The thing about Nine Inch Nails is that I don't like a whole lot of Trent Reznor, however the couple of dozen songs I do like I more than like; I feel a connection on some really deep level. With some bands I feel that connection with it's just the music, and with a lot of bands it's just the lyrics, but it's rare for them all to come together in the same soul scarring way that songs like Head Like A Hole, Closer, Wish and Every Day is Exactly the Same do. I tend to forget how long they've actually been around; Pretty Hate Machine was released in 1989, and ever since I first heard that album, NIN has become a part of that bit of music that touches some part of me that is real. There is so much music out there that is just so much worthless bullshit that history has no place for, but I believe that NIN touches that dark place that exists in everyone, and will be around for a long time because of it. At least that's the way it is with me. And most of life is not sweetness and light, it's dark and deep and a lot of times really shitty, but still worth every minute.
Plus, even the love songs are not really love songs, and yet they are more so than what I would consider typical love songs. I have always been one to say that the reason to run as far and fast as possible from ones soul mate is that if you have that much of a connection with one person, you'll loose yourself in that deep darkness that is the well of someone else to the exclusion of who you are and what the rest of the world is. All the classic cases did; Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights are the couple that come to mind; Marion Zimmer Bradley portrayed Uther and Igraine that way; I'm sure there are others that I'm just not remembering right now. Anyway, NIN love songs show the depth and the loosing of self in the other. And while I believe that love at that depth is possible, and some people experience it, at the same time it's destructive and very, very scary.