NINE INCH NAILS‘ TRENT REZNOR has launched a
thinly-veiled attack on former friends Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson an a track
called ‘Starfuckers, Inc‘ on his new album, ‘The Fragile‘.
Reznor, who once went out with Hole singer
Love, appears to attack her in the first verse where his lyric says: “My god comes
in a wrapper of Cellophane/My god pouts on the cover of the magazine/My god‘s a
shallow little bitch trying to make the scene“.
The words are believed to refer to photos of
Love in US magazine Vanity Fair where she was pictured smoking while pregnant
(the cigarette was later airbrushed out) and where, in the accompanying interview,
she alluded to heroin use.
Elsewhere in the song, Reznor seems pillorying
Manson, a former close friend, when he sings: “All our pain/How did we ever get
by without you?/You‘re so vain/I bet you think this song is about you/Don‘t
you?“ — a lyrical lift from Carly Simon‘s ‘70s hit, ‘You‘re So Vain‘.
A spokesperson at Reznor‘s record label Island
said: “He (Reznor) won‘t say who it‘s about. He says it‘s who you want it to be
about, but people have certainly been speculating that it‘s Courtney and
Manson. I couldn‘t possibly comment!“
Only last week, Reznor said he had been left “fucked
up“ by his friendship with — Manson and had almost quit the music business
following his production stint on the Manson album ‘Antichrist Superstar‘.
He said: “(Manson) said some very malicious things
which cross a line of what is decent. That friendship was a big fuck-up for
Courtney Love also comes in for criticism from lead
Foo Fighter Dave Grohl on a track from
his new album, ‘There Is Nothing Left To Lose‘.
Appearing on Mary-Anne Hobbs‘ Radio 1 show last
week, Grohl said that lyrics in the song ‘Stacked Actors‘ did refer to
Courtney. The song features the lyric: “God bless what a sensitive mess/Yeah
but things aren ‘t always as they seem/See through you but what can you do when
you‘re dressed like an ageing drag queen“.
Meanwhile, NIN, who saw their album ‘The Fragile‘
go into the Top Ten after its release last week, play London Brixton Academy on