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The Downward Spiral #1 (The Series I Have Been Dying to Write)

For anyone that is keeping track, this is my 50th post on this blog. As I said before, I made a rule that I couldn’t feature an artist twice before I got to this 50th post. And I did–no repeats. So now I am free to post whatever! Of course I will still feature new groups, but I have been dying to re-feature my favorite “group” of all time, Nine Inch Nails.

I am serious when I say that Nine Inch Nails changed my life–not just my taste in music but my life. This change mostly occurred from discovering the extremely powerful album The Downward Spiral. I argue that it is the best concept album in existence, but I might be a little bias. (If you have other contenders for that honor, please tell me about them!)

I knew I wanted to feature the entire album because each song is an essential part of the unfolding story, so featuring one song would not adequately describe the meaning and emotion behind the song. But I knew that no one would sit through an entire post about 14 songs. So over the next week I plan to discuss 1-3 songs in each post, detailing the overall concept of the album and how each song adds to the elaborate and deeply emotional story. I hope you tune in for all of them, or at least listen to some of them, since this album speaks to so many people on so many different levels. A word of warning though, this album is not a pop or even “normal” rock album. The Downward Spiral explores some of the deepest, most  unpleasant areas of the human psyche. However, it has helped me understand parts about myself that 8+ years of therapy could never do.

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A little background before I get into the actual music (sorry! hang on a little longer, it will be worth it): The Downward Spiral was released in 1993 and was Nine Inch Nails’ third album. The main concept of the album is a man’s downward spiral of self-destruction. Yes, it seems unhappy and perhaps not even worth listening to, but believe me (from someone who has exprienced the lowest of low in her life) this song really resonates and actually helps one understand one’s self better.

#1. The first song, “Mr. Self Destruction,” introduces the listener to the main “character–a man that has many self destructive vices that are personified by “Mr. Self Destruction” Mr. SD is many different vices such as drugs (I’m the needle in your vein) and sex (I’m a whore). But Mr. SD also provides hatred, guilt, lies, addiction, and loneliness. Thus, Mr. SD is the man–the man is his worst enemy. One that he can never escape. One that controls him.

I picked a video with the lyrics since it is a little hard to understand Trent at first. But through the noise, comes this voice filled with so much emotion. Emotions of self-hatred, self-judgement. And who can truthfully state that these or similar thoughts haven’t clouded his or her head. How many can say they never have times when they felt inadequate and used something–alcohol, drugs, food, lack of food–to combat or dull those feelings of unworthiness. But, this behavior creates an endless cycle of guilt, judgement, and self doubt–a downward spiral.

#2. “Piggy” is the next song on the album. The song documents another step downward for the man. Although he was in a relationship, it ended in “broken bones” and him becoming increasingly alone. The man directs his anger at his former girlfriend, saying that finally he is alone now and no one can stop him, covering up his emotions of sadness and betrayal. This song is crucial in setting up his broken relationship with this women, a relationship that increases his descent.

The next post will feature 2 subsequent songs from the album. In the mean time, feel free to tell me your opinion on this album or other interpretations of the songs/album.

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“Counting Bodies Like Sheep”- A Perfect Circle

Warning, the song of the day is pretty graphic, political, and some people might totally hate it. But I am really liking it lately so I’m going to feature it. I found A Perfect Circle after my love affair started with Nine Inch Nails (don’t worry, our relationship is still very hot). It turns out that the lead singer in A Perfect Circle was actually a member of Tool. And though I am not a fan of Tool, I love many Perfect Circle songs.

“Counting Bodies Like Sheep” is one of the bands most well-known songs and I think it even got air time, though I was too young to remember it. Although I could describe the song and its meaning, the video really speaks for its self.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5924746289065671707

I like the message, however depressing it is. And Maynard, the lead singer, has a great voice even when he is screaming. Check him out in his cover of “Imagine” (originally by John Lennon). His voice is mesmerizing.

I don’t really have a question for this post. Nor does anyone really comment (which I am totally fine with, I just want people to hopefully enjoy the music).

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“Save Yourself”- Stabbing Westward

I was going to have a song by Jessie J for today’s song but I realized that I had featured british artists for the past couple days so I decided “jump the pond” (sorry, that was really lame).

I found Stabbing Westward after I fell in love with Nine Inch Nails and was looking for similar artists. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a industrial rock/metal band that consistently produces amazing songs like NIN does. Oh well. But I did find some artists that have some pretty good singles including Prick, Tool, and Stabbing Westward. My favorite song by the latter is “Save Yourself.”

It is so angry but yet has a catchy, almost pop beat that it is unlike some really angry songs with lots of screaming (those have their place, this one is just more “mild”). I also like it because I can connect with it. I sometimes feel that I just help others with their problems and never “save” myself. I have shit going on in my life, we all have shit. And normally I am great at helping people since I cherish my friends and family and want them to be happy. Unfortunately, there are those days that I just want deal with myself and no one else and thus I listen to this song so I don’t yell curse at real people (I would never do that, I swear).
Sorry, that was more of a rant than a review. But that is what happens when I feel overwhelmed and it has been raining for the past 5,000 days (I sometimes exaggerate a bit). I promise I will pick an uplifting song tomorrow.


Yeah, the music video is a little lackluster, just a random collection of scenes but it is interesting to watch. No where near NIN’s videos (“Closer”, you will always be my favorite song and video) but I really do like this song.

Has anyone found any industrial rock/metal bands similar to NIN? Or if you hate this type of music, what should I feature in future posts?

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