Survivalism (song)

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"Survivalism"
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Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Year Zero
ReleasedMarch 13, 2007 (2007-03-13)
Format
Recorded2006
Genre
Length4:23
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s)
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"Every Day Is Exactly the Same"
(2005)
"Survivalism"
(2007)
"Capital G"
(2007)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 22
(2007)
Halo 23
(2007)
Halo 24
(2007)
Year Zero
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an alternate reality game by
Nine Inch Nails
and 42 Entertainment

Contents

Campaign

Campaign timeline

Media

Year Zero album
"Survivalism" single
"Capital G" single
Beside You in Time HD DVD and BD
Year Zero Remixed album

In-game

Numbers

Characters and organizations

Drugs and devices

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Industrial rock music genre

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On February 14, 2007, a clip of the chorus to "Survivalism" was first heard by fans calling the telephone number 1-310-295-1040, which was found by joining discolored numerals on the back of a tour T-shirt. [4] FMQB reported that "Survivalism" would arrive at radio stations on February 27 with an add date of March 6, [5] but 102.1 The Edge in Toronto debuted the song on February 15, and on the next day, it was officially played on radio stations across the United States. It was later made available on Nine Inch Nails' Myspace page.

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As with "The Hand That Feeds" and "Only", the "Survivalism" multi-track GarageBand file was released by the band for fan remixing on March 13. [6] It can be downloaded on the album's website.

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Music video

Nine Inch Nails was scheduled to begin shooting a video for "Survivalism" on February 5, 2007, in the Los Angeles area. [7] It was directed by Alex Lieu, Rob Sheridan, and Trent Reznor.

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Trent Reznor American musician

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The video was circulated on the Internet on March 7, 2007, when Nine Inch Nails played the Carling Academy Brixton in London, England. USB pen drives containing low and high resolution versions of the video were found at different locations in the venue by concert-goers.

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The video consists of a series of images from a console of secret cameras installed in an apartment block. As the camera moves between the footage, viewers are able to see into the lives of a number of residents, including:

Still image from the black and white video with the band. Survivalism Music Video.png
Still image from the black and white video with the band.

There are also cameras directed at hallways and stairs inside the apartment block. After about a minute, these screens show a SWAT team armed with submachine guns assembling outside. They enter in formation, and eventually break down a door (on which the letters "REV 18 3–4" are stenciled, a reference to a passage in the Bible) and enter the apartment where the band is playing. The noise disturbs all the residents, who momentarily stop what they are doing and move off to investigate, then return to their activities. At this point, a number of cameras have been turned off and show static. The band is no longer in their room. It has been torn asunder and a large smear of blood is visible on the floor. The final shot shows a bleeding corpse being dragged around a corner and out of sight.

The Bible passage referenced by the door is from the Book of Revelation, a passage describing the fallen city-nation of Babylon and how she has been corrupted by luxury and adultery, and how people are being called to leave this whorish nation behind and not share in her immorality to keep from sharing in her judgement. (see here)

The time code in the monitor sometimes changes the last digit for a letter. This eventually spells out "THE_TURNEDTO_". In addition, several Bible verses that reference water and blood are shown throughout the video. "Isaiah 15:9" on the graffiti wall, "John 19:34" on the picture of Jesus behind the couple, and "II Kings 3:22" and "Exodus 7:21" in the board behind the man with the laptop. This led to the discovery of the Year Zero website, which was a collage of a hand picking a man up out of the wreckage of a crumbling bridge, claimed to be drawn by a prison inmate. There are various biblical quotations surrounding the drawing, and capital letters (un-capitalized letters in the second paragraph) align to form the word "francesca" once in the first paragraph, and twice in the second. Francesca has two documented meanings; 'free', and 'from Franconia' or 'from France'.

The music video is available for download (both the lo-res and hi-res version) at the album's website.

At the end of 2007, Rolling Stone readers voted the video as the best music video of year. [8]

Release and reception

"Survivalism" had 501 plays and debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in the week of February 23, 2007. It eventually climbed to number one for one week, becoming NIN's fourth consecutive number one single (as well as their most recent), [9] and debuted at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. [10] Since Linkin Park's enormously more successful "What I've Done" single debuted at number one and replaced "Survivalism"'s position, the song however had fallen drastically after one week at number one, almost dropping off the top 20 of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart within just one month. The song dropped from number 7 to number 19 during the week of May 12, 2007, proceeded to fall to number 26 during the week of May 19, 2007, then hit number 37 in the week of May 26, 2007, leading the song to stay on the chart for only 13 weeks, a disappointment as a few other notable songs, despite not reaching number one on the chart, stayed in the top 20 for longer, such as Breaking Benjamin's "Breath" (number 3), Papa Roach's "Forever" (number 2), Incubus's "Dig" (number 4), and Rise Against's "Prayer of the Refugee" (number 7) ("Breath" stayed on the chart for 39 weeks). "Survivalism" debuted at number two on the UK Rock Singles Chart [11] and at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart. [12] [13] The song is Nine Inch Nails' fourth consecutive top ten single on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. [14]

The single debuted at number one on the Canadian Singles Chart (the only time a Nine Inch Nails single debuted at the top of a chart), a position which it maintained for six weeks. [15]

Formats and track listings

Promo CD
No.TitleLength
1."Survivalism" (LP version)4:22
2."Survivalism" (edit)4:22
iTunes single (Halo 23i)
No.TitleLength
1."Survivalism"4:22
UK / international 2-track
No.TitleLength
1."Survivalism"4:22
2."Survivalism_Tardusted"4:19
International CD maxi
No.TitleLength
1."Survivalism"4:22
2."Survivalism_Tardusted"4:19
3."The Greater Good" (Instrumental)5:03
4."Survivalism" (Video) 
UK 9" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Survivalism"4:22
2."Survivalism_OpalHeartClinic_Niggy_Tardust! (Escaped…"4:18

Credits and personnel

"Survivalism"

Music video

Charts

Chart (2008)Peak
position
Austria Singles Chart [17] 63
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Denmark Singles Chart [18] 15
Finland Singles Chart [19] 7
Spain Singles Chart [20] 2
UK Singles Chart [21] 29
US Billboard Hot 100 [22] 68
US Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [23] 1
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [24] 14
US Pop 100 ( Billboard ) [25] 66

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