Came Back Haunted

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"Came Back Haunted"
Came Back Haunted Cover.jpeg
Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Hesitation Marks
ReleasedJune 6, 2013 (2013-06-06)
Songwriter(s)Trent Reznor
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 was the band's first single after signing with Columbia Records.[4][5][6][7][8]

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.[3][9] 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.[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song first leaked online on Brazilian website BCharts,[10] then spreading to other sites and radios. It was later streamed on the band's official SoundCloud account.[5] The audio-only video was also uploaded to Nine Inch Nails' YouTube channel.[11] A radio edit of the song was initially made available, which was edited down to 3:56 in length.[5]

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

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on June 28, 2013, with an epileptic seizure warning.[12][13] It was directed by David Lynch, with whom Reznor collaborated on Lost Highway.[14] The video runs for 4:17.[15] Photographs taken by Nine Inch Nails collaborator Rob Sheridan during the shooting in Los Angeles were also released on June 27, 2013.[12]




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  2. ^ Neilstein, Vince (June 6, 2013). ""Came Back Haunted:" The New Nine Inch Nails Song is Here!". MetalSucks. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Graff,Gary (June 6, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails, 'Came Back Haunted': Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Phillips, Amy (June 4, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Track "Came Back Haunted" Out Thursday". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Minsker, Evan (June 5, 2013). "Listen: Nine Inch Nails: "Came Back Haunted"". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Spencer (June 6, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Unleash New Song 'Came Back Haunted,' Reveal Upcoming Album Details". Loudwire. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Nine Inch Nails name new album 'Hesitation Marks', hear new track 'Came Back Haunted' now". NME. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Hogan, Mark (June 4, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails to Debut New Single 'Came Back Haunted' on Thursday". Spin. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Danton, Eric R. (June 6, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Release 'Came Back Haunted' From New LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Ouça "Came Back Haunted", o single de retorno do Nine Inch Nails". BCharts. June 6, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  11. ^ ""Came Back Haunted" on YouTube". Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  12. ^ a b Blistein,Jon (June 27, 2013). "Nine Inch Nails Photos Preview 'Came Back Haunted' Clip". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  13. ^ Minsker, Evan and Amy Phillips (June 28, 2013). "Watch Nine Inch Nails' David Lynch-Directed "Came Back Haunted" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  14. ^ Phillips, Amy and Jenn Pelly (June 19, 2013). "David Lynch to Direct Nine Inch Nails' "Came Back Haunted" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  15. ^ "Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted". NineInchNailsVEVO. 28 Jun 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  17. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
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  19. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  20. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  21. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  22. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.

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