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Back in November, my friend Shawn played a few songs for me. Some were songs I had heard before, some were not. But all of them were making me laugh hysterically. What were these brilliant pieces of work?

The demos for the songs on Pretty Hate Machine, and a few songs that didn’t quite make the final cut for the album.

I’m fairly certain most people are familiar with the tracks on Pretty Hate Machine, so I won’t comment much on them. But if you want a general idea on the differences, think more 80s synth pop, and less industrial, and you’ll get the picture pretty well. It was 1988, what more do you expect, honestly?

But there was at least one track that didn’t quite make it. (I think there were two, but I’m not 100% sure about the 2nd one, so we’ll leave that to discuss another day.) Well, I got my hands on a copy of it the other night, and wow… yeah.

The song is called “Purest Feeling.” You really should find a copy of it if you can. It’ll make the rest of this make more sense.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you get back… and recover from the laughing fit that will inevitably ensue…

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Back with us? Done hyperventilating? Good to hear. 🙂

So yeah. “Purest Feeling.” For those of you who were not able to go find it in the interim, let me just say this. HORN section. Yes, Trent Reznor, singing with a horn section in the background (synth, of course, but that’s not really the point).

Even though I know that if I had heard this song at that time, along with the others from Pretty Hate Machine, I probably would not have seriously considered Trent as the goth-industrial god he is today, I can’t help but rock out to it. Oh, granted, it’s a different sort of rocking out than is dictated by most Nine Inch Nails music. It’s much more of a dance-y rocking out.

Which I suppose isn’t really rocking out. But anyway, that’s not the point.

The point is that Trent often makes me smile. It’s usually more of a “damn, he’s sexy” sort of smile. This time, he makes me laugh. And somehow, that’s a good thing. 🙂

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In other news, yesterday was an odd day. Today promises to be less odd, I think. Tomorrow will probably be odd again. No, I don’t think it’s at all coincidental that the numbers of the days are odd… that’s not what I meant by odd… 🙂
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