Anybody else remember the dance show , Dance Party U.S.A.? The horrible knockoff of American Bandstand or Soul Train where preppy teens would do horrible 80’s dances to top 40 hits while you the viewer would be a wall flower in your own home? Well the power of the internet has dug up what should be a treasure. Just like big time film actors with embarrassing early roles, Nine Inch Nails ended up on the show at the beginning of their careers. And thanks to the ability of VHS being converted to digital we all get to see it in it’s lip synching glory. To be fair, the song Down it was a danceable tune. But watching this performance is hilarious.
Trent Reznor is the man though and comes clean on this via Twitter.
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.
The moral of the story is we all laughed at each other in our clique wars in the 80’s….until we look back now and realize how dopey we ALL were.