The Perfect Drug

Release date
13 May 1997
Running length
6 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Perfect Drug (Meat Beat Manifesto remix) 7:25 768
2 The Perfect Drug (Plug remix) 6:53 863
3 The Perfect Drug (Nine Inch Nails remix) 8:19 614
4 The Perfect Drug (Spacetime Continuum recreation) 5:42 252
5 The Perfect Drug (Orb remix) 6:11 440
6 The Perfect Drug 5:15 177,432

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“The Perfect Drug” is a 1997 song by Nine Inch Nails. It was written for the David Lynch film Lost Highway and originally appeared on the Lost Highway soundtrack. Remixes of the song were released in an EP, “The Perfect Drug” Versions (also known as Halo 11).

Though “The Perfect Drug” Versions acts as a single for the titular song, the original version does not appear on the American single. A slightly extended version of “The Perfect Drug” has also been included on the foreign singles “We’re in This Together, Part 3 (Halo 15)” and “Into the Void”, but the only audio release of it in North America has been on the Lost Highway soundtrack. The music video for song was directed by Mark Romanek, and is on the Closure video compilation and The Work of Director Mark Romanek.

Despite being a single, “The Perfect Drug” has never been performed live. On the official NIN website, “Sara” asked whether this is because “the drum solo would make Jerome’s arms fall off.” Then-drummer Jerome Dillon replied that they “never rule out the possibility of playing any of the songs live.”

On April 6, 2005, despite its fast-moving worldwide success, while presenting the late-night BBC Radio 1 Rock Show in the UK, Trent Reznor stated that “The Perfect Drug” was his least favorite creation. His reasons were the short production time and the “overblown” video.

“The Perfect Drug” was released as a track for the video game Rock Band on February 26, 2008 for Xbox 360 and on February 28 for PlayStation 3. It is available as a standalone download or as part of the ‘Nine Inch Nails’ song pack along with “March of the Pigs” and “The Collector”. It is viewed as one of the hardest songs to play on drums in the game. It later appeared in Rock Band Unplugged.

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  • Septacle


    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • mhetrick

    You are the perfect drug

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    Just bought this the other day in a second hand record shop, fucking ace! really nice remixes! oddly enough though the Orbs remix isnt up to much for me, and im a huge Orb fan. And I got the version with the Perfect Drug as track 6 aswell :))

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ajaxrulzz

    TO bad it isn't in a album. Now i dont listen that much to this song

    17 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Haastrain

    The non-US releases had the original version on it. The US release did not, and was only on the Lost Highway Soundtrack.

    25 May 2009 Reply
  • fru-n-quiz

    today at the moning after "you are the perfect drug,the perfect drug,the perfect....",with Domestos in my hand,felt myself like%%I am setting fire in my own home

    3 May 2009 Reply

    @jamesusillxd Nope... This EP doesn't have the original version on it.

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • GazGod

    Probably my favourite NIN remix e.p! - Jamesusillxd - there are two versions of Halo Eleven out there. I originally bought the version you own back in 1997 (with just the five remixes) and then bought the next version with the original Perfect Drug shoved on at the end when it was released a few months later. I probably should have just bought the 'Lost Highway' soundtrack instead of buying the e.p at full price live and learn though aye! :)

    1 Jan 2009 Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    Is the original actually on this album, Caus the version i have doesent have it =[

    26 Dec 2008 Reply

    the perfect trip, absinthe and a dark room watching this vid

    25 Apr 2008 Reply
  • johnnynuxxx

    You need to be on drugs to listen to this stuff, that's for sure! Very innovative and interesting as always, but quite as good as his earlier stuff.

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • alperoz49

    Perfect drug is soooo NINish.incredibly perfect

    11 May 2007 Reply

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