It takes a certain talent to spoof a band’s style without coming off as corny or idiotic. It takes a master to build on that spoof with the perfect accompanying video.
Earlier this year, comedian Freddy Scott released the Nine Inch Nails parody track, “This Is a Trent Reznor Song,” encapsulating frontman Trent Reznor’s penchant for odd percussion, eerie pianos and shifting vocal dynamics ranging from hushed to screaming. Now, he goes one step further, releasing a music video lampooning Reznor’s mid-Nineties Lynchian-meets-Victorian visual style.
Scott opens the video with a recreation of the opening shot of “Closer” — complete with identical photographic IDs — before showing black-and-white images of insects, sheet-covered cadavers and a silhouetted profile of the singer. Scott nails Reznor’s serious visage in close-ups, even appropriating the singer’s Bono-meets-mad-scientist glasses.
Meanwhile, the real Nine Inch Nails are preparing to embark on an upcoming summer tour with Soundgarden. The 23-date tour kicks off July 19th at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood and wraps up August 25th at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Death Grips will be supporting on all but two of the dates. Before that, though, Nine Inch Nails’ hour-long set at Austin City Limits will premiere on PBS on April 5th as a prelude to the concert series’ 40th anniversary season.
As Beats Music’s chief creative officer, Reznor helped design the recently launched Beats Music streaming service, and director David Fincher has tapped the musician and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross to score the upcoming film, Gone Girl.