Watch David Lynch’s Nine Inch Nails video
Acclaimed film director David Lynch has directed the video for the latest Nine Inch Nails single, ‘Came Back Haunted’. It features a lot of flickering, juxtaposed imagery in flashing red, black and white, including a still image of a spider super-imposed on a little girl, lightning bolts, clouds of smoke, an ugly face with a missing eye, grids and polka dots. Then there’s NIN frontman Trent Reznor looking angry and vampiric in a shaky-cam close shot. It’s as odd as you’d expect from Lynch.
It comes with this warning: “THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED TO POTENTIALLY TRIGGER SEIZURES FOR PEOPLE WITH PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.”
‘Came Back Haunted’ is the first single from Hesitation Marks, the first NIN album since their 2008 release, The Slip. In early 2009 the band retired from touring, with Reznor focusing instead on scoring films in collaboration with Atticus Ross. They went on to win both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their work on David Fincher’s movie The Social Network, which they followed up by scoring his next film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Reznor also formed the side-project How To Destroy Angels with Ross, his wife Mariqueen Maandig of the band West Indian Girl, and artist Rob Sheridan.
Lynch has worked with Reznor before, the two collaborating on the soundtrack to his 1997 movie Lost Highway. As well as recording music for the score, Reznor produced the soundtrack album, which featured contributions from Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Reed and David Bowie. Lynch has dabbled in music on his own, releasing the album Crazy Clown Time, which featured guest vocals from Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2011. He’s working on a follow-up, this time featuring guest vocals from Swedish singer Lykke Li, to be released in July of this year.