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[Understanding_Teeth: Not_So_Pretty_Now]

At the first few arena shows on this tour, M.T. Reznor debuted a new song to the loyal fans -- as always, it rocked major ass, proving his Powers Of Rocking to be EVEN MORE POWERFUL than we had previously thought.

But what is this new song, "Not So Pretty Now" really about? Well though it was not featured on the record [With_Teeth], I think it's safe to say it does land within the same songwriting cycle as the Teeth tracks, so I am pleased to present a special vaginae dentata edition of Understanding Teeth!

not so pretty now


The song's a straight ahead rocker, and the lyrics get quickly to the point: "You like to open it, open wide", Trent sings, apparently about the mythical She that has haunted his dreams (and music) for the past 16 years. "Then you let everyone come inside. There's always something you gotta hide, so you lied and you lied and you lied."

It's clear what's going on here. Whoever this chick he's singing about is a total whore. And I don't think it was her apartment that she was letting everyone come inside to, if you know what I mean. Just like at my fucking Prom. But I've already had readers stir up stories about Marcia Muneses so I'm leaving that shit to another day.

"You got a hole that you gotta feed / You tried to fill it all up with your greed". See, this chick just can't get enough. She's probably like some total dirty skank whore, with low self esteem that doesn't care if a decent guy (or rockstar) gave a shit about her or not, because the only way she can feel good about herself is if somebody gives her attention. You remember that awesome scene in the beginning of Reservoir Dogs where Quentin Tarantino talks about the chick in "Like A Virgin" and how she's a total dirty fuck-machine? Well, he didn't mention too much about why she was like that in the song, but I guess this was the reason why.

"But it bleeds, and it bleeds, and it bleeds," Trent sings. I'll leave this line to all of you to figure out.

Aaron North's guitar then kicks in with a wicked and dark little riff right here. "We'll go take a little more, we'll scrape you off the floor. We love you anyhow, but you're not so pretty now." Obviously, not only did this chick fuck around on the character Trent's singing about, she apparently got down and dirty with a whole bunch of people, rutting it up on the bathroom floor like a dog in heat. Probably would have gone on fucking more guys, too, if her date's three glasses of punch hadn't caught up with him, necessitating a trip to the restroom, where he caught Ms. Not So Pretty on all fours with her corsage in the air, turning what was supposed to be a beautiful evening of young love and perfection into a sloppy series of fuckhole nightmares.

You know, it's fucked up when you think you know somebody, and you take time to respect them, and not pressure them, because you think that's how decent people do things, only to be totally taken advantage of. It's like, you don't go past second base for like three months, and you're fucking 17, and you think it's because you're being a cool guy, when all that's really happening is that you're paying for all the movie tickets and trips to Marie Callendar's, but you're getting none of the payoff.

So I guess it makes sense that when you catch somebody fucking you over like that, you decide maybe to go along with it. "Nobody burns quite as bright; well Goddamn, maybe you're right." So you say fine, I can cast my cumberbund aside and join in, "and you might, yes you just might, you just might." But it's really not that easy --- "there is a price you're going to pay" -- and not all of us have an easy time "performing" on command. Especially when three dudes that just did your pseudo-girlfriend are right there. I mean fuck, Trent Reznor said just the other day on that Spiral video footage that he gets nervous before every show -- how's a 17-year-old with a broken heart that's been lied to for months on end supposed to keep from "fading and fading and fading the fuck away"?

After all the deeds have been done, no matter how degraded they've been, some girls think they've won. "A great big superstar is what you think you are", as Trent sings. "We love you anyhow, but you're not so pretty now." I don't know how a girl could be pretty after playing bukkake bingo with half the J.V. squad, and then laughing about it like she was Queen of the School or anything. And though Trent doesn't say it in the song, I'm sure this girl wanted a ride home back from Prom after all this had gone down, and he had to go ahead and do it, because all along he'd just tried to be a nice guy, like a total fucking idiot. And it's not like Dad was around to give any advice about how to handle women in the first place, so how the fuck was anybody to know any different?

And to top it all of, after you take her home, she thinks she can placate you by finally giving you a little special one-on-one action. "Better turn the lights down low..." But how can you really go back to the way things were before, as "the cracks begin to show". I think that's a great piece of writing there, because I think Trent is literally talking about crack (it could be crack as in cleft, or crack as in butt crack, but nothing ever really went the way of the latter. I bet this girl in Trent's song was all excited about her Brazilian wax job, though, and thought that it would make everything better, that's for damn sure).

