Samples In NIN Songs

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Nine Inch Nails has sampled numerous parts of songs, movies, and other audio into its songs. This page will attempt to catalog each usage.

Pretty Hate Machine:

"Sanctified" samples:

  • The film "Midnight Express", the talking that begins at about 3:20 and also the screaming that can be heard right before it segues into "Something I Can Never Have".

"Ringfinger" samples:

  • "Alphabet St." by Prince
  • "Had a Dad" by Jane's Addiction

"Head Like A Hole":

"Head Like A Hole (Copper)" samples:

  • "Body Language" by Queen

"Head Like A Hole (Opal)" samples:

  • "Tamborine" and "Release" It by Prince

Track 11 samples:

  • "Let's hear it for Nine Inch Nails— woo, they're good!" cheered by Kelly Ripa


"Get Down, Make Love" samples:

  • Moaning from Japanese pornography films
  • "News of the World" by Queen
  • The intro is an extract from 1962's "The Cabinet Of Caligari"


"Pinion" samples:

"Physical" samples:


"Fist Fuck" samples:

  • "I could feel that way too... I bet you will someday" from the film Showboat

The Downward Spiral

"Mr. Self Destruct" samples:

  • Begins with a sample from the film THX 1138

"Closer" samples:

  • "Nightclubbing" by Iggy Pop

"The Becoming" samples:

  • Screams in the background from the film Robot Jox

"Reptile" samples:

  • Intro machine sounds from the film Leviathan
  • Looping female voice from the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

"The Downward Spiral"

  • Watery noise at the beginning from the film Alien

Closer to God

"Memorabilia" samples:

  • "What do your nipples look like?" said by Robin Finck talking to a phone sex woman

Further Down the Spiral

"Self Destruction, Part Two" samples:

  • "Time" by David Bowie

"Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)" samples:

  • "Put Your Love (In My Tender Care)" by The Fatback Band

"Heresy (Version)" samples:

  • "In Suburbia" and "Television Believers" by Aron Ranen's Religion

The Fragile

"Starfuckers, Inc." samples: