Trent Reznor is a Black Mirror fan and he’s fully on-board with the new pop version of “Head Like A Hole”.
Nine Inch Nails quickly became one of alternative rock’s great subversive voices following their 1989 breakthrough album Pretty Hate Machine. And I’m not sure anyone subverts technology’s potential quite like the dystopic sci-fi anthology TV series Black Mirror.
So when Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker contacted Trent Reznor about re-writing Nine Inch Nails tracks for an episode about fame-hungry pop stars and mental health, Trent “got it” quickly. Via Billboard:
“It was via email and he was really happy. He wanted to see the script and I got to rewrite his lyrics in a chirpy way,” he said. “I’m not the best lyricist in the world, and there’s one point where she’s singing ‘I’m stoked on ambition and verve’ instead of, ‘You’re gonna get what you deserve.’”
“He thought it was all very funny. He found all of the dark comedy very entertaining.
Here’s the Miley Cyrus-sung cut “On A Roll”.
And here’s Nine Inch Nails’ classic “Head Like A Hole”:
As a lifelong NIN fan, the Miley cut makes me nauseous. BUT I haven’t watched the new season of Black Mirror yet. I love that show… and if Trent Reznor himself is on board, I have faith that there’s a point to this postmodern nonsense!
Were you a big fan of the original track? What do you think of Miley’s version?