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. In the live set, the band extends the song by including an amped up version of "All The Pigs, All Lined Up" at the end of every performance. Also in most(?) performances in the pre-With Teeth eras, the songs starts with the same high pitched squeal it does in the performance video for the song. Since the start of the With Teeth tour, the song now starts with a synth line that matches the one played behind the second set of measures for the song originally (this section now completely omitted from the song, the guitars coming in completely along with they synth after the first drum run through.)

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

Appears On

Versions of this song appear on:

Versions

  • March of the Pigs
  • March of the Pigs (Clean)
  • All The Pigs, All Lined Up
  • March of the Fuckheads - not-confirmed?

Lyrics

step right up march push crawl right up on your knees please greed feed (no time to hesitate) i want a little bit i want a piece of it i think he's losing it i want to watch it come down don't like the look of it don't like the taste of it don't like the smell of it i want to watch it come down

all the pigs are all lined up i give you all that you want take the skin and peel it back now doesn't it make you feel better?

shove it up inside surprise! lies stains like the blood on your teeth bite chew suck (away the tender parts) i want to break it up i want to smash it up i want to fuck it up i want to watch it come down maybe afraid of it let's discredit it let's pick away at it i want to watch it come down

all the pigs are all lined up i give you all that you want take the skin and peel it back now doesn't it make you feel better? the pigs have won tonight they can all sleep soundly and everything is all right

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".

Releases

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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