Capital G

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This article is about the Nine Inch Nails song. For the Latin letter, see G. For the Canadian electoral area, see Capital G, British Columbia.
"Capital G"
UK limited edition 9" single and European promotional 12" single cover
Promotional single by Nine Inch Nails from the album Year Zero
Released June 11, 2007 (2007-06-11)
Recorded 2006
Length 3:49
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Trent Reznor
Alternative cover
German promotional CD single cover
Year Zero
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"Survivalism" single
"Capital G" single
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Year Zero Remixed album



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"Capital G" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their fifth studio album, Year Zero (2007). It was released on June 11, 2007 as a promotional single from the album.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Though numerous reviews of the album speculated that "G" refers specifically to the G in George W. Bush, Trent Reznor stated that the "G" stands for "greed".[3][4][5]

Release and reception[edit]

"Capital G" was not released with a Halo number due to Reznor's increasing awareness of the overpricing of retail music, and his record label's alleged plans to overprice Halo releases to take advantage of Nine Inch Nails' dedicated fan base.[6] Art collaborator Rob Sheridan confirmed this fact:

The song was first played on radio on April 4, 2007. As of April 27, 2007, "Capital G" is listed on the Mediabase Jump![7] and Taking Off[8] charts, which record the track's increase in radio airplay over seven days. "Capital G" officially became available for airplay on May 14–15,[9] although it received the most adds in the alternative category during the week of April 27, according to Radio & Records.[10]

The song is available for download as an "exhibit" in WAV format at, a website within the Year Zero alternate reality game revealed by decrypting a binary code sequence on the Year Zero's thermo-chrome disc when heated.

On April 26, 2007, the official Year Zero website published the multitrack audio files of "Capital G" for GarageBand and Logic Pro, as well as WAV files for other applications.[11][12]

The song is available for download in the video game Rock Band.

"Capital G" is Nine Inch Nails' fifth consecutive top 10 single on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[13]

Track listings[edit]

  • US promotional CD single (INTR-12130-2)[14]
  1. "Capital G" (edit) – 3:49
  2. "Capital G" (album) – 3:49
  • US promotional CD single (INTR-12230-2)[15]
  1. "Capital G" (Phones 666 RPM Mix) – 7:23
  2. "Capital G" (Switch Remix) – 5:01
  • German promotional CD single[16]
  1. "Capital G" (album) – 3:51
  2. "Capital G" (edit) – 3:49
  • UK limited edition 9" single[17]
A. "Capital G" – 3:49
B. "Survivalism" (Dave Sitek Mix) – 4:30
  • European promotional 12" single[18]
A. "Capital G" (Phones 666 RPM Mix) – 7:23
B. "Capital G" (Switch Remix) – 5:01



Chart (2007) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 89
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 140
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[22] 2
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 6
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[23] 25


  1. ^ Borthwick, Jamie (June 10, 2007). "Nine Inch Nails - Capital G". The Skinny. Retrieved March 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Pelone, Joe (September 25, 2009). "Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (2007)". Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Dan Aquilante (2007-04-15). "A Good 'Year'". New York Post. Retrieved 2007-04-19. Even though the "Year Zero" story is set 12 years in the future, the 16-song disc is anchored in the present with not-so-veiled references to President Bush, who's portrayed as a war monger in "Capital G." 
  4. ^ James Munson (2007-04-18). "Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero Review [2]". 411mania. Retrieved 2007-04-19. He mutters the insult "mo-tha-fu-ckers" in the most absurd manner possible on the 80's synth-pop, Bush-bashing "Capital G". 
  5. ^ Jason Nahrung (2007-04-19). "Dark days ahead". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2007-04-19. Nowhere is the target of his ire more obvious than on the bouncy little ditty, Capital G, which embraces the big end of town as well as Dubya. 
  6. ^ Daniel Kreps (2007-05-14). "Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Slams Records Labels for Sorry State of the Industry". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  7. ^ "7 Day Charts - Jump! - Alternative". Mediabase. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  8. ^ "7 Day Charts - Taking Off - Alternative". Mediabase. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Active & Mainstream Rock Available For Airplay". FMQB. April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  10. ^ "Alternative Most Added". Radio & Records. 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  11. ^ "Year Zero". Nine Inch Nails. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Multitracks for 3 YZ songs posted on". The NIN Hotline. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  13. ^ a b "Nine Inch Nails – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Capital G" (US promotional CD single). Nine Inch Nails. Interscope Records. 2007. INTR-12130-2. 
  15. ^ "Capital G" (US promotional CD single). Nine Inch Nails. Interscope Records. 2007. INTR-12230-2. 
  16. ^ "Capital G" (German promotional CD single). Nine Inch Nails. Interscope Records. 2007. NINCAPGCDP1. 
  17. ^ "Capital G Limited Edition 9 inch vinyl". What Records. Retrieved April 27, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Capital G" (European promotional 12" single). Nine Inch Nails. Interscope Records. 2007. CAPG12PRO. 
  19. ^ "Nine Inch Nails – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2007-06-17". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  21. ^ "Chart Log UK: 1994–2010: Nadanuf – Michael Nyman". Zobbel. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 2007-06-17" UK Rock Chart. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  23. ^ "Nine Inch Nails – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved December 25, 2016.