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Nine Inch Nails drummer not keen on Jepsen mash-up

By | Published on Tuesday 12 March 2013

Chris Vrenna

Former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna isn’t very impressed with the mash-up of the band’s 1989 track ‘Head Like A Hole’ with the vocals from Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ which took the internet by storm last week.

Vrenna, who handled some of the programming on the ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ album from which the NIN original is taken, told TMZ: “Honestly I find the whole thing silly and partly offensive … I find it kind of insulting. It has trivialised something we’ve done. I am proud of what we’ve done and to take art – just to be a joke – I don’t have any respect for it. [But] in 48 hours no one will even know it existed”.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has so far said nothing publicly about the track, created after a request from a Reddit user, though in 2008 he did comment on Johnny Cash’s cover of NIN track ‘Hurt’, telling The Sun: “[The first time] I listened to it … was very strange. It was this other person inhabiting my most personal song. Hearing it was like someone kissing your girlfriend. It felt invasive”.

He then added that the turning point in coming to terms with the cover (which he also said was “wonderful”, I should point out) was seeing the video for it, directed by Mark Romanek, saying: “It really, really made sense and I thought what a powerful piece of art. I never got to meet Johnny but I’m happy I contributed the way I did. It felt like a warm hug. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, I highly recommend checking it out. I have goose bumps right now thinking about it”.

So, there you go, maybe the ‘Call Me A Hole’ mash-up just needs an emotive video to help Chris Vrenna find his sense of humour. Feel free to make one of those now, or just listen to the track without visuals here: