Ah, holy shit I bought this album like ten years ago and Happiness in Slavery is still one of the best songs ever. I'm really glad that even though I was really into the whole ANGRY TEENAGER MUSIC thing, the only band I was really really into during that phase was Nine Inch Nails. God help me if I became a lifelong Slipknot fan.
i don't know what i am i don't know where i've been human junk just words and so much skin stick my hands through the cage of this endless routine just some flesh caught in this big broken machine
I definitely used to spend entire class periods in high school writing Nine Inch Nails lyrics in the margins of my notebooks. But now I'm 24 years old and i dunno, it just seems silly. I mean, those are some trite fucking sentiments I just typed. But it's worth noting that I did, in fact, type them all from memory.
But again, I'm glad I'm not this angry anymore. Time was I would listen to Nine Inch Nails and think YEAH I FEEL THIS WAY TOO TRENT LET'S TALK ABOUT IT! The music was a soundtrack to my adolescent years. Now it reminds me of BioShock. Seriously, listen to the beginning of Reptile off of the Downward Spiral and picture BioShock. It fits perfectly and I can't be the only one who feels that way.
Music is this interesting little thing. At any given moment the music I was listening to sums up what my life is really like. To wit:
Age 13-Marilyn Manson. I'M WEIRD AND OMG SHOCKING! SUBSTANCE BE DAMNED MY PARENTS HATE THIS STUFF! I'M GONNA WEAR NAIL POLISH JUST BECAUSE.
Age 14-David Bowie and the Cure. Still weird and shocking but in a more androgynous sort of way. Sometimes humorous but still kind of melancholy in tone.
Ages 15-17-Nine Inch Nails. I'M ANGRY AND CHICKS DON'T LIKE ME. And yeah my parents still hate the music but at least that's not why I'm listening to it.
Ages 18-19-Interpol, White Stripes, Postal Service-This was the age at which I discovered that scene chicks were hot.
And so on. But now at age 24 the songs I actually listen to and find myself relating to are love songs by the Beatles. Yes, other love songs work just as well sometimes, but by and large it's the Beatles whose songs are a. Romantic and b. Actually really good songs. And good God if you told me ten years ago that I'd like a song because it's romantic I probably would've laughed in your face.
Cause the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.