And when you drive home that night, wondering what you did to make the first woman you ever cared about hate you so much, you realize that "soon you will be gone", and that you'll get the fuck out of the stupid town you were raised in and get away from the high school bullshit, and even if you don't get out of Southern California, at least you can move to your own place away from all the bullshit motherfuckers in Rancho.

And so Trent's cautionary tale ends -- as with all his songs, the beauty lies in the lyric's ability to describe universal situations that we can all understand, even if we ourselves have never personally been involved in any fucked up situations like that. I mean, a situation like that could totally fuck up your ability to deal with women for years, you know?

Not that you'd want to waste your time bothering with them anyway.

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Jesus Fuckin Christ, Gabriel. So pathetic.

Posted by: Jane | Oct 1, 2005 2:26:03 AM

Gabriel, Jane is right. This is really, really sad. I think you should consider the fact that Trent is not you.

However, that picture is HOT. Trent has pretty eyes.

Have fun at the show tonight, and dude, please: don't let the pants cloud your judgement. Also, if you run into Trent, please give him my eternal love.

Posted by: Dierdre | Oct 1, 2005 6:07:07 AM

I thought his interpretation was rather funny myself.

Posted by: Kim | Oct 1, 2005 10:21:42 AM

OMG, Gabriel, I couldn't even read the text because the picture was so traumatizing. Is that a Georgia O'Keefe painting? ;)

Actually, it reminds me a lot of this pic. Warning: not for the faint of heart, unless you're a pervy Hobbit fancier.

Anyway, it just goes to show...you think Gabriel can't get any crazier, and then comes a new Photoshop atrocity.

Poor Trent. He does look really hot in that picture, though.

Posted by: maise | Oct 1, 2005 12:20:02 PM

But seriously, though, Gabriel, you're fast approaching "nigh-unreadable."

Posted by: maise | Oct 1, 2005 12:21:10 PM

Maise, you HAVE TO READ IT.

Posted by: Dierdre | Oct 1, 2005 12:33:23 PM


Posted by: greatbigfatbitch | Oct 1, 2005 2:38:05 PM

Heh, heh, I got laid at my senior prom...by my TRUE LOVE. Sucks to be you! :D

(Although tempering my gloating are memories of being the junior prom loser who couldn't even get a date for the stupid dance, so what the fuck are you complaining about?)

Posted by: maise | Oct 1, 2005 6:43:20 PM

dude you are fuckin retarded. do you know what a metaphor is or are you like those bible thumpers who take each word literally?

Posted by: derek | Oct 2, 2005 11:11:29 AM

What, Derek, you don't like the picture of Trent, looking all comfy and satisfied... just hanging out IN A VAGINA?

Posted by: Jane | Oct 2, 2005 11:17:51 AM

.....I love my friends. My Stephy saw the picture and said, AND I QUOTE:

"Oh yes, because we all want Trent Reznor DEEP IN OUR VAGINAS."

This coming from a lesbian.

That is the measure of his sexiness right there people.

Posted by: KittyKins | Aug 2, 2006 4:22:50 PM

The song is about Marilyn Manson. :|

Posted by: Tyler | Oct 23, 2006 3:40:09 PM

Tyler, I am totally giving up my love for Trent to pursue you. You are obviously a genius, and I love you.

Posted by: Dierdre | Oct 23, 2006 4:00:42 PM

hmmmm.....its a good idea i geuss.... But its a song... hwo about you enjoy it and not find the story fo it.... now im not sure if like that song... kidna creeps me out :/ o well im sure ill forget about reading this by the next 10 mins.... *10 mins later* O_O where the hell am i?

Posted by: KOOLAID | May 6, 2007 3:30:37 PM

You cannot listen to NIN if you are incapable of thinking and analysing.
You're not allowed.
Find someone else to listen to.

Can I suggest Sum41 or Bowling for Soup? They might be a bit easier on you.

(Of course, if you were capable of thinking you wouldn't have posted that in the first place, because you'd be able to recognise satire. But no. Now you've gone and made me ruin the humour of the whole thing by making me explain it.)

Posted by: RainbowVomit | May 7, 2007 8:12:12 AM

Who was being satirical, bitch?

Posted by: Gabriel | May 7, 2007 10:06:06 AM

Ohh, don't get your Keffiyeh in a bunch.

You're just bitter because your little 'friend' Neil turned out to be a two-pump chump. I take it he didn't even want to snuggle afterwards?


Posted by: RainbowVomit | May 7, 2007 12:40:50 PM

No, I'm bitter because you are fucking insufferable and obvious, yet you insist on posting constantly.

Posted by: Gabriel | May 7, 2007 2:17:58 PM

If I'm insufferable, why are you responding to me or acknowledging my existence at all?
No, seriously, I'm not being flippant. Honest question.

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