Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Was this the grossest music video ever made?

What is the most grotesque music video you’ve ever seen?  Something by Marilyn Manson, maybe?  Or was it something by Slipknot?  Whatever your choice, it probably isn’t as weird as the never-officially-released video produced to go along with the Nine Inch Nails EP called Broken

This film was produced by a guy named Peter Christopherson, a dude with the nickname “Sleazy.” The video depicts the kidnapping, torture, and killing of a US marine.  When it was finished, it was deemed too violent to release, so the full version has only ever been available as a bootleg. Only part of it has been released as the “Happiness in Slavery” video, which shows a performance artist named Bob Flanagan getting tortured and raped by a machine.  But as Trent Reznor says, “The rest of the video makes that look like Disneyland.” 

Things were different in the 90s, weren’t they?

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