Fixed (EP)

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Fixed
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EP by Nine Inch Nails
Released December 7, 1992 (1992-12-07)
Studio Matrix, London
Genre Industrial[1]
Length 40:23
Label
Producer Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails chronology
Broken
(1992)Broken1992
Fixed
(1992)
The Downward Spiral
(1994)The Downward Spiral1994
Halo numbers chronology
"Halo 5"
(1992) Halo 51992
"Halo 6"
(1992) Halo 61992
"Halo 7"
(1994) Halo 71994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Fixed is a remix extended play (EP) as well the second EP by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on December 7, 1992. It is the companion remix disc to Broken. It is the first Nine Inch Nails release to include the Parental Advisory label, as not all certain releases by the band include the label. It was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on March 1, 1995.[2]

Guest remixers include Coil with Danny Hyde, J. G. Thirlwell a.k.a. Foetus, Butch Vig and members of the live band at the time, which included Chris Vrenna and James Woolley.

Background[edit]

This EP employs mixing techniques such as backmasking, layering, flangers, noise and sudden time signature changes.

Coil's "Gave Up" remix picks up with a frantic rhythmic jumbling of Trent's vocals directly referencing the lyrics ("I cut myself to pieces"). Coil's long-time engineer and collaborator Danny Hyde states that the technique used was "so ludicrous I'll keep it to myself".[3] John Balance (of Coil) expressed his dislike of the chorus and decided they should take it in another direction, hence the vastly mutated form it ended up taking.

"Throw This Away" is a remix of both "Suck" and "Last" that distinguishes itself by sounding very little like either track. The outro section is an excerpt of Butch Vig's remix of "Last," which was left off the final version of the EP. The unedited mix appeared on the internet as an 8-bit mono 11 kHz file, NIN_LAST.AIFF, available by FTP from cyberden.com in 1993. It disappeared from the site quite some time ago, but can still be found on p2p networks. Reznor subsequently made it available in higher quality (256kbit/s mp3) at remix.nin.com.

Vig later spoke about the remix while answering questions on a music production forum, saying "I started recording a lot of new parts, and took it in a much different direction. When it was finished, Trent thought the front part of the mix didn't fit the EP, so he just used the ending. I'm glad it's on his website. Duke and Steve worked with me on the remix, in the very early days of Garbage."[4]

Jim Thirlwell's second "Wish" remix, "Fist Fuck", features samples of Timothy Leary while the final track, "Screaming Slave", contains various samples of Bob Flanagan being tortured that were recorded during the filming of the "Happiness in Slavery" music video.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Remixer(s) Length
1. "Gave Up" (Remix) 5:25
2. "Wish" (Remix) J. G. Thirlwell 9:11
3. "Happiness in Slavery" (Remix) 6:09
4. "Throw This Away"
4:14
5. "Fist Fuck" Thirlwell 7:21
6. "Screaming Slave"
8:02

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Singles Chart)[5] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 25

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b D'Angelo, Peter J. "Fixed – Nine Inch Nails". AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "British album certifications – Nine Inch Nails – Fixed EP". British Phonographic Industry. March 1, 1995. Retrieved January 1, 2017.  Enter Fixed EP in the search field and then press Enter.
  3. ^ aural rage Biography
  4. ^ nin - "last" remix – Gearslutz.com
  5. ^ "Nine Inch Nails | Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Nine Inch Nails – Fixed". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 1, 2017.

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