Should I be embarrassed to love Nine Inch Nails?

A 1989 video of a very, very early performance of Nine Inch Nails doing “Down In It” on that hit show, Dance Party USA has made its way to the internet. This might be one of the best cheesy videos ever, especially at the 1:13 mark! Also, the lip syncing is almost as bad as Blur when they did “There’s No Other Way” on Top of the Pops (seriously, check that video out, they gave up faking it halfway through the song!). Did Skrillex rip off Trent Reznor’s hairstyle??? Is that the same NIN leather jacket from the Down In It video?

Soo many questions but it seems Trent Reznor has tweeted some insight about this video:

Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they’d be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show… They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered… There’s a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo…

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