Capital G (song)
"Capital G" is the seventh track on the 2007 release Year Zero, and is the second single from that album. Some have compared the beat to Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." Multitracks for this song were released in raw WAV, GarageBand and Ableton Live formats via remix.nin.com.
Song Title and Meaning
This is the original album version.
Capital G (Edit)
This radio edit is on the Capital G promo CD. The words "motherfuckers" and "shit" are deleted.
Capital G (Instrumental)
Released by Reznor through his remix.nin.com account, this unmastered version is the almost same as the album cut, save the lack of vocals and a different ending, which drops out all of the layers except the drum beat as it repeats for a few bars before stopping. This is also the structure of the multitracks for this song available on the Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D data DVD.
Capital G Phones 666 RPM Main Mix
This remix is on both the Capital G promo and Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D. It has a more dance-oriented beat and a few dub mix elements. The wind instruments used in the original seem to have disappeared entirely in this mix or were manipulated even more, making them sound nothing like the original instruments used. Some of the vocal treatments are reminiscent of the DFA remix of "The Hand That Feeds."
An alternate title for this remix is "Capital G: Epworth Phones 666 Revolutions."
Capital G Phones 666 RPM mix clean
Exactly the same as the main mix, but with the words "motherfuckers" and "shit" edited out.
Capital G Phones 666 RPM clean edit
A shorter version of the "Phones 666 RPM clean mix." More information coming soon.
Capital G switch remix
This remix, found on the vinyl edition of Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D and the Capital G promo CD single is very different from the album version. It incorporates a house beat and minimalist lyrics. In addition, the melody is vastly different, sounding somewhat like radio feedback rather than distorted guitars or wind instruments, which were used in the original album version.
Capital G (Ladytron—Finite Climax Mix)
This remix appears on the vinyl edition of Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D. It begins with a synth melody very different from what is heard on Year Zero, and vocals come in shortly thereafter. At the second verse, the vocals are layered under a bass line that acts as a counter-melody to the initial synth melody.
"Capital G" made its live debut on May 13, 2007 At the Metro Nightclub in Melbourne, Australia.
I pushed a button and elected him to office and a He pushed a button and it dropped a bomb You pushed a button and could watch it on the television Those motherfuckers didn't last too long ha ha I'm sick of hearing 'bout the haves and the have nots Have some personal accountability The biggest problem with the way that we've been doing things is The more we let you have the less that I'll be keeping for me Well I used to stand for something Now I'm on my hands and knees Traded in my God for this one He signs his name with a Capital G Don't give a shit about the temperature in Guatemala Don't really see what all the fuss is about Ain't gonna worry bout no future generations and a I'm sure somebody's gonna figure it out Don't try to tell how some power can corrupt a person You haven't had enough to know what it's like You're only angry 'cause you wish you were in my position Now nod your head because you know that I'm right—all right! Well I used to stand for something But forgot what that could be There's a lot of me inside you Maybe you're afraid to see Well I used to stand for something Now I'm on my hands and knees Traded in my God for this one He signs his name with a Capital G
A background chant comes after each of the final two choruses:
Greed, greed, greed, greed Greed, greed, greed, greed Greed, greed, greed, greed Greed, greed, greed, greed