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    Quote Originally Posted by SM Rollinger View Post
    It was the allure of the Closer video on MTV back in the day that initially piqued my interest.
    Same here! Specifically, it was the <10 second clip of the video in the "Buzz Bin" promos. I believe the excerpt focused on "help me...", but now I'm headed to YouTube to see if I can verify.

    For those of you wishing you were born earlier in NIN's run, I can sympathize, but only to a point. I found the wait for The Fragile to be excruciating, probably because the 5.5 years it took was 30% of my life to that point. While objectively longer, the wait for With Teeth raced by (thank you, college life distractions).

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    I have such clear memories of The Fragile coming out and buying it at Sam Goody. I wouldnít give up being a teenager in the mid to late 90s for anything, although Iím sure most people feel that way.

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    I always liked NIN, but it was their performance of "The Fragile" on the MTV Video Music Awards that made me a super fan. Watching that live was so cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nellyrific View Post
    I have such clear memories of The Fragile coming out and buying it at Sam Goody. I wouldn’t give up being a teenager in the mid to late 90s for anything, although I’m sure most people feel that way.
    Did you ask your parents to take out a second mortgage so you could afford to get it from Sam Goody or did you just sell drugs for a few years to save up enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klyrish View Post
    Did you ask your parents to take out a second mortgage so you could afford to get it from Sam Goody or did you just sell drugs for a few years to save up enough?
    ...what??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nellyrific View Post
    ...what??


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    It was a joke. Was Sam Goody not obscenely expensive/overpriced compared to every other store where you grew up like it was for me? CDs were regularly $19.99-24.99 for a single disc, $29.99+ for two discs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klyrish View Post
    It was a joke. Was Sam Goody not obscenely expensive/overpriced compared to every other store where you grew up like it was for me? CDs were regularly $19.99-24.99 for a single disc, $29.99+ for two discs.
    Ah, no not all. I would go to either Tower Records, Sam Goody, or the Wherehouse, and I remember them being comparable. The fact that I was spending my parentís money may have clouded my memory of that, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nellyrific View Post
    Ah, no not all. I would go to either Tower Records, Sam Goody, or the Wherehouse, and I remember them being comparable. The fact that I was spending my parent’s money may have clouded my memory of that, however.
    I remember getting The Fragile from Best Buy for $18 after saving my allowance for weeks and recall it being in the neighborhood of $35 at Sam Goody in the mall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ickyvicky View Post
    I always liked NIN, but it was their performance of "The Fragile" on the MTV Video Music Awards that made me a super fan. Watching that live was so cool.
    I think I've still got that on a VHS tape in my basement somewhere, heh.

    If we're swapping The Fragile purchase stories, mine was taking an early lunch at my job so I could get over to Best Buy for their 10AM open, and then just having the thing on repeat all day while I worked. I have to assume I wasn't especially productive that day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Rice View Post
    I found this fun NIN quiz on Sporcle. See if you can guess each NIN song when it's compressed into a 8-second clip. I did great on the first half, but there are some pretty obscure ones thrown in.
    https://www.sporcle.com/games/machot...gettingsmaller
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    Pilgrimage was tough, and I can't believe freaking With Teeth got me.

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    I remember Head like a Hole on MTV for a while and thinking it was weird. And a few years later in high school March of the Pigs and Closer videos hitting and I thought Closer was like the weirdest disco sounding... took me like a year to really get into but one I did I dove way in. Pretty Hate Machine was in heavy rotation after some classic high school heartbreak. Broken and fixed actually happened after for me. I was all haphazard about it because I only knew one guy who was into them and I had MTV and that was it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Let me just say that it’s awesome to hear stories about people discovering NIN more recently. Getting into them in 1995, I can’t imagine what it would even be like experiencing them in a different era. I think that’s really cool though. I often wonder what it was like for the people there at the beginning too. I can’t relate to that either.
    As I've already written, I absolutely agree because some of the stories are of fans discovering Nine Inch Nails from very unlikely times and places.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andallthatcouldhavebeen View Post
    I wish I had gotten into them sooner! I am just happy that by the time I truly got into them, I had such a huge catalog available to go through. You did a lot of waiting for new releases that I haven't had to do.
    Also, as a side note, I was born in 95. I often wish I had been born sooner because music seemed so much greater back then, and even just the music listening experience seemed more... magical? Can I have nostalgia for something I've never experienced?
    It's very interesting to hear from fans that were born after The Downward Spiral. I've been looking for Nine Inch Nails fans born in the late 1990s and early 2000s and they're usually impossible to find. Most of the youngest fans I know were born in the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. Or even if they've just heard of Nine Inch Nails, they were born before 1995.

