March Of The Pigs (halo)

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"March of the Pigs" (also known as Halo 7) a single for the song of the same name released in 1994. It was released as a teaser single prior to the album The Downward Spiral.

The song

"March of the Pigs" has one of the most unique metres of any song to enjoy popular radio play, alternating three bars of 7/8 time with one bar of 4/4 time (in effect, a 29/8 time signature. The song has a BPM rate of 269.)

A music video was made for this song, directed by Peter Christopherson and released in March 1994. The video features the band performing the song live in front of a white wall backdrop. This video was the last video to be played on MTV2's Increase the Beat, on Memorial Day weekend 2002. At 269 BPM, it had the fastest tempo of the 400+ videos that were played that weekend.

A previous version of the video was partially shot but abandoned, and is included on the Closure DVD. The band performs the song in a red cave-like set with water at their feet, and a midget appears.

Being a staple NIN song with its high energy segued by two piano breakdowns, there is a live performance video of "March of the Pigs" on each of their live releases: Closure , And All that Could Have Been, and Beside You in Time.

"March of the Pigs" has been covered by Owl, Mae, and fordirelifesake.

The single

"March of the Pigs" is the seventh official Nine Inch Nails release and a single for the album The Downward Spiral. It contains "March of the Pigs," a remix of this song, two remixes of "Reptile," and an instrumental. A two-disc version was released in the UK, which added a radio edit of "March of the Pigs" and "Big Man With a Gun" from The Downward Spiral.

The disc art for this single features a rolled-up millipede, an image that was later used on the cover of the single "Closer to God".


Track listing

US version

  1. "March of the Pigs" – 2:54
  2. "Reptilian" (remixed by Dave Ogilvie) – 8:39
  3. "All the Pigs, All Lined Up" – 7:25
  4. "A Violet Fluid" – 1:05
  5. "Underneath the Skin" – 7:13

UK version

(disc 1)

  1. "March of the Pigs (clean version)" – 2:54
  2. "All the Pigs, All Lined Up" – 7:25
  3. "A Violet Fluid" – 1:03
  4. "Big Man With a Gun" – 1:36

(disc 2)

  1. "March of the Pigs (LP version)" – 2:54
  2. "Underneath the Skin" – 7:14
  3. "Reptilian" (remixed by Ogilvie) – 8:39

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