Back in 1990, Trent Reznor was in record label hell. Unable to record anything because of a bitter dispute with TVT Records, Nine Inch Nails was on indefinite hold. Wanting to lend a hand, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen asked Trent if he’d be interested in contributing to Al’s side project, 1000 Homo DJs.
“We’re doing a cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Supernaut.’ You can sing! You know the words right?”
Trent thought this sounded like a good idea–at first. He went into the studio, laid down his vocals anonymously and went home.
But then he had second thoughts when it came to the legal ramifications of such a move. He called Uncle Al a few day later.
“Al, let’s scrap my vocal. This situation with TVT is just too weird and I can’t risk poking that bear with such a big stick.” Al acquiesced and dubbed his voice overtop of Trent’s.
Naturally, though, the original recording was widely bootlegged before it was released as part of a Wax Trax box set.
Recently, another version of the song, appeared. It’s the Die Krupps remix. Listen.
Via Dangerous Minds.