All people’s gotta begin someplace, and for Nine Inch Nails frontman and award-winning composer Trent Reznor, that someplace was Cleveland. Reznor’s early profession is affected by the names of C-City bands who’d be long-forgotten have been it not for his involvement.
There’s Choice 30, the band he joined whereas nonetheless in highschool, whose self-titled CD was launched in 1997, a mere 14 years after it was recorded. There’s The Harmless, whose sole album, Livin’ In The Avenue, got here out in 1985. Unique Birds, for whom Reznor performed keryboards on the 1986 mini-album L’oiseau. Slam Bamboo, whose output was restricted to only two 7″ singles. Fortunate Pierre, who launched one EP in 1988, a 12 months earlier than NIN’s debut album Pretty Hate Machine appeared.
After which there was The Urge. Like Choice 30 – who included songs by Icehouse, Falco and the Thompson Twins on their album – The Urge have been glad to cowl fashionably acceptable variations of Prime 40 hits by modern artists, and whereas there’s little or no info on-line in regards to the band, there’s a video. And it is nice.
Within the clip, The Urge play Billy Idol‘s 1984 traditional Eyes With out A Face, and so they nail it. The unique is without doubt one of the strangest hit singles ever, with lyrics primarily based on the French horror movie Les Yeux Sans Visage, which tells the story of a plastic surgeon who desires to carry out a face transplant on his daughter, who’s been horribly disfigured in a automobile accident. And maybe it is that darkness that appeals to Renzor, whose Idol impersonation is spot on.
Elsewhere, there is a guitar solo from Mike Baranski that manages to copy Steve Stevens’ unique with uncanny precision, and a backing vocal from the identical participant on the ascending “les yeux sans visage” line that implies Reznor wasn’t the one musician within the band with an enormous future.
However it’s Reznor who steals the present. The voice. The strikes. And the very apparent charisma. It was solely a matter of time.