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Trent Reznor Still Strangely Obsessed With Chris Cornell

Nine Inch Nails may be winding down their live shows, but that hasn’t prevented Trent Reznor from shooting his mouth off at every available opportunity. His problems with Twitter and online communities are now well know, but there’s one burning issue that has inflamed Reznor so much that he just can’t let it go. Yes, Chris Cornell’s Scream is still on his mind.


“What he’s talking about is making your record sound like what’s on the radio, whether it’s appropriate or not,” the singer told “And that’s what Chris did. I think that when somebody who is respected like he is goes that route, it sends the message that it’s OK to give up any kind of core values you had to be the fashion of the moment. I don’t think that’s OK. I think it’s harmful. If I have one major fight in the world of the music business, it’s trying to keep art first and commerce second.”


Reznor clearly has some special insight into Cornell’s creative process, although he neglects to mention exactly how he became aware of the former Soundgarden singer’s decision to jump into bed with Timbaland. But a clue to Reznor’s odd obsession with Cornell also surfaces in the interview, and it appears to stem from a grudge he has held for the past 15 years:


“We had a chip on our shoulder about Soundgarden because their record [Superunknown] came out the same day Downward Spiral came out, and they beat us to No. 1 on Billboard,” he said. “That became a kind of professional showdown. And we did show them.” Let it go, Trent. Let it go.




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Cornell has my respect for not hitting back at Trent's childish crap. Even that so-called "Twitter feud" was made up by the press - Cornell never even replied to him lol.


Nice job neglecting to mention you lifted this from an interview where HE WAS ASKED ABOUT IT. But hey, you got the snarky headline you were looking for. Nice work, Nick.

Nickisanexcellent Journalist

Sobriety has made Trent sound like a bitter a$$hole.

Earlier on, NIN’s music edge seemed so much sharper because Trent kept himself “behind the curtain” instead of at the forefront. 10 years ago that anger would’ve been channeled into another “Starf--kers, Inc.”, and now it’s just “here’s my ramblings and here’s another album just like the last 3.”


Cornell proved himself to be a true professional by NOT engaging in a Twitter war with Reznor. (Just as Goldilocks said, the feud was a media fabrication. )

Reznor is still suffering from the sour grapes he digested back when Soundgarden beat out NIN for the #1 spot on Billboard.

Personally, I also think his Twitter nonsense was just a marketing ploy to get Reznor's name out in the public... just like his "farewell" tour.


you cant blame trent for stating the obvious. radio today blows. i mean, it sucked in the 90's too, but it REALLY sucks today and trent reznor should be commended for staying true to his art.


this article was complete utter bullsh*t and the writer knows it.


Remixing old news is getting so tired. Question, how many times can you cut up one sound byte and package it as NEWs?
August 28, 2009 my ass.


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