Nine Inch Nails
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Nine Inch Nails
Where did Nine Inch Nails get that name? And I don’t want to hear it the size of ..
Formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio, known for being the ‘birth city of rock and roll’, Nine Inch Nails grew from frontman Trent Reznor sampling music and making demos while working as an assistant engineer AND janitor at Right Track Studios to becoming one of the most revered rock bands of all time. RadioAustinTexas.com explores how the band got its iconic name.
Behind The Band Name
Though there’s been much debate about what inspired the name Nine Inch Nails, Reznor asserts that he chose the name for its simple abbreviation, NIN, and not for any specific meaning. Reznor revealed in a 1994 interview with Axcess that he came up with around 200 potential band names, but none of them stuck. “I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to think of band names, but usually you think you have a great one and you look at it the next day and it’s stupid,” he said at the time. “Nine Inch Nails lasted the two-week test, looked great in print, and could be abbreviated easily. It really doesn’t have any literal meaning. It seemed kind of frightening—tough and manly. It’s a curse trying to come up with band names.”Among the many theories fans came up with about the band name’s origin is that it was a reference to Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross, with nails that were supposedly nine inches long, or that the name was a nod to the nine-inch fingernails Freddy Kruger bore in A Nightmare on Elm Street. But Reznor put those rumors to rest in an interview for the book Electro Shock!: Groundbreakers of Synth Music published in 1999. “It was just a name,” he said of how he came up with Nine Inch Nails. “Everyone’s got their theory on that—nailing Jesus to the cross, or this and that. But it just came up. I liked it. I liked the way it looked in print, and it passed the two-week test.”