The legendary godfather of punk – Iggy Pop inducted Nine Inch Nails into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a live virtual event.
Iggy Pop spoke of when he first heard Nine Inch Nails “When I first heard about Nine Inch Nails, and heard a little of the music, I thought, ‘Well, who is this guy?’, So I took a look. And I saw a face straight out of 15th-century Spain. I think Trent [Reznor] could have played Zorro. If he’d been alive at the right time, I think he could have been painted by Velazquez or El Greco, and his portrait would probably be hanging in the Prado [Museum] today.”
Iggy moved on the speak about the music of Nine Inch Nails “Listening to Nine Inch Nails, which is so often called industrial, I actually hear a lot of funk. Just listen to ‘Closer,’ and the foundation could be Stevie Wonder or George Clinton. But on top of that is a focused and relentless process of emotional destruction, which paints a portrait of pain, pressure and dissatisfaction. It’s the soundtrack to the dark and lonely party that was beginning to play out in America in that period. So, I would call it not industrial, but the sound of industrial digital ambition.”
Iggy was previously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 as a member of the pioneer punk band The Stooges. Other bands and artists that were inducted for 2020 were Irving Azoff, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Jon Landau, The Notorious B.I.G. and T.Rex.
Trent Reznor accepted the award and said:
“What a disorientating, strange year we find ourselves in. As I’ve been wrapping my head around Nine Inch Nails being welcomed into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I think I was most looking forward to the ceremony itself where hopefully the whole camp, past and present, was going to get together and have a moment. And we’re all stuck in our little boxes staring at our screens.
“Even now music’s always been the thing that keeps me going and as an artist I think the most significant accomplishment or feeling is something you’ve created from a fragile and intimate place has reached out, resonated and affected someone else, possibly changing how they see the world. So as to whatever being in a Hall Of Fame means, thank you for recognition.”
Then he thanked his mates and band members:
“I love these guys and they’ve all been an integral and central part of why we’re here.
“Additionally, there’s been a number of other key players involved over the years I’d like to recognise and thank, including Charlie Clouser, James Woolley, Rich Patrick, Josh Freese, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Jerome Dillon, Aaron North, Jeff Ward, and Jeordie White.
“Throughout the years I’ve benefited from a strong collection of people around me that’ve offered everything from encouragement to guidance to a kick in the ass when needed. These include Jimmy Iovine, John Silva, Marc Geiger, Ross Rosen, Alan Moulder, Rick Rubin, Zia Modabber, Bill Harper, David Fincher, Jerome Crooks, Steve Barnett, Jim Guerinot and John Malm. You’re all appreciated and this is for you, too.”
And then Rezor thanked the fans who helped the band get where they are:
“And for the Nine Inch Nails fans out there, you guys are the best.
“We’ve wound up in some weird places together, and you’re an intense bunch that can drive me out of my mind, but you’re the best. This journey’s far from over if I have any say in it, so let’s stop fucking around patting ourselves on the back and get to it.
“Hope to see you all in the flesh soon. Thank you.”
What a lovely speech! Check out the clip below:
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