortal with potential)
05/01/04 04:03 AM
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Re: Trent Reznor new [re: Ruskie]  

"He really impressed me, just hearing him sing every night. I'll never be as good of a singer as he is. He's a fucking great singer. You either have that or you don't. And he has it. I've caught a little bit of flak from some of the snotty media, you know. 'Washed up David Bowie's trying to reinvent himself by... ' fuck that. Like everybody else, he's had this moments of missing the mark, but for the most part he's been conistently amazing."

Trent Reznor, Raygun Interview, 1998



white rabbit
(acolyte)
04/12/05 11:05 PM
Re: Trent Reznor new [re: Ruskie]  

When the gods of nasty sounds tacked audition cards to the trees around town encouraging the brutes of industrial rock to brawl for the crown, a small lad with a tuba was probably not what they had in mind for a contender. His name was Michael Trent Reznor, and he also played sax and piano and learned early in life how to engineer a recording-studio console. He produced a terrific debut album called Pretty Hate Machine. Melodically oriented and, because of record-company contractual problems, supported by what became a three-year tour, it birthed the first real mainstream breakthrough for industrial rock, selling over a million copies.

Following Brian Eno's example, Reznor unpacked his synth and threw away the manual. In making The Downward Spiral, he encouraged the computer to miscontrue input, willed it to spew out bloated, misshapen shards of sound that pierced and lacerated the listener. As a companion piece to Baudelaire's "To the Reader" – the freface to his Flowers of Evil – and second to the Velvet Underground, there has never been better soul-lashing in rock.

I had a strange dream the other week. Lou Reed, myself and a friend known as Warren Peace were having dinner in one of those old-style Greenwich Village places where Pollock was supposed to have fought other painters. Our meal was served by one of the members of Einstürzende Neubauten. I slowly became aware of the house music and that it was infuriatingly familiar. Our waiter, Blixa Bargeld, leaned in to me and whispered, "The music is a birthday surprise for Lou. Trent Reznor remixed this version of Metal Machine Music as a present."

As he said this, strands, splodges and blots from a Pollock early-Fifties "drip" painting materialized in front of our faces. While the music got louder, the paint hurtled around us faster and faster till we ran nauseous from the café, chased by infernal screaming lavender, blue and black snakes.

And that is it, really. Trent's music, built as it is on the history of industrial and mechanical sound experiments, contains a beauty that attracts and repels in equal measure: Nietzsche's "God is dead" to a nightclubbing beat. And always lifted, at the most needy moment, by a tantalizing melody.

I cannot believe that Spiral was released over ten years ago now. It is absolutely time for him to bring on his new work. And from what I know of him, it will be uncompromisingly effective, putting to shame and disqualifying most of what passes as chart fodder. And, no, no one ever calls him Mickey.


Bowie, David. (2005, April 21). The Immortals: Nine Inch Nails, Rolling Stone, Issue 972, p. 102


Ruskie
(stardust savant)
04/16/05 09:22 PM
drug drug druggy new [re: Ruskie]  

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?
Bowie has this ability to push himself, which is part of an artist's job. I hope that, when I get to the stage he's at, if I get there, that I do it with the same class and optimism.

Trent Reznor Mojo February 2005



AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
04/30/05 00:25 AM
Musical Advice new [re: Ruskie]  

"We had long talks when we were on that tour together. He said to me at one point, 'I don't mean to sound like your dad, but try writing in the third person because you'll find that you'll get yourself out of a hole that i was once in.' So i've been trying to change that. It's just weird as a writer to try to define yourself in a different way. It's like learning how to write for me, because i don't know how to fucking write."

Trent Reznor. 'Smashed Up My Sanity', CMJ, Oct 1997

Ruskie
(stardust savant)
10/21/05 01:48 AM
it's really not so bad once you get past the taste new [re: Ruskie]  

When I look at people that I would like to feel have been a mentor or an inspiring kind of archetype of what I'd love to see my career eventually be mentioned as a footnote for in the same paragraph, it would be, like, Bowie. The courage that he's shown artistically, just to keep trying new things. I remember when I toured with him in 1995, he called up and said, "I want to do a tour, and I think the only band I want to go out with is Nine Inch Nails — would you be up for it?" And I just got done saying I'm not touring for a long time. Yup, yeah, OK, yes, what time do you want to start? Playing the message back for people from my machine, [in British accent] "Hi, Trent, it's David Bowie." It's really him, man! But when we met for that tour, he said, "I'm gonna only play stuff off this new album I did. It's very obscure and obtuse, and it's probably going to fail, but it's something I feel like I need to do, and the audience probably isn't going to like it, but it's right for right now." And I thought, you know, either that's really stupid or, fuck yeah, do what you feel is right. Anyway, that stuck with me, and after getting to know him and becoming friends with him, it's been an inspiration not only in his music and his career but also his life. I met him when I was about to bottom out, and it was somebody that had bottomed out, and I saw that there was hope on the other end. Life wasn't about sitting around AA meetings, smoking cigarettes, reliving the glory days. His life was a shitload better than it was. Between him, Brian Eno, people like that, who really seem to have always put art first and maintained over a long period of time, doing stuff that's interesting, you know, failing on occasion but never sitting back and recycling the same crap... I admire that.

Trent Reznor, New Times, 20 October 2005
http://www.newtimesbpb.com/Issues/2005-10-20/music/music.html





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