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In a 1994 episode of ”[[Beavis & Butt-head]]”, the boys watch the video for “March of the Pigs” and enjoy much of the song except for the piano parts. After Trent Reznor knocks over his microphone at the end of the video, Beavis says, “Thank you very much. We’re Nine Inch Nails.” somewhat dismissively, with Butt-head adding “Good night.”<ref>{{Citation |title=Nine Inch Nails March Of The Pigs on Beavis and Butthead |url= |language=en |access-date=2022-12-20}} – on YouTube</ref>

In a 1994 episode of ”[[Beavis & Butt-head]]”, the boys watch the video for “March of the Pigs” and enjoy much of the song except for the piano parts. After Trent Reznor knocks over his microphone at the end of the video, Beavis says, “Thank you very much. We’re Nine Inch Nails.” somewhat dismissively, with Butt-head adding “Good night.”<ref>{{Citation |title=Nine Inch Nails March Of The Pigs on Beavis and Butthead |url= |language=en |access-date=2022-12-20}} – on YouTube</ref>

In 2024, the song was added to the online video game [[Fortnite]] through the Fortnite Festival game mode and as a purchasable jam track. The game uses an extended studio version of the song, featuring a recorded version of the outro typically played at their live shows.

In 2024, the song was added to the online video game [[Fortnite]] through the Fortnite Festival game mode and as a purchasable jam track. The game uses an extended studio version of the song, featuring a recorded version of the outro typically played at their live shows.

==References==

==References==

Nine Inch Nails song

March of the Pigs” is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994). It was released on February 25, 1994 as the album’s lead single.

Composition[edit]

“March of the Pigs” has an unusual meter, alternating three bars of 7
8
time with one bar of 8
8
to effectively create one long measure of 29
8
.[2] The song features a techno style bridge in 4
4
with a vocal melody based on the blues scale that ends with a cheerful piano jingle.[3] This is followed by an unnerving silence before the song repeats itself. The song’s high energy (analogous to a previous Nine Inch Nails track, “Wish”), segued by two piano breakdowns, has made it a staple of Nine Inch Nails’ live concert performances. It is also one of the band’s shortest hit songs, clocking in at just under three minutes.

Music videos[edit]

After abandoning a more elaborate version before filming can be completed, Reznor and the live band assembled for the then-impending Self Destruct Tour (featuring drummer Chris Vrenna, keyboard player James Woolley, guitarist Robin Finck and bassist/guitarist/keyboardist Danny Lohner) regrouped with director Peter Christopherson to film a stripped-down, minimalist music video for the song. The video, released in March 1994, features the band performing the song live in front of a white wall backdrop, with Reznor moving around aggressively, pushing the other band members and their instruments, and repeatedly tossing his microphone away. Throughout the video, stagehands visibly move into the frame to reset the equipment he knocks over, handing Reznor a microphone each time he needs to start singing again after an instrumental section. The bulk of the video appears to be filmed in one long take, with the camera zooming and panning continuously. When Reznor appeared as a guest programmer on the ABC Rage TV program, he explained that they just kept playing the song over and over to the point of exhaustion to get the final take. The video uses the live performance audio of the song recorded at the video shoot, rather than synchronizing the footage to the studio-recorded version from the album as most music videos do.[4] This version of the song is also included on the “Closer” cassette single.

Portions of the earlier, uncompleted video are included on the Closure DVD disc image file that appeared on file-sharing network The Pirate Bay in December 2006; this file is believed to be a leak of a completed but (so far) officially unreleased deluxe DVD reissue of the band’s 1997 VHS/laserdisc long form music video Closure. In this version of the video, the band performs the song in a red cave-like set with water at their feet, and a person with dwarfism appears.

Live performance videos of “March of the Pigs” are included on each of the band’s live releases: Closure, And All that Could Have Been, and Beside You in Time.

The single[edit]

The American “March of the Pigs” CD single contains two mixes of the title track, two remixes of its fellow The Downward Spiral track “Reptile”, and “A Violet Fluid”, a non-album instrumental track. In the UK, the single was released as a two-disc (each sold separately) CD single, adding a censored radio edit of “March of the Pigs” and “Big Man With a Gun” from The Downward Spiral. The disc art for this single features a curled-up millipede, an image that was later used on the cover of the single “Closer”.

