I’ve left a few subtle clues, but I’m sure by now someone may have guessed that I am a big fan of the entity known as Nine Inch Nails. I've loved them/him since Pretty Hate Machine got me through the end of high school, and of course I recently saw them at the Palace in Auburn Hills.
Ever since that most recent show I’ve been blaring this song over and over. I dunno why, it’s an older song (1999!) that never really clicked with me before for whatever reason. I guess I was too busy listening to bleeps and bloops and spinning glowsticks around when it originally came out to notice it.
I know that Trent Reznor has said in interviews that it’s not a love song. And that, like most other Nine Inch Nails songs, it’s about a sick relationship that is one-sided and wrong. But I just can’t get past the optimism and uncharacteristic happiness of the lyrics.
You and me
We're in this together now
None of them can stop us now
We will make it through some how
You and me
If the world should break in two
Until the very end of me
Until the very end of you
The chorus is just, I dunno, sort of hopeful and great and cathartic in a way that other, angrier, Nine Inch Nails is not. And yet it still retains the bad ass-ness that is Trent Reznor. I’m generally more on the low end of the Kinsey Scale, but I just want to say that this song makes me want to make out with this man, and I’m not ashamed to admit it in public. He’s on that short list of people that also includes Brad Pitt, David Bowie and a few others.
Also this video is pretty sweet.