    Quote Originally Posted by klyrish View Post
    It was a joke. Was Sam Goody not obscenely expensive/overpriced compared to every other store where you grew up like it was for me? CDs were regularly $19.99-24.99 for a single disc, $29.99+ for two discs.
    Whoa, not that I remember, since I never really got into collecting CDs until 1999, but that actually makes FYE look affordable. However, FYE always made sure to make the hit albums very cheap though. And when I say cheap, a lot of them were well under $10.00 even with sales tax included.

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    2013 live version of Sanctified is such a g-damn banger! So happy I saw it live in Chicago (Night 3) this year. PHM is so fun in general, I forget that sometimes.
    For real, and I totally see what you mean. The live version of Terrible Lie also sounds likes something even some metalheads would love. I also loved the way Kinda I Want To and Ringfinger turned out live. I also like how Trent Reznor changes it up a bit when he does certain songs like that live, especially when considering that some of those changes were also taken from Purest Feeling.

    Anyway, since this is about Sanctified, this is also my favorite version of Sanctified.



    Quote Originally Posted by Nellyrific View Post
    I have such clear memories of The Fragile coming out and buying it at Sam Goody. I wouldn’t give up being a teenager in the mid to late 90s for anything, although I’m sure most people feel that way.
    Quote Originally Posted by klyrish View Post
    I remember getting The Fragile from Best Buy for $18 after saving my allowance for weeks and recall it being in the neighborhood of $35 at Sam Goody in the mall.
    The price of The Fragile is what always interested me as double album. From my experience, although it's only what I've noticed since 2002, The Fragile at the lowest for me was between say $17.99 to $19.99. At the highest it was between $21.99 to $24.99. So in other words, you'd at least need one 20 dollar bill and one 10 dollar bill to get it, or at the very least just one 20 dollar bill and one 5 dollar bill to get it. And oh how I miss being able to buy CDs in real life the way I did back in the 2000s.

    Either way, it was one of my favorite ways to spend those types of bills together.

    The stores I'd find it at those prices were Coconuts, Circuit City, FYE and Best Buy. And now since I shop for CDs at Amazon.com, the lowest I've ever seen The Fragile was roughly between $15.00 to $18.00

    And since this is about buying The Fragile and it's actual possible prices...

    I've also always had these commercials in mind whenever I purchased The Fragile among other Nine Inch Nails CDs as birthday and Christmas presents.

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    Somehow managed to sleep in til 1pm today and my first thought was, "How did I sleep until-" followed by 1,000,000 suddenly popping into my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo Infinity View Post
    It's very interesting to hear from fans that were born after The Downward Spiral. I've been looking for Nine Inch Nails fans born in the late 1990s and early 2000s and they're usually impossible to find. Most of the youngest fans I know were born in the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. Or even if they just here of Nine Inch Nails, they were born before 1995.
    I also was born in 95 and discovered NIN in 2012 by listening to With Teeth, and became a fan in 2013 with the release of Hesitation Marks and diving into all of the 90's material. As a musician, I don't know many bands righ now with so much intensity, artistry and with such a layered production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauro995 View Post
    I also was born in 95 and discovered NIN in 2012 by listening to With Teeth, and became a fan in 2013 with the release of Hesitation Marks and diving into all of the 90's material. As a musician, I don't know many bands righ now with so much intensity, artistry and with such a layered production.
    It's so cool to me how many other NIN fans my age there now are! I was also born in '95 but have been a fan since before I could walk, thanks to my parents. Things were lonely for a while -- I remember being the only 11-year-old on the old ETS. :')

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    This is more of a random music thought than a random NIN thought, but sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who listens to music they like. As in, almost any music discussion on the internet (except for this site and select parts of others) are almost exclusively talking about overrated old bands, new bands which suck, and discussion about how people were embarrassed to like certain music in their past. Just too much negativity man, I don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinDefacto View Post
    Somehow managed to sleep in til 1pm today and my first thought was, "How did I sleep until-" followed by 1,000,000 suddenly popping into my head.
    That's also actually happened to me before, but with Echoplex instead, and sometimes Even Deeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo Infinity View Post
    That's also actually happened to me before, but with Echoplex instead, and sometimes Even Deeper.
    Ah, my point was that my groggy thought of "How did I sleep until-" apparently sounded enough like the ending of 999,999 for my brain to trigger 1,000,000 immediately. xD

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    @TinDefacto - Now I really see what you did there. Good one.

