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Album cover parody of Year Zero by Nine Inch Nails
Parody album cover
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Nine Inch Nails/Johnny Cash


When an instrument fails on stage it mocks you and must be destroyed.
- Trent Reznor
Submitted by: LucidLupin

Band Name Origins:

  • Sole constant member Trent Reznor chose the name because it "could be abbreviated easily" and denied any "literal meaning" to the name. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
  • Wintermute is thinking of the song "Precious Things" off of Tori Amos' first record. But the band had already formed by that time. Trent took the name from a note with potential band names. He stated in an interview that "Nine Inch Nails" stood the 2-week test, that it looked great in print, and could be easily abbreviated. He stated that there was no meaning behind it. Just that it sounded, to use his own words, "tough and manly". Submitted by: me

Stupid Band Names:

  • Methinks it's awkward because the name is plural, but it has just one member (Trent Reznor). Submitted by: Jonathan S.
  • They could sell their cds at a hardware store AND get away with it. Submitted by: Mac
  • One of the most makes-you-wanna-throw-up names in history! Think about it, a guy walking around with Nine Inch Nails! Makes my stomach turn, sorry. Submitted by: Rob

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Michael Trent Reznor. Submitted by: I Love Taproot

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"March Of The Pigs"All the pigs are all lined up./I give you all that you want./Take the skin and peel it back./Now doesn't it make you feel better? - Brian Kelly

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Nine Foot NailsThe longer the nails are, the better.David

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Ugly Love Machine""Pretty Hate Machine"Blake DeKalb
"The Mouth That Grasps""The Hand That Feeds"D. Melody Dole, MD
"Life Is A Bowl""Head Like A Hole"Alan the Ottoman
"Lonely""Only"Alan the Ottoman
"Pony""Only"Joel Martinez

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Every Day Is Exactly The Same,"There is no way every day can be exactly the same.Borse
"Happiness In Slavery,"Slavery does not make anyone happy.Opie M.
"Me, I'm Not,"You are yourself and no other person.Yvette Bristle
"The Day The Whole World Went Away,"Who could be singing about it and from where?Heather Brockwell
"The Perfect Drug,"There is no perfect drug.Electric Boogeyman

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"No, I Don't," The Almost"No, You Don't," Nine Inch Nails
"I Wanna Be Sedated," The Ramones"No, You Don't," Nine Inch Nails
"We Got A Love Thang," Cece Peniston"No, You Don't," Nine Inch Nails
"I've Got A Rock And Roll Heart," Eric Clapton"No, You Don't," Nine Inch Nails
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"The Hand Hat Feeds" originally "The Hand That Feeds"
A horror film about a hat that eats hands?
"In" originally "Sin"
Joe Siebert
"Si" originally "Sin"
Spanish for 'yes'
Brad Armpitt
"Pretty Ate Machine" originally "Pretty Hate Machine"
Pretty must have been starving.
"Pretty Hat Machine" originally "Pretty Hate Machine"
That's nice a machine that makes pretty hats.

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Stuck" originally "Suck"
TJ Neyland
"Shin" originally "Sin"
Rock Maninoff
"Spin" originally "Sin"
"Skin" originally "Sin"
"Sing" originally "Sin"

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"The Hand That Weeds" originally "The Hand That Feeds"
Candy Welty
"The Hand That Heeds" originally "The Hand That Feeds"
Candy Welty
"The Wand That Feeds" originally "The Hand That Feeds"
Candy Welty
"The Land That Feeds" originally "The Hand That Feeds"
Candy Welty
"The Band That Feeds" originally "The Hand That Feeds"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"My Violent Heart""The "Snipe Hunt" Farce"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Starf╬╝ckers, Inc.""Asperger's"Joseph Little
"Heresy""Squall Is Dead"Joseph Little
"Closer""Clother"Chris Caillouet
"Closer""Homer"Fack Sabbath
"Hurt""Kurt"Fack Sabbath
"Terrible Lie""Horrible Tie"Agrimorfee
"Copy Of A""Copy Of My..."Abbott Skelding

