Published Jun 26, 2009In what is becoming an almost weekly occurrence, eternally grumpy Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor has spewed some more grievances to the media. In a recent interview with the Sound Opinions podcast [via TwentyFourBit], Reznor had some pretty hilarious things to say about grunge goofball Chris Cornell and his recent attempts at pop stardom.
In the case of Cornell, I don't know Chris. I do know what label he's on now and I do know who's whispering in his ear. And heavily on the With Teeth album, I turned that record in and I would get back "Hey you know, you might wanna... maybe we need to put some beats on this record."
I'm not making this up. "What do you mean beats?"
"Well this urban thing is really taking off. You'll get it in the club. You know, what if we had Dre or somebody..."
And the part of me that wants to be the open-minded artist says, "I'll consider that." I even went so far as Timbaland doing a, trying to do a, remix at Interscope's dime of "Hand That Feeds," which was laughably terrible. And when I turned in Year Zero, which I thought had the coolest beats I've ever come up with and I hear "Yeah, we need some cool beats," it's like "you know what, suck me."
And I'm sure there was someone whispering in Cornell's [ear] and he can put that off as some kind of sociocultural experiment, but what it was, was a money grab and when you do that you're saying to other people that look up to you, it's okay to do that and it's not okay to do that. It isn't.
In other words, Nine Inch Nails probably won't be joining Soundgarden on their purported 2010 reunion tour.