Throw This Away
Last (Butch Vig Remix)
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"Last" is the third track on 1992's Broken EP.
- Production: Flood, Trent Reznor
- The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
- Rock Band video game (available for download)
This is the original album version. Very guitar-oriented and immediate, the song also features abrasive vocals by Reznor during the verses but melodic singing in the choruses, a contrast repeated in later songs like "Head Down". The chorus musically contrasts the verses as well, containing no guitar but moving much quicker and with synthesizers instead. The song can be seen in three sections mediated by two guitar-only breaks, similar in approach to later material like "Reptile". The end features a buildup consisting of the verse music and a single repeated phrase, which eventually gives way to the opening guitar of "Help Me I Am In Hell". The lyrics "I wish I could put the blame on you" can be heard faintly from 3:12.
Throw This Away
Running Time: 4:13
This minimalist remix, on Fixed, contains elements from "Last", "Wish (song)" and "Suck". Opening with bubbling synthesizer loops adapted from the first verse of "Wish", it mostly consists of the bass riff from the middle of "Suck", which is repeated throughout the track. Layered below it are various quiet vocal samples from "Last" and "Suck". Eventually, the drum beat featured at the very end of the original bridge in "Suck" is looped and fades in, eventually segueing directly into the ending of Butch Vig's mix of "Last".
- Remixed by Trent Reznor and Chris Vrenna (section A), Butch Vig (section B)
Last (Butch Vig Remix)
Running Time: 4:32
This remix has never been commercially released. It was originally uploaded the Cyberden FTP server by "someone in Chemlab's camp" as an 8-bit/11kHz AIFF file in 1993, which circulated as the only available copy until Reznor hosted a CD-quality MP3 of the song in his remix.nin.com profile. Musically the opposite of the original, it features completely new guitar parts and drum loops, giving the song more of a radio rock feel. Its ending was incorporated into "Throw This Away." The mix was also eventually included on a self-released Butch Vig remix compilation.
"Last," despite being on the 1992 release Broken, was not played live until February 10, 2007, in Lisbon, Portugal, the first show of the Performance 2007 tour. It was the second song in the set, following "Mr. Self Destruct." It has since been a rarity to setlists, though it was often paired with "We're In This Together" on the same tour.
Gave up trying to figure it out my head got lost along the way Worn out from giving it up my soul I pissed it all away Still stings these shattered nerves Pigs we get what pigs deserve I'm going all the way down I'm leaving today Come come on you've gotta fill me up Come come gotta let me inside of you Come come come on you've gotta fix me up Come come gotta let me inside of you Still feel it all slipping away but it doesn't matter anymore Everybody's still chipping away but it doesn't matter anymore Look though these blackened eyes You'll see ten thousand lies My lips may promise but my heart is a whore Come come come on you've gotta fix me up Come come gotta let me inside of you Come come come on you've gotta fill me up Come come gotta let me get through to you This isn't meant to last This is for right now I know it's all getting away and it comes to me as no surprise I know what's coming to me is never going to arrive Fresh blood through tired skin New sweat to drown me in Dress up this rotten carcass just to make it look alive Come come come on you've gotta fill me up Come come gotta let me inside of you Come come come on you've gotta fix me up Come come gotta let me get through to you This isn't meant to last This is for right now I wish I could put the blame on you I want you to make me I want you to take me I want you to break me Then I want you to throw me away