Wish (Nine Inch Nails song)

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"Wish"
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Promotional single by Nine Inch Nails
from the EP Broken
Released1992
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Length3:46
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Songwriter(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s)

"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. [4]

Industrial rock music genre

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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.

<i>Broken</i> (EP) 1992 EP by Nine Inch Nails

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Contents

"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. [5]

<i>Fixed</i> (EP) 1992 EP by Nine Inch Nails

Fixed is the second extended play (EP) by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It was released on December 7, 1992, by Nothing, TVT, and Interscope Records. It serves as a companion release to Broken (1992), and includes remixes by Coil, Danny Hyde, JG Thirlwell, and Butch Vig, as well as then-live band members Chris Vrenna and James Woolley.

"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." [6] [7]

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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.

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Music video

Nine Inch Nails playing inside of a cage in the "Wish" music video Wish music video.jpg
Nine Inch Nails playing inside of a cage in the "Wish" music video

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. [8] 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. [9] MTV felt that the ending scene was too violent and alternate footage was used for network airplay.

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<i>Broken</i> (1993 film) 1993 horror musical short film/long form music video directed by Peter Christopherson

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A second video is a live performance filmed by Simon Maxwell in 1995 and was released on Closure in 1997. [10] 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.

<i>Closure</i> (video) 1997 video by Nine Inch Nails

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Track listings

  1. "Wish" (No Bad Words Mix) – 3:37
A1. "Wish" ( Fixed version) – 9:08
A2. "Wish" ( Broken version) – 3:47
B1. "Wish" (Fixed version) – 9:08
B2. "Wish" (Broken version) – 3:47
  1. "Wish" (radio version) – 3:51
A. "Wish" (radio edit) – 3:37

Charts

Chart (1993)Peak
position
US Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [15] 25

Cover versions

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Appearance in other media

The song was featured on an episode of Beavis & Butthead . [25] 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 . [26]

The song is featured as a playable track in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock , although incorrectly listed with a 2002 release date. [27]

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