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Monday, April 9, 2012

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"Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails


In retrospect, I was probably too young to own this album when I did.  It's one of the first CDs I ever bought with my own money.  That money came from something of a scam, since my parents had agreed to pay me one dollar for every A I earned in school, possibly not realizing how easy school was for me at the time.  I brought home every assignment I could to them so I could earn my dollar, and it didn't take long for those dollars to add up.

I was thirteen, maybe, and we were on vacation.  Nine Inch Nails was a band I'd heard of, but never one I'd listened to.  Although I don't remember what trip we were on or anything like that, I know my parents and I were at a mall in an f.y.e., and The Downward Spiral was only $9.99.  I bought it mostly because I wanted to try something new.  The music my parents listened to wasn't really doing it for me anymore, and going to a small Christian school didn't give me much of a music scene.  So I grabbed this knowing next to nothing about it.  The cashier seemed to think I was making a good decision, so I wasn't worried about it.

Honestly, though, I pretty much hated this album the first time I listened to it.  I didn't get it.  After a couple listen-throughs I just gave up and the CD settled to the bottom of my ever-growing stack of punk albums.  Then in high school I went through a phase where I decimated my CD collection, selling everything I didn't listen to regularly enough back to our local f.y.e. (this store is playing a more prominent role in this entry than I anticipated).  When I got to Nine Inch Nails, it had been so long since I heard it that I couldn't remember it at all, so I listened to it again.  And what do you know, I liked it.  It stayed.
Then something else happened.


Growing up with country music, I have a soft spot for Johnny Cash anyway, but there's no way you can listen to this version of "Hurt" without feeling something twist up in your gut.

3 comments:

nutschell said...

I've never heard of this song. Then again, I don't think I've ever really tried listening to Nine Inch Nails:)

Great A-Z post!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Donna Martin said...

Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z Challenge. Lovely post...good luck with the challenge.

Donna L Martin
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

carol said...

My husband is the nine inch nails fan at our house. But yeah Johnny Cash covered the song unbelievably well.