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Well What The Fuck. I just received this in my email:

DATE: june 17th, 2005
TIME: 7:00pm
WHAT: nin launches "the spiral"
WHERE: go to nin.com to start your membership registration

The email goes on to detail the specifics of what is basically the new nine inch nails fanclub. One that costs you either $30 or $60 a motherfucking year depending on how much you want to suck up to our man MT.

I'm totally speechless.

Check your inboxes if you're registered with nin.com, and you'll see the details yourself, but we'll recap here at WTC just for fun.

    What You Get for $30 A Year

  • A membership card.

  • A copy of the lyrics poster from [With_Teeth] (the initial exclusion of which I'm starting to agree may have been a scam).

  • Access to pre-sale advance tickets (you know, those same things that the band let us registered fans do for FREE just scant months ago).

  • Concert web casts (Can't afford concert tickets because you bought a fan club membership! No problem!)

  • Live web chats with the band.

  • Access to nin message boards (those same ones that atrophied and died years ago, perhaps?)

    For 60 Bones They'll Give You

  • everything they gave you for $30 plus....

  • A t-shirt (does it say "i got fist fucked by nine inch nails" on it?)

  • Special "spiral club" only entrances to the venus for shows. Which, I might add, is SUPER FUCKING USEFUL now that Trent and Co. have moved on to Reserved Seating Arenas.

  • Your own Nine Inch Nails email address (several nin-related domains to choose from!) Once again, I ask: can I get "gabriel@igotfistfuckedbynineinchnails.com"?

So not only have I had to buy the Dual Disc of WT... plus the Japanese import... plus the upcoming "Tour Edition" to get the full artwork... then I have to join the yearly fan club as well? All in all, it's looking like [With_Teeth] is going to cost me around $150 just to get the "complete" record, and that's not even counting tour dates.

I don't know. Something's rank here. Something smells like it's full of shit and dyed with some Midnight Blue Manic Panic to make it seem cool. And this is coming from me, a guy who had what he would consider to be a holy experience at the San Diego shows just weeks ago. Yes indeed -- something inside of me has opened up its eyes.

I think Trent's ripping off his fans.

Now, I don't want to believe this is true... I don't want to believe that Trent perhaps really IS the Old Man Cashing In On Our Love that I suggested earlier on this very blog, but this new fan club news makes me wonder. Because this doesn't seem like the Trent I knew and fell in love with.

When put next to the image we've heard in interviews, of a 17-year-old boy in Pennsylvania listening to KISS records in his bedroom, who probably couldn't afford hundreds and hundreds of dollars for one record, this smacks of one thing: HYPOCRISY.


UPDATE (as of 2:11pm PST): I was thinking about this in my Photoshop class, and before anybody comments -- YES, I KNOW that I don't "have" to pay for this club. MT Reznor is not making me do it, nor is anybody else. But the fact of the matter is that there are things here that the band has given to the fans for free before (from pre-sale tickets to printed album artwork) that they are now charging a rather expensive YEARLY fee for. It's not like this is something you pay once and that's it; this is a yearly fee. Like your Suicide Girls subscription, only about 120 times as expensive.

And I'm also sure that MT will post on the nin.com access section soon with some post, saying "trust me", "great things are in store", and "band t-shirts have been a dying format since they started getting printed on cotton -- now I've solved this problem with the spiral". All of which sounded okay the first few times we heard it this year, but now I think we know what this rhetoric has been all along: a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE LIE.

UPDATE (as of 4:34pm PST): Remember this date, for it will live in the annals of NIN fandom forever:

6_17_05: nine_inch_nails becomes Metallica

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It is a shallow and dark day when they turn on the fans. But it was inevitable. Every band that get's through the door sells out in one form or another. It's the fans who decide how far down the rabbit hole they wanna get fucked. I leave it to the rich yuppie fuck "fans" to delve into this pricey cost of fandom. I'll sit happily with my used $7.99 copy of the cd and let them screw some other sucker. I'm still a fan of the band, always will be..I'm just not a fan of the corporations behind them. Anarchy will be free...one day.

Posted by: Tormented_Soul_3 | Jun 17, 2005 1:41:00 PM

I'm glad you're finally admitting that you "FELL IN LOVE" with Trent, Gabriel. This is a big step for you.

As far as this fan club business goes, I have no problem giving Trent my $60, he has fully earned it, but I want it to buy me a ticket to the inside of his pants.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jun 17, 2005 6:11:10 PM

Trent knows he's lost his girlish figure, and now he wants to cash in before it's too late, that's all. I don't begrudge him.

I'm sure lots of genuises will line up to become card-carrying NIN fans, because that's not humiliating at all. That's all about being totally cool.

Posted by: Minion | Jun 17, 2005 6:49:37 PM

This is all about shitting on the people that have supported you because you're looking to get rich quick.

I like how everybody over on Echoing the Sound -- probably a lot of the same folks that raged on and on about me suggesting Trent may be selling out earlier this year -- have now suddenly turned on M.T. Reznor.

Question is, how many of the little piggies will line up and spoon down their $60 worth of medicine with all the others?

Posted by: Gabriel | Jun 17, 2005 6:57:27 PM

You fuckers.

I LOVE TRENT, and if he wants all my money, and my firstborn child -- which, if everything goes my way, will be his firstborn child, too -- he can fucking well have it. I am his supplicant and slave and I will gobble down whatever crumbs he throws my way.

I'm surprised at you, tormented_soul_3. I thought you knew Trent's heart of darkness better than that.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jun 17, 2005 7:20:55 PM

Oh, and he may have lost his GIRLISH figure, but I, unlike Gabriel, like him better as A MAN.


Posted by: Dierdre | Jun 17, 2005 7:24:41 PM

Good thing I've recently trained myself to click-delete all incoming nin.com e-mails unless they say tour anything. Now, if he'd just throw in a chalice.. that would be a different story. I never got a chance to suck chalice like you did.

Posted by: Roth | Jun 17, 2005 9:10:54 PM


Posted by: Trent | Jun 17, 2005 10:54:20 PM

And this is after he successfully sued his manager for taking a cut before tax rather than after! Trent really does want to fuck his fans like animals.

Posted by: Dom | Jun 18, 2005 12:49:46 AM

I've got to say, even a day later I'm still torn and confused by this whole thing. This kind of double-speak and saying one thing whilst doing another is what I would expect from somebody like my father; it's one of the reasons why i'm never going back to fucking Montana ever again...

I don't know. I just don't understand why Trent would do this to us.

Posted by: Gabriel | Jun 18, 2005 11:28:41 AM

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