Something I Can Never Have
|"Something I Can Never Have"|
|Song by Nine Inch Nails from the album Pretty Hate Machine|
|Released||October 20, 1989|
|Genre||Industrial rock, dark ambient|
|Producer(s)||Trent Reznor, Flood, Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc, John Fryer|
|Pretty Hate Machine track listing|
"Something I Can Never Have" is the fifth track on the Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut album, Pretty Hate Machine. The song was used in the film Natural Born Killers. According to Loren Coleman, the song deals with suicidal themes.
Tom Breihan from Pitchfork Media gave a positive review to the song, stating that the song portrays "an absolute mastery" with "its haunted, minimal piano figure and a few hushed synth tones slowly, letting in sputtering static, faraway door-slam drums, and quiet little counter-melodies." Nevertheless, the initial reception of Pitchfork to the song was mixed, with being called as a "'Goodbye Blue Sky' rip-off" in a previous review by Rob Mitchum, in 2006.
This song has been covered by Dutch dark wave band, Clan of Xymox, in its 2012 album Kindred Spirits; and by the band Flyleaf for Underworld: Evolution OST. In July 2014, Tori Amos covered the song on her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour.
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- Mitchum, Rob (January 12, 2006). "Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
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- Cinquemani, Sal (August 21, 2014). "The 10 Best Cover Songs from Tori Amos's Unrepentant Geraldines Tour". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
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