Fans Try To Grasp Meaning Of New Nine Inch Nails Video

Industrial rockers' clip for 'We're in This Together,' which debuted Thursday, inspires multiple interpretations.

Trent Reznor appears to be the only survivor of Nine Inch Nails' new

video.

The eerie, black-and-white clip for the song "We're in This Together"

(RealAudio

excerpt) — the second single from NIN's forthcoming album,

The Fragile — depicts the industrial rockers' leader and

hundreds of black-clad extras running frantically through a barren desert,

as though trying to escape an unspecified evil. Ultimately, Reznor is

left alone, surrounded by the empty clothing of those who ran with him.

The video, which premiered on MTV on Thursday, has Nine Inch Nails fans

theorizing about its possible meanings, as they await Tuesday's

much-anticipated release of the two-CD The Fragile.

"I think that the people in the video might [represent those] who have

stuck by him in his life, in his music," the 27-year-old webmaster of

the Nine Inch Nails fansite www.9inchnails.net, who identified herself

only as "April," wrote in an e-mail. "All the running — who knows?

It will take more than a couple times to figure it out.

"That's the beauty of a NIN video," she continued. "They are worth

watching over and over, and it means something different for everyone,

which is exactly what Mr. Reznor wants. He knows what it means to him.

For someone to take what they will from it — what a compliment to

him."

Amid the video's myriad scenes of crowd chaos, people at times stampede

through a barren desert, some unlucky souls falling to the ground as

others' feet hurtle around them. At other points, the masses scurry

through tunnels, up staircases and through a train station.

"We will make it through somehow," Reznor sings. When he's not in the

crowd, quick shots show the singer behind a fence, chain-link shadows

falling across his face.

"I think the fact that he's alone at the end is really significant,"

Daniel Tyler, 19, wrote in an e-mail. "His fall-out with [Marilyn Manson],

the death of his grandmother — stuff like that that's happened in

the last few years, it seems to me like he's [echoing] that in the video

in his own weird way."

The clip, filmed by director Mark Pellington, was shot in Guadalajara,

Mexico, last month. Local journalist Francisco González said he

believed the video portrays "some sort of nightmare Reznor was having.

We were told he was supposed to be fighting with his own interior demons,

that it was a story about him and his [sub]conscious."

The album, NIN's third studio effort, was produced over the past two

years by Reznor and engineer/mixer Alan Moulder at Reznor's New Orleans

studio. Among the songs that already have been released are the moody

ballad "The Day the World Went Away" (RealAudio

excerpt) and the hard-rocking "Starfuckers, Inc." (RealAudio

excerpt), which were issued as singles.

In addition to their 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine — which

included the alternative-rock hit "Head Like a Hole" (RealAudio

excerpt) — and 1994's The Downward Spiral, NIN have

released a number of remix projects, including 1995's Further Down

the Spiral.

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