Talk:Trent Reznor

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Former good article Trent Reznor was one of the Music good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.

Where the hell is Ghosts?[edit]

the Ghosts I-IV project isn't even mentioned. It was an independent digital download that preceeded The Slip. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:02, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

Article picture[edit]

Would it be possible to get the old picture back? Or at least change the current one? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:23, 3 April 2010 (UTC)


Why is there a [sic] next to ABSURD? That is the proper spelling for the word. (talk) 09:16, 22 May 2010 (UTC)

alongside "Angel" he co-wrote songs[edit]

I'm completely missing the meaning. What/who is "Angel"? What songs? The whole sentence should be made shorter to make it more clear. Pls explain the "Angel" part or have it removed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:18, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

PETA info & cat[edit]

Agreed that Trent doesn't belong in the PETA category (if there's ever one made for people who've made videos for PETA, that's different), but I do see that the information about his video has been removed (as "minor importance", evidently). Since it was sourced by a copyvio video, I've salvaged the text from prior to its removal in November 2009 and added two sources for it that aren't copyvios:

Reznor has also worked to further animal welfare. He narrated a video for PETA, describing the cat and dog fur trade in China and urging viewers to avoid fur clothing.[1][2]

I'm not sure if I agree in total that it's "minor importance", since it's basically Trent using his clout as a celebrity to try to influence others. But I'm also not strongly devoted to it enough to figure out where to put it in. :) --Moonriddengirl (talk) 20:07, 12 August 2010 (UTC)


Ah! Good find on the sources. I bow to your superior Google-fu. — The Hand That Feeds You:Bite 22:31, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

veronica de la cruz and health care reform[edit]

There appears to be no mention of this on the page and what Trent did in light of this and the recognition he received.

Could somebody add this information? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:50, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Twitter and Web 2.0[edit]

I think there should be a section regarding Reznor's twitter account and what happened there.

Has this issue been previously resolved? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:15, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

New Template Alert! (to all registered users)[edit]

FYI to all registered users: Since the Trent Reznor article is semi-protected now, could one of you add the "AcademyAwardBestOriginalScore 2001-2020" template to his article? I just made changes to the template that reflect his and Atticus Ross's win at the 2010 Academy Awards but can't add it to Reznor's article because I'm not a registered user, nor do I want to register. (There was just too much drama with a prior account.) Thanks in advance! (talk) 03:40, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

References and getting on track[edit]

I considered placing banners or comments in the text but this is less messy. There are obvious issues needing attention. Example: mentioning in the lead that Reznor "plans to do (whatever..) this year with (whoever..)" isn't proper given that it is speculative without whatever event actually taking place. And, most editors are not dedicated enough to check their watchlist two years later to see if what Reznor planned did happen and reference it. Also, there's a bunch of references needed for the majority of claims made in the biography. Finally, I replaced the "posed" photo with a real concert photo that is more up to date; both are encouraged more. Photo questions you may leave on my talk page, OK?  :) --Leahtwosaints (talk) 02:25, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

The picture.[edit]

Shouldn't he be pictured in more of a neutral position? Sure it represents the heavier side of his music, but I don't think the majority of his songs can be classified as heavy metal - especially his latest four albums, so you could say it's kind of misleading. And regardless of how heavy his music is, it's still not a very neutral reprensentation of the artist. Robo37 (talk) 09:29, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

I agree, I hate that picture. Very misleading. (talk) 23:47, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
I also agree. I much prefer the one from this prior version I also feel it's more appropriate as the current image doesn't reflect the current character of Renzor, whereas this prior image reflects his current character better. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 12 June 2012 (UTC)


Cello, sousaphone & saxophone? The instruments section in the infobox is unsourced. Cosprings (talk) 18:20, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

Audio sample?[edit]

An audio clip would be very helpful for people unfamiliar with the musical style to get an idea of the music. Somebody more familiar with the artist should pick one out & insert it (something not too copyvio) Dataxpress (talk) 18:43, 23 November 2011 (UTC)


