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Trent Reznor to Interscope: "Fuck you. Take that beat and shove it up Timbaland’s ass"


We love it when the New Yorker hangs with the plebes. In the current issue SFJ goes to one of those last Nine Inch Nails shows, gets a female fan to say something funny about Trent, and then gets Trent to say something nasty about Jimmy Iovine. Which for NIN reportage is about a half-step above a clip job. Still, the Trent quote is a good 'un. And it adds a little twist to Reznor's lambasting of Chris Cornell -- perhaps part of what he found so detestable about the Cornell/Timbaland disaster was that he'd been pressured to go there himself. (Also, why does Trent keep dissing Tim when Tim calls Trent his favorite producer?) Here's the relevant NY'er excerpt

By the early aughts, Reznor had grown frustrated with the way Nine Inch Nails records were being released and promoted by his label, Interscope Records. “The Internet has decimated their business, and they still don’t know how instant messaging works,” he told me. He was also depressed by the pressure from the label’s head, Jimmy Iovine, to make his records more “urban.” As Reznor saw it, “This is simply, How do we smooth off all the rough edges and make you just like what’s selling now?” Iovine commissioned a number of hip-hop remixes of Nine Inch Nails songs, all of which Reznor rejected, and Reznor soon ended the relationship. “You know what, Jimmy? Fuck you. Take that beat and shove it up Timbaland’s ass.”

Hmm . . . so does this mean maybe Strobe Light wasn't entirely a figment of someone's imagination

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