Subliminal Messages: On Nine Inch Nails’ “Broken”
I turned my stereo all the way down to barely audible volumes, convinced Trent Reznor’s singing was a subliminal message.
BrokenPretty Hate Machine anticipation
nnine inch nails brokennTninin
Pretty Hate Machinennot
BrokenPretty Hate MachineThe Downward SpiralPretty Hate MachineBrokenPHM
McSweeney’sThe Maxx Broken
Was my stereo a mono device? What did that mean, if it was?
Was Maise Reznor’s dog? If I listened close enough, would I be able to hear a dog’s contribution to the album?
The Downward Spiral
I didn’t know at the time, but . . . attn: Steve Gottlieb?
weren’t for me
Check Your HeadBlood Sugar Sex Magik
The Downward SpiralBroken The Downward Spiral
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