If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Frederick Scott just paid Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor the ultimate compliment.
Scott’s “This Is a Trent Reznor Song” is a spot-on homage to Reznor, who Scott described on Twitter as “one of my musical heroes.” In a track that ends up sounding an awful lot like Reznor’s Hesitation Marks single “Came Back Haunted,” Scott narrates the construction of a typical NIN tune, pointing out the esoteric percussion, weird noises, and the escalating nature of Reznor’s voice.
Anybody who has spent quality time with The Downward Spiral or The Fragile will understand. Listen below:[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131895995" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true&show_comments=false&color=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
“To be clear, I am a super huge fan of Trent Reznor, in case anyone gets the wrong idea,” Scott wrote on Twitter after releasing the song, and it’s pretty clear that this is a labor of love (while also being pretty hilarious). The Dark Lord himself hasn’t commented on it yet, though he’ll likely have more warmth reserved for Scott than for the Grammys.
It’s been a good week for parodies of ’90s icons — the Internet has also been obsessed with “Abracadabralifornia,” a fake Red Hot Chili Peppers song that sounds remarkably real. (Launched on a site that touts them at this weekend’s Super Bowl and features enough official logos to make it seem legit, the track did actually fool a handful of people on Twitter.)
What do you think of “This Is A Trent Reznor Song”? And what should Frederick Scott parody next?