Sin (song)

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Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Pretty Hate Machine
B-side "Get Down Make Love"
Released October 10, 1990
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1989, 1990
Genre Industrial rock, synthpop, industrial dance[1]
Length 5:51 (long), 4:19 (short)
Label TVT (US), Island (UK)
Writer(s) Trent Reznor
Producer(s) Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc, Hypo Luxa
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"Head Like a Hole"
"Happiness in Slavery"
Halo numbers chronology
"Halo 3"
"Halo 4"
"Halo 5"

"Sin" is the third single by American artist Nine Inch Nails from the album Pretty Hate Machine. Released in October 1990, the song peaked at #35 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The song has been a staple of Nine Inch Nails live performances for several years, placed by as the artist's eighth most played song live.[3]


"Sin" is the fourth official Nine Inch Nails release and the final single for the album Pretty Hate Machine. It contains three remixes of "Sin" from Pretty Hate Machine and Nine Inch Nails' first cover song. Even though the front has a stylized graphic that simply says "5in" and it is generally referred to as "Sin" (including on the official NIN website), the spine of the US version refers to the album as "Sin Long, Dub & Short".

"Get Down, Make Love" is a cover of the Queen song originally released on News of the World. This version of "Get Down, Make Love" samples Dan O'Herlihy from The Cabinet of Caligari, as well as a brief snippet of "We Will Rock You" in the final seconds. The song also features a drum beat that is almost identical to that of the track "HYPERPOWER!" from the 2007 album Year Zero.

The single will be included in the upcoming Record Store DayBlack Friday exclusive box set, Halo I–IV.[4][5]

Music video[edit]

Image from the "Sin" music video showing one of the gay lovers

A music video was released, using the "(short)" remix of the song, which featured two girls dancing with each other at the beginning, cutting to a black-and-white footage of a woman, naked except for what looks like straps to spelunking gear and a halogen lamp, walking a wrist-bound Trent Reznor with a bag over his head through what looks like an industrial warehouse complex and eventually to strap him into an Aerotrim where he spins him throughout the video. These scenes are intercut with two young gay lovers, a man and woman wearing ritualistic dressings and dancing, as well as visuals of a pierced phallus and clitoris, all reflecting the song's dark, sexual aspects.

The song itself quotes directly from Clive Barker's Books of Blood. "Stale incense, old sweat, and lies ..." (from In The Hills, The Cities)

The video never aired, but an edited version appears on Closure. The original video later became available through TVT's website.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

US version[edit]

No. Title Remixer Length
1. "Sin" (long) Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc 5:51
2. "Sin" (dub) Sherwood, LeBlanc 5:00
3. "Get Down, Make Love"   Engineered by Jeff "Critter" Newell, Al Jourgensen, Trent Reznor, Sean Beaven 4:19
4. "Sin" (short) Sherwood, LeBlanc 4:19
Total length:

UK version[edit]

No. Title Remixer Length
1. "Sin" (short) Sherwood, LeBlanc 4:19
2. "Sin" (long) Sherwood, LeBlanc 5:51
3. "Get Down, Make Love"   Engineered by Jeff "Critter" Newell, Al Jourgensen, Trent Reznor, Sean Beaven 4:19
4. "Sin" (dub) Sherwood, LeBlanc 5:00
Total length:


  1. ^ Childers, Chad. "10 Best Nine Inch Nails Songs". Loudwire. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NINE INCH NAILS". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Tour statistics - songs played total". Retrieved June 9, 2014.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Kaye, Ben (October 28, 2015). "Nine Inch Nails releasing Halo I-IV vinyl box set for Record Store Day Black Friday". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Grebey, James (October 28, 2015). "Nine Inch Nails to Release Vinyl Box Set, ‘Halo I-IV,’ for Record Store Day Black Friday". Spin. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Full Sin video online at TVT Records". The NIN Hotline. 2001-11-04. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  7. ^ "Nine Inch Nails on TVT TV". TVT Records. 2001-11-04. Archived from the original on 2002-05-11. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 

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