Gave Up is a song by American industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails. Written by frontman Trent Reznor and co-produced by Flood, the song serves as the sixth track of Nine Inch Nails' 1993 EP, . The song is noted for its controversial video and became a concert favorite during the Broken band's live performances. [2 ] [3 ]
Music and lyrics [ edit ]
The song is noted for its aggressive tone, fast tempo and
heavier use of guitars, in contrast to Reznor's dance-oriented previous songs from the album . According to Pretty Hate Machine Piero Scaruffi, The song also takes influences from the thrash metal genre. The song also features prominent use of [1 ] Mellotron MKIV, which was previously owned by The Beatles' deceased frontman John Lennon. [4 ] Robotic vocal effects are also present in the song. [5 ]
Lyrically, the song deals with the themes of
isolation, belongingness, self-hatred and agony. [6 ] Reznor's [7 ] angst-filled lyrics in this song, such as "After everything I've done I hate myself for what I've become" was described as a solidification of his status as "the dark lord of doom." [6 ] [8 ] [9 ]
Music video [ edit ]
Cultural references [ edit ]
The song was extensively played during the shooting of the
's bowling alley scene, by the demand of the director Lost Highway David Lynch. [10 ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Scaruffi, Piero. "Nine Inch Nails" . Retrieved May 28, 2013.
^ Blyweiss, Adam (March 2, 2012). "Celebrate the Catalog: Nine Inch Nails". Treblezine . Retrieved May 28, 2013.
^ "NIN at the Electric Factory 5/19". Delirium's Realm . Retrieved May 28, 2013.
^ Hochman, Steve (January 1993). "The Pleasure of Pain". . Rolling Stone
^ Truesdell (2007), p. 198
^ a b Brown, Steven C. (2011). "Artist autonomy in a digital era: The case of Nine Inch Nails". Empirical Musicology 6 (4): 199.
^ "Broken review". . December 1992. CMJ
^ Rees, Paul (December 1999). "Interview with Trent Reznor". . Kerrang!
^ Smithouser and Waliszewski (1998) p.214
^ Donnelly (2005), p.25
Bibliography [ edit ]
Donnelly, Kevin J. (2005). The spectre of sound: music in film and television. BFI. ISBN 1844570258.
Smithouser, Bob and Bob Waliszewski (1997). Chart Watch: From the Editor's of Focus on the Family's Plugged in. Tyndale House Publishers. ISBN 156179628X.
Truesdell, Cliff (2007). Mastering Digital Audio Production: The Professional Music Workflow with Mac OS X. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0470165766.
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