August 4, 1999
This Here's Fools Gold!

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of the Meathead Perspective. This is where I, Meathead, ramble and/or rant about things regarding my favorite band (Nine Inch Nails) in an attempt to make your day a little brighter.

With the anticipation resulting from the impending release of the new Nine Inch Nails album, The Fragile, there have been quite a few instances of NIN forgeries -- the fake NIN track entitled "Something Sweet", the intentionally staticky (and fake) sound clips posted at Trake's page, and let us not forget the infamous Reznor's Edge site, responsible for the "Impossible Pain" rumors which still circulate today.

But what causes one to try to deceive his or her fellow "NIN-nies" in this fashion? Is it a means to gain attention? To feel important? To compensate for meager genitalia size? Possibly. Likely, in fact.
Fig. A: "Joe" gets a bright idea.
It is unclear where the initial motivation originates, but it's most likely the result of a phenomenon known as "too much damn free time". This, combined with the aforementioned need for attention, and small penis size, creates a deadly combination.
Fig. B: A falsified halo.
You may be asking yourself, how can I protect myself from these atrocities? How can I be sure what's real and what's fake? What's this weird sticky stuff on my arm? Fear not, for I have created some examples to assist you in sorting out the truth from the lies.

This is the album The Downward Spiral. This is real.

This is fake. Note the out-of-proportion NIN logo, that's a dead giveaway.

This is the single for The Perfect Drug. Real.

This may fool some, but most NIN fans will remember that Trent does not prefer to use pictures of himself on his albums. Fake.

This is the recently released single for The Day The World Went Away. Real.

Trent is particularly picky about not wanting typos on his album covers, and therefore would probably not allow it to read "nine inch nials: the fraggile". Fake.

Now, this is all fine and dandy when it comes to fake artwork, but now what about fake audio files? How can we determine the legitimacy of the NIN songs (and song clips) that we encounter online? Keep reading.

Steady 4/4 beat, Trent sings about copulating

8 minutes of static interlaced with samples of Trent screams

Cheesy techno beat, samples that sound suspiciously like Prodigy

Trent raps "Rain, rain, go away..."

Trent sings about copulating, overlaid with Super Mario sounds

A guy who sounds nothing like Trent covers Elton John







I hope this information helps you on your quest to find the truth. I'm going to go get something to eat now. Until next time...

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