'Strobe Light' was first announced by Trent Reznor in 2009
A fan appears to have made a joke Nine Inch Nails record to make good on the band’s April Fool’s promise from 2009.
Twitter user @seed_nine is seemingly the brains behind ‘Strobe Light’, the collaborative record that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor announced a decade ago. At the time, a rapidly flashing GIF image was featured at the top of the band’s website with a strobe effect to match the album name.
But the long-running April Fool’s day joke looks to have reached its end – to some extent – with a 14-track album shared on Bandcamp. Songs on the record feature vocal samples of Jay-Z, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Justin Timberlake, Shania Twain, and more.
Strobe Light by Nine Inch Nails, released 01 April 2019 1. Intro Skit 2. Everybody's Doing It (featuring Bono, Chris Martin & Jay-Z) 3. Black T-Shirt 4. Pussygrinder (featuring Sheryl Crow) 5. Coffin on The Dancefloor 6. This Rhythm is Infected 7. Slide to the Dark Side 8.
Music journalist Annie Zeleski responded to the news on Twitter today (April 1), writing: “I appreciate gambits with long games. Which is why it’s delightful to me that, a full decade after Nine Inch Nails touted an April Fool’s Day gag album called “Strobe Light,” the LP apparently exists.”
Of course, we could be doubly-bluffed; Reznor and co. could have in fact written and uploaded the album.
In other Nine Inch Nails news, Reznor delivered a heartfelt tribute to The Cure at their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction over the weekend (March 30).
He spoke about how the music of The Cure gave him a sense of belonging at a time when he felt none. He also went on to praise the band’s creativity.
“Immediately this band struck a chord. The first album I heard was ‘The Head on the Door.’ I hadn’t heard anything like it before. I felt a lot of the darkness that I felt in my head coming back at me through the speakers, and it blew my mind,” he said.
“It was like this music was written just for me. I struggled my whole life feeling that I don’t fit in or belong anywhere — kind of like right now. Hearing this, suddenly I felt connected, no longer quite so alone.”
Nine Inch Nails’ management have been contacted for comment by NME.