Trent Speaks About Marilyn Manson
Trent Reznor has been speaking exclusively to Kerrang! about his
relationship with Marilyn Manson. Reznor signed Manson to his Nothing
Records label and produced his breakthrough "Antichrist Superstar" album in
1996, but the two fell out shortly afterwards and have been engaged in a bitter
war of words ever since.
"I knew him for a while," Reznor says of Manson. "We sat and shared
ourselves. The Manson other people know is not the guy I know. I haven't run
into him for some time, but all the shit that's gone on between us comes down
to one thing - fame distorts people.
"When I signed him, I knew there was gonna be a time when he was going to
want to get out from under the umbrella. He'd get tired of
questions about what Trent was like. Then his popularity rises and distortion
occurs. I'm not blaming everything on him - there's a shared responsibility
here. I doubt if many people think I'd be a great person to have as a friend."
Reznor also hit back at the portrait Manson painted of him in his "The Long
Hard Road Out Of Hell" book, and at Manson's claim in Kerrang! 761 that his
success had been "solely responsible for giving Nothing Records the
opportunity to exist".
"I didn't say anything about it at the time, but that fucking book and those
quips about Nothing Records are very irritating," says Reznor. "There was a
lot of revisionist history going on with the storytelling to make his position
seem a little better. Some of these things are the reason there's now no
communication between us."
Nine Inch Nails made their first live appearance in more than three years last
week at MTV's Video Music Awards at New York's Metropolitan Opera House,
performing the title track from their eagerly-awaited double album "The
Fragile". Reznor admits that veteran producer Bob Ezrin - who has previously
worked with Pink Floyd (on "The Wall"), Kiss and Alice Cooper - 'rescued'
"I was trying to make something cohesive, but I couldn't listen to the songs
objectively," reveals Reznor. "I needed someone from the outside, someone
with a good storytelling approach. I had a list of people - including Brian Eno
and Todd Rundgren, who'd both made
records with a flow - and Bob was top of the list. He loved Nine Inch Nails and
he did an incredible job."
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