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' 1992 EP, . The song is noted for its controversial video and became a concert favorite during the Broken band's live performances. [1 ] [2 ]
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 . The song also features prominent use of Pretty Hate Machine Mellotron MKIV, which was previously owned by The Beatles' deceased frontman John Lennon. [3 ] Robotic vocal effects are also present in the song. [4 ]
Lyrically, the song deals with the themes of
isolation, belongingness, self-hatred and agony. [5 ] Reznor's [6 ] 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." [5 ] [7 ] [8 ]
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. [9 ]
References [ edit ]
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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