The Day the World Went Away

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"The Day the World Went Away"
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Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album The Fragile
ReleasedJuly 20, 1999 (1999-07-20)
Format
RecordedAugust 1997–April 1999
Genre
Length
  • 4:33 (album version)
  • 4:03 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s)
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"The Perfect Drug"
(1997)
"The Day the World Went Away"
(1999)
"We're in This Together"
(1999)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 12
(1997)
Halo 13
(1999)
Halo 14
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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"The Day the World Went Away" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on July 20, 1999 as the lead single from their third studio album The Fragile (1999). The song was the band's first top-forty hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 17, which remains their highest-ever position on the chart. [2]

Industrial rock music genre

Industrial rock is an alternative rock genre that fuses industrial music and rock music.

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, producer and instrumentalist Trent Reznor was the only permanent member until the addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016.

Single (music) Type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

Contents

Background

"The Day the World Went Away" contains no drums. [3] It was the only single credited to Reznor to reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 until "Old Town Road" hit number one in 2019. [4] The song was a staple in the encore during the Fragility tour, [5] [6] and has been performed in many shows since.

<i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 Song chart in U.S

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

Old Town Road 2018 single by Lil Nas X

"Old Town Road" is a song by American rapper Lil Nas X. It was initially released independently on December 3, 2018, and initally gained popularity on social video sharing app TikTok. As a result, Lil Nas X was signed to Columbia Records, which now distributes the single, and recorded a remix with American county singer Billy Ray Cyrus. The song was produced by YoungKio and features a sample of the instrumental piece "34 Ghosts IV" by Nine Inch Nails. It was included alongside its remix on Lil Nas X's debut EP, 7.

The compact disc single contains three songs: the original version and a "quiet" remix of "The Day the World Went Away" and "Starfuckers, Inc.", another song from The Fragile . The 12" vinyl single replaced "Starfuckers, Inc." with another version of "The Day the World Went Away", this one remixed by the electronic music duo Porter Ricks. The main version of the title track featured on the single is approximately 30 seconds shorter than the version found on The Fragile and features slightly different vocals.

Starfuckers, Inc. single

"Starfuckers, Inc." is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from its fourth studio album, The Fragile (1999). Although the song does not have an official halo, an edited promotional single for "Starfuckers, Inc.", retitled "Starsuckers, Inc.", was distributed with exclusive radio edits, and a video for the song was produced.

<i>The Fragile</i> (Nine Inch Nails album) 1999 album by Nine Inch Nails

The Fragile is the third studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released as a double album on September 21, 1999 by Nothing and Interscope Records. It was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Alan Moulder. It was recorded throughout 1997 to 1999 in New Orleans.

The version of "Starfuckers, Inc." featured on the single is almost identical to the album version, except that this version ends with the sound of Paul Stanley yelling "Goodnight!" to a cheering crowd. The yelling and crowd cheering are sampled from a KISS concert recording. The opening to "Complication", the track which follows "Starfuckers, Inc." on The Fragile, can be heard faintly alongside the crowd noise, augmented to sound like part of the concert.

Paul Stanley American hard rock guitarist, musician, singer-songwriter and painter

Paul Stanley is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and painter, best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the rock band Kiss. He is the writer or co-writer of many of the band's highest-charting hits. Stanley established The Starchild character for his Kiss persona.

Kiss (band) American band

Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.

The flower depicted on the cover of the single is a Kangaroo paw.

Kangaroo paw

Kangaroo paw is the common name for a number of species, in two genera of the family Haemodoraceae, that are endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. These rhizomatous perennial plants are noted for their unique bird-attracting flowers. The tubular flowers are coated with dense hairs and open at the apex with six claw-like structures, and it is from this paw-like formation that the common name "kangaroo paw" is derived.

Music video

Trent Reznor in "The Day the World Went Away" music video. TDTWWA music video.jpg
Trent Reznor in "The Day the World Went Away" music video.

A music video was made for the song, but never released. Still images that were used on the official NIN website indicate that the video takes place at a funeral.

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

Funeral ceremony for a person who has died

A funeral is a ceremony connected with the final disposition of a corpse, such as a burial or cremation, with the attendant observances. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember and respect the dead, from interment, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor. Customs vary between cultures and religious groups. Common secular motivations for funerals include mourning the deceased, celebrating their life, and offering support and sympathy to the bereaved; additionally, funerals may have religious aspects that are intended to help the soul of the deceased reach the afterlife, resurrection or reincarnation.

An alternate video for the song, using live audio and a combination of live and original footage, is included as an Easter egg on the second disc of the And All That Could Have Been DVD.

A remixed version of the song entitled, "The Day the World Went Away" (Old & Gray Salvation Remix) was featured in the third theatrical trailer of Terminator Salvation . It is also used again in the television series Person of Interest , from the episode of the same name.

The song is featured in the 2012 video game Spec Ops: The Line .[ citation needed ]

Formats and track listings

CD single

Nothing Records / Interscope Records INTDS-97026

  1. "The Day the World Went Away" (single version) – 4:03
  2. "Starfuckers, Inc." (long) – 5:24
  3. "The Day the World Went Away (Quiet)" (remixed by Trent Reznor) – 6:20

12" single

Nothing Records / Interscope Records INT12-97026

Side A

  1. "The Day the World Went Away" (single version) – 4:01
  2. "The Day the World Went Away (Quiet)" – 6:20

Side B

  1. "The Day the World Went Away (Porter Ricks)" – 7:04

Charts

Charts (1999)Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 17

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