“I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure”
That ‘Hurt’ was covered by the legend that is Johnny Cash in such as way as to render all who heard it spellbound is perhaps not as surprising as Trent Resnor makes out.
The song is the ultimate bittersweet tune and was recognised as such when it was first released in the Nine Inch Nails album The Downward Spiral, receiving a grammy award nomination in 1996 for best rock song.
When covered by an ailing Johnny Cash in 2002, as you probably know, Cash’s version and the accompanying video won a spate of awards and accolades.