I was reminded recently that Nine Inch Nails' album The Fragile was 20 years old.
When it was released, I had just arrived in London from Cornwall and hadn't even started my "career" as a music journalist. I just wanted to go to gigs, write and, well, have a life. London was still the "old" London, where everything was possible for anyone, even if you didn't have any money (I didn't).
Nine Inch Nails has been one of the most important bands ever in my life and I regularly come back to Trent Reznor's early works - I am not enamoured of his most recent output and acceptance by the mainstream. I remember when you could just go and see NIN at the Astoria...
My own copy of The Fragile (which I personally consider a masterpiece) is very bashed but still playing. It has survived over 16 moves, most of those around North London - and a series of dilapidated flat shares and tiny single-occupation studio flats...
The Fragile has been part of the soundtrack to my new life in the capital and for many reasons, it still resonates today as I haven't really changed and hold the same values and goals as 20 years ago.
The track We're In This Together is especially important for me - this is a song that is about to become even more relevant in 2020...
I think therefore I write.
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