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.

Purest Feeling

"Down In It" samples:

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".

"Something I Can Never Have" samples:

  • The atmospheric keyboards from an unused This Mortal Coil session.

"Something I Can Never Have (Natural Born Killers Version)" samples:

  • A thunderclap (at the very beginning)
  • Nocturnal birds (during the fade off of the thunderclap)
  • A movie sample of the two main characters (Mickey and Mallory) arguing (just after the piano starts)
  • A rattlesnake (during the movie sample after the man speaks the second time)
  • Fire crackling and hissing (towards the end)
  • Native American chanting (just after the fire sounds)

"Sin" samples:

  • Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim, which samples the last few seconds of Change The Beat by Fab 5 Freddy (feat. Beside)

"Ringfinger" samples:

Head Like A Hole

"Head Like A Hole (Copper)" samples:

  • Body Language by Queen

"Head Like A Hole (Opal)" samples:

  • Tamborine by Prince
  • Release It by Prince

Track 11 samples:

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


"Get Down, Make Love" samples:

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


"Pinion" samples:

"Physical" samples:

"Help Me I Am In Hell" samples:

  • Ambient Noises from The Empire Strikes Back (When the Tie Fighters are sending bombs into the asteroid where Han and Leia are hiding)


"Fist Fuck" samples:

  • "I could feel that way too... I bet you will someday" from the film Showboat
  • Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out by Dr. Timothy Leary

The Downward Spiral

"Mr. Self Destruct" samples:

"Closer" samples:

"The Becoming" samples:

"Reptile" samples:

"The Downward Spiral"

  • Watery noise at the beginning from the film Alien

Closer To God

"Memorabilia" samples:

  • "What do your nipples look like?" taken from a phone conversation between Robin Finck and a female impersonator

Further Down the Spiral

"Self Destruction, Part Two" samples:

  • Time by David Bowie

"Self Destruction, Final" 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:

The Perfect Drug

"The Perfect Drug" samples:

  • Amen, Brother by The Winstons

Things Falling Apart

"Metal" samples:

  • UFO by ESG

"Starfuckers, Inc. (Version) - Adrian Sherwood" samples:

  • Shout It Out Loud by Kiss

Ghosts I-IV

"11 Ghosts II" samples:

  • Songe d'une nuit de sabbat by Berlioz

"15 Ghosts II" samples:

"24 Ghosts III" samples:

  • Get the door , get the door from the film The Mothman Prophecies

"30 Ghosts IV" samples:

  • Saddam Hussein`s Trial Verdict, on Nov 5 2006