Dave Grohl And St. Vincent Have Covered Nine Inch Nails’ Piggy
Reminder: send a massive box of chocolates to Trent Reznor’s house this weekend. Card should read: “Congratulations on being inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, from all your mates at Kerrang!”
Yep, back in January it was announced that, after being in the running twice already, Nine Inch Nails are being inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The ceremony takes place this weekend, and to celebrate, St. Vincent has covered the band’s classic Piggy for Amazon Music. That’s a good beat you’ve got there, St. Vincent – who’s laying it down? Only Dave Grohl. Awesome.
“To celebrate Nine Inch Nails‘ induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week, I’ve recorded my own #AmazonOriginal version of ‘Piggy’ with Dave Grohl(!!!) on drums,” she said. “This remains one of my favorite Nail’s songs to this day.”
When the band’s place in the Hall was confirmed at the start of the year, Trent admitted to being “pretty freaked out” by it. Which is weird, coming from a man who has an Oscar, but there you are.
“When I look back at how Nine Inch Nails are received, it always seems like we fall between the cracks or we’re not in this category or ‘that thing,’” he told Rolling Stone. “I don’t know if it’s a defence mechanism, but I just assumed we’d stay in that category, so I’m pleasantly surprised to see us acknowledged. It feels pretty good.
“I had thought the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concept felt absurd,” he continued. “In some ways, it surely is; to try and quantify something as broad as that and inevitably add a competitive element to it. The gamification of it is hard to rationalise. Being there in that room last year to induct the Cure felt really cool, sitting with the guys in Radiohead and watching Bryan Ferry play. It is just nice to see a bunch of people celebrating music as the primary thing. It felt legit. It really felt good. Like I said, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m quite honoured that we’re being recognised.”
If Trent’s surprised by this, though, it’s nothing compared to when he scooped his other gong for Best Original Score in 2011 for The Social Network soundtrack.
“The Oscar win was a surreal experience because it truly came out of nowhere,” he admitted. “It wasn’t anything I’d even thought about. We were just immersed in working on something that we really believed in and felt we did a good job at. And to see that people who knew what they were doing, they think we did a pretty good job. That felt legit. You wake up the next day and you’re still the same asshole you were before you got it, but it felt significant. It felt nice.”
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