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Every Day Is Exactly The Same"Groundhog Day" movieJonathan S.
Head Like A HoleTutoringtictacs941
The Hand That FeedsRestauranttictacs941
With TeethDentist/OrthodontistSir Alan George Palgut I
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Terrible LiePolitician's answerphoneCrystal
Happiness In SlaveryNAACPAaron Saraco
Closer'Focus On The Family' religious groupfrozen_frogurt
We're In This Together NowDivorce AgencyRasio
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Spiders And Snakes
   Jim Stafford
   Nine Inch Nails
Spiders And Snakes Suck
Some of them do.
Lance Crackers
Sex Type Thing
   Stone Temple Pilots
   Nine Inch Nails
Sex Type Everything
Girls And Boys
   Good Charlotte
   Nine Inch Nails
Girls And Boys Suck
Evil Roy Slade
The Killing Lights
Lights In The Sky
   Nine Inch Nails
The Killing Lights In The Sky
Don't stare at them too long!
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Megadeth combined with Nine Inch Nails
Submitted By: Greg
Fourteen Inch Fingernails Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch combined with Nine Inch Nails
Submitted By: Gretchen Wieners
The Carpenters' Nine Inch Nails
The Carpenters combined with Nine Inch Nails
Submitted By: Candy Welty
MC Hammer & Nails
MC Hammer combined with Nine Inch Nails
Oh yeah, heavy metal U Can't Touch This. This is what Hammer needs!
Submitted By: JC Foster

There are additional Nine Inch Nails Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Terrible Lie"
Misheard Lyrics:
Tell a lie
Tell me why
Original Lyrics:
Terrible Lie
Misheard Lyrics:
I wanna funk you like an animal
Original Lyrics:
I wanna f*** you like an animal
"Head Like a Hole"
Misheard Lyrics:
Fall down before the one you serve
Original Lyrics:
Bow down before the one you serve
"Gave Up"
Misheard Lyrics:
Stand up. It's nice to meet you!
Original Lyrics:
Smashed up what I believe in
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Down In It"
Misheard Lyrics:
I used to be so freakin' strong.
I used to know my right from wrong.
I used to never be afraid.
I used to be so funny.
Original Lyrics:
I used to be so big and strong.
I used to know my right from wrong.
I used to never be afraid.
I used to be somebody.

Story about this misheard lyric by: Ramm

Well, I misheard the song when I was a child.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Capital G"
Better Lyrics:
I used to mash some buttons
Now I use my hands and feet
You can keep Warcraft and Halo
All my time, I waste with the Nintendo Wii
Original Lyrics:
I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Trading in my god for this one
And he signs his name with a capital 'G'
Submitted by: Jonathan S.
Better Lyrics:
Just then a tiny little dot caught my eye
It was just about too small to see
And then I noticed it was a pimple
At least it was to me
Anyway I popped it
Though it was too small to see
Original Lyrics:
Well the tiniest little dot caught my eye
And it turned out to be a scab
And I had this funny feeling
Like I just knew it's something bad
I just couldn't leave it alone
I kept picking at that scab
Submitted by: Alan the Ottoman
Better Lyrics:
There is no two, there is only three
There is no two, there is only three
There is no f*****g two, there is only three
There is no f*****g two, there is only three
Original Lyrics:
There is no you, there is only me
There is no you, there is only me
There is no f******* you, there is only me
There is no f******* you, there is only me
Submitted by: Alan the Ottoman

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Getting Smaller"
The Funny Lyrics:
I got my arms flip, flop, flip, flop, flip
I got my head on a spring
Why They're Funny:
Does anybody else envision a bobblehead Trent Renor? Or for that matter, the real one flapping his arms in time to the music?
Submitted by: kelly

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Into the Void"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
I tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
Why They're Repetitive:
Second half of the video to the song features a plain NIN performance in the red room.
Submitted by: Mickey D.
The Repetitive Lyrics:
There is no you; there is only me.
Why They're Repetitive:
This is the whole chorus, though Trent does say effing a couple times.
Submitted by: Padraic
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

The Nonsensical Lyrics:
You can never leave me
Will you please complete me?
Why They're Nonsensical:
In the first line he's forcing the person -- 'you can never leave me' and the next line he goes to ask the person nicely, saying please. Have a little consistency, man.
Submitted by: Christine
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I gave you my purity
My purity you stole
Why They're Nonsensical:
He says he gave a certain item to the person he's singing to, but then tells the person that they stole it. That seems rather awkward.
Submitted by: Dr. Crazy
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"Something I Can Never Have"
The Insincere Lyrics:
I just want something I can never have
Why They're Insincere:
What does Trent Reznor want...alcohol?
Submitted by: Mickey D.
The Insincere Lyrics:
You know me, I hate everyone
Why They're Insincere:
I thought Trent's saying that he hates everyone including the fans
Submitted by: DJ Kaito

