Big Man With a Gun (1:36)

Cover of The Downward Spiral

From The Downward Spiral and 36 other releases

“Big Man With A Gun” is the ninth track on The Downward Spiral.

The sample at the beginning of “Big Man With A Gun” comes from studio-altered recording of a porn star having an orgasm. According to the album booklet, this “sample” is titled “Steakhouse” and is credited to Tommy Lee.

In the 5.1 surround edition of the 2004 re-release of The Downward Spiral, the scream heard at the beginning is replaced with a distant wail, which echoes around the speakers.

Song Credits

* Production: Trent Reznor
* Mixing engineers: Bill Kennedy, Sean Beavan
* Additional guitars: Danny Lohner
* Steakhouse: Tommy Lee


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  • Grycho

    The original swaggot

    3 Apr 8:11pm Reply
  • mfried055

    they've improved over last 3 years- very ccreative mindfuckin type tunes...Crankin it tonoght...

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Eightbit-boy


    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • interhole

    i feel so stupid.. all this time i thought this was a song about a man with a big gun..

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Aarny

    This fucking song gets me pumped.

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sharenge

    I'm gonna cum all over you!

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Blasphemicluv1

    What a whore.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak


    24 May 2012 Reply
  • Paranoid_Poison


    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • niceverdict

    wow. I'm sweating and and i'm in a really cold room. -_- 0_0 REZNOR. I WANT YOU. 0_0 That's the only clear thing, now

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • metalhed00

    I wonder would happen if I wrote a song about my penis.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • familyguy02011

    "Yes I just said Hurt, it is by far the worst track on TDS IMO " I didn't think opinions can be wrong but this one definitely is.

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Astrumi

    I never really liked it... Until I had it in my earphones for a short while, close to my brain so just couldn't ignore it... and fell in love with it! I guess it's this kind of music which has to grow on me. At first, it turns me off, but further listening couses the opposite, and I. JUST. CAN'T. STOP. MYSELF. FROM. PRESSING. REPLAY... FOREVER *o*

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • pixielandjazz

    This is my favorite track on The Downward Spiral, mostly because the lyrics are so tragically relevant, even though Trent penned them almost 20 years ago.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • jirala

    mmm...mkaes me think of great angry sex ;) i fuckin love this song <3

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • egg1111115

    the "shoot shoot" part always reminded me of "bang bang, shoot shoot" from Happiness is a Warm Gun...not sure if that was intentional or not

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • IcedTea70


    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Churumbela

    Wah? Hurt the "worst" track? You are henceforth excused from having an opinion about music, sir.

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Billo007x


    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Tablet999

    Hehe, yeah totally. I agree with 9Nails. If someone dislikes Hurt, they should not speak about it. It's a shameful aspect of their being...

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
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