March Of The Pigs (halo)
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Limited to 5000 copies. Same artwork as CD pt. 1.
March Of The Pigs is the seventh official Nine Inch Nails release and a single for the album The Downward Spiral. It contains the album version as well a remix of "March Of The Pigs", two remixes of "Reptile", and an instrumental. A two-disc version was released in the UK, which added a radio edit of the title song and "Big Man With A Gun" from The Downward Spiral. All tracks from this release, with the exception of "A Violet Fluid", are available on remix.nin.com.
"This piece came out of my reading about the lives of the early Christians in Roman times. One of the many ways that the Romans subjugated the Christians, apart from forcing them to live in the ghetto that was the Catacombs, was to forbid them to wear any emblems or jewellery of religious iconography or idolatry. However the Christians developed an ingenious method of subverting this ruling by collecting rose petals, hardening them in candle smoke and threading 165 to make, what looked to the Romans like cheap jewellery, which held no significance, no meaning and no threat. These were in fact the first Rosary beads. The Latin - Sub Rosa, which literally means under the rose, has also come to mean in secret. I admired this act of quiet, non-violent subversion and felt it to be a relevant metaphor for the 5 track single March of the Pigs. The work is made of plaster, acrylics, oils, gold leaf, metal and smoked rose petals on a wooden panel."
The inner cover of the US version and the disc art of the UK version features a rolled-up millipede, an image that was also used as the disc art for The Downward Spiral. The master image from which these images were made was used for the cover of Closer To God.
"March Of The Pigs" has been covered by Owl, Mae, and fordirelifesake.