“March of the Pigs” peaked at number 98 on the Australian ARIA singles chart.[5]

Thirteen years after its release, it debuted at number 9 and peaked at 6 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[6]

Reception[edit]

“March of the Pigs” is widely considered one of Nine Inch Nails’ best songs. In 2020, Kerrang! and Billboard ranked the song number three and number six, respectively, on their lists of the greatest Nine Inch Nails songs.[7][8]

Track listing[edit]

US CD[edit]

Title
1. “March of the Pigs” 2:54
2. “Reptilian” (“Reptile” remixed by Dave Ogilvie) 8:40
3. “All the Pigs, All Lined Up” (“March of the Pigs” remix) 7:25
4. “A Violet Fluid” 1:04
5. “Underneath the Skin” (“Reptile” remixed by Dave Ogilvie) 7:16

UK CD[edit]

Disc one
Title
1. “March of the Pigs” (clean version) 3:01
2. “All the Pigs, All Lined Up” 7:25
3. “A Violet Fluid” (listed as “A Violent Fluid” in UK releases) 1:04
4. “Big Man With a Gun” 1:37
Disc two
Title
1. “March of the Pigs” (LP version) 2:54
2. “Underneath the Skin” 7:16
3. “Reptilian” (remixed by Ogilvie) 8:40

Weekly charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song was released as a track for the video game Rock Band on February 26, 2008 for Xbox 360 and on February 28 for PlayStation 3. It was available as a standalone download or as part of the ‘Nine Inch Nails’ song pack (also including “The Perfect Drug” and “The Collector”). It was also featured on Rock Band Track Pack Vol. 1 for the PlayStation 2 and the Wii, alongside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In a 1994 episode of Beavis & Butt-head, the boys watch the video for “March of the Pigs” and enjoy much of the song except for the piano parts. After Trent Reznor knocks over his microphone at the end of the video, Beavis says, “Thank you very much. We’re Nine Inch Nails.” somewhat dismissively, with Butt-head adding “Good night.”[17]

In 2024, the song was added to the online video game Fortnite through the Fortnite Festival game mode and as a purchasable jam track. The game uses an extended studio version of the song, featuring a recorded version of the outro typically played at their live shows.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nettleton, Chris (March 5, 2007). “Nine Inch Nails – Live: Beside You In Time (DVD)”. Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Mason, Kerri (March 7, 2014). “Nine Inch Nails’ ‘The Downward Spiral’ at 20: Classic Track-By-Track”. Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2021. Peaking at 269 BPM and weaving in and out of a maddening 29/8 time signature, it’s as ballistic as Reznor has ever been.
  3. ^ Krovatin, Chris (February 25, 2019). “Nine Inch Nails’ March Of the Pigs is still as intense as ever”. Kerrang!. With its odd 7/8 time signature, rabid punk pace, and bizarre piano-driven chorus breaks
  4. ^ Huxley, Martin (September 1997). Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct. St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-15612-X.
  5. ^ “The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 08 May 1994”. ARIA. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  6. ^ “JAM! Music SoundScan Charts”. Canadian Online Explorer. 2007-06-17. Archived from the original on December 26, 2004. Retrieved 2007-06-24.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Law, Sam (August 7, 2020). “The 20 greatest Nine Inch Nails songs – ranked”. Kerrang. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  8. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (November 5, 2020). “The 25 Best Nine Inch Nails Songs: Staff Picks”. Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 203.
  10. ^ “Official Singles Chart Top 100”. Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  11. ^ “Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Hot 100)”. Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  12. ^ “USA Cashbox Charts Summaries”. popmusichistory. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  13. ^ “Canada’s Top 200 Singles of 2001”. Jam!. Archived from the original on July 26, 2002. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  14. ^ “Punk Goes 90s – Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic”. AllMusic.
  15. ^ Shinn, Travis. “Hear Stone Sour’s Fiery Cover Of Rage Against The Machine’s “Bombtrack”“. Revolver. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  16. ^ “March of the Pigs – song by Horse The Band”. 27 November 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020 – via Spotify.
  17. ^ Nine Inch Nails March Of The Pigs on Beavis and Butthead, retrieved 2022-12-20 – on YouTube

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