Before he was nominated for a Golden Globe, Trent Reznor spearheaded one of rock’s greatest outfits — Nine Inch Nails. And before that, he was, well, like many other unknown musicians, pitching his demos to anyone who had a connection to the industry. Per TwentyFourBit, a cassette demo of NIN’s eventual debut album, 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine, landed in the hands of drummer Martin Clive Atkins (Public Image Ltd., Pigface, Nine Inch Nails), who is now selling the one-of-a-kind cassette on eBay for charity.
But for those who can’t match the $1k bid currently on the item, The NIN Hotline has made available streams of two minute-long snippets of Terrible Lie and Sin from the cassette, which you can check out below.
“Terrible Life” (Demo)