Article should mention that Trent Reznor wrote the piece 'Hurt', also made famous by Johnny Cash. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:26, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Trent has surpassed needing acknowledgment for a song that other people covered. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:49, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Occupy Wall Street controversy[edit]

There's a growing controversy that Trent Reznor is a part of what many consider to be a negative propaganda campaign against the Occupy movement via the Call of Duty: Black Ops II game. Shouldn't this be mentioned in the article?,1386680,1387079#msg-1387079 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cowicide (talkcontribs) 06:27, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Academy Award[edit]

Maybe I missed it, but shouldn't the Oscar for Soundtrack be included? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Runwolf (talkcontribs) 22:16, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

Subsection order in Musical Career[edit]

Should the How to Destroy Angels sub-section (2010) be placed at the end of Musical Career instead of before As an Independant Artist (2008) ? THis would somewhat keep the chronological order. zubrowka74 19:48, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

Reference 14 no longer exists[edit]

Reference 14 which attributes Reznor as attending Allegheny College and studying computer engineering does not exist. Shazen27 (talk) 13:55, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes, you're right.[1] It looks like all of has been missing since November 2007 when it change to MovieTome. (MovieTome shut down in 2010, so it's dead, too.) Both FilmSpot and MovieTome had the problem of containing user-generated text. Let's assume for now that the cited fact was added in good faith. Perhaps someone can find an archived version or a better source such as People magazine. Binksternet (talk) 15:04, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Main Photograph of Trent Reznor - CHANGED[edit]

The prev. photograph was incredibly un-Trent (looked like someone from a boxing/wrestling league, in my opinion) so I changed it to a photograph of his more recognisable state, a.k.a. 90s Trent. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Goodeveningmrstorrance (talkcontribs) 23:33, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

The file will be deleted if the copyright issue is not resolved. Mlpearc (open channel) 23:58, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

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Recent edits by User:Koychui[edit]

@Koychui:, regarding your recent edit with the summary, "Elaborated and explained why such a constructive post is needed... some people thought it was an insult for the neutral but terse version I posted earlier..."

For what it's worth I am not "some people", I am only one, and despite your attempt at mind-reading I did not think it was an insult. As I explained in my original edit summary, your prose did not reflect the source material. While I appreciate your attempt to remedy this I still feel that you are over-egging the pudding somewhat. In the same way that I do not constitute "some people", a single article written in 2010 that used the phrase "one-trick pony" in a complimentary way does not mean that "Some critics have been calling Reznor a one-trick-pony for at least a decade around 2000."

Moreover, the rest of the paragraph, "..which was a pretty darn good trick that made his music worked so well with the subject matter Reznor dealt with in his NIN projects", is poorly written and presents your personal interpretation of a source in Wikipedia's voice. Basically, you've made it sound like Trent Reznor has been criticized for many years, but Wikipedia thinks he's "pretty darn good". And if you were to reword it more properly you'd end up stating the simple fact that one reviewer once said something, which is hardly the kind of content worthy of the lead section, so I can only recommend that someone please remove it as I don't wish to get into an edit war if I'm alone in my opinions. Thanks. nagualdesign 00:21, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

To add on to my reversion summary: criticism does not belong in the header unless it's a near-universal consensus by critics and the general public. Reznor's output since 2000 (both with NIN and solo) has been received positively and does not point to him as being a "one trick pony" whatsoever. Rhe dm i (talk) 12:33, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

Moog Synthesizers[edit]

According to Reznor, in a 2015 YouTube interview for Moog [1] "The first synth I ever got - that was the greatest day of my life, at the time - was the Moog Prodigy. [...] That was really the huge turning-point, you know. I knew that thing inside and out and it was - it just felt musical."

I couldn't think of how to add it, but it seems to belong to his "early life" section. The reason I couldn't figure out where to put it is that I don't know exactly where it falls, chronologically. If he's being sincere and not just saying that to get a free Moog, then it seems important material to me.

SevenTowers (talk) 02:55, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^