|Promotional single by Nine Inch Nails|
|from the album Broken|
"Wish" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their debut extended play (EP), Broken (1992). It was released in 1992 as a promotional single from the EP. The track features a drumming work performed by Martin Atkins.
"Wish" was remixed twice for the companion disc to the EP, Fixed , as "Wish (Remix)" and "Fist Fuck". Both remixes were produced by J. G. Thirlwell.
"Wish" won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1993. Referencing a lyric from the song, Trent Reznor later joked that his epitaph should read: "REZNOR: Died. Said 'fist fuck' and won a Grammy."
The music video for "Wish" was directed by Peter Christopherson, who also directed the music video for "March of the Pigs" and Broken's eponymous film. The video shows Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor on vocals, Chris Vrenna on drums, Richard Patrick on guitar and James Woolley on keyboards) playing inside high, caged walls while hordes of angry men assault the exterior of the cage. The band is eventually accosted: Woolley is lifted off his feet by a suspended man, Vrenna is lifted off by a crane hook and Patrick is grabbed through the sides of the cage. The video ends with a brief scene of men breaking open the gate of the cage and storming into the cage with bats and clubs. MTV felt that the ending scene was too violent and alternate footage was used for network airplay.
A second video is a live performance filmed by Simon Maxwell in 1995 and was released on Closure in 1997.This performance was taken from a concert film originally intended for release in 1996, but was subsequently shelved because Reznor was not satisfied with the final product.
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The song was featured on an episode of Beavis & Butthead .While most music videos are typically made fun of, the animated duo ultimately approved of "Wish".
The song is used and heard on the debut trailer of the first-person shooter by Electronic Arts and People Can Fly, Bulletstorm .
The song is featured as a playable track in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock , although incorrectly listed with a 2002 release date.