New/Old News: Amusing Vintage Nine Inch Nails “Down In It” Lip Sync Performance

Nine Inch nails Down In It

Once upon a time in 1989, Nine Inch Nails were booked for a show called Dance Party USA to promote their debut album Pretty Hate Machine.  The result is a 100% lip sync extravaganza filled with teenagers gleefully dancing and an enthusiastic big-haired host cheerleading them on.

Don’t believe us? Take a look below.

This video’s been making the rounds for a few weeks now, and we’ve been giggling profusely since it’s internet debut. Luckily, frontman Trent Reznor took to Twitter with a sense of humor about the incident:

“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 (thanks again Sioux Z).

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.”

Then, Deadmau5 replied, “Dude, it always takes a Zimmerman to seriously fuck something up that bad. Sioux, Joel, WMA Joel.. its no coincedence.” In which Reznor replied, “Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo…”

Everything about this is amazing, right?

Also, remember that time a news report found footage from the “Down in It” video and they thought it was a piece of film affiliated with a murder? No? Do your homework, click here, and have yet another laugh.

“You may not have heard of Trent Reznor. I know I haven’t, but if you’re a kid you may have his picture on your wall.”

Pretty Hate Machine Remastered Edition was released on November 22nd, 2010. Check out for more details and to snag a CD, vinyl, or digital copy.

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