Essay about Nine Inch Nails versus Johnny Cash

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Which Version Of “Hurt” Would You Prefer? Nine Inch Nails versus Johnny Cash The song “Hurt” written by Trent Reznor and originally performed by his band Nine Inch Nails is a melancholy, haunting song. Nine Inch Nails’ version was recorded in 1994 and rerecorded and released by Johnny Cash in 2002. Each of the performers has a style, which some people would argue is at opposite ends of the spectrum of popular music; one is what is referred to as “Industrial Rock”, the other is country. Indeed, the musical genres are diverse; however, the song “Hurt” transcends the boundaries between old and new, hard and soft, and especially the differences and similarities between these men. Nine Inch Nails is known for their industrial rock…show more content…
Reznor is not only a performer; he regularly produces records for other artists (“The Nine Inch Nails Wiki,” 2012). The story goes that Cash’s record producer, called and asked Reznor for permission to “cover the song ‘Hurt’.” Sharples states, “It was as if Trent Reznor unconsciously wrote it for Mr. Cash” (2011). Trent Reznor was flattered that someone with Johnny’s musical talent and long-standing status in the music world would even be interested in interpreting his song. When Trent first heard the final copy of Johnny’s version, Trent stated, “. . .it felt like somebody kissed your girlfriend” (“The Nine Inch Nails Wiki,” 2012). According to Sharples, it would be some four months later that Trent and his music team would see Johnny’s video for the song. It was then that “Reznor was flattered, honored, and moved to tears by the results” (2011). Reznor says. "By the end I was really on the verge of tears. There was, like, this moist clearing of our throats and then, 'Uh, OK, let's get some coffee.'' (Sharples, 2011). After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Trent became angry at the lack of response of the government. He had interest in New Orleans because his studio was a place he perfected his sound and made music that earned “Platinum” status in sales. Reznor played a benefit telethon concert to aid the American Red Cross and sang the song “Hurt” with the lyrical changes made by Johnny

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