A New Ministry/Trent Reznor Recording Has Been Discovered

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.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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