Pretty Hate Machine

Bicycle Music Company
Release date
29 Jul 2014
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Head Like a Hole 4:54 352,658
2 Terrible Lie 4:59 273,621
3 Down In It 3:46 200,770
4 Sanctified 5:49 169,717
5 Something I Can Never Have 5:55 264,102
6 Kinda I Want To 4:33 155,668
7 Sin 4:15 224,642
8 That's What I Get 4:31 142,628
9 The Only Time 4:48 149,618
10 Ringfinger 5:41 145,844

About this album

Pretty Hate Machine is the debut album by American act Nine Inch Nails, released October 20, 1989, on Tvt Records. The album was out of print from around 1997 to 2005 due to the much publicized falling out between Nine Inch Nails’ core member, Trent Reznor, and the original publishing label of the album, TVT Records. Rykodisc re-released the album around the world in 2005. Pretty Hate Machine is compiled of tracks from the Purest Feeling demo, as well as tracks recorded after the Purest Feeling recording. The album spawned three singles, the most successful being “Head Like a Hole”, which has become a staple in Nine Inch Nails’ live performances. A remastered version was issued on November 22, 2010.

Working nights at Right Track Studio as a handyman and janitor, Reznor used studio “down-time” to record and develop his own music. Playing most of the keyboards, drum machines, guitars, and samplers himself, he recorded a demo. The sequencing was done on a Macintosh Plus.

Teaming up with manager John Malm, Jr., they sent the demo to various record labels. Reznor received serious offers from many of them, but eventually signed a deal with TVT Records who, until then, were known mainly for releasing novelty and television jingle records.

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