Only (Nine Inch Nails song)

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"Only"
Onlycover.jpg
Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album With Teeth
ReleasedJuly 25, 2005
Format
RecordedSeptember December 2004
Genre
Length4:22
Label
Songwriter(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s)
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"The Hand That Feeds"
(2005)
"Only"
(2005)
"Every Day Is Exactly the Same"
(2006)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 19
(2005)
Halo 20
(2005)
Halo 21
(2006)

"Only" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It was released as the second single from Nine Inch Nails' fourth album, With Teeth . "Only" reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. It is the second successful release that Nine Inch Nails has had in the UK, peaking at number 20.

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The song is regarded as a fan favorite and has been a staple of Nine Inch Nails live performances for several years, placed by setlist.fm as their 20th most played song live. [1]

Recording and release

"Only" was the last song completed for With Teeth. [2]

Like the previous single, "The Hand That Feeds", "Only" was only widely released in Europe. European releases include a CD, a DVD, and a 9" vinyl. The only United States release is a vinyl format—a remix record with mixes from Richard X and El-P.

Like "The Hand That Feeds", "Only" was released as a GarageBand multitrack file, as well as for DigiDesign Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and Sony ACID Pro. A fan remix community page was set up on MySpace. [3]

Music

"Only" has been labeled as dance-rock, [4] [5] dance-punk, [6] new wave revival [7] and synth-pop. [8]

Music video

A screenshot from the music video, depicting Trent Reznor's face in pin art, the central image of the video. NIN Only Video.jpg
A screenshot from the music video, depicting Trent Reznor's face in pin art, the central image of the video.

The music video for "Only", directed by David Fincher and relying almost entirely on CGI created by Digital Domain, [9] shows various objects in an executive's office coming to life with the propulsion of the song and was released on July 12, 2005 at NIN.com. [10]

The main focus is Trent Reznor's face appearing on the novelty Pin Art that sits on the desk. The only non-CGI components of the video are a person's hand[ citation needed ] (Fincher's, who owns the PowerBook in the video[ citation needed ]) and the cars in the background[ citation needed ].

Track listing

Promo (Interscope Records INTR-11468-2)
No.TitleLength
1."Only" (Radio Edit)4:01
UK single
No.TitleLength
1."Only"4:24
2."The Hand That Feeds" (The DFA Remix)9:01
3."Love is Not Enough" (Live at Rehearsals)3:50
4."Only" (music video)4:27
UK single/DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Only"4:24
2."Love is Not Enough" (Live at Rehearsals)3:50
3."Only" (music video)4:27
UK 9" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Only"4:24
2."The Hand That Feeds" (The DFA Remix)9:01
12" vinyl and promo CD (Interscope Records B0005465-11)
No.TitleLength
1."Only" (Richard X Remix)7:24
2."Only" (El-P Remix)4:21
3."Only" (Richard X Dub)7:51
4."Only" (Richard X Edit)3:46
5."Only" (El-P Instrumental)4:21

Charts

See also

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