#12 – Nine Inch Nails – “Closer” – (1994)

Parental Advisory, indeed. A couple of days ago I talked about certain people feeling the need to censor music to protect others. Well, it’s because of songs like this. Any song that whose chorus exists mostly of “I want to f*** you like an animal” is bound to draw the ire of over-protective parents, or, well, just parents in general. If you want an introduction to industrial rock, this is as good as it gets. Trent Reznor, the go-to man for recent Oscar-winning film scores, is the man behind Nine Inch Nails and this was his biggest hit. In fact, I recently heard a heavily-edited version of this song on a “mix” radio station not too long ago. It was sandwiched in between something like Ace of Base and Duran Duran, which was weird. The music video raised even more hell than the song, which is why you need to log in to YouTube to view it. At any rate, this song is completely badass.

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