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Head Like a Hole"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Head like a hole
Black as your soul
I'd rather die
Than give you control
Why They're Misrhymed:
Die rhymes with none of the other words if it's at the end of the line.
Submitted by: Sir Alan George Palgut I

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"The Perfect Drug"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
You are the perfect drug
the perfect drug
the perfect drug
Why They're Inappropriate:
Drugs are bad. Need I say more?
Submitted by: Steve
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
This is the first day of my last days
Why They're Inappropriate:
How do you know you're gonna die very soon?
Submitted by: The Rev. A. Palgut

Dated Song Lyrics:

The Dated Lyrics:
26 years on my way to hell
Why They're Dated:
This song came out in 1992, but it was written in 1991, when Trent Reznor was really 26 years old (he was born May 17, 1965). However, now that Trent is 40, I do wonder sometimes how he can sing this song in concert keeping a straight face....
Submitted by: Fiona

Dirty Song Lyrics:

The Dirty Lyrics:
I wanna f*** you like an animal I wanna feel you from the inside
Why They're Dirty:
just read it
Submitted by: Alyssa
"Getting Smaller"
The Dirty Lyrics:
I think I'm loosing my grip
but I can still have a fist
and i still have my one good arm
that I can beat .....
beat myself up with.
Why They're Dirty:
First of all, gross. second, ahhahahahahahaha.
Submitted by: Colin 'Darwin' Moran
There are additional dirty lyrics available.

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

Opening Lines:
I hurt mysef today.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Boasting in Song Lyrics:

The Boasting Lyrics:
There is no you there is only me
Submitted by: Sir Alan George Palgut I

Song Title Space Change:

"The Wretch Ed" originally "The Wretched"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"We're In This To Get Her" originally "We're In This Together"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"We Rein This To Get Her" originally "We're In This Together"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"We Rein This Together" originally "We're In This Together "
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Down I Nit" originally "Down In It"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

There are additional Song Title Space Change available.

Band Name Anagrams:

Linen In Chains Submitted by: Newt Gingpoor
Snail Chin Nine Submitted by: Tattoo Head & The Crack Whore
Linens In China Submitted by: Susan

Song Title Anagrams:

"Ins" originally "Sin"
as opposed to outs!
Submitted by: Anna Graham

Songs That Are Banned:

Most radio stations don't play this song due to its explicit sexual content and supposed blasphemy in the lyric "you get me closer to God." The music video for Closer was banned by MTV for disturbing images (such as a monkey on a crucifix) and nudity. Nine Inch Nails later made a censored version of the video that replaces the offensive scenes with placards that say "SCENE MISSING".
Submitted by: =3

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Big Man With A Gun" Length: 1:37
The shortest track from The Downward Spiral.
Submitted by: All-Starr
"Big Man With A Gun" Length: 1:37
The shortest track from The Downward Spiral.
Submitted by: All-Starr
"Pinion" Length: 1:00
The shortest song off of the "Broken" EP, with nothing but one guitar riff repeated several times.
Submitted by: Hardrock Henry

Song Title Acrostics:

MIN: "Me, I'm Not"
Submitted by: Wanda Pierce
LINE: "Love Is Not Enough"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
HIS: "Happiness In Slavery"
Submitted by: newrock

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Parch Of The MIGs" originally "March Of The Pigs"
As in MIGs, Russian fighter planes
Submitted by: Allison O'Silla

Hidden Tracks:

"Physical (You're So) and SucK"
These were hidden on NIN's "Broken" EP, using tracks 98 and 99 on the CD. Tracks 7-97 contained nothing but 1 second of silence for each track.
Submitted by: Rocky

Music With a Warning Label:

In the liner notes, there is a warning reading, "Caution: Not for use with mono devices." The reason for this being is that Trent stated the songs do not sound right when being played through mono devices.
Submitted by: eg: Mike Smith
"Year Zero"
On the back there's a large warning label reading: "USBM WARNING: Consuming or spreading this material may be deemed subversive by the United States Bureau Of Morality. If you of someone you know has engaged in subversive acts or thoughts, call: 1-866-445-6580 BE A PATRIOT - BE AN INFORMER!
Submitted by: BECKER

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Nail salons
Submitted by: Joe
ACE Hardware
Nails, hardware, duh.
Submitted by: Jonathan S.

Movies Named After Song Titles:

2004 film w/ Natalie Portman and Clive Owen
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale

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