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Recall: NINE INCH NAILS live at Dance Party U.S.A., 1989

A never-before seen 1989 video clip of NINE INCH NAILS performing “Down In It” live on the Eighties TV show “Dance Party U.S.A.” has surfaced online, which founder Trent Reznor describes as the most embarrassing clip he’s ever seen.

Reznor comments,

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.”

They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and traveled 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. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo.

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