Something I Can Never Have

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"Something I Can Never Have"
Song by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Pretty Hate Machine
ReleasedOctober 20, 1989
Genre Dark ambient, dungeon synth
Length5:55
Label TVT
Songwriter(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s) Trent Reznor, Flood, Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc, John Fryer

"Something I Can Never Have" is the fifth track on industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut album, Pretty Hate Machine . The song was used in the film Natural Born Killers . [1] [2] According to Loren Coleman, the song deals with suicidal themes. [3]

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Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

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<i>Pretty Hate Machine</i> 1989 studio album by Nine Inch Nails

Pretty Hate Machine is the debut studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on October 20, 1989 by TVT Records. The album is compiled of reworked tracks from the Purest Feeling demo, as well as songs composed after its original recording. Production of the record was handled by Flood and Trent Reznor, among other contributors.

Tom Breihan from Pitchfork Media gave a positive review to the song, stating that the song portrays "an absolute mastery" with "its haunted, minimal piano figure and a few hushed synth tones slowly, letting in sputtering static, faraway door-slam drums, and quiet little counter-melodies." [4] When the song was re-released in 2006, Rob Mitchum referred to it as a "'Goodbye Blue Sky' rip-off" . [5]

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A "deconstructed" version of the song was also included in the live album And All That Could Have Been . The accompanying live music video, with Jerome Dillon was also released. [6]

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Jerome Dillon is a professional musician, best known for his tenure as drummer with industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails from 1999–2005. After his departure, his own project, Nearly, released its debut album reminder in December 2005, along with a cd maxi-single for the song "Straight to Nowhere". "All is Lost", a song from reminder that Dillon co-wrote with 12 Rounds singer, Claudia Sarne, was featured in the 2008 film, Diary of a Nymphomaniac. In addition, an authorized limited release live bootleg EP/DVD entitled reminder Live 2006, was released in August 2006. Dillon has worked as a composer for feature films since 2001.

Covers

This song has been covered by Dutch dark wave band, Clan of Xymox, in its 2012 album Kindred Spirits, and by the band Flyleaf for Underworld: Evolution OST. [7] In July 2014, Tori Amos covered the song on her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour. [8] A version of the song was used in the fifth episode of the HBO series Westworld in 2016. [9]

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Clan of Xymox band formed in the Netherlands in 1981

Clan of Xymox, also known as simply Xymox, are a Dutch rock band formed in 1981. Clan of Xymox featured a trio of songwriters — Ronny Moorings, Anka Wolbert, and Pieter Nooten — and gained success in the 1980s, releasing their first two albums on 4AD, before releasing their third and fourth albums on Wing Records and scoring a hit single in the United States. Their 1980s releases included synthpop/electronic dance music. Though the band is still active and continues to tour and release records, of the original songwriters, only Moorings remains in the band today.

Flyleaf (band) American heavy metal band

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