    For me, it was also the "I woke up today to find myself in the other place with a trail of my footprints from where I ran away." on Even Deeper that did it to me. As for Echoplex, I suppose it's also because it's one of those NIN songs I also tend to go to whenever I feeling extremely calm and/or exhausted.

    As for another random NIN thought I kept forgetting to post...

    I still picture the Trent Reznor of Woodstock 1994 and Closure every time I see him live. I wasn't there for that era, but it always struck that much of a nerve with me, that is until I get reminded of what the band looked like during 1989-1991. I've somehow admitted this before, but just not in those exacts words. Anyway, it's still very hard for me to get that image/era out of my mind.

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    My used vinyl copy of The Slip FINALLY came in the mail. Shipped in an awkwardly large and less-then-properly packed box, but it came! Much better condition than I was expecting given the packaging, heh. Not a bad get for $60 on eBay.

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    I still love how this turned out, especially knowing that Trent took a picture of the Broken cassette when he was recording Hesitation Marks.


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    ordered a copy of Add Violence from amazon for my friend for x-mas (i've given him NTAE & BW as gifts for previous occasions) along with a few other records for other people. the five records total came in two different boxes. one record in each box was inside a mailer, the others weren't, and AV must have been severely damaged before even going into the box because the front cover has been so compressed that it looks like the record is going to burst through it. and of course i ordered a replacement and they threw it into an over-sized box with three air packets, and the corner got bent during shipping. i've had mostly good luck with vinyl shipping from amazon in the last couple years but that is fucking ridiculous.

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    i've been listening to a lot of shows from the current tour (thank you RITC!). i think that right now, NIN are the best band on the planet. they (& Trent his self) are always high on my list but i've never made that statement before. almost every show is absolutely stellar & they seem to be getting stronger as they go along. i feel bad that due to health issues i can't travel to any shows on the tour but at least i got to see them a year ago. probably won't happen but i would love to see what the whole touring band could come up with in the studio. every player is so good. think ilan is my favorite drummer on the planet right now. the man is a beast! mean that in best possible way. hope this lineup continues well into the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo Infinity View Post
    It's very interesting to hear from fans that were born after The Downward Spiral. I've been looking for Nine Inch Nails fans born in the late 1990s and early 2000s and they're usually impossible to find. Most of the youngest fans I know were born in the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. Or even if they've just heard of Nine Inch Nails, they were born before 1995.
    actually, funny thing about that for me, being that i was born in 96, my experience with getting into NIN is interesting. Prior to me getting into them, i've only heard a few songs by Trent, surprising Closer was not the first one (it was terrible lie actually), but I did know about Closer, I knew Head Like A Hole, i didn't know it at the time, but I knew Down In It (though i'd have to look it up later since i only knew the stupid "rain rain go away part") and I knew The Perfect Drug....but for whatever reason, I remember it different than what i heard back then. I have never heard any songs from The Fragile until i got into Trent's work, not even a snippet, and not even in a movie trailer.

    I also used to hate NIN too. I dont know why, but I do remember when With Teeth was about to come out and THTF was the new single at the time and telling my mom to "turn this crap off". I do remember the video for that and Only being played a lot. I also saw Survivalism a few times too. I was made aware of Wish from the Linkin Park cover (shut up, dont even at me, they did a great job), and I also never heard the Cash cover of Hurt until after i listened to TDS.

    and speaking of that album, that's what made me change my mind.

    I was just starting my freshman year at like...2012-2013? somewhere around there. could have been earlier. But yeah, I wasnt doing very good mental wise and only got worse as the years went on, but I've always used music to help calm myself down and just kinda lull my depression down a bit. And I was told Trent's music was good for that. So i looked a random album by them on Youtube while I was playing minecraft...

    the album I picked was Still and i was unprepared for the emotional trainwreck I got myself into

    Im playing away and im just taken aback at the still version of Something I Can Never Have...it felt weird since at the time, I wasn't aware of this side of Trent. As the songs go on, im slowly changing my opinion on my previous thoughts on what I had with Trent's music....and then the last 4 songs hit me.

    While i prefer the Quite and the Original version of this song better...probably because I don't like the song pitched down a half step (or up a half step live for whatever reason), The Day The World Went Away would wind up being one of my all time favorite songs by Trent...and then the last 3 songs happen...sweet jesus i was not ready for it.

