Wish (Nine Inch Nails song)
|Single by Nine Inch Nails|
|from the album Broken|
|Format||Promotional 12", promotional CD|
|Genre||Industrial metal, alternative metal|
|Producer(s)||Trent Reznor, Flood|
|Nine Inch Nails singles chronology|
"Wish" won the Best Metal Performance in the 1993 Grammy Awards. Referencing a lyric from the song, Reznor later joked that his epitaph should read: "REZNOR: Died. Said 'fist fuck' and won a Grammy."
The music video for "Wish" was directed by Peter Christopherson, who also directed the music video for "March of the Pigs" and Broken's eponymous film. The video shows Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor on vocals, Chris Vrenna on drums, Richard Patrick on guitar and James Woolley on keyboards) playing inside high, caged walls while hordes of angry men assault the exterior of the cage. The band is eventually accosted: Woolley is lifted off his feet by a suspended man, Vrenna is lifted off by a crane hook and Patrick is grabbed through the sides of the cage. The video ends with a brief scene of men breaking open the gate of the cage and storming into the cage with bats and clubs. MTV felt that the ending scene was too violent and alternate footage was used for network airplay.
A second video is a live performance filmed by Simon Maxwell in 1995 and was released on Closure in 1997. This performance was taken from a concert film originally intended for release in 1996, but was subsequently shelved because Trent Reznor was not satisfied with the final product.
Two promotional versions of a "Wish" single were distributed for airplay.
A 12" release was distributed as "Interscope Records DMD 1947", with the same two tracks on both sides:
- "Wish" (Remix version by J. G. Thirlwell) – 9:08
- "Wish" (EP version) – 3:47
A CD release was distributed as "Interscope Records PRCD 4893-2":
- "Wish" (Radio edit) – 3:37
- Silverstein covered the song in 2010 for their EP Transitions.
- The Dillinger Escape Plan covered the song on their Plagiarism (EP) and were asked to join Nine Inch Nails in performing the song during two stops of the 2009 Australian Soundwave Festival and later at Bonaroo 2009 and also on September 10, 2009 in Los Angeles.
- The song can be found on German Beatsteaks 2002 Wohnzimmer EP.
- Behemoth also covered Wish by on their 2003 EP, Conjuration.
- Linkin Park performed the song live on their spring 2004 tour. It was also covered on that year's Projekt Revolution tour where one recording was later released on the Linkin Park Underground 4.0 fanclub CD.
- Dreadnaut covered the song in their 2008 album A Taste Of What's To Come.
- STEMM covered the song on their 2008 album Blood Scent.
- Brand New covered the song live during their spring 2011 tour.
- Device has covered the song on the deluxe edition of its debut album Device.
Appearance in other media
- Ramirez, AJ (November 12, 2014). "Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Pinion" and "Wish"". PopMatters. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
- Atkins, Martin (2007). Tour:Smart: And Break the Band. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1556529740. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "J.G. Thirlwell Discography - Credits - Remix". Discogs. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- *Huxley, Martin (September 1997). Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct. St. Martin's Press. p. 65. ISBN 0-312-15612-X.
- Taylor, Steve (2006). The A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 165. ISBN 0826482171. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Broken (Video 1992)". IMDB. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- new sweat to drown me in: wish
- "Simon Maxwell". IMDB. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Silverstein – Transitions". Discogs. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Dillinger Escape Plan, The – Plagiarism". Discogs. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "NIN: Wish live w/ Dillinger Escape Plan, Perth 3.02.09 [HD]". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Beatsteaks – Die Wohnzimmer-EP". Discogs. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- Sciaretto, Amy (April 18, 2011). "Behemoth Reissuing Out of Print EPs, Nine Inch Nails and Danzig Covers". Noisecreep. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Linkin Park Live @ Rock A.M Ring Concert". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Dreadnaut - Taste of What's to Come". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- Ruhlmann, Williams. "Stemm - Blood Scent". Allmusic. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Brand New - Wish (Nine Inch Nails Cover) (LIVE HD)". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Beavis and Butt-Head Season 2 Episode 4 - Baby Makes Uh, Three". TV.com. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- Bulletstorm Video Game, Debut Gameplay Trailer HD | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos | GameTrailers.com
- "Nine Inch Nails, A Day To Remember Added To Guitar Hero". Ultimate-Guitar. January 13, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2012.