|Released||September 22, 1992|
Broken is the first
The release consists entirely of new material and replaces the
Although it was derided by some critics for its lyrical content, Broken received positive reviews from critics and reached number seven in the US, eventually receiving platinum certification from
After the commercial and critical success of
Reznor then objected to the label's attempted interference with his intellectual property.
We made it very clear we were not doing another record for TVT. But they made it pretty clear they weren't ready to sell. So I felt like, well, I've finally got this thing going but it's dead.
Floodand I had to record Broken under a different band name, because if TVT found out we were recording, they could confiscate all our shit and release it. Jimmy Iovinegot involved with Interscope, and we kind of got slave-traded. It wasn't my doing. I didn't know anything about Interscope. And I was real pissed off at him at first because it was going from one bad situation to potentially another one. But Interscope went into it like they really wanted to know what I wanted. It was good, after I put my raving lunatic act on.