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Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” – The Saddest Music Video Ever Made

If you take a tour of the Johnny Cash museum in Nashville, you will eventually run across a case displaying the chair seen in the “Hurt” video, Johnny’s gut-wrenching cover of the Nine Inch Nails songs. Often called the saddest music video ever made, The Independent tells the story about how it was made.

Ask someone to name a song that always has the power to reduce them to tears, and the chances are they’ll swiftly reply “Johnny Cash. Hurt.”

Most people know that it was originally an (excellent in its own right) Nine Inch Nails song, but exactly how the cover and its iconic music video were put together only adds to its resonance.

When asked if Cash could take on the song, NIN’s Trent Reznor at first said he was “flattered”, but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky” (his opinion would massively change, but we’ll get to that).

Keep reading. It’ll help to review the video, too.

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” – The Saddest Music Video Ever Made

  • Will forever be one of my all time favourite covers.

  • the all time BEST, SADDEST song ever. ask me how i really feel bout the MAN IN BLACK.


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