Pretty Hate Machine
|Pretty Hate Machine|
|Released||October 20, 1989|
2010 remastered version cover
Pretty Hate Machine is the debut studio album by American
The album bears little in resemblance to NIN's succeeding work, featuring a more synth-driven electronic sound blended with industrial and rock elements. Lyrically, it contains themes of angst and betrayal, in addition to the recurring theme of lovesickness. The record was promoted with three singles: "
Although the record was commercially successful, reaching number 75 in the US, and received highly favorable reviews from critics, Reznor, the band's only constant member at the time, feuded with TVT over promotion of the album, which later led him to sign with
During working nights as a
With the help of manager
"A lot of it sounds immature to me now," he stated in 1991 of the recordings that were then two years old. "At first it totally sucked. I became completely withdrawn. I couldn't function in society very well. And the LP became a product of that. It's quite small scale, introverted, claustrophobic – that's the feel I went for."
Reznor discussed the recording and touring of Pretty Hate Machine in the April 1990 issue of
After the album was released, a recording known as Purest Feeling surfaced. The