Trent Reznor’s Guide On How To Turn Fans Into Fanatics


A few years ago, when I still lived in New Orleans, my ex-wife (the smart one) had a visit from her brother and one of his friends. They were both seniors in college and were having a week of debauchery before the realities of the real world came crashing down.

Well the friend was a big Nine Inch Nails fan. Since Trent lived in New Orleans, we decided to show them his funeral home turned house since my wife had recently been their for a Holloween party. (The advantages of an expensive liberal education!) (The house was recently sold, BTW). It was about 3AM.

Trent_houseWe saw one of the lights on so we convinced the friend to knock on the door and invite Trent out drinking with us. (um, this was New Orleans.) Since the gate was locked the kid hesitantly pressed the intercom button. Trent answered. The kid babbled about what a big fan he was and if Trent wanted to come out drinking. Trent said he was tired but talked to the kid for almost 15 minutes about college, New Orleans and what the kid would do after he graduated. He completely made this kid’s vacation. The kid talked about it for days and even used the story to get laid.

I wonder how many people that kid told his story to?

Anybody got any cool stories to tell about you?

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10 Comments on “Trent Reznor’s Guide On How To Turn Fans Into Fanatics”

  1. TerryC Says:

    Great story. Great post.

  2. Brian Clark Says:

    I bet Anne Rice would have gone out drinking with you.

  3. chartreuse Says:

    I have a great Anne Rice story…but I’ll wait to tell it.

  4. Fraser Says:

    That was a good move, but not nearly as innovative or aware as releasing a hit single’s master tracks for anyone and everyone to remix.

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention that. The NYT exposure got to your head. “You’ve changed man, you’ve changed…” 🙂

  5. chartreuse Says:

    The reason I didn’t mention that is because it had nothing to do with the story.

    Actually I had a problem with his concept. You had to have an Apple computer to do it. That sucked. And it KILLED the album. The album did o.k. but if anyone could have remixed the tracks it would have been bigger.

    But he’s still a cool guy.

    And yeah, you’re right. I have changed. *rolls eyes* 🙂

  6. Fraser Says:

    May not have had anything to do with the story, but it definitely is significant for utilizing new technology to turn fans into fanatics.

    [Trent must have realized his mistake. He released his new single, Only, in different formats & for all users.]

    Life different now that you’re a celebrity?

  7. candice Says:

    Our world here is tiny. I swear I’ve run into your ex-wife in an elevator – the aclu of louisiana is a couple floors down from the office I used to have.

  8. chartreuse Says:

    Like I said in an earlier post a few weeks ago, all celebrity brings you is more scrutiny and the opportunity to have sex with people who wear a better quaility of shoes. I’m enjoying the shoes. 🙂

    You may have. Tell her I said ‘hi’! She probably doesn’t even know this blog exists. 😦

  9. JIC Says:

    Wow, trent is so cool i wish i could talk to him

  10. JIC Says:

    Wow, trent is so cool i wish i could talk to him

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