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This is a list of songs covered by Nine Inch Nails, or Trent Reznor in another capacity.

Studio Covers

Track Original Artist Appearances Release year Notes
Get Down, Make Love Queen Sin, Pretty Hate Machine (Remaster) 1990
Suck Pigface Broken 1992 Reznor performed and co-wrote the Pigface version
Physical Adam And The Ants Broken 1992 Song is also known as "Physical (You're So)" on the Adam And The Ants version
Memorabilia Soft Cell Closer To God, The Downward Spiral Deluxe 1994
Dead Souls Joy Division The Crow Soundtrack, The Downward Spiral Deluxe, The Downward Spiral (Japanese Edition) 1994
Metal Gary Numan Things Falling Apart 2000 The extended instrumental outro uses elements from other Numan tracks, "M.E." and "Remember I Was Vapour"
Zoo Station U2 AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered 2011 The only NIN cover not available on a NIN release


Live Covers

Track Original Artist Year first performed Performed with original artist? Notes
Sex Dwarf Soft Cell 1989 No A studio version was being worked on, but never released
Red Scab Adam Ant 1995 Yes
Beat My Guest Adam And The Ants 1995 Yes
Hallo Spaceboy David Bowie 1995 Yes
Scary Monsters David Bowie 1995 Yes
Subterraneans David Bowie 1995 Yes When performed on the Cold And Black And Infinite Tour, lyrics from "God Break Down The Door" and "Over And Out" were interspersed with the song
Animal Prick 1996 Partially, Kevin McMahon plays guitar
Tough Prick 1996 Partially, Kevin McMahon plays guitar
R.S.V.P. Pop Will Eat Itself 1996 Partially, Clint Mansell on guest vocals
Wise Up! Sucker Pop Will Eat Itself 1996 Partially, Clint Mansell on guest vocals
The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson 2000 Yes Reznor produced Antichrist Superstar, which this track originally appears on
African Student Movement Saul Williams 2005 Yes
List Of Demands Saul Williams 2005 Yes
Sanity Assassin Bauhaus 2006 Partially, Peter Murphy on guest vocals Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
Dreams TV On The Radio 2006 Yes Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
Final Solution Pere Ubu 2006 No Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
Bela Lugosi's Dead Bauhaus 2006 Partially, Peter Murphy on guest vocals Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
Warm Leatherette The Normal 2006 No Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
A Strange Kind Of Love Peter Murphy 2006 Yes Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
Nightclubbing Iggy Pop 2006 No Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration. NIN sampled the original of this song for "Closer".
Twenty Four Hours Joy Division 2006 No Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
Warsaw Joy Division 2006 No Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
Atmosphere Joy Division 2006 No Part of With Teeth: Summer Tour 2006 Radio Collaboration
I'm Afraid Of Americans David Bowie 2009 No Reznor features in the music video and multiple remixes and versions
Banged And Blown Through Saul Williams 2009 Yes Reznor produced and appeared on The Inevitable Rise And Liberation Of NiggyTardust!, which this track originally appears on
Cars Gary Numan 2009 Yes
Kick In The Eye Bauhaus 2009 Partially, Peter Murphy on guest vocals
I Die: You Die Gary Numan 2009 Yes
Love Like Anthrax Gang Of Four 2009 No
Down In The Park Tubeway Army 2009 Yes Reznor also produced Marilyn Manson's cover of the song in 1995, featured on the single for "Lunchbox"
What If We Could? Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 2013 Yes
We Take Mystery (To Bed) Gary Numan 2013 Yes Pino Palladino, who was NIN's bassist for this tour, played on the original version of this track
Hand Covers Bruise Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 2014 Yes
BBB How To Destroy Angels 2014 Yes Reznor is also a member of HTDA
Ice Age How To Destroy Angels 2014 Yes Reznor is also a member of HTDA
On The Wing How To Destroy Angels 2014 Yes Reznor is also a member of HTDA
Parasite How To Destroy Angels 2014 Yes Reznor is also a member of HTDA
I Can't Give Everything Away David Bowie 2017 No NIN performed the "Farwell Mix" of the song, a remix made by Reznor and Atticus Ross
The Loop Closes How To Destroy Angels 2017 No Reznor and Ross are also members of HTDA
Digital Joy Division 2018 No
Welcome Oblivion How To Destroy Angels 2018 Yes Reznor and Ross are also members of HTDA
A Drowning How To Destroy Angels 2018 Yes Reznor and Ross are also members of HTDA
Greensleeves Unknown, attributed to King Henry VIII of England 2018 No This was performed instrumentally by Mike Garson, and flowed directly into "Just Like You Imagined"

Covers outside of NIN

Track Original Artist Performing Artist Year Notes
Der Kommissar Falco Option 30 1983 Covered in English
Eyes Without A Face Billy Idol The Urge Mid-1980s Live performance [1]
Supernaut Black Sabbath 1000 Homo DJs 1989 Reznor on guest vocals, there are also versions of this song by the band without Reznor
Sunday Bloody Sunday U2 Saul Williams 2007 Reznor and Ross credited musically and for production
Kick Out The Jams MC5 Street Sweeper Social Club 2009 Reznor guest appears on vocals
In The Hall Of The Mountain King Edvard Grieg Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 2010 Recorded for The Social Network Soundtrack
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin Karen O with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 2011 Recorded for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack
Is Your Love Strong Enough? Bryan Ferry How To Destroy Angels 2011 Recorded for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack
John Carpenter's Halloween John Carpenter Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 2017

Notes

  • NIN has covered How To Destroy Angels more than any other artist, for a total of six time thus far. Considering that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are both studio members of the band, and Alessandro Cortini is a live member of both bands, this is not surprising.
  • NIN has covered David Bowie, Joy Division and Gary Numan five times each, the most for any non-related artist.
  • "Suck" is frequently debated as a cover song, as Reznor both co-wrote and appeared on the original release.
  • Contrary to popular belief, NIN has never covered "Supernaut".
  • And All That Could Have Been's DVD release comes with bonus footage of NIN covering "The Beautiful People" with Marilyn Manson.
  • Closure's digital download comes with footage of the unreleased "Sex Dwarf" studio sessions.
  • The version of "Reptile" performed by Peter Murphy and NIN during the 2006 Radio Collaboration incorporates elements of Love And Rockets' "Haunted When The Minutes Drag".

External Links

  • NINlive fan recording hub, with recordings of all live covers available

Official live recordings

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