    I'm still playing around, and "And All That Could Have Been" starts to play....and I had to pause the game for a bit to catch myself because I was on the verge of crying my ass off. I was not expecting to get such a strong reaction from one song...god it was like a sucker punch to the chest. The Persistence of Loss was moody, and I quite enjoyed the vibe it got, it also gave me a moment to catch myself from the crying fit I almost had and it ended up being the first song i learned on piano, though I still felt the song was very sad...oh if I only knew what was coming next.

    Leaving Hope starts and im still playing around...and once the main melody starts playing....I had to turn the game off....because I just lost it. That song broke me into pieces and I was just a sobbing mess. Any hatred of the NIN i had was gone instantly from that one song. It felt like someone close to me just died, I felt the darkness and hopelessness the song had and it felt like I could touch it. I came close to losing that battle with that darkness in 2015, but i was able to notice something wrong with me at that time and was able to fix it, and I have Trent's music to thank for helping me with that along with the other music I listened too.

    But yeah, after I got done with Still, I started my collection, The Downward Spiral was the first album I ever bought and i haven't looked back since

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    19 Ghosts III somehow reminds me of Manu Chao. It's like an industrial version of "Me gustas tu".

    At least to my ears...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SchwarzerAbt View Post
    19 Ghosts III somehow reminds me of Manu Chao. It's like an industrial version of "Me gustas tu".

    At least to my ears...
    I guess they do have similar rhythm but that's it

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    Suddenly I need the live band to start to cover Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy, with Robin doing vocals. It might sound not so different to the Bad Witch material.

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    As normal as this actually is, it never ceases to amaze me how albums I grow older with mean so many different things to me as time passes by.

    Broken, The Downward Spiral and The Fragile are still the best at pulling me at out of my lowest and weakest emotional and mental states, but I look at them differently than I used to, as I have with all of the other albums, especially With Teeth. Some of the what I see hasn't changed, yet it's also still sometimes very different from how I first took them in. Experience and age apparently has a lot more to do with how music is sometimes taken than I've previously thought.

    This is also why it's fascinating to see fans compare what they thought of NIN as children/teenagers to what they think of NIN as an adult. I can only speak about it as far back as the age of 17 though. Anyway, it's just one of those changes in life that interest me, especially in regards to following something and growing with it, as the very thing you follow grows and progresses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    This is more of a random music thought than a random NIN thought, but sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who listens to music they like. As in, almost any music discussion on the internet (except for this site and select parts of others) are almost exclusively talking about overrated old bands, new bands which suck, and discussion about how people were embarrassed to like certain music in their past. Just too much negativity man, I don't get it.
    It's interesting that you mention that, because some forums don't even discuss individual bands/musicians and albums. Even if it's allowed, they only discuss random genres and songs. (Which is also done on ETS, but the majority of ETS was always album-oriented to the point of also collecting the actual cassettes, CDs and vinyl, while also following individual bands/musicians at a time and attending concerts frequently.) Perhaps it's because some music sections of other forums are mostly filled with casual listeners.

    However, I think it's still bound to happen no matter where you go. From what you're saying, it's pretty much boiled down to nothing but "Cool versus Sucks" and "Cool or Sucks?" While comparisons and likes/feelings of love/excitement and dislikes/feelings of hatred/apathy are inevitable, I also absolutely understand why you'd rather not be subject to that, nor involved with that type of music discussion at all.

    I'm also trying to tie this with NIN and well, and it turns out that it could certainly apply, since outside in ETS, there's discussion about The Downward Spiral or The Fragile being the last good/great NIN albums, or NIN also being overrated or at the very worst shitty/sucky/lame when compared to other bands/musicians from the 1980s and 1990s, or how all of old NIN is always better no matter what else came out after The Downward Spiral/The Fragile and/or With Teeth.

    I also just wanted to say that Echoplex is still very chill for me. I like it for the same reasons I like Every Day Is Exactly The Same and Copy Of A, but it's kind chills me out on The Slip in a way that A Warm Place and La Mer did that to me on The Downward Spiral and The Fragile, but for very different reasons.

    I also still love the way Echoplex also starts on The Slip's DVD, and hope to see Echoplex live if I see NIN live again.

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    I have been camping out on the Fragile for a few days for some reason and I think the best interpretation of this album is what I read someone once say about it: The Fragile is about Trent Reznor trying to make The Fragile. That makes sense of everything on here. Like every song on this album is just about his life during those two or three years. What he was feeling as he tried to figure himself and his direction out. He just captured it and packaged it. And itís great! itís really kind of meta but somehow it works.

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