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Millennium Music Profile: Pilot - Nine Inch Nails

This page is an introduction to Nine Inch Nails whose music was used during the Millennium episode Pilot. A complete list of all music by Nine Inch Nails that was used throughout Millennium is also listed below. Our Millennium Music Guide is based on detailed profiles for each artist, band or composer and their music which was used in a specific episode (sometimes more than one). Here you can learn more about the music and the people that created the music, including where available a description of the scenes in which their music can be heard.

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Artist Details

Artist:

Nine Inch Nails.



Origin:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Genre:

  • Industrial rock
  • Alternative rock

Active:

1988 - present.



Music Labels:

  • Interscope
  • Nothing
  • TVT
  • Atlantic
  • Island

Group Members:

Trent Reznor


Millennium Episode Details

Episode Title:

 Pilot



MLM Code:

#MLM-100


Production Code:

4C79


Season:

1


Original Airdate:

1996-10-25

Episode Summary:

A vicious serial killer is on the loose in Seattle, roaming strip clubs and gay hang-outs, believing he is on a mission to cleanse the plague-infested city from sin in preparation for the apocalypse. At the same time, renowned FBI profiler Frank Black retires to Seattle with his family as he gains membership in the secretive Millennium Group. He soon realizes that he must be the one to bring closure to the so-called Frenchman’s grotesque crimes, before further innocents are brutally killed.

Main Crew:

Written by Chris Carter
Directed by David Nutter
Edited by Stephen Mark

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Awards and Nominations:

People's Choice Award 1996:

Millennium - Best new television dramatic Series (Winner)

American Society of Cinematographers Award:

Pete Wunstorf - Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Pilot (Nominee)

 

Music by Nine Inch Nails used in the Millennium episode Pilot

 
An image related to Nine Inch Nails whose music was used in Millennium.

Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN) is an American rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio circa 1988 by Trent Reznor. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for the musical direction of the band. His lyrics are largely concerned with dark explorations of the self, and the time between major studio albums (bridged by releases of remixes and live albums) has been extended by Reznor's battles with personal issues. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to tour with him extensively; this live component is generally considered a separate entity from Nine Inch Nails in the recording studio. On stage, NIN performs amongst visually spectacular elements and live performances often culminate with the destruction of musical instruments.


 

Where Nine Inch Nails can be heard in Pilot

The Millennium episode Pilot contains the following music by Nine Inch Nails:

  • Piggy

    Heard during the teaser when Calamity dances for The Frenchman in a private booth. It is also heard later on in the episode when Frank Black analyses a tape of that Calamity's private performance.

  • Head Like a Hole


Nine Inch Nails - additional music heard in Millennium

Millennium's producers would occasionally use additional music from the same artist, band or composer. Sometimes a track or song could be heard in more than one episode of the series.

Music from Nine Inch Nails was used in a total of 1 episode/s of Millennium. Below is a complete list of all music by Nine Inch Nails heard throughout the series and the episodes in which it was used, including links to the relevant music and episode profiles:



About Nine Inch Nails

NIN's music straddles a wide range of genres and techniques while retaining a characteristically intense sound. Underground music audiences warmly received the band's early activity, and Nine Inch Nails went on to produce several highly influential releases in the 1990s to international acclaim. The band's work has been nominated for nine Grammy awards, winning the Best Metal Performance category in 1993 and 1996. Media coverage of NIN reached a peak in 1997, when Time magazine named Trent Reznor one of the 25 most influential people in America. In the United States alone, it is estimated that Nine Inch Nails has sold at least 10.5 million units of all of their albums.


Song 1: Piggy


Piggy by Nine Inch Nails.

Album Title:
The Downward Spiral


Scene:
Piggy can be heard during the following scenes in the Millennium episode Pilot:

Heard during the teaser when Calamity dances for The Frenchman in a private booth. It is also heard later on in the episode when Frank Black analyses a tape of that Calamity's private performance.


