Piggy (song)

"Piggy"
Nine Inch Nails - Piggy cover.jpeg
Promotional single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album The Downward Spiral
ReleasedDecember 1994
FormatCD
RecordedLe Pig (Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles)
GenreIndustrial rock, alternative rock
Length4:24
Label
Songwriter(s)Trent Reznor
Producer(s)

"Piggy" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994). It was written by Trent Reznor, co-produced by Flood, and recorded at Le Pig (10050 Cielo Drive). It was released in December 1994 as a promotional single from the album. The song is known for being Reznor's only live drumming performance.

Recording

Reznor wrote the song after the extended play Broken (1992) was completed. It was initially a poem which he expanded into a full song. He later moved to a house famous for its status as the site of the gruesome Tate murders, on July 4, 1992, and created a studio space there, calling it Le Pig.[1] When asked about the building where production on the song was done, Reznor responded that he chose it merely for space considerations, claiming not to have been aware of the house's connection to the murders until after he chose it. "I looked at a lot of places", Reznor said. "And this just happened to be the one I liked most."[2]

The studio name, Le Pig, alludes to the word "PIG" written with Tate's blood on the front door by the murderers, itself a reference to The Beatles' song "Piggies". This incident introduced Reznor to their 1968 album, the White Album, which included "Piggies".[3]

The frantic drumming on the outro is Reznor's only attempt at performing drums on the record, and one of the few "live" drum performances on the album. He had stated that the recording was from him testing the microphone setup in studio, but he liked the sound too much not to include it.[4]

Other Languages
français: Piggy (chanson)
русский: Piggy