Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 149
Wed. June 6, 2012
If you were to ask Trent Reznor, circa 1990, about his musical inspirations, traditionally, his response would have been—“If anyone ever asks me about influences—I always say Ministry.” Reznor actually got his idol and mentor Al Jourgensen of Ministry to produce Nine Inch Nails cover of Queen’s “Get Down Make Love” as a b-side on Pretty Hate Machine’s third single, 1990’s Sin.
The success of Nine Inch Nails’ Queen cover led to this collaboration on the Jourgensen side project, infamously dubbed 1,000 Homo DJ’s by Wax Trax label head Jim Nash. After Jourgensen showed Nash some early demos his reply was—“ No one’s gonna buy this. It’ll take one thousand homo DJs to play this for one person to buy it.”
Jourgensen had his moniker, Al just needed someone ballsy enough to sing a vocal of Black Sabbath’s Supernaut. Trent Reznor was that man, as he explained in the clip below.
“♫ I want to reach
out and touch the
sky/ I want to
touch the sun but
I don’t want to
fly […] ♫”
But Reznor’s label TNT refused to allow Jourgensen and Wax Trax permission to use Trent’s vocal on “Supernaut.” Jourgensen finally mixed Reznor’s vocals so distorted that they sounded exactly like his own, Al’s trademark fuzzy vocal tones that mix perfectly with those bombastic riffs honoring Black Sabbath, one of the most influential; metal rockers of all time. You can find 1,000 Homo DJ’s legendary cover of “Supernaut” on the Black Sabbath tribute album – Nativity in Black.
The underrated and most genius creative characteristic about Al Jourgensen is that he’s a Dark Lord of Inspiration. Like a great film director – producer Al, knows just how to coax the right from his 1,000 Homo DJ’s band – just ask drummer Martin Atkins. “When I’m an old man, I can tell the little ones about the time a half naked woman spat fire above my head while I improvised drums on our cover of Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut.”
If anyone ever asks my why 1,000 Homo DJ’s, Ministry or Nine Inch Nails or anything by Al Jourgensen or Trent Reznor— I remind them of this quote by Bill Hicks. “If you don’t think drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor, go home and take all your albums, tapes, cds…and burn them. Cause, you know what, all those musicians who made that great music that has enhanced your lives throughout the years…real fucking high on drugs.”
And to all of those anti-Gay, Women, Latino/Asian/African-American discriminators; anti-Teachers and anti-Union – sex deprived marijuana haters—I dedicate “Supernaut” to you. Crank up some 1,000 Homo DJ’s & suck on this!