NAILS BITE THEMSELVES
Nine Inch Nails
Concept: Fear and self-loathing
"CRITICISM is autobiography," Oscar Wilde said.
If that's true, Nine Inch Nails must really hate themselves.
The band's "Starsuckers Inc." is an attack on music-biz sell-outs.
In the video, lead singer Trent Reznor sits in a limo, the interior
plush and blood-red. He's wrapped in black leather. His pasty skin is
cadaverous in contrast to his blue-black hair.
Beside him sits a platinum blonde with long legs -your basic rock-star
accouterment. (At the end, the blonde turns out to be Marilyn Manson,
who was once rumored to be the real target of this song.)
Their destination is a carnival.
Reznor hurls a ball at a series of plates, for instance, that bear the
likeness of major musicians: Eminem, Michael Stipe, etc.
Next, a bedraggled man dressed as Courtney Love in her "Doll Parts" days
sits poised above a tank of water, waiting for Reznor to hit the target
and dunk him.
The problem with this overwrought video is obvious - that it slams
others for being glam or superficial when it is entirely glam and
And so is Reznor who has made his anger become a fashion statement in
With "Starsuckers Inc.," Reznor has become exactly what he says he
- Kristina Feliciano
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