The Hand That Feeds

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"The Hand That Feeds"
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Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album With Teeth
ReleasedMarch 28, 2005 (2005-03-28)
Format
Genre
Length3:38
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s) Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"Into the Void"
(2000)
"The Hand That Feeds"
(2005)
"Only"
(2005)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 17
(2002)
Halo 18
(2005)
Halo 19
(2005)

"The Hand That Feeds" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, With Teeth (2005). It is the highest charting song by Nine Inch Nails on all charts except for US Modern Rock Tracks, where it stayed at number one for five weeks, because the single that followed, "Only", stayed at number one for two more weeks (non-consecutively), and the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 31, bested only by the group's 1999 single "The Day the World Went Away", which peaked at number 17 but did not chart anywhere else in the US and never had any popular success, making it one of their less popular singles. It is, to date, Nine Inch Nails' only single to hit the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, as well as their highest-charting single on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, peaking at number two. It was also a crossover hit, crossing over to pop radio as their first top 40 radio hit since "Closer" and "Hurt" in 1994 and 1995, respectively, peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Industrial rock music genre

Industrial rock is a musical 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 that was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988. The band consists of producer and multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, as well as English musician Atticus Ross. Over the course of their three-decade existence, the band has signed with several major labels, the most current being Capitol Records, under the name The Null Corporation.

<i>With Teeth</i> 2005 studio album by Nine Inch Nails

With Teeth is the fourth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on May 3, 2005 by Nothing Records and Interscope Records. The album was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and long-time collaborator Alan Moulder. It also features contributions from musician Dave Grohl.

Contents

Background

Though several stations played a leaked copy of "The Hand That Feeds" in February, official radio play of the song began on March 14, 2005.[ citation needed ] "The Hand That Feeds" was released for sale on both iTunes and Napster on March 22, 2005.[ citation needed ]

iTunes media player and library software

iTunes is a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It was announced on January 9, 2001. It is used to play, download, and organize digital multimedia files, including music and video, on personal computers running the macOS and Windows operating systems. Content must be purchased through the iTunes Store, whereas iTunes is the software letting users manage their purchases.

Napster is the name given to three music-focused online services. It was founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing Internet service that emphasized sharing digital audio files, typically audio songs, encoded in MP3 format. The company ran into legal difficulties over copyright infringement. It ceased operations and was eventually acquired by Roxio. In its second incarnation, Napster became an online music store until it was acquired by Rhapsody from Best Buy on December 1, 2011.

A music video was made for this song. It was directed by Rob Sheridan and was released on March 17, 2005 on the NIN official website. A second video for this song was directed by Ian Inaba, but was shelved and was never completed.[ citation needed ]

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".

Rob Sheridan American artist

Rob Sheridan is an American graphic designer, Art director, photographer, and comic book author best known for his extensive work with the band Nine Inch Nails.

Ian Inaba is an American film and music video director, producer, and journalist for the Guerrilla News Network.

The April 15, 2005, update to the NIN website included a link to a multi-track GarageBand file of the song. This file allows anyone with the Macintosh program GarageBand to remix the song.

GarageBand Software application for OSX.

GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for macOS and iOS devices that allows users to create music or podcasts. GarageBand is developed and sold by Apple for macOS, and is part of the iLife software suite. Its music and podcast creation system enables users to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, an array of various instrumental effects, and voice recordings.

NIN was due to play this song at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, but dropped out due to conflicts between Trent Reznor and MTV concerning the band's plan to incorporate an image of George W. Bush into the performance. An announcement made by Trent Reznor on the NIN website on May 26 stated:

2005 MTV Movie Awards

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards was hosted by Jimmy Fallon. A special award, the Silver Bucket of Excellence, was presented to the 1985 film Breakfast Club. Also, Tom Cruise was presented with the first-ever MTV Generation Award. Neither of these two special awards were voted upon by the public. The awards were also marked by Nine Inch Nails' decision to pull out because MTV refused to let them perform using as a backdrop an unaltered image of President George W. Bush. Frontman Trent Reznor commented, "apparently the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me". Foo Fighters replaced them.

George W. Bush 43rd president of the United States

George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He had previously served as the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

"Nine Inch Nails will not be performing at the MTV Movie Awards as previously announced. We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me. See you on tour this fall when we return to play in America."

The following day, MTV stated,

"While we respect Nine Inch Nails' point of view, we were uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement. When we discussed our discomfort with the band, their choice was to unfortunately pull out of the Movie Awards."

Nine Inch Nails was eventually replaced by Foo Fighters at the ceremony on June 9.

Foo Fighters American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as "foo fighters".

During the performance of The Hand That Feeds in Jacksonville, Florida on October 29, 2008, a photo of George W. Bush was displayed behind the band, and as the band played the photo gradually morphed into John McCain, the Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election.

The song was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006. [2]

The song is included in the videogames Rock Band , Midnight Club 3 and as downloadable content in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and Rock Band 4 . The song also appears in the trailer to Red Riding Hood and in the TV spot for Underworld: Evolution . In 2009, it ranked at number 406 in Pitchfork Media's list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s. [3]

Music video

The music video for the song was directed by Trent Reznor and Rob Sheridan and debuted on the official Nine Inch Nails website. The video features the live band, featuring Aaron North, Jeordie White, Jerome Dillon, and Alessandro Cortini, performing the song in close quarters. The video features the use of the pan and scan technique, resulting in video distortion such as pixelization and interlacing. During the final chorus, the band members become intentionally more distorted by additional interlacing.

The single

The single for "The Hand That Feeds" was only given a wide release in Europe. The European releases include a 3-track limited edition CD, a 2-track standard CD, a 9" vinyl and a DVD single.

In the United States, "The Hand That Feeds" was released on various vinyl formats. A limited edition 10" picture disc and a 7" promotional disc (the latter available at With Teeth listening parties) contained the title track and the b-side "Home." Additional 12" remix records, containing mixes by Photek and DFA were also available.

Releases

Track listing

CD (Available as 2-track standard release and 3-track limited edition digipack)
No.TitleLength
1."The Hand That Feeds"3:38
2."The Hand That Feeds (Straight mix)"7:46
3."The Hand That Feeds (Dub mix)" (limited edition only)7:52
DVD (includes poster)
No.TitleLength
1."The Hand That Feeds (Video)" 
2."The Hand That Feeds" 
3."The Hand That Feeds (Straight Mix)" 
9" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."The Hand That Feeds" 
2."The Hand That Feeds (Dub Mix)" 
10" picture disc and 7" promotional vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."The Hand That Feeds" 
2."Home"3:12
12" Photek remixes
No.TitleLength
1."The Hand That Feeds (Straight Mix)" 
2."The Hand That Feeds (Ruff Mix)"3:58
3."The Hand That Feeds (Dub Instrumental)"7:51
4."The Hand That Feeds" 
12" DFA remixes
No.TitleLength
1."The Hand That Feeds (DFA Remix)"9:02
2."The Hand That Feeds (DFA Remix Instrumental)"9:01
3."The Hand That Feeds (DFA Version I)"14:12

Charts

Chart
(2005)
Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [4] 41
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) [5] 17
Denmark (Tracklisten) [6] 15
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [7] 15
Germany (Official German Charts) [8] 62
Italy (FIMI) [9] 15
Norway (VG-lista) [10] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [11] 36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [12] 67
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [13] 7
US Billboard Hot 100 [14] 31
US Digital Songs ( Billboard ) [15] 10
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [16] 2
US Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [17] 1
US Dance Club Songs ( Billboard ) [18] 30

See also

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