The Perfect Drug

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"The Perfect Drug"
Perfect drug.jpg
Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Lost Highway Soundtrack
ReleasedMay 13, 1997
Format CD, promotional 12"
RecordedMid-late 1996
Genre Drum and bass [1]
Length5:42
Label
Songwriter(s) Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"Closer"
(1994)
"The Perfect Drug"
(1997)
"The Day the World Went Away"
(1999)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 10
(1995)
Halo 11
(1997)
Halo 12
(1997)

"The Perfect Drug" is a song by Nine Inch Nails written for the David Lynch film Lost Highway and appearing on the Lost Highway soundtrack as well as a single from the score in 1997. Remixes of the song were released in an EP, "The Perfect Drug" Versions.

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band 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.

David Lynch American film director and artist

David Keith Lynch is an American filmmaker, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era", while AllMovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking". His films Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001) are widely regarded by critics to be among the greatest films of their respective decades, while the success of his 1990–91 television series Twin Peaks led to him being labeled "the first popular Surrealist" by film critic Pauline Kael. He has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. In 2016, Mulholland Drive, was named the top film of the 21st century by the BBC following a poll of 177 film critics from 36 countries.

<i>Lost Highway</i> (film) 1997 film by David Lynch

Lost Highway is a 1997 neo-noir film directed by David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and Barry Gifford. It stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Blake. The film follows a musician (Pullman) who begins receiving mysterious VHS tapes of him and his wife (Arquette) in their home, and who is suddenly convicted of murder, after which he inexplicably disappears and is replaced by a young mechanic (Getty) leading a different life.

Contents

Though "The Perfect Drug" Versions acts as a single for the titular song, the original version does not appear on the American single. Unusually, the track has also been included on international singles "We're in This Together, Part 3" and "Into the Void" without the ending truncated; the only audio release of it in North America being on the Lost Highway soundtrack. A music video for it was directed by Mark Romanek, included with Closure , a VHS compilation and The Work of Director Mark Romanek .

Were in This Together 1999 single by Nine Inch Nails

"We're in This Together" is a three-disc single by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails for the song of the same name released in 1999. It is the 15th official Nine Inch Nails release and is a single for the album The Fragile.

Into the Void (Nine Inch Nails song) single

"Into the Void" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their third studio album, The Fragile, released in 1999. It is the album's third single and saw release early 2000. A music video was directed by Walter Stern and Jeff Richter.

Mark Romanek American film director

Mark Romanek is an American filmmaker whose directing work includes feature films, television, music videos and commercials. Romanek wrote and directed the 2002 film One Hour Photo and directed the 2010 film Never Let Me Go. His most notable music videos include "Hurt", "Closer", "Can't Stop", "Bedtime Story" (Madonna), "Scream", "Criminal", and "Shake It Off". He also co-directed "Sandcastles" from Beyoncé’s Lemonade album. Romanek's music videos have won 20 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Direction for Jay-Z's "99 Problems", and he has won three Grammy Awards for Best Short Form Music Video - more than any other director.

In 2002, American post-hardcore band the Blood Brothers sampled the song in their song "Kiss of the Octopus". In 2011, the song was used as the entrance song for Japanese mixed martial artist Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131. American deathcore band Fit for an Autopsy covered the song for the split EP The Depression Sessions in 2016.

Post-hardcore is a punk rock music genre that maintains the aggression and intensity of hardcore punk but emphasizes a greater degree of creative expression initially inspired by post-punk and noise rock. Like post-punk, the term has been applied to a broad constellation of groups. Post-hardcore began in the 1980s with bands like Hüsker Dü, Black Flag, and Minutemen. The genre expanded in the 1980s and 1990s with releases by bands from cities that had established hardcore scenes, such as Fugazi from Washington, D.C. as well as groups such as Big Black and Jawbox that stuck closer to post-hardcore's noise rock roots. In the 2000s, post-hardcore achieved mainstream success with the popularity of bands like My Chemical Romance, AFI, Hawthorne Heights, The Used, At the Drive-In and Senses Fail. In the 2010s, post-hardcore bands like Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce the Veil achieved success and bands like Title Fight and La Dispute experienced underground popularity.

The Blood Brothers (band) band

The Blood Brothers were an American post-hardcore band from 1997-2007, formed in Eastside Seattle. The quintet has released five albums to date, as well as numerous side projects on behalf of the members. They reunited for a series of shows surrounding and including FYF Fest in 2014.

