Johnny Cash- Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
When Trent Reznor was asked if Cash could cover his song, Reznor said he was “flattered” but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky.” He became a fan of Cash’s version, however, once he saw the music video.
“I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.
I don’t really know what to add to this other than the fact that this is hands down one of the best covers of any song ever, and the music video is a total masterpiece.
In the olden days, being on a major label, we’d get into fights about the cost of the package. I would be arguing, ‘It needs four-color ink and it needs this kind of paper.’ And the argument would be, ‘Nobody cares about that stuff.’ I don’t know if the guy that bought the Eminem record cares about that — and that’s nothing against Eminem. I don’t know that my biggest fan cares about that. But I care about it. I care about the way that paper feels, and if it leaves fingerprints, and I would prefer that it’s not the jewel box that explodes when you try to take the plastic off the outside. And with vinyl, I care about what’s written on the inside with the engineer’s handwriting. I think about those things. So if I’m able to offer something that actually makes it sound a little closer to how we wanted it to sound, I don’t expect everyone to care about that. But if you do, then here it is.
Yes yes yes.
I know that what we’re doing flies in the face of the Kickstarter Amanda-Palmer-Start-a-Revolution thing, which is fine for her, but I’m not super-comfortable with the idea of Ziggy Stardust shaking his cup for scraps. I’m not saying offering things for free or pay-what-you-can is wrong. I’m saying my personal feeling is that my album’s not a dime. It’s not a buck. I made it as well as I could, and it costs 10 bucks, or go fuck yourself.
How to destroy angels. New single “Keep it together.” From An omen EP, out November 13th.