Came Back Haunted

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"Came Back Haunted"
Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Hesitation Marks
Released June 6, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012–2013
Genre Industrial rock, electronica[1]
Length 5:17 (full-length single version)
3:56 (radio edit)
Label Columbia, The Null Corporation[2]
Writer(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s) Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder[2]
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"Came Back Haunted"
"Copy of A"
Music video
Came Back Haunted on YouTube

"Came Back Haunted" is a single by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, from their eighth studio album, Hesitation Marks. It is the band's first single since signing with Columbia Records.[3][4][5][6][7] It is the first commercial single by the act to not have a Halo number, followed by its follow up "Copy of A".

Music and lyrics[edit]

The song contains layered synthesizer parts, rhythmic industrial patterns, and an electronic bassline, which are interrupted by a guitar-driven instrumental break. The song ends with a vocal outro with a chant of the song's title.[2][8] Gary Graff of Billboard interpreted the song's lyrics as an "acknowledgement of Reznor's absence" and a presumable reference to his experiences in film scoring and How to Destroy Angels.[2]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song first leaked online on Brazilian website BCharts,[9] then spreading to other sites and radios. It was later streamed on the band's official Soundcloud account.[4] The audio-only video was also uploaded to Nine Inch Nails' YouTube channel.[10] A radio edit of the song was initially made available, which was edited down to 3:56 in length.[4]

The song was featured in the soundtrack to the video game Gran Turismo 6.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on June 28, 2013, with an epileptic seizure warning.[11][12] It was directed by David Lynch, with whom Reznor collaborated on Lost Highway.[13] The video goes on for 4:17.[14] Photographs taken by Nine Inch Nails collaborator Rob Sheridan during the shooting in Los Angeles were also released on June 27, 2013.[11]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15] 94
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[16] 9
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[17] 7
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[18] 13
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[17] 6
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[19] 6


  1. ^ Neilstein, Vince (June 6, 2013). ""Came Back Haunted:" The New Nine Inch Nails Song is Here!". MetalSucks. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Graff,Gary (June 6, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails, 'Came Back Haunted': Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Amy (June 4, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Track "Came Back Haunted" Out Thursday". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Minsker, Evan (June 5, 2013). "Listen: Nine Inch Nails: "Came Back Haunted"". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kaufman, Spencer (June 6, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Unleash New Song ‘Came Back Haunted,’ Reveal Upcoming Album Details". Loudwire. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nine Inch Nails name new album 'Hesitation Marks', hear new track 'Came Back Haunted' now". NME. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Mark (June 4, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails to Debut New Single 'Came Back Haunted' on Thursday". Spin. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Danton, Eric R. (June 6, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Release 'Came Back Haunted' From New LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ouça "Came Back Haunted", o single de retorno do Nine Inch Nails". BCharts. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ ""Came Back Haunted" on YouTube". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  11. ^ a b Blistein,Jon (June 27, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Photos Preview 'Came Back Haunted' Clip". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ Minsker, Evan and Amy Phillips (June 28, 2013). "Watch Nine Inch Nails' David Lynch-Directed "Came Back Haunted" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ Phillips, Amy and Jenn Pelly (June 19, 2013). "David Lynch to Direct Nine Inch Nails' "Came Back Haunted" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted". NineInchNailsVEVO. 28 Jun 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Music Charts - Search Results - Nine Inch Nails". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  16. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Chart Highlights: Nine Inch Nails Soar Onto Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Page 3". Billboard. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rock Airplay for Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved 5 June 2014.

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