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Comedian creates farcical Nine Inch Nails spoof music-video

Earlier today, Rolling Stone featured a cheeky Nine Inch Nails music video parody entitled “This is a Trent Reznor Song.” The YouTube parody, released by comedian Freddy Scott yesterday, has received nearly 50,000 views in 24 hours.

Freddy Scott as Trent Reznor.
Freddy Scott

Scott's parody accurately represents the sound and visual aesthetic of Nine Inch Nails while the lyrics mock the some of the formulaic content. His wardrobe is spot on, albeit obviously on a lower budget, and he manages to look and act the the part of younger, brooding Reznor.

Rolling Stone writer Jason Newan gave both song, released earlier this year, and the video high praise. He said the song “encapsulat[es] frontman Trent Reznor's penchant for odd percussion, eerie pianos and shifting vocal dynamics ranging from hushed to screaming.” And that the recently released music video “lampoon[s] Reznor's Lynchian-meets-Victorian visual style.”

The result is something that both people who enjoy and people who intensely dislike Nine Inch Nails can enjoy. As one hapless commenter said of Scott's performance, “I gotta admit, he nailed it.”

Nine Inch Nails is set to tour this summer. Check out date on the band's official website.