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Watch Vintage Nine Inch Nails Video From ‘Dance Party USA’

Trent Reznor

Sometimes a video comes along and reassures you that all is right with the world. Take this rare footage of a young Nine Inch Nails performing on the’80s cheesy dance show, ‘Dance Party USA,’ for instance. Enjoy the complete awesomeness of how awkward and ridiculous it gets.

Nine Inch Nails played ‘Down In It,’ from their 1989 debut album ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ to a faux pumped crowd displaying their best Wonder Bread dance moves. The industrial pioneers manage to lip sync the song without breaking out into fits of laughter. Another highlight of the video is seeing a young and significantly leaner NIN mastermind Trent Reznor wearing a scrunchy.

The original VHS copy was bought by a user on the message board Echoing the Sound for $100. You can watch the amazingly bad visual treat below.

Reznor took to his Twitter page to explain the unlikely NIN appearance, basically saying in a series of strung-together tweets that the band was young and naive. The Oscar-winning musician tweeted:

Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they’d be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show… They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered… There’s a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo…

Trent Reznor said earlier this year that he plans on writing songs specifically for Nine Inch Nails. ”I plan on spending a good portion of this coming year writing with that in mind,” Reznor explains. “And we’ll see what happens with it.”

Watch Nine Inch Nails on ‘Dance Party USA’

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