Allstar Magazine

May 2000

Trent Reznor Nails Courtney Love, Fred Durst, Michael Stipe In New Video

The Nine Inch Nails video for "Starfuckers, Inc." that nothing Records has been trying to keep hush-hush for the past month debuted on MTV on Tuesday (May 2) featuring all the goodies that we told you about (allstar, April 24) and then some.

The clip, which credits Robert Hales (former Art Director for Raygun magazine) as director at the front of the clip and then Marilyn Manson at the end of the clip, entails singer Trent Reznor going on a date to a carnival with a person, who isn't revealed until the end of the clip. The person, of course, is his former best friend and protégé-turned-rival and back-full-circle to partner-in-crime, Marilyn Manson.

The video opens with a view of a road similar to the opening of the movie Lost Highway, which features a soundtrack produced by Reznor. In the video, Reznor is first shown in the back of a limousine with tubes in his nose and wearing blue eye makeup like a mask (and also similar to how Manson's done his shadow many times in the past), with Manson disguised in a blonde wig. They show a poster of Pamela Anderson Lee and Donna D'Errico on their way to the carnival and paparazzi outside of the limo.

During the carnival, Reznor trys his hand at the game where you throw a baseball at a plate and try to smash the plate. On the plates in the video are the faces of Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Kiss' Gene Simmons, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, and Mariah Carey. He also throws balls at busts of people -- one of which is of Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan (wearing a Zero shirt), and another is of Reznor himself.

But, the biggest diss of all is the part with an obese Courtney Love look-alike wearing a tiara, holding an Oscar, and sporting tape on her nose (to signify a nose job) sitting in a dunking booth with the word "waste" printed on it. Shortly after, Reznor is seen throwing CDs into a toilet, including Manson's Mechanical Animals.

This is nothing Records' second shot with "Starfuckers, Inc.," as the track was the first song from The Fragile released to radio last year. They edited the song so it says "Starsuckers" and changed the name as well to ensure radio and video airplay.

-- Carrie Borzillo

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This article is provided courtesy Keith Duemling and Tracy Thompson from the collection previously located at SUS.