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:

"Maybe Just Once" samples:

  • The film Diner with Mickey Rourke in the opening dialogue

Pretty Hate Machine

"Down In It" samples:

  • "Reality" by Tackhead (whose member Adrian Sherwood helped create the album version/"Skin" mix)
  • "Mechanical Movements" by Keith LeBlanc (who helped create the album version/"Skin" mix)

"Head Like A Hole" samples:

"Sanctified" samples:

  • The film Midnight Express, the dialog that begins at about 3:20 and also the screaming that can be heard right before it segues into "Something I Can Never Have". This sample is not present on the version from 2010 remaster.

"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 on an episode of Dance Party USA


"Get Down, Make Love" samples:

  • Moaning and breathing 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" (live) 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:

  • "Nightclubbing" by Iggy Pop
  • "Take A Chance With Me" by Roxy Music

"The Becoming" samples:

"Reptile" samples:

"The Downward Spiral" samples:

  • Watery noise at the beginning from the film Alien

"Ruiner" samples:

  • Pitched-up wind noises from the film The Elephant Man

"March Of The Pigs" samples:

  • Buried scream from the film Sorcerer

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

"The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)" samples:

  • "First Dark Ride" by Coil vs. The Eskaton

"Heresy (Version)" samples:

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

The Perfect Drug

"The Perfect Drug" samples:

  • "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons

The Day The World Went Away

"Starfuckers, Inc." samples:

  • Fireworks and yelling at the end from "Shout It Out Loud" (from Alive II) by KISS

Things Falling Apart

"Metal" samples:

  • "UFO" by ESG

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

  • "Shout It Out Loud" (from Alive II) by KISS

With Teeth

"All The Love In The World" (The Definitive NIN - Deep Cuts version) samples:

  • The Twilight Zone episode "When The Sky Was Opened"

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

The Fragile: Deviations 1

"Feeders" samples:

  • "This is it" and mechanical sounds from the film Real Genius

Live Samples

Pretty Hate Machine Tour

various set intros sample:

  • "Who do you think you're for?" from an unknown source
  • "Kill or be killed" from an unknown source
  • "I could fuck ??? right in front of you" from an unknown source
  • "I told you to stay out of this... give me the gun..." from an unknown source
  • "Hang around, I'll make a cocksucker out of you" from the film Tough Guys Don't Dance

"Suck" samples:

  • "I must stress the importance of total, I repeat, total sexual abstinence" from an unknown source
  • "Could I still excite you?" from an unknown source
  • "I've got the sun in my hands, man..." from the film The Trip

NIN 2017-2018

"The Great Destroyer" samples:

  • various Donald Trump speeches
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