In addition to new cover art and the inclusion of Queen cover “Get Down, Make Love”, the reissue features what Reznor calls a “greatly improved sonic experience.” It seems the original mixes were found and Reznor went into the studio with engineer Tom Baker to “polish it up a bit.”
If you haven’t given it a listen lately, or you only remember Reznor’s more industrial “fuck you like an animal” days, you owe it to yourself to revisit this 1989 classic.
“Head Like A Hole” may have been the big single, but I always preferred the initial single, “Down In It”:
Another favorite is “That’s What I Get”, seen here from the long out-of-print concert film “Live Hate 90”:
And just in time for Halloween, here’s a video mashup of “Ringfinger” with a scene from 80’s horror flick Night of the Demons:
By the way, if Night of the Demons teaches us anything, please don’t party at an abandoned funeral parlor this Halloween. Thank you.