Details:

The Downward Spiral (also known as Halo 8) is an LP by Nine Inch Nails, released in 1994. It is the eighth official Nine Inch Nails halo release and the band's third major release.

The album's success propelled NIN into the public consciousness, especially after the release of its popular second single, "Closer", which was accompanied by a controversial video directed by Mark Romanek. Some critics have stated that this album demonstrates Trent Reznor's underlying pop music sensibility, and credit his ability to blend it with typically taboo themes (as seen in the catchy "Closer"). The album served as basis for a remix album entitled Further Down the Spiral, released in 1995. It was ranked 25 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005". In 2001 Q magazine named The Downward Spiral as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 200 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Most of the album was recorded at Le Pig in Beverly Hills, California, a studio space built by Reznor in the house where Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Manson Family. Before leaving the house, Trent claimed the infamous 'pig' door, and as of July 2006 the door is still located at the (former) Nothing Studios in New Orleans.

Its final song, "Hurt", was covered by Johnny Cash a short while before his death in 2003, and the song is sometimes mistakenly attributed in authorship to Cash. However, one line of the lyrics was altered: 'crown of shit' became 'crown of thorns', possibly to remove the profanity but also in reference to Christ's passion. The altered lyric is also present in the "Clean" version (radio edit).

As a whole, The Downward Spiral is replete with Nietzschean concepts. It is a concept album based around the story of a character losing control of his life and finding himself on a downward spiral resulting from his choices. Its plot follows the character as he tries to rid himself of the trappings of religion and society, using sex and drug abuse as methods of escape. Eventually, this character has to face his internal void. The album culminates in the character's suicide due to the self-destructive nature of his endeavor. Reznor himself is a sufferer of bipolar disorder and is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.

Reznor made a statement about working in the Tate house during a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone: "While I was working on Downward Spiral, I was living in the house where Sharon Tate was killed. Then one day I met her sister. It was a random thing, just a brief encounter. And she said: 'Are you exploiting my sister's death by living in her house? 'For the first time, the whole thing kind of slapped me in the face. I said, 'No, it's just sort of my own interest in American folklore. I'm in this place where a weird part of history occurred. 'I guess it never really struck me before, but it did then. She lost her sister from a senseless, ignorant situation that I don't want to support. When she was talking to me, I realized for the first time, 'What if it was my sister?' I thought, 'Fuck Charlie Manson. 'I went home and cried that night. It made me see there's another side to things, you know?"



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Lyrics for Piggy:

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hey pig
yeah you
hey pig piggy pig pig pig
all of my fears came true
black and blue and broken bones you left me here I'm all alone
my little piggy needed something new
nothing can stop me now
I don't care anymore
nothing can stop me now
I just don't care
hey pig
nothing's turning out the way I planned
hey pig there's a lot of things I hoped you could help me understand
what am I supposed to do I lost my shit because of you
nothing can stop me now
I don't care anymore
nothing can stop me now
I just don't care
nothing can stop me now
you don't need me anymore

Song 2: Head Like a Hole



Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails.

Album Title:
Pretty Hate Machine


Details:

"Head Like a Hole" (also known as Halo 3) is a single by Nine Inch Nails for the song of the same name released in 1990. "Head Like a Hole" originally appeared on the album Pretty Hate Machine.



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Lyrics for Head Like a Hole:

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God money I'll do anything for you.
God money just tell me what you want me to
God money nail me up against the wall.
God money don't want everything he wants it all.
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
God money's not looking for the cure.
God money's not concerned with the sick among the pure.
God money let's go dancing on the backs of the bruised.
God money's not one to choose
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Songwriters: Michael Reznor
Head Like a Hole lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing



Official Website:

An official website for Nine Inch Nails is listed at:

nin.com


Other Websites:

The following other websites are listed for Nine Inch Nails:

Nine Inch Nails at All Music Guide


With grateful thanks to the following sources:

Wikipedia contributors, "Nine Inch Nails," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine%20Inch%20Nails.