Michihiro Omigawa is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division. A professional competitor since 2005, Omigawa has competed in the UFC, PRIDE, Cage Rage, World Victory Road, DREAM, DEEP, and Shooto.

Song

Despite being a single, "The Perfect Drug" did not appear live until September 18th, 2018 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado [2] . On the official NIN website, a fan asked whether the track hadn't been performed live is because "the drum solo would make Jerome's arms fall off." Then-drummer Jerome Dillon replied that they "never rule out the possibility of playing any of the songs live." [3]

A drum solo is an instrumental solo played on a drum kit. A drum solo may be set or improvised, and of any length, up to being the main performance. In rock, drum solos are unique in that traditionally they are minimally or never accompanied, whereas other instruments may play solos accompanied or unaccompanied. They are also typically free-form in that they do not necessarily adhere to the tempo, style or structure of the song they accompany.

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.

On April 6, 2005, while presenting the late-night BBC Radio 1 Rock Show in the UK, Trent Reznor responded to the question, "Which piece of your own work are you least satisfied with and why?" by saying:

BBC Radio 1 British national radio station

BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in modern popular music and current chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7 pm, including electronica, dance, hip hop, rock and indie. The choice of music and presenting style is entirely that of programme hosts, however those who present in the daytime have to rotate a number of songs a specific number of times per week. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27. The BBC claim that they target the 15–29 age group, and the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991.

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released nine Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

"The only thing I think I really don't like that much is "The Perfect Drug" song. It was one of those things where you have a week to do a track for a movie, the mindset that you kind of adapt in that situation, or I did, was 'let's go in and experiment and see what happens, and it's not, y'know, whatever comes out of it, it's not the end of the world'. And I think what came out of it, married with a bloated, over-budget video, feels like ... the least thing that I would play to somebody if they said play me, y'know, the top hundred songs you've written, that probably wouldn't be in the top hundred. I'm not cringing about it, but it's not my favorite piece." [4]


Lawsuit

The song is one of 31 music files in the Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum case, which resulted in finding the individual file-sharer liable for copyright infringement in July 2009, demanding an award of $22,500 a song. [5]

Music video

Reznor in a full Edwardian-styled costume as he rises on a deep fog of water while a wall covered in vines can be seen behind in the music video for "The Perfect Drug". The Perfect Drug music video.jpg
Reznor in a full Edwardian-styled costume as he rises on a deep fog of water while a wall covered in vines can be seen behind in the music video for "The Perfect Drug".

A music video for the single was directed by Mark Romanek and released on January 18, 1997. The theme was inspired by the illustrations of 20th-century artist Edward Gorey, with familiar Gorey elements including oversized urns and glum, pale characters in full Edwardian costume. [6] [7] The most obvious reference to Gorey is the boy sitting on a cushion in front of a painting. Other references include an unidentified painting resembling Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (1907–1908) and a "Scanning Machine" designed by Frenchman François Willème in 1860.

The video is widely interpreted as showing Trent Reznor portraying a man mourning the death of a child and detaching himself from reality through absinthe.[ citation needed ] Charlie Clouser, Danny Lohner, and Chris Vrenna also appear in the video, most notably playing string instruments at the beginning of the video. The entire video was filmed with a blue tint, with the exception of the drum breakdown, which uses flashing green light instead. Joanne Gair's work with Nine Inch Nails on "The Perfect Drug" won her the makeup portion of the award for best hair/makeup in a music video at the Music Video Production Awards. [8]

EP

"The Perfect Drug" Versions is the eleventh official Nine Inch Nails release and consists of five remixes of the song "The Perfect Drug." The European, Australian, and Japanese releases append the original version of the song, while a promotional vinyl set adds an exclusive sixth remix, by Aphrodite.

Track listing

Available as United States, Australia, Japan or EU single.

No.TitleLength
1."The Perfect Drug" (Remixed by Meat Beat Manifesto)7:24
2."The Perfect Drug" (Remixed by Plug)6:53
3."The Perfect Drug" (Remixed by Nine Inch Nails)8:19
4."The Perfect Drug" (Remixed by Spacetime Continuum)5:42
5."The Perfect Drug" (Remixed by The Orb)6:12
6."The Perfect Drug (Original Version)" (Non-US releases only)5:16

Charts

Chart
(1997)
Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [9] 48
Canada Rock/Alternative ( RPM ) [10] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten) [11] 13
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [12] 7
Hungary (Mahasz) [13] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [14] 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [15] 48
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [16] 43
US Billboard Hot 100 [17] 46
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [18] 21
